Archives for September 2016

Being Mortal: Free screening of film exploring end-of-life care

Free Screenings of ‘Being Mortal’ presented by Winona Health Hospice

Winona Health Hospice is holding free, community screenings of the documentary “Being Mortal.” After the screening, audience members can participate in a guided conversation on how to take concrete steps to identify and communicate their wishes about end-of-life goals and preferences.

“Being Mortal” delves into the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness. The film investigates the practice of caring for the dying and explores the relationships between patients and their doctors. It follows a surgeon, Dr. Atul Gawande, as he shares stories from the people and families he encounters. When Dr. Gawande’s own father gets cancer, his search for answers about how best to care for the dying becomes a personal quest. The film sheds light on how a medical system focused on a cure often leaves out the sensitive conversations that need to happen so a patient’s true wishes can be known and honored at the end.

“Being Mortal” underscores the importance of people planning ahead and talking with family members about end-of-life decisions.

Seventy percent of Americans say they would prefer to die at home, but nearly 70 percent die in hospitals and institutions. Ninety percent of Americans know they should have conversations about end-of-life care, yet only 30 percent have done so.

“Being Mortal” aired nationally on the PBS program “Frontline” in February 2015. The film is adapted from Dr. Gawande’s 2014 nationally best-selling book of the same name.

Free screenings of Being Mortal will be presented at the following times and locations:

  • Monday, October 24, Green Prairie place, 810 2nd NW, Plainview, Minn., 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 26, Elder Network, 1756 Kraemer Dr., Suite 110, Winona, Minn., 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 27, YMCA, 207 Winona St., Winona, Minn., 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 29, Wesley United Methodist Church, 114 W. Broadway, Winona, Minn., 9:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, November 3, Winona Health, noon for healthcare providers and 4 p.m. for all Winona Health employees.
  • Monday, November 7, Winona Health Hospice, 175 E. Wabasha St., 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 10, Winona Public Library, 151 W. 5th, 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Monday, November 14, Friendship Center, 251 Main St., 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Monday, November 21, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, 1200 Grant Blvd. W. Wabasha, noon – 2 p.m.
    These free screenings are made possible by a grant from The John and Wauna Harman Foundation in partnership with the Hospice Foundation of America.

In February 2015, “Being Mortal” aired nationally on the PBS program “Frontline.” For more information about the film, visit The film is adapted from Dr. Gawande’s 2014 nationally best selling book of the same name. More information about the book is at

For more information about the free screenings, contact Winona Health Hospice at 507.457.4468.

Welcome Orthopedic & Sports Medicine specialist Andrew Millis, MD


Andrew Millis, MD

Andrew Millis, MD, an orthopedic surgeon with a special interest in Sports Medicine, joined Winona Health Orthopedic & Sports Medicine department.

“I chose Winona Health because of the opportunity to work with athletes and athletic teams at all levels including Winona State University,” said Dr. Millis. “My wife and I also like this area and the fact that Winona Health is a community hospital and not a huge, spread-out system.”

Dr. Millis earned his Medical Degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis and completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio. In addition, he completed a fellowship in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine at Cleveland Clinic. During his fellowship, he helped take care of professional sports teams including the Cleveland Cavaliers and Cleveland Indians.

“The most rewarding part of my work is helping athletes and others get back to doing what they enjoy doing, whether it’s through non-surgical or surgical treatment,” said Dr. Millis.” I enjoy listening and learning about their goals. It’s important that people understand their options—it’s a shared decision-making process.”

In his free time, Dr. Millis enjoys hiking, biking, attending sporting events and traveling. He and his wife are new to Winona and are looking forward to exploring the area.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Millis at Winona Health, call 507.474.3338.


Get ready to Sparkle: Tuesday, October 18

Quinn_webWinona Health invites women of all ages to Sparkle, Tuesday, October 18, at the Tau Center, 511 Hilbert Street in Winona.

This year’s event will help women of all ages keep their sparkle, especially the Sparkle in their eyes! The evening filled with the information to help women feel their sparkling best. New this year: “Dessert with the Docs” — a chance to ask questions and get to know some of the healthcare experts at Winona Health.

Featured speakers include:

Crystal Waldera, Winona Health optician, will also be on hand to share tips for choosing an eye wear frame that not only fitSerleth_small_RGBs but also flatters your face.

Doctors available during Dessert With A Doc include:

Women are encouraged to gather their girlfriends to enjoy an evening filled with fun and information about health and wellness while enjoying refreshments and hors d’oeuvres and connecting with friends.

The event is open from 5 to 7 p.m.

  • Booths open: 5 – 7 p.m.
  • Presentation: 5:30 – 6 p.m.
  • Dessert with a Doc: 6 – 7 p.m.

Before and/or after the presentation, women can visit fun, informative booths and enjoy hors d’oeuvres–and sparkly cupcakes.

“This is an important opportunity for women to put themselves first for a couple of hours. It’s time to enjoy an evening out with friends and to focus on their health and wellbeing,” said Nicole Schossow, community relations coordinator at Winona Health. “We hope to help women realize that taking care of themselves helps them take care of others—and they deserve to have a little fun.”

Admission is $5 or free for Spirit members. Sign up for Spirit (no obligation, free membership) and the admission fee is waived. Space is limited, AND we want to be sure to have enough cupcakes, so RSVP by Friday, October 14.

RSVP for Sparkle!

Learn about Spirit of Women



One day only! Fall Eyewear Sale

One Day Only! Thursday, October 6

Winona Health’s Eye Care Center will host a Fall Style Show Thursday, October 6 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Winona Health Eye Care Center is on the third floor of the Winona Clinic at 859 Mankato Avenue in Winona, Minn.

During this one-day event, the Eye Care Center offers a 30-percent discount on complete pairs of glasses.

Choose from a special selection of frames including:

  • Vera Wang
  • Kensi
  • Original Penguin
  • Jhanes Barnes
  • TMX
  • Zac Posen
  • Lilly Pulitzer

As well as other frames currently in the Eye Care Center (sale excludes Oakley.) Outside prescriptions welcome.

Enjoy refreshments and register for a chance to win a door prize.

The Winona Health Eye Care Center provides comprehensive vision care for all ages including surgical treatment of eye diseases.

We’ve added another eye doctor to our team! Meet Stephanie LaLiberte, OD.

Dr. LaLiberte (pronounced La Liberty) joins Ophthalmologist Laurel Quinn, MD, and Scott Pastryk, OD.

To protect your vision and to ensure you’re seeing as well as you can, schedule an appointment with one of our eye experts—we may even have openings today! Call the Winona Health Eye Care Center at 507.474.4760.


Free Depression Screening: Thursday, October 6

Winona Health is offering free walk-in depression screening on National Depression Screening Day 2016, Thursday, October 6, from 8 a.m. until noon and from 1 until 4:30 p.m. Screening will be on the second floor of the Parkview Office Building (adjacent to the hospital), 825 Mankato Avenue in Winona, Minn.

One out of every five adults may experience depression at some point in their lives. Depression is treatable and help is available at Winona Health.

People who have any of the following symptoms of depression are encouraged to come in for screening:

  • A persistent feeling of sadness
  • Loss of pleasure in usually enjoyable activities
  • A feeling of hopelessness, helplessness and worthlessness
  • Changes in sleep patterns and appetite
  • Loss of energy
  • Restlessness
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Those interested may call to reserve a screening time or just walk in. The screening process will take approximately 30 minutes for a brief questionnaire and a meeting with a therapist. Those who have questions about depression screening day can call Winona Health Psychiatric & Counseling Services at 507.454.2606.

Matthew Coy, PA-C, joins Urgent Care team

coy_small_rgbCertified Physician Assistant Matthew Coy, has joined the Winona Health staff and is caring for patients of all ages at Urgent Care, 420 E. Sarnia Street in Winona, Minn.

“I chose Winona Health because it has a lot to offer service-wise yet it still seems like a family-oriented organization,” said Coy. “The other healthcare providers here seem very open to teaching, and I’m always striving to learn something new.”

Coy earned his Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. He also earned Cytogenetics Certification from the Mayo School of Health Sciences in Rochester, Minn. He received his Bachelor of Science with an emphasis in genetics at Mankato State University, Mankato, Minn. He is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family, walleye fishing, golfing and other outdoor activities.

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.


Bobbi Jo Jensen, PA-C, joins Hospitalist team

Bobbi Jo Jensen, PA-C

Bobbi Jo Jensen, PA-C

Bobbi Jo Jensen, a certified physician assistant, joined the Winona Health staff and cares for patients as a physician assistant hospitalist.

Hospitalists specialize in caring for hospitalized patients, providing around-the-clock care and working closely with nursing staff and each patient’s primary physician. Hospitalists work with care coordination teams, which include nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, respiratory and physical therapists, social workers and other specialty care staff.

Jensen, who lives in Lewiston, said “I chose Winona Health so I could be close to home and provide a broader scope of care in a family-oriented organization and community.” She decided on a career in healthcare at a young age, after seeing the difference healthcare providers made in her ailing grandfather’s life. “I know that’s the kind of impact I wanted to make— to be able to care for people who are struggling with a health issue and make a difference in their quality of life.”

Prior to joining Winona Health, Jensen was managing patients as a physician assistant in Mayo Clinic’s Department of Surgery, Division of Cardiovascular Surgery in Rochester, Minn. She earned her degree at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks – Physician Assistant Certification and is certified by the .National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

She and her husband, Shawn, have four children. In her free time, she enjoys camping, hiking, boating, fishing and playing volleyball.

For more information about healthcare providers at Winona Health, click here.

Healthy Kids Zombie Crawl: Sunday, Sept 25. Free! RSVP

Winona Health and Live Well Winona invite all kids ages 5 to 12 and their families to RSVP for the Healthy Kids Zombie Crawl. The free event will be Sunday, September 25 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Winona Middle School 1570 Homer Road in Winona.

Children attending the Zombie Crawl are encouraged to dress up like zombies for the event if they wish. Friendly zombies are welcome—nothing too scary please. The Zombie Crawl is a walk around the middle school with various stations for kids/parents to stop and explore. Each station represents one of the dimensions of wellness and features a fun challenge or activity. Activities include things like Zombie Zumba, Zombie Snacks, Brain Games, and Mask Making.

Winona Health’s Healthy Kids events are opportunities for children to have fun, be active and learn about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. The event is free, but to help us plan, please, RSVP by Thursday, September 22.  RSVP HERE or call 507.457.4161.


About Healthy Kids: Winona Health’s Healthy Kids is designed to improve the health and wellbeing of children ages 5 to 12. To learn more about Healthy Kids, visit or call 507.457.4161.

Flu Shot Clinic Walk-in Dates 2016

Healthcare providers recommend that infants over six months, children and adults, including women who are pregnant, get a flu vaccine. Getting vaccinated not only helps protect you from the flu, it helps protect those you come in contact with.

Winona Health will offer flu shots on a walk-in basis during the following dates:

  • Tuesday, October 11 through Friday, October 14: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, October 17 through Friday, October 21: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, October 24 through Friday, October 28: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Check in for a flu shot will be on the second floor of the clinic at 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona. Please note that some waiting may be required and shots are given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Insurance will be filed, or individuals may pay $36 at time of check in. Those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Please note that due to new information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), FluMist will not be available at Winona Health this season.

Children age 8 and under who did not receive a flu vaccine during last year’s flu season may need a second vaccine 30 days after receiving the first vaccine dose. If you have questions regarding dosage, please contact your healthcare provider.

More information about influenza is available here.

If you’d like to schedule an appointment with a Primary Care provider at Winona Health, call 507.454.3650.


Optometrist Stephanie LaLiberte joins Eye Care Center

Stephanie LaLiberte, OD

Stephanie LaLiberte, OD

Optometrist Stephanie LaLiberte (pronounced La Liberty), said she became interested in optometry after going on mission trips to Lima, Peru with her Dad who is an optometrist.  She said, “What caught my interest was observing people put on a pair of glasses and actually seeing for the first time. It was life-changing.” She discovered a special interest in pediatric optometry while at a rotation with Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.

Dr. LaLiberte joins Ophthalmologist Laurel Quinn and Optometrist Scott Pastryk in the Winona Health Eye Care Center and provides primary eye care, as well as diagnoses and treatment of eye diseases.

“The first time I heard about Winona Health was from two of my patients while I was doing rotations at the VA. They said it was a great place and encouraged me to check it out,” said Dr. LaLiberte. “I chose Winona Health because everyone I’ve talked to who works here absolutely loves it. I’ve always wanted to work in a healthcare setting where there is a sense of community and you can develop lasting relationships.”

Dr. LaLiberte received her Doctorate of Optometry from Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, IL. She is certified by the National Board of Examiners in Optometry and the Minnesota State Board of Optometry.

In her free time, Dr. LaLiberte enjoys working out, a wide variety of sports and outdoor activities.

Appointments are available now to get a prescription in time to take advantage of the Eye Care Center’s one-day sale, 30-percent off a complete set of eyewear, on Thursday, October 6.

The Eye Care Center is located on the clinic third floor at Winona Health, 859 Mankato Avenue in Winona. To schedule an appointment, call: 507.474.4760.