Archives for October 2016

Taking one for the team – or just taking a rest from the razor? Either way, we say THANKS!

Winona Health Facilities staff will observe No-Shave November to raise funds for co-workers experiencing personal difficulties.

Winona Health Facilities staff will observe No-Shave November to raise funds for co-workers experiencing personal difficulties.

Winona Health Facilities staff relishing No-Shave November

If you have pogonophobia—a fear of beards—you might need to avoid the Winona Health Facilities staff next month. They’ve decided to raise money for Winona Health’s Employee Relief Fund and raise awareness of men’s health by participating in MOvember, otherwise known as “No-Shave November.”

The plan started at the lunch table, when the Facilities guys were talking about what they could do to raise money. Greg Towner, Winona Health’s Director of Facilities and Environmental Services, said the group “wanted to do something that will make an impact.” They also feel that men’s health is rarely talked about.

The MOvember Foundation website points out, “The state of men’s health is in crisis. Men experience worse longer-term health than women and die on average six years earlier. Prostate cancer rates will double in the next 15 years. Testicular cancer rates have already doubled in the last 50. Three quarters of suicides are men. Poor mental health leads to half a million men taking their own life every year. That’s one every minute. Our fathers, partners, brothers and friends are facing this health crisis and it’s not being talked about. We can’t afford to stay silent.”

The Winona Health Facilities team saw this as an opportunity for a win-win solution. They can raise money and awareness for causes that hit close to home—and also enjoy the benefits of growing out their facial hair.

Further research from reputable web sites like and revealed even more compelling reasons to grow a beard. Abraham Lincoln grew his because an 11-year-old girl told him he would “look a great deal better,” as his face was “rather thin.” Beards can “increase your strength by 27%,” “make you a better musician,” and even serve as a “rudimentary compass.”

All kidding aside, the Winona Health Facilities staff urges their interested male co-workers to either donate or raise a minimum of $20 to join them for MOvember. Unbearded participants, you have the ability to support the cause by pledging any dollar amount of your choice in the name of a co-worker who is growing out their facial hair for the cause.

All money raised will be given to the Winona Health Foundation’s Employee Relief Fund, and November’s Casual for a Cause (Winona Health staff members contribute $5 to wear jeans on the last Friday of the month) will support the effort as well. Watch for an awesome “after” photo.

Thanks to our Winona Health Facilities team for such a creative and generous effort to support their co-workers.



Chaplain Services recognizes volunteers for their care

rita-haugh-kay-shaw-ellen-enrightWinona Health Chaplain Services celebrated Spiritual Care week on Oct 17- Oct 21 by recognizing their volunteers, along with  raising the awareness and thoughts of spiritual resilience of staff, family, patients, residents, volunteers and visitors who would take a moment to reflect on “self” and think about their own source of resilience.

On Wednesday Oct 19, Chaplain Services hosted a breakfast for their volunteers at the Watkins Great Hall to thank them for sharing their time and talents in meeting the spiritual needs of patients, residents, families, visitors and staff. In addition, Winona Health Chaplain Ronia Frelund was introduced and the retirement of Chaplain Carol Garman was announced.

During the event the group also reflected on questions such as: What gives you the strength to remain flexible and strong amid life’s challenges? What do you do to bounce back and recover in stressful situation? And what helps you stay renewed, positive, grow and thrive?

“We are so used to giving. It’s what we do,” said Kay Shaw, a volunteer worship leader. “And it’s so nice to be appreciated. It is a two way street. I like this year’s Spiritual Care theme of resiliency, as it is helping us think about what strengthens our services and what helps keep us going.”

Chaplain Services’ volunteers help in variety of roles including:

  • Worship leaders
  • Weekend on-call chaplains
  • Worship and special event ushers/escorts
  • Musicians
  • No One Dies Alone (NODA) companions
  • Prayer Group
  • Rosary leaders
  • Spirituality and religious groups

If you are interested in learning about becoming a volunteer in Chaplain Services, please contact Chaplain Services at 507.457.4382 or Winona Health Volunteer Services at 507.474.3328.


Photo: (l-r) Rita Haugh, Kay Shaw and Ellen Enright were among the attendees at the Winona Health Chaplain Services Spiritual Care Week volunteer breakfast on Wednesday, October 19.




Winona Health Volunteers Holiday Happiness: Nov. 9 – 12!

img_5769The Winona Health Volunteers’ annual Holiday Happiness will be November 9 through 12 at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

Holiday Happiness hours:

  • Wednesday, November 9 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday and Friday, November 10 and 11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

New this year in the hospital entrance surrounding the Glady D. Miller Gift Shop will be our popular Holiday Décor Sale which in the past has been a part of Fantasy of Trees in the clinic. You will find beautiful arrangements of various sizes to enhance your home or gift to friends and loved ones.

The B.A. Miller Auditorium on the hospital’s third floor will be transformed into a festive holiday shop featuring gifts, decorations, clothing and accessories, gourmet foods and a variety of bakery treats, breakfast breads to desserts from Daubes Bakery in Rochester.

Proceeds from this event will go towards healthcare scholarships and new dialysis patient treatment chairs.

Holiday Happiness is a festive way to begin preparing for the holidays while supporting local healthcare.

For more information, contact the Winona Health Volunteer Office at 507.474.3328.


3 Good Things might be just what you need. Join us for this free health talk

Ann MacDonald

Ann MacDonald

Is it possible that changing the way you use just three minutes a day can reduce stress, improve sleep, and bring about better work-life balance? Yes! It all starts with 3 Good Things.

All community members are invited to Winona Health’s free Health Talk: 3 Good Things, Thursday, November 17, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the B.A. Miller Auditorium on the hospital 3rd floor at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Ave., Winona.

Ann MacDonald, Winona Health’s director of Training & Development will share the benefits of getting into the 3 Good Things habit and how you can easily put it into practice. This may be just the program you need to help reduce stress, improve sleep and give you a new outlook on the holiday season — and on life.

The program is free and refreshments will be available. Seating is limited, so RSVP for this fun, uplifting health talk by Tuesday, November 15.

Winona Health’s free Health Talk: 3 Good Things, is part of Winona Health’s Spirit of Women programming. Spirit of Women is a free, no-obligation program with several benefits.

RSVP for 3 Good Things

Learn about Spirit

Have questions? Call 507.457.4161.

Urgent Care? Emergency Care? Which should you choose?

How do you know whether you should seek Emergency Care or Urgent Care? Winona Health’s Emergency Department never turns patients away, but keeping our Emergency Department open for true emergencies is important for the patients that need critical care immediately. Below is a guide to help you decide which facility is the best option to treat you. In general, please use this as a guide only. This is not intended to be a tool to diagnose injuries or illnesses. When in doubt, call 911.

Urgent Care: Minor injuries and illnesses

  • If the illness or injury is something you’d normally see your family doctor for, but you are not able to get an appointment right away or it’s after hours, urgent care is the right choice. Bring your insurance card, photo ID and a list of current medications.
  • Sprains, strains or possible broken bones
  • Headaches, stomach aches, sore throats
  • Coughs, ear infections, fever, colds, flu
  • Minor burns, lacerations which may require stitches or animal bites
  • Worker’s compensation injuries

Emergency Department: Severe injuries and illnesses

If the illness or injury seems more critical than something you’d see your primary care doctor for or if you need care in the middle of the night, seek emergency care. Emergency care is the starting point for these issues:

  • Complex fractures or bones protruding through the skin
  • Head injuries, or a sudden, very severe headache or loss of vision (could be the sign of a stroke)
  • Chest pain or heart attack symptoms – call 911
  • Serious lacerations, severe bleeding or poisoning
  • Intoxication, overdose or attempted suicide

Fantasy of Trees committee welcomes helping hands

"Family Tree." Donated & Designed by WH Occupational Health.

“Family Tree,” designed by Winona Health Occupational Health, was among the trees given in 2015.

It is not too early to start thinking about the Winona Health Volunteers’ 2016 Fantasy of Trees, scheduled for November 11 to 18.

Please share your artistic talents with the Winona Health Volunteers. If you would like to create a tree for the Fantasy of Trees, the Volunteers would love to have your help.

Looking back over 16 years, many community members and organizations have generously given beautifully decorated holiday trees to be auctioned by sealed bid.


  • Size: 1-4 feet tall and must have a theme and title
  • Must be in and have a tree stand; tree skirts optional
  • Artificial trees only
  • Lighted or unlighted ( Please use new bulbs )
  • All ornaments must be securely attached to the tree. This helps to ensure the safe transportation of the purchased trees
  • Trees are displayed for purchase by silent auction bids sheets
  • Trees will be judged and awards given

Flyers will be sent to those who have donated a tree in past years and to those who have expressed an interest in decorating and donating a tree.

Proceeds will go toward scholarships for students seeking careers in healthcare and purchasing new patient chairs for the Dialysis Department.

Those who would enjoy helping with the 2016 Fantasy of Trees or would like more information are asked to contact: Irene Mulyck, 507.452.3010,, or the Winona Health’s Volunteer Services office at 507.474.3328.


Crosswalk event focuses on increasing safety

Winona Health in partnership with Winona County SHIP is hosting a Share the Road crosswalk event at Winona Public Schools, Winona State University, and St. Charles Schools during the weeks of October 3 – 7 and October 10 – 14.

Share the Road crossing ambassadors will raise awareness for pedestrian safety by displaying a banner that provides safety tips for pedestrians and motorists while crossing in marked crosswalks at various locations and following the crosswalk law.

The campaign aims to increase the percentage of motorists and pedestrians who follow the Minnesota crosswalk law and exhibit safe walking and driving behaviors. This includes pedestrians making eye contact with drivers before proceeding into the crosswalk and motorists always being prepared to stop for crossing pedestrians at every corner. Every corner is a crosswalk. These behaviors will help reduce pedestrian-vehicle crashes on Winona’s roadways.

Be on the lookout for Share the Road crossing ambassadors, and for more information about Share the Road and pedestrian safety, visit

Walk to School Photo Contest

You’re invited to participate in the Minnesota Safe Routes to School photo contest. The goal is to promote safe use of crosswalks. Those who submit a photo will be entered to win a gift card. The contest runs October 5 – 14 and more information can be found online at