Archives for June 2016

Orlin Brommer chose Winona Health

Orlin Brommer with cardiac rehabilitation specialist Kindra Huggevik in the Healthy Living Center at Winona Health.

Orlin Brommer with cardiac rehabilitation specialist Kindra Huggevik in the Healthy Living Center at Winona Health.

Ready to celebrate the 4th, Orlin Brommer of Cochrane was stepping it up on the treadmill during a recent workout in Winona Health’s Healthy Living Center.

Cardiac rehabilitation specialist, Kindra Huggenvik, says Healthy Living Center clients soon begin to feel like part of the family. Orlin even writes short stories about growing up in this area and shares them with the staff.

Orlin says that about 18 years ago, Winona Health’s emergency department staff saved his life. He now sees Doctor Bryan Reed in the Internal Medicine Department and, he says, “I know doctors have time constraints, but the staff takes the time to answer all my questions, and I can tell they are interested in me as a person.”

Although Orlin is finishing his cardiac rehabilitation sessions, he plans to continue exercising at the Healthy Living Center. He chose Winona Health for the convenient location and found that the staff does a great job. Not only is he improving his health, but he also enjoys the friendly atmosphere and getting to know the staff.

“I feel much better, but it’s more than how I feel. My cardiologist likes the results I’m getting here. I also think my wife is going to start coming to exercise here. She likes what she’s seeing and wants to be a part of it, too.”


Free Healthcare Directives program

Do your loved ones know what you want?

Winona Health Volunteers invite community members to a free informational program about Healthcare Directives (also called Advance Directives) on Monday, July 18, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Parkview Conference Room at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

The program provides information about the benefits of having a Healthcare Directive. A properly completed Healthcare Directive is a legal document, but completing a directive does not require a lawyer. The primary purpose of a Healthcare Directive is to allow individuals to stay in control of their care, even if they lose the ability to communicate. Winona Health Volunteers certified to facilitate this program will provide the authorized forms. Sessions cover Healthcare Directives for residents of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

A follow-up session will be held Monday, August 1, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the same location for anyone who has attended a Healthcare Directives Informational Session and has questions or would like assistance in completing their directive or to have a facilitator review their directive.

There is no cost to complete a Healthcare Directive and the program is open to all. No advanced registration is required. Everyone age 18 and older is encouraged to complete a Healthcare Directive.

Our certified Healthcare Directive volunteers are also available to give presentations to community groups. For more information, call the Winona Health Volunteer Services office at 507.474.3328.



Urgent Care open Monday, July 4 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Winona Health Urgent Care Clinic, located at 420 E. Sarnia Street in Winona, will be open Monday, July 4 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All other Winona Health clinics and retail pharmacies will be closed on July 4.

Urgent Care wait times are available on the Winona Health website:

The Emergency Department at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue, is always open.

Rushford Clinic Open House, Part of Rushford Days

rushfordThursday, July 14, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Rushford Clinic is hosting an Open House during Rushford Days, Thursday, July 14, 3:30-5:30 p.m. The Rushford Clinic is at 109 W. Jessie Street.

All community members, whether or not they see a healthcare provider at Rushford Clinic are invited to stop in to see the clinic and celebrate Rushford Days with a focus on health, wellness, families and fun.

The Rushford Clinic open house activities include:

  • Blood Pressure screening
  • Grip test
  • Balance screening
  • Teddy Bear Clinic: Children can bring their favorite teddy bear or other stuffed animal.
  • Light refreshments

Healthcare providers at Winona Health Rushford Clinic include Nicholas Modjeski, MD, and Katie Halder, CNP. In addition to primary healthcare services, Physical Therapy is also available at Rushford Clinic.

The open house is free and open to all. If you’d like more information about the event, call 507.457.4161. To schedule an appointment at Rushford Clinic, call 507.864.7726.


Dietitians offer special expertise in adult weight management

Theresa Hoyles, RD, LD, registered dietitian at Winona Health

Theresa Hoyles, RD, LD, CDE,

Winona Health registered dietitians Theresa Hoyles and Anna Hudson recently received their Level 2 certificate in adult weight management from the Commission on Dietetic Registration. They studied a variety of topics ranging from obesity as a disease to counseling strategies to nutrition technology.

Hoyles says, “Our goal is to provide our patients with the best care, encouragement and support possible. This additional training assures that we have the most current information about weight management.” The Level 2 certificate covers the latest information as well as tools and resources to help clients with their weight management goals.

Those interested in working with a registered dietitian should contact their primary care provider and ask for a referral.

Anna Hudson, RD, Wellness Program Specialist

Anna Hudson, RD, LD,

For those interested in a group program rather than one-on-one education, Hoyles and Hudson are both facilitators for Winona Health’s HealthyFit 14-week weight management program.

For more information about nutrition education weight management, call the Winona Health Nutrition Education department at 507.457.4521.

Golf pro Tim Herron to give free exhibition

Golf pro Tim Herron

Golf pro Tim Herron

Professional golfer Tim “Lumpy” Herron will give a free public demonstration Monday, August 8 at 10 a.m. at Cedar Valley Golf Course, 25019 Country Road 9 in Winona. The exhibition is part of the Winona Health Foundation’s Ben & Adith Miller Golf Classic, now in its 26th year.

Herron has one of the longest and most consistent tenures on the PGA Tour and currently ranks 64th in career earnings. He has played in more than 450 events and boasts four career victories on the PGA Tour: the 1996 Honda Classic, the 1997 LaCantera Texas Open, the 1999 Bay Hill Invitational and the 2006 Bank of America Colonial. Herron’s outstanding amateur career at the University of New Mexico included membership on the 1993 U.S. Walker Cup championship team, where he was undefeated in three matches.

The Ben & Adith Miller Golf Classic raises money for the Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund, a fund within the Winona Health Foundation, which helps people who need medical care but may not have the resources to pay for it. For more information about the Ben & Adith Miller Classic or the Patient Care Fund, contact the Winona Health Foundation at 507.457.4116 or email Betsy Midthun at


Free Health Talk: Dog Days of Diabetes

Ann Heesacker, RN, MSN, CDE

Ann Heesacker, RN, MSN, CDE

Thursday, July 21, 5:30 p.m.

Learn how to live, and thrive, with diabetes.

Whether you’ve recently learned you have diabetes or have had diabetes for years, you will get helpful information at Winona Health’s free Health Talk: Dog Days of Diabetes, Thursday, July 21, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

“I call diabetes the job you didn’t want, you don’t like and you can’t quit,” says Ann Heesacker, RN, CDE, a certified diabetes educator at Winona Health. “Fortunately, there are often some easy changes that could make a noticeable difference quickly.”

Dog Days of Diabetes will be presented at in the B.A. Miller Auditorium on the hospital 3rd floor at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Ave., Winona.

This program is for anyone who has, or is at risk for diabetes. Attendees are encouraged to invite a family member or friend. There is no charge. RSVP is requested by Tuesday, July 19.

The free Health Talk is part of Winona Health’s Spirit programming and is open to men and women of all ages. Spirit membership is free and there are several benefits. Learn more or sign up online below, or call 507.457.4161.

To RSVP for Dog Days of Diabetes to learn more about Spirit at Winona Health including the free benefits, visit online: or call 507.457.4161.


Learn about Spirit!


Know anyone who likes to sew?

Sara Gabrick and Robin Trombetta with a sample of their pillowcases for surgery patients.

Sara Gabrick and Robin Trombetta with a sample of their pillowcases for surgery patients.

Join us for a pillowcase sewing day at Winona Health: 

  • Thursday, July 14
  • Tuesday, September 6
  • Wednesday, November 2

When facing surgery, smiles may not be the norm. But colorful, hand-crafted pillowcases are bringing smiles to surgery patients at Winona Health.

The idea of providing patients with a colorful pillowcase was initiated by two neighborhood friends who share a love of quilting. Robin Trombetta and Sara Gabrick, who is also Vice President of Specialty Services at Winona Health, decided their extra material could be used to create unique pillowcases, each with coordinating colored trim and end panel.

Volunteers are needed to cut material, iron, fold, and sew the cases. Sewing days will be in the B.A. Miller Auditorium, hospital third floor, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Thursday, July 14
  • Tuesday, September 6
  • Wednesday, November 2

Sewers and helpers are welcome to come for a couple of hours or all day. If you have questions about the sewing day, email or call Winona Health Volunteer Services at 507.474.3328.

Donations are also accepted to the ‘Pillowcase Fund’ through the Winona Health Foundation, 507.474.3328.

Phyllis McClenathan Nursing Scholarship awarded

Dean McClenathan with Hailey Parcel

Dean McClenathan with Hailey Parcel

The Winona Health Foundation Scholarship Committee selected Hailey Parcel to receive the Phyllis A. McClenathan Nursing Scholarship.

Parcel attends Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical and will graduate with an Associate Degree in Nursing. She currently is a certified nursing assistant on the Winona Health Medical, Surgical and Pediatrics units as well as in the Family Birth Center, where she has cared for many patients and their families. Parcel plans to continue her education with an online program through Morehead State University to earn her Bachelor of Science in Nursing while continuing to care for patients at Winona Health.

Dean McClenathan, along with his children Mark and Denise, established this scholarship after their wife and mother, Phyllis, a long-time nurse in Winona Health’s Family Birth Center, passed away after a long fight with cancer. McClenathan wanted to honor his wife by encouraging and helping others in their efforts to become devoted, effective and compassionate caregivers.

Receiving the McClenathan scholarship is especially meaningful to this year’s recipient. Parcel’s mother, Marty Knauer, who has been her role model, worked with Phyllis McClenathan for more than 20 years.

“She was a mentor to me and so many others,” said Knauer. “She was such a special lady, and now it comes full circle back to my daughter who is benefitting from this special scholarship.”

Phyllis McClenathan had a collection of more than 100 nurse figurines, so Dean now gives one of them to each scholarship recipient. “Many people who have received the scholarship have had some kind of a connection to Phyllis, and the figurine creates another little connection and symbolizes her legacy.”
The McClenathan family directed memorials to the scholarship fund and hopes that others will contribute so that the fund will grow and continue in perpetuity. Gifts to the Phyllis McClenathan Nursing Scholarship may be made to the Winona Health Foundation, 855 Mankato Avenue, Winona, Minn., 55987.

Questions about the scholarship or about the Winona Health Foundation may be directed to 507.474.3328.

Heat precautions – Drop in to cool down.

During extreme heat, Winona Health welcomes people in to cool down

On extremely hot humid days throughout the summer when heat indexes rise to dangerous levels, Winona Health welcomes community members to come in to take a break from the heat. Winona Health is at 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

Those seeking relief from the heat may come in and cool down in the clinic’s family and visitor waiting areas or the hospital cafeteria. Visitors are encouraged to bring a water bottle and fill up at one of the drinking fountains or in the cafe. The clinic is open Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. During the day on weekends, people are welcome to come in the hospital entrance and cool off in the hospital lobby or cafe.

Healthcare providers at Winona Health also encourage community members to be aware of the potential for heat-related health issues such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke and to take precautions to prevent them.

“In general, infants and elderly people are at the greatest risk for heat exhaustion and heat stroke because their body’s temperature regulation isn’t as efficient,” said Chris Schubert, MD, an Emergency Medicine physician at Winona Health. He also stressed that it’s very important to never leave children or pets in parked vehicles for any length of time because the temperature inside a vehicle or other small space can increase dramatically in a matter of minutes.

“Although it’s not always possible, the best way to prevent heat-related problems is to stay in an air conditioned environment, or use fans, and avoid being in the direct sun for any length of time,” noted Dr. Schubert. “People also should drink plenty of water and limit drinks containing caffeine or alcohol, which are diuretics and can lead to dehydration.” Wearing loose, light-colored clothing and a hat also provides some protection from the sun.

Dr. Schubert encourages people who have a regular exercise routine to avoid exercising during the hottest part of the day, generally 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., and consider cutting back on their routine and waiting until it’s cooler to exercise—and be sure to carry plenty of water or a sports drink.

The Winona Health Emergency Department is always open, and the Urgent Care Clinic is open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Take precautions to protect yourself from the heat

Signs and Symptoms of heat exhaustion

  • severe thirst
  • muscle weakness
  • nausea, sometimes vomiting
  • fast, shallow breathing
  • irritability
  • headache
  • increased sweating
  • cool, clammy skin

Signs and symptoms of heatstroke

  • severe, throbbing headache
  • weakness, dizziness, or confusion
  • difficulty breathing
  • decreased responsiveness or loss of consciousness
  • little or no sweating
  • flushed, hot, dry skin

Heatstroke requires immediate emergency medical attention. If you suspect someone is suffering from heat stroke, seek medical attention immediately.

In cases of heat exhaustion, or while waiting for medical help for suspected heat stroke:

  • get the person out of the sun immediately
  • loosen or remove clothing and have the person lie down and elevate feet slightly
  • if alert, place the person in cool (not cold) bath water or give a cool sponge bath
  • give sips of cool, clear liquid (clear juices or sports drinks are best)
  • if the person is vomiting, turn on his or her side to prevent choking
  • monitor the person’s temperature