Archives for April 2016

Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute recipient announced

Jon Kohner, left, with Hugh Miller.

Jon Kohner, left, with Hugh Miller.

Jon Kohner received the 2015 Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute at a dinner held in his honor on Wednesday, April 27. The Community Service Tribute is awarded to a person or group whose generosity has led to the betterment of the Winona area.

“For more than 35 years, Jon Kohner has donated his time and auctioneering skills to scores of Winona charities, nonprofit organizations and fundraising events for people suffering from serious health problems and other hardships,” said Margaret Johnson, one of the three presenters. “Jon has worked with his father and brother, but for the most part he has been the one who has quietly and consistently said ‘yes’ when he has been asked to volunteer.”

Johnson added, “There are no records as to the number of causes Jon has benefited—he never kept track—but it is certain that he has helped local organizations raise millions of dollars and that he has had a positive impact on countless lives.”

Accepting the award, Kohner said he was ‘surprised and humbled’ to receive such an honor. He dedicated the award to his father, Alvin Kohner. “It was through his dedication, generosity and lots of patience that I became an auctioneer. He led by example and showed me what satisfaction I would receive in this profession. I am glad that I have been able to help people and organizations and make a dent in the welfare of our community.”

Hugh and Vera Miller and RTP Company generously gave $25,000 to the Winona Health Foundation’s Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund in Kohner’s honor. This is the 28th consecutive year that the Miller family has sponsored the Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute to benefit the Patient Care Fund.

Those who would like to make a gift to the Winona Health Foundation in honor of Kohner may direct their gift to the Winona Health Foundation by mail: 855 Mankato Ave., Winona, MN 55987, or online here.

Questions about the Foundation may be directed to Betsy Midthun, vice president of Community Engagement, 507.457.4116, or click here.

Family fun – Saturday, May 14!

Touch a Truck & Play Streets event with Winona Health Healthy Kids

On Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. the Winona Main Street Program, Live Well Winona and Winona Health Healthy Kids will host a Touch a Truck and bike-and-walk-friendly Play Streets event in downtown Winona.

This fun, family-oriented and hands-on event provides a safe and engaging atmosphere for learning, play, active discovery and physical activity.

Touch a Truck gives kids of all ages an opportunity to explore vehicles, learn about trucks, and discover how they benefit our community. It’s also a fun photo opportunity!

Play Streets transforms streets into safe places where families and individuals can walk, bike, play and connect with neighbors. Activities include a bike rodeo (bring your bike and helmet!), crafts, face painting, treasure hunt, puppet show, tennis, fitness classes and more!

Winona Health Healthy Kids offers free events to help improve the health and wellbeing of children ages 5 to 12 and their families. The Play Streets event features the screamer slide, a bounce house, a Velcro wall, art projects, and chalk on the streets. A Winona Health Pit Stop area will be on site for a brief rest, information, and a private place to care for an infant’s needs.

This event will close Center Street between 2nd and 4th street, and 3rd Street between Center Street and Lafayette Street to motorized vehicle traffic and open those streets to people, offering three blocks filled with activities designed for fun and to promote health and wellness.

This event is FREE to the public and no registration is required. Participants are encouraged to bring canned food items for the local food shelf. Food and beverages will be available for purchase during the event which will take place rain or shine.

For more information about the event, call 507.452.2272 or visit Live Well Winona’s website.

Free Health Talk: Mole Mystery

Michael White, MD

Michael White, MD

Thursday, May 19 at Winona Health

Dermatologist Michael White, MD, will share tips for detecting clues that could tell you whether that mole is just a mark or something that needs to be put under the microscope. Learn to be a mole detective and satisfy your curiosity during a free Health Talk: Mole Mystery, Thursday, May 19, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the B. A. Miller Auditorium at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

The number of moles you have can change throughout your life. New moles can develop and some may disappear as you age. But what exactly are moles, and where do they come from? Though most moles are harmless, it is important to keep an eye on them.

Dr. White will explain the mystery of moles and provide information to sharpen your mole detective skills so you can determine whether a mole needs further questioning.

RSVP is requested by Tuesday, May 17.

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WE hope to see you! If you have questions, please call 507.457.4161.






Photo: Dermatologist Michael White, MD, will present Mole Mystery, a free Health Talk on Thursday, May 19 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Winona Health.

Autumn Cole, CNP, joins Pediatrics team

Autumn Leigh Cole, CNP

Autumn Leigh Cole, CNP

Autumn Leigh Cole, CNP (certified nurse practitioner), joined the Winona Health Pediatrics team.

“Working with Kids and their families has always been a passion of mine,” said Cole. “I started my nursing career in Pediatrics and knew that my dream job would be working with kids as a nurse practitioner.”

Cole said she’s looking forward to, “meeting kids and their families. There is something that is so wonderful about working with families to ensure that their kids are growing up healthy and safe. Being around kids, listening to their questions (about everything) and helping them understand how to take care of their minds and bodies makes me love what I do!”

Prior to joining the Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine team, Cole cared for hospitalized patients at Winona Health. She joined the organization in November 2014. She said, “I love it here, the people, the patients, the staff that I work with on a daily basis—they all make me look forward to coming to work. It’s a fantastic place to have a career!”

Cole said she originally chose Winona Health because, “it is such a forward-moving organization; I wanted to be a part of that. I’ve been at other organizations and there is a much different feeling at Winona Health. From the moment you walk in, there is an energy and people seem happy to be here.”

Cole is certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire and her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Winona State University in Winona, Minn. Cole’s experience includes a decade of healthcare experience including caring for pediatric patients in an Intensive Care setting, and providing hospital and palliative care to patients of all ages.

Cole joins pediatricians Sarah Lallaman and Kelli Ostermann in the Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine department. To schedule an appointment, call 507.457.7607.

For information about healthcare providers at Winona Health, visit and click Find a Provider, or call 507.454.3650.

Community Talk: Drugs and addiction

Community Talk 4.12.16

Student Research Fair

Learn about medical research being conducted right here in Winona

For several years, Winona Health has provided opportunities for local pre-professional students to gain clinical experience prior to applying to professional school. In the spring of 2015, the Pre-Professional Student Research Program was formalized and the Winona Health Research Committee was formed.

Now, for the first time, Winona Health is hosting a Student Research Fair to give students the opportunity to share their work and community members an opportunity to learn about the medical research being conducted by local university students.

Student research may pertain to immunology, microbiology, epidemiology, psychology, kinesiology, exercise science, medical engineering, or any other potentially medically related field of research. This year, 24 research projects are underway.

The Student Research Fair posters will be on display during regular clinic hours Wednesday, April 6 at 4 p.m. through Friday, April 8 at 4 p.m. On Friday, students will be on hand to explain their research projects and answer questions from 2 until 4 p.m.

Community members are welcome to come in to view the posters and learn more about the research being conducted right here in Winona. Research committee members include Winona Health physicians from various specialties and professors from Winona State University. In addition, several Winona Health physicians, healthcare professionals and Winona State University professors serve as mentors for the student research.

Research Committee Members:

  • Lee Trombetta, MD, FACS – Winona Health – General Surgery
  • Melissa Richards, MD – Winona Health – OB/GYN
  • Nicole Beatty, MD – Winona Health – Anesthesiology
  • Steve Evelhoch, MD, DDS, FACS – Winona Health – Oral, Maxillofacial, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Richard Ferris, MD – Winona Health — Internal Medicine/Hematology/Oncology
  • William Krueger, DO – Winona Health – Radiology
  • Osvaldo Martinez, PhD – Winona State University – Department of Biology/Virology
  • Francis Mann, PhD – Winona State University – Department of Chemistry
  • Erin White, PhD – Winona State University – Department of Health, Exercise, and Rehabilitative Services

Winona Health is dedicated to supporting the healthcare career goals of our local university students.

Research Program Info