Archives for August 2016

HealthyFit: fall session begins Wednesday, September 14

Want to lose a little—or a lot?  HealthyFit is Winona Health’s 14-week, adult weight-management program. The one-hour sessions are led by a registered dietitian or a certified wellness coach and feature tips and information from exercise health specialists.

The fall program meets Wednesdays beginning September 14. There are two meeting time options: 2 p.m. or 5:30 p.m.

Topics covered include effective goal setting and problem solving, label reading and grocery shopping, handling setbacks and maintaining your weight loss. Participants can track their progress through weekly weigh-ins, and a pre-and post-program body composition analysis.

The 14-week program is $175 and includes resource materials. Financial assistance may be available to those who meet specific criteria.

Class size is limited. For more information, click here or, to sign up, call 507.457.4521.

Wine & Gyn: A special Women’s Health event, Thursday, September 22

Winona Health Women’s Health team is hosting Wine & Gyn, a special event for women approaching their 50s 60s and beyond, Thursday, September 22 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Elmaro Vineyard, N14756 Delaney Road in Trempealeau, Wisc.

Invite your girlfriends to join you for a fun evening out in a beautiful setting while getting answers to your questions about women’s health. You’ll also get the inside scoop and learn from the frequently asked questions our experts hear from women approaching their 50s, 60s–and beyond. This is a fun, informative, relaxed event.

Attendees can enjoy appetizers and $4 wine specials. Admission to this special event is free, but seating is limited, so RSVP is required.

This event is part of Winona Health’s Spirit of Women programming. Spirit membership is free and there are several benefits. To learn more about Spirit or to RSVP for this event, online here or call 507.457.4161.


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Free Smoking Cessation Program

You could be smoke free and on your way to better health.

You have nothing to lose — except your expensive smoking habit — and everything to gain when you sign up for Winona Health’s next free smoking cessation program.

The program begins Thursday, September 8 and includes four free group sessions that meet Thursday evenings 6 – 7:30 p.m. in the Parkview Conference Room on the hospital first floor at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue.

“Quitting smoking can be the number one best thing people can do to improve their health,” said Lynn Sprain MS, RT, RCEP, program facilitator. “Whether it’s the first time you’re trying to quit or the fifteenth, we’re here to help.”

Winona Health’s free smoking cessation program will:

  • help individuals recognize and understand their reasons for smoking
  • cover the variety of benefits to quitting
  • provide ways to handle physical and emotional withdrawal symptoms
  • share tips and techniques for becoming and remaining smoke free
  • provide a supportive atmosphere for you to ask questions and get helpful information

“Quitting can be such a relief,” said Sprain. “Relief from worrying about your health, relief from the feeling of dependency on cigarettes—and relief from the high cost of smoking.”

This four-session program is free. RSVP is appreciated, but walk-ins the first night of the program will be welcome as space permits. For more information or to sign up in advance, call Lynn Sprain at 507.474.3324.

Sports Physicals at Winona Health

Winona Health Pediatrics and Family Medicine departments remind parents that a well-child checkup is the perfect time to complete your child’s sports physical.

Parents are encouraged to schedule sports physicals at the clinic with a Primary Care provider, and appointment times are available.

“If your child is due for a well-child exam, it’s best to schedule a well-child appointment and bring your sports physical forms,” said Winona Health Pediatrician, Sarah Lallaman. “That way we can take care of everything for you in one visit.”

Students previously diagnosed with heart conditions or head injuries must schedule an appointment with a member of their regular healthcare team.

To schedule an appointment or if you have questions, please call:

Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine: 507.457.7607.

Family Medicine: 507.457.7648

Rushford Clinic: 507.864.7726

Sports physical Forms
Please complete your portion of the form prior to your appointment.

Minnesota K-12 form

Wisconsin K-12 form

Winona State University form


Birthday Ball is Saturday, September 24!

And now for something completely different!
Winona Health Volunteers 54th Annual Birthday Ball
Sock Hop Gone Wrong

The Winona Health Volunteers are shaking things up with this year’s Birthday Ball: 1950s Sock Hop Gone Wrong, Saturday, September 24.

Grab your poodle skirt, saddle shoes, letterman sweater—or your Frank Sinatra and Audrey Hepburn formalwear—and get ready to party!

Enjoy your favorite foods of the 1950s and then help solve a sock hop mystery. After the mystery is solved, celebrate in your dancing shoes to the music of the groovy Dap Squad, a six-piece band from Minneapolis.

The fifty-fourth annual dinner and dance celebrating the birthday of the current hospital building on Mankato Avenue, will be Saturday, September 24 at Visions Event Center, 22853 County Road 17 in Winona.

The proceeds from this year’s Ball will help purchase new treatment chairs in the dialysis department. Dialysis patients spend up to four hours, three days a week in these chairs and the new chairs will make treatment more comfortable.

Gather your friends and reserve your table or seats by September 16. For more information or to RSVP, call 507.474.3328.

Thomas Retzinger, MD, retirement open house Sunday, September 11

Thomas Retzinger, MD

Thomas Retzinger, MD

Thomas Retzinger, MD, a Family Medicine physician at Winona Health, will retire on September 2, after caring for the Winona community for 37 years. He’s been part of the medical staff since 1979.

In honor of Dr. Retzinger’s years of service and to celebrate his retirement, Winona Health invites community members to a retirement open house Sunday, September 11 from 1 to 3 p.m. on the clinic first floor at Winona Health, 859 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

“Dr. Retzinger has worked diligently these many years to care for his patients,” said Rachelle Schultz, Winona Health president/CEO. “His presence on the medical staff and his membership on numerous committees over the years demonstrates his deep commitment to this organization and to the community. He will be missed by his patients and colleagues.”

Dr. Retzinger’s community involvement includes:

  • Winona County Coroner since 1992
  • Medical Director of SEMCAC Family Planning since 1981
  • Medical Director of Winona Area 1st Responder Unit
  • Medical Director at St. Anne’s Extended Healthcare
  • Medical Director of Spring Valley, Minn., Ambulance Service
  • Friends of the Winona Public Library
  • Member of Winona Civic Association


In appreciation of Dr. Retzinger’s years of service, Winona Heath has made a gift to the Winona Health Foundation in his honor.

If you wish to send a retirement message to Dr. Retzinger online, click here.



$5 Jewelry Sale details here!

The Winona Health Volunteers will again host the Masquerade $5 Jewelry & Accessories Sale Wednesday, September 7 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Thursday, September 8, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the HOSPITAL LOBBY at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Ave. in Winona. Attendees are asked to park in the hospital parking lot and use the hospital main entrance, which is closest to the sale.

Masquerade, a nationally known $5 jewelry company, will showcase more than 25,000 pieces of new jewelry. There will be a wide variety of jewelry and accessories for men, women and children including rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, jewelry sets, wallets, leggings, scarves, watches and much more. Everything is $5. Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted.

All proceeds will go toward healthcare-related educational scholarships and comfortable new treatment chairs for our dialysis patients. For more information, please call Winona Health Volunteer Services at 507.474.3328.





This year’s Ben & Adith Miller Classic raises $210,000 for local Patient Care Fund

B A Miller Classic 2016 160808_131543This year, the Winona Health Foundation’s Ben & Adith Miller Classic raised a record $210,000 for the Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund, a charitable fund for individuals and families using healthcare services at Winona Health. The event was held August 8 at Cedar Valley Golf Course and included an 18-hole Main Event and 9-hole scramble.

“The Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund is a wonderful resource for our community,” said Betsy Midthun, Vice President of Community Engagement at Winona Health. “We’re fortunate to have the generous support of Hugh and Vera Miller, RTP Company, and the many dedicated sponsors who make this event possible. We also appreciate the participation of so many area golfers and volunteers in making this fundraiser a success.”

The Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund was established in 1986 by Benjamin A. Miller, a former Winona-area businessman and philanthropist, in honor of his wife, Adith. Miller’s goal was to create a fund to help individuals and families in need pay for medical care at Winona Health.

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Pictured above:  Hans Serleth, MD; Xenia Straight; golf pro Tim “Lumpy” Herron; Kari Nelson, PA-C; and Dan Parker, MD, were among the golfers supporting this event to benefit the patient care fund.