Archives for January 2016

New support group for moms and moms to be

Beginning Tuesday, February 9, Maria Pellowski, BSN, RN, a Winona Health Emergency Department nurse, will facilitate MomMe Time, a monthly support group for people struggling with the emotions that may accompany pregnancy, birth and being a new parent.

“This is a guided peer support group,” explains Pellowski. “We’ll talk about mood disorders that may accompany pregnancy and the birth of a baby. This includes topics such as postpartum depression, anxiety or other changes in mood, along with symptoms, prevention, resources, self-care and relaxation techniques. Topics also may include tips for dads and other family members.”

The group is free and no registration is required. Pellowski notes, “It’s a time to discuss motherhood concerns in a supportive and non-judgmental place.”

The MomMe Time support group will meet from 1:30 until 2:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month (unless it falls on a holiday), at Beno’s Deli, 78 E. 4th Street in Winona.

Those who have questions about the support group may call 507.450.3054.


You’re invited to a Time of Remembrance

Winona Health Pastoral Care invites community members to a Time of Remembrance, a special service to remember loved ones who have passed away. A Time of Remembrance will be held at Tranquility Chapel in Lake Winona Manor, 865 Mankato Avenue in Winona, on Thursday, February 11 at 3:30 p.m.

Special music will be provided by Sr. Mary Jo Baldus. Chaplain Carol Garman will lead the service. Refreshments will follow.

Please R.S.V.P. to 507.457.4382.


Community Service Tribute Call for Nominations

The Winona Health Foundation is seeking nominations for the Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute.

The Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute is awarded to an outstanding person, persons or community organization who has made a significant difference and positive impact on the Winona region and/or Winona Health. Candidates will be evaluated on their generosity of time, spirit, energy and/or charitable donations. Nomination forms are available online at and will be accepted through Friday, February 5.

Nomination Form

The Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute was established by the late community philanthropist, Benjamin A. Miller, in the name of his wife, Adith. In addition to a special recognition dinner at Cedar Valley Restaurant, the family of Ben and Adith Miller and RTP Company honors the recipient with a $25,000 contribution to the Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund to assist area individuals and families.

Last year, Dr. Chuck and Judy Shepard received the Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute for the countless hours of service they have given the Winona community. Those who nominated the Shepards reflected on their dedication to nature, the environment, history and education, along with noting the many organizations that benefited from their involvement.

Written nominations are being accepted now through February 5.

Nomination Form

For more information, click here.

If you have questions, call 507.457.4394.

Free one-day seminar for nurses

End of Life Nursing Education: Free one-day seminar

Winona Health is offering a special one-day free seminar, End of Life Nursing Education: Geriatric Curriculum. The seminar will be Thursday, February 4 from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at Senior Living at Watkins, 175 E. Wabasha (7th) Street in Winona, Minn.

This one-day training is free to area skilled nursing home staff and will cover topics from the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) curriculum. Participants who complete this training will qualify for 7.5 nursing contact hours.

The seminar will be presented by: Maureen Gerson, Marybeth Polus, Sheila Skeels and Nikki Kimmerle, certified ELNEC trainers.

Topics covered:

  • Palliative care nursing
  • Communication
  • Loss, grief and bereavement
  • Pain and symptom management
  • Cultural and ethical considerations
  • The final hours

Registration is required for this seminar. Seats are limited. Please RSVP by Monday, January 25 by calling 507.457.4468.

Benevolence & Blues: Friday, January 29!

The Winona Health Foundation invites community members to the annual ‘Benevolence & Blues,’ Friday, January 29 at Visions Event Center at Signatures, 22852 County Road 17 in Winona.

Tickets are $35 per person, or, $200 to reserve a table for eight ($25/person if table of 8). The evening begins at 6 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres, and entertainment followed by dinner at 6:30, more music and stories of generosity round out the evening.

Attendees are encouraged be comfortable and wear their favorite blues—whether it’s blue jeans, a blue dress, blue scrubs or blue suede shoes.

Dinner includes: southern slaw; house-made corn muffins with whipped honey butter; barbequed ribs; southern fried chicken; green beans, bacon and onions; baked macaroni and cheese; sweet potato fingerlings; and sweet southern biscuit strawberry shortcake with whipped cream. Several menu items are gluten free.

This year’s honorees include:

  • Caring. Sharing. Giving. – Ray Fawcett, Volunteer
  • Grassroots Fundraising at its Breast – Breast Fest Committee
  • Mission and Values in Action – Theresa Dillinger, RN
  • A Life Changer – Community Care Network Coaches
  • A Legacy of Generosity – The Doug & Ruth Robinson Family

Entertainment includes music by the Burke Band, featuring a special appearance by Kathleen Lanik, Winona Health chief quality and safety officer.

Reservations will be accepted through Monday, January 25. RSVP by sending a check payable to the Winona Health Foundation, 855 Mankato Ave., Winona, MN 55987.

Please include the names of those attending.

If questions,or to RSVP by phone,  please call 507.474.3328.



Sandra Burke joins Winona Health board of directors

Burke_small_RGB“Winona Health is at the cutting edge when it comes to systems, partnerships and wellness. I knew within minutes of being asked that I wanted to be a part of it,” says Sandra Burke, Executive Director of Winona Volunteer Services for the past fourteen years. Burke joined the Winona Health board of directors in January.

Burke serves on several nonprofit and corporate boards in the area. Through her extensive community involvement, she feels that she is in a position to see where community partnerships have the potential to take place. “We’re all working toward a healthier community,” she says. “We have an educational component to our food shelves, showing people how to eat healthier, that makes a great potential partnership with Winona Health’s mission to improve the health and wellbeing of our family, friends and neighbors.”

In addition to Burke, the Winona Health board includes Ken Mogren, chair; Roderick S. Baker; Scott Biesanz; Steve Blue; Scott Birdsall, MD; Matthew Broghammer, DO; Vicki Decker; Gary Evans; Richard Ferris, MD; Toni Highum; Hugh Miller; Daniel Parker, MD; Rachelle Schultz, president/CEO; Kim Schwab; and Mark Wagner.

The Winona Health board is composed of community members elected to serve on the board on a volunteer basis. The board is responsible for establishing Winona Health’s strategic direction; quality and safety; financial oversight; and setting organizational policy. Board members are committed to guiding Winona Health in its mission to improve the health and well-being of the greater Winona area community while remaining a strong and independent, not-for-profit community-owned healthcare system.


Just Try It! Free Healthy Kids event: Sunday, January 31

Winona Health’s Healthy Kids Just Try It is a fun, free event for kids age five to 12 and their parents, grandparents or guardians. The event will be Sunday, January 31, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Winona Middle School, 1570 Homer Road.

Activities for the kids:

  • Cross-Country Skiing or Field Hockey

With Ridgeway School Staff

Bring winter clothes such as snow pants, warm coat, hat and gloves for outdoor activities. In case of no snow, floor hockey will be the back-up activity held in the small gym.

  • Disc Golf

With Pipe Dreams Toys

  • Irish Dancing

With Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts

  • Snow Obstacle Course

With WSU Outdoor Education Recreation Center

  • Basketball

With Cotter girls and boys basketball teams

  • Fortune Teller Tasty Bites
  • Karate-Do Genbu-Kai

Parent presentations:

  • Keeping Children Active During Cold Winter Months by Holly Barton, Director of Health & Wellness, YMCA
  • Super Soups for Your Family by Winona Health Dietitians

The event is free! Registration is required. RSVP by Thursday, January 28, or call 507.457.4161.


Learn about Healthy Kids

Welcome Kara Reller, PA-C!

Reller_small_RGBKara Reller, PA-C,  joined the Winona Health staff and sees patients of all ages at Urgent Care, 420 E. Sarnia Street in Winona, Minn.

“I chose Winona Health because I could feel a sense of community here, and the more I get to know the Winona area, the more I like it as well,” said Reller. “The staff works well together to provide the kind of care that each person needs—there’s great teamwork.”

Reller is certified by the NCCPA (National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and licensed by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice. She earned her Master of Medical Science from Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Ill., and is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. She has a Master of Education degree from the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Ind. Reller also speaks Spanish.

In addition to volunteering for a wide range of organizations, Reller and her husband are animal lovers, and one of their hobbies is breeding freshwater aquarium fish. They are looking forward to making Winona their home and to welcoming their first child in January.

Winona Health Urgent Care hours are Monday through Friday 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Urgent Care wait times are updated online during clinic hours. For current wait times, click here.

For information about healthcare providers at Winona Health, click Find a Provider.


Jan Brosnahan, CFO, invited to Finland to share financial forecasting process

Brosnahan_small_RGBJan Brosnahan, Winona Health Chief Financial Officer, was recently invited to present a workshop for the financial leadership team at HUS, Finland’s largest healthcare organization. The organization engaged Brosnahan and Orry Fiume, a nationally recognized thought leader on Lean Accounting, for this workshop, to help HUS learn about applying lean management concepts in healthcare, including Winona Health’s use of a rolling financial forecasting process. Their workshop, Lean Thinking in Healthcare, provided an overview of Winona Health’s experience in implementing Lean principles to improve processes, increase efficiency and value for patients and staff.

As Winona Health CFO, Brosnahan is responsible for overseeing and maintaining the financial operations of Winona Health, including organizational compliance, patient accounting and billing services, contracts, insurance and strategic planning. She also provides administrative leadership for the supply chain, facilities, environmental services, retail pharmacies, and food and nutrition areas of the organization.

Prior to joining Winona Health in 2013, Brosnahan served as the Controls Division controller for Watlow, an electronic manufacturing company in Winona, Minn. As part of Watlow’s top division management team for over 20 years, she was recognized as a key process leader in Watlow’s lean management transformation, a process which Winona Health began implementing in 2005 to increase healthcare value and efficiency.

Brosnahan has been an active member of the Winona Community since 1989. She has served as the vice chairman of the Winona Community Foundation, served on the business advisory board for Winona State University and on Cotter’s Development Committee, and has recently been elected to the Winona Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.


Save the date for the Way to Wellness Expo

Saturday, February 27: a Heart-beating, fun-loving, laughter-filled day to kick up your health

Winona Health and other area organizations invite people of all ages to the Way to Wellness Expo, Saturday, February 27, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Winona Middle School, 1570 Homer Road in Winona, Minn.

“I think people will be surprised by all the opportunities to learn about simply feeling better in addition to improving their health,” said Nicole Schossow, community relations coordinator at Winona Health. “This isn’t an ‘exercise and eat-your-veggies’ type of event. Our goal is for people to come away feeling energized and inspired.”

Attendees are welcome to drop in for any or all of the seminars and visit informational booths. The dozen or more seminars cover general areas including: nutrition, active living, mental health, wellness, and cooking demonstrations.

Partners in the Way to Wellness Expo include: Live Well Winona, Winona Area YMCA, Winona State University, SHIP Winona County, Winona Area Public Schools, Winona County Public Health and area Lions Clubs. Many other health and wellness-related organizations will have exhibits for attendees to visit and ask questions.

There is no charge for the event. In addition, the Y will have a special ‘Day of Play’ time for children from 9:30 to 11:30, so parents can attend seminars or visit booths. “Some of the special seminars will require an RSVP so we can plan for the number of attendees,” noted Schossow. “Registration for those seminars will be available online or by phone in early February.”

More information will be updated as seminar times are confirmed. If you are interested in volunteering at the event call 507.457.4161 of click below.

Volunteer at Expo