Archives for November 2016

Dr. Birdsall’s Retirement Open House: December 11

Scott Birdsall, MD

Scott Birdsall, MD

Scott Birdsall, MD, retiring after caring for women and welcoming the Winona-area’s newest residents for 30 years

Scott Birdsall, MD, an Obstetrician/Gynecologist in the Women’s Health Center at Winona Health, will retire on December 31, 2016. Dr. Birdsall has been caring for women and welcoming babies into the world in the Winona area since August of 1986.

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

“The care and service Dr. Birdsall has generously given to women and babies in our area is unsurpassed,” said Rachelle Schultz, Winona Health president/CEO. “During his 30 years in Winona, he delivered 85-percent of his patients’ babies—an incredible statistic reflecting that he generously made himself available whenever possible, day or night, whether or not he was on call. That’s an amazing gift.”

In a note thanking his colleagues for their support through the years, Dr. Birdsall said, “This has been an incredibly satisfying career. Not only have my wife and I had the privilege of raising our three children in this beautiful city, but I’ve seen and been a part of many wonderful healthcare changes over the past 30 years.”

In appreciation of his years of service, Winona Heath will make a gift to the Winona Health Foundation in Dr. Birdsall’s honor.

If you wish to send a retirement message to Dr. Birdsall  through our online form, click here.

Fantasy of Trees award winners

"Here Today Gone To Maui"

“Here Today Gone To Maui”

The Winona Health Volunteers held its 16th annual Fantasy of Trees at Winona Health, November 7 through 18 on the clinic first and second floors, 859 Mankato Avenue, Winona.

Generous individuals, businesses, organizations contributed 63 trees in all shapes and sizes. Each tree had a theme and was given a unique name. The Fantasy of Trees committee has announced the winners of this year’s fundraiser:

  • 1st place: “Here Today Gone To Maui” – submitted by Edina Reality
  • 2nd place: “Frosty”-  submitted by WSU Nursing Club
  • 3rd place: “He’s Making a List, Checking it Twice” – submitted by 5th Street Liquor
  • Honorable Mention: “Christmas Wonderland” – submitted by Winona Health Memory Care Unit and Assisted Living
  • Honorable Mention: “Heavenly Metal” – submitted by Praying Mom’s Society
  • Honorable Mention: “Let it Snow” – submitted by La Boutique

The Winona Health Volunteers wish to thank all the community members, businesses, clubs and organizations who gave of their time and talent to create and donate a trees for this year’s Fantasy of Trees. Event proceeds will go toward the healthcare careers scholarship fund and purchasing new dialysis chairs.

If you have questions about the Fantasy of Trees or about the Winona Health Volunteers, please call Winona Health’s Volunteer Services office at 507.474.3328.


Jennifer Forsyth, DO, focusing on adult and geriatric care


Jennifer Forsyth, DO

Jennifer Forsyth, DO, who joined Winona Health’s Family Medicine team in 2015, is shifting her practice to focus on geriatric care. She is accepting new patients ages 60 and older, while also continuing to care for adults who have already established care with her.

In addition to being a board-certified Family Medicine physician, Dr. Forsyth has a special interest and training in geriatrics, “I’m interested in the complexity of human biology, and I am happiest when I’m relating to people and helping them. The best part of my work is meeting and getting to know somebody. I think my patients would say that I’m a good listener—they feel comfortable talking to me and that I’m very down to earth.”

To make an appointment with Dr. Forsyth, please call Winona Health Family Medicine: 507.457.7648.

To learn more about Dr. Forsyth or other healthcare providers at Winona Health, visit and click Find a Provider.

Laura Dubis, PA-C, joins Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine team

dubis_small_rgbAfter caring for patients as part of Winona Health’s Hospitalist team since 2013, Laura Dubis, a certified physician assistant (PA-C), is joining the staff in Winona Health’s Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine department.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to help kids develop healthy habits that start at a young age and that will eventually influence their health as adults.” said Dubis. “I had a great relationship with my Pediatrician growing up and she was actually the person who inspired me to pursue a career in healthcare. It would be amazing if I had the same impact on even one of my patients!”

Reflecting on why she chose Winona Health in 2013, she said, “Winona was like a second home. I grew up in Rochester and have family here in Winona. I have found that I absolutely love working in a smaller community hospital setting. It is great being able to get to know all of the staff here on a more personal level and it feels like one big family.

Dubis is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She earned her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio. Dubis earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

Dubis joins pediatricians Sarah Lallaman and Kelli Ostermann and certified nurse practitioner Autumn Cole in the Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine department at Winona Health. To schedule an appointment, call 507.457.7607.

For more information about healthcare providers at Winona Health, visit and click Find a Provider. Winona Health is also on Facebook and Twitter.



Special Movember Event: Men Only, Wednesday, November 30

Winona Health invites men to a special Movember event: A Drink with the Docs

RSVP here.

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

Winona Health Facilities staff celebrate No-Shave November to help co-workers and raise awareness of men’s health issues.

What began as a fun Movember (No-Shave November) fundraiser to help their fellow coworkers will wrap up with a Movember men’s only community event.

Beard or no beard, all men are invited to A Drink with the Docs, Wednesday, November 30, 2016, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the sun room at Green Mill, 1035 Hwy. 61 E., Winona, Minn.

Get answers to frequently asked questions about men’s health issues at this casual, men’s only event. Join Winona Health General Surgeon Matthew Broghammer, DO, Family Medicine physician Nicholas Modjeski, MD, and Emergency Medicine physician Brett Whyte, MD; and enjoy free appetizers, root beer and other soft drinks. Other beverages will be available for purchase.

Matthew Broghammer, DO

Matthew Broghammer, DO

Nicholas Modjeski, MD

Nicholas Modjeski, MD

Brett Whyte, MD

Brett Whyte, MD

A Drink with the Docs developed after Winona Health’s Facilities team challenged each other and their Winona Health coworkers to a friendly No-Shave November competition.

“The guys were talking at the lunch table about No-Shave November and wanted to make an impact by raising funds for the Winona Health Foundation,” said Greg Towner, Winona Health’s director of Facilities and Environmental Services. “They also wanted to raise awareness about men’s health issues because those issues are rarely talked about.” The Movember event is a way to get the conversation started.

Staff who decide to give the razor a rest for No-Shave November are pitching in to support coworkers who may be struggling with health issues or other difficulties through the Winona Health Foundation’s Employee Relief Fund.

“Hats off to our Facilities team,” said Betsy Midthun, Winona Health vice president of Community Engagement who oversees the Winona Health Foundation. “Not only are they experts at maintaining our building and grounds, but they are also a fun, caring and generous team who exemplify Winona Health’s values and help make it a wonderful place to give and receive care.”

RSVP for A Drink with the Docs is requested by Monday, November 28. Learn more and RSVP here or call 507.457.4161.

Free 30-minute, Hands Only CPR Workshops, Saturday, December 3, 2016

Helen Bagshaw, CCRN Winona Health Intensive Care Unit Minnesota Caregiver of the Year

Helen Bagshaw, CCRN
Winona Health Intensive Care Unit
Minnesota Caregiver of the Year

Sign up here.

What should you do if you see a loved one or a stranger collapse during a holiday event –or anytime? If you don’t know, here’s how to find out: Saturday, December 3, Helen Bagshaw, CCRN, will offer free Hands Only CPR workshops to teach you, your friends and family how to help someone having sudden cardiac arrest.

The workshops will be informative and fun. All ages 12 and older are welcome. Those under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

“People may be surprised to learn that saving someone’s life doesn’t require mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Hands only CPR is easy to learn, and you never know when you may have the opportunity to save a life,” says Bagshaw, a Winona Health ICU nurse. She also will share information about what to do when someone is choking and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED).

Here are a few good reasons to sign up:

  • 89% of cardiac arrests happen at home.
  • ‘Hands Only CPR’ can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival.
  • Each year, sudden cardiac arrest causes more deaths than lung cancer, breast cancer and AIDS combined.

Free, half-hour workshops are limited to 14 people per session:

  • 8:30 – 9 a.m.
  • 9:15 – 9:45 a.m.
  • 10 – 10:30 a.m.
  • 10:45 – 11:15 a.m.
  • 11:30 – 12 p.m.

The workshops will be in Winona Health’s B.A. Miller Auditorium on the hospital third floor, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona, Minn. RSVP for a specific time by Thursday, December 1 by calling 507.457.4161 or sign up here.

Great American Smokeout 2016: Thursday, November 17

Quitting smoking has immediate and long-term benefits at any age

Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout. This year’s Smokeout is Thursday, November 17.

“If you smoke, use the Great American Smokeout date to make a plan to quit, or plan NOW to quit smoking beginning on that day,” said Lynn Sprain, MS, RT, RCEP, with Winona Health’s cardiac Rehabilitation Department. “By quitting – even for one day – you will be taking a step toward a healthier life and reducing you cancer risk. If you know someone who smokes, encourage them to make a plan to quit.”

According to the American Cancer Society, about 40 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the world. While cigarette smoking rates have dropped (from 42% in 1965 to 17% in 2014), cigar, pipe, and hookah – other dangerous and addictive ways to smoke tobacco – are very much on the rise. Smoking kills people – there’s no “safe” way to smoke tobacco.

“You know and we know: Quitting is hard,” Sprain said. “But it’s worth whatever effort it takes, and you can increase your chances of success with help. Getting help through counseling or medications can greatly increase the chances of quitting successfully.”

Winona Health offers free, four-week smoking cessation programs three times each year. In 2017, programs begin on the following dates:

  • Thursday, January 5
  • Thursday, March 16
  • Thursday August 31

For more information about Winona Health’s free smoking cessation program, call 507.474.3324.

For long-term smokers who are concerned about the damage smoking may have done, Winona Health offers CT Lung Cancer Screening. For information about CT Lung Screening, talk with your primary care provider.


Free skin cancer screening by appointment December 14, 2016

Winona Health is offering free skin cancer screening Wednesday, December 14, 2016 from 8 to 11:45 a.m. and 1 – 4:15 p.m. Screening is by appointment only and a limited number of appointments are available.

This is a head-to-toe screening and it is specifically for those who have never been checked for skin cancer. Screening is a way to look for cancer before there are symptoms so it can be treated earlier when treatment is potentially less invasive and more effective.

Screening will be in the on the second floor of the clinic at Winona Health, 859 Mankato Avenue in Winona, Minn. To schedule an appointment, or if you have questions about the screening, call the Winona Health Dermatology department at 507.457.7674.


Welcome Andrea Salzmann, LICSW, to Behavioral Health

Andrea Salzmann, LICSW

Andrea Salzmann, LICSW

Andrea Salzmann, a licensed clinical social worker (LICSW), joined Winona Heath Psychiatric and Counseling Services and is now providing counseling services for children and adolescents.

“We are fortunate to have a full team providing specialized mental health services to young people right here at Winona Health,” said John Rislove, director of Behavioral Health. Salzmann will provide services as part of a team with LeAnn Morey, PA-C.

“I chose Winona Health because the size of the community appeals to me. There is a small-town sense of community, but the organization offers an abundance of services,” said Salzmann.

Since the age of 12, Salzmann has known that she wanted to be a counselor. She said she wished more people understood that their mental health is just as important as their physical health. “When you are having an issue, seek help to address it. Don’t put it off.”

Salzmann earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Indiana University-Purdue University in Columbus. Her experience includes home-based therapy, crisis assessments, psychosocial assessments, and foster care program supervision.

For an appointment with Andrea Salzmann or another member of Winona Health’s Behavioral Health Services team, call Winona Health Psychiatric & Counseling Services: 507.454.2606.



Hospice team makes more meaningful moments possible

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and hospices across the country are reaching out to raise awareness about the highest quality care for all people coping with life-limiting illness.

“Every year, nearly 1.6 million people living with a life-limiting illness receive care from hospice and palliative care providers in this country,” said J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. “These highly-trained professionals ensure that patients and families find dignity, respect, and love during life’s most difficult journey.”

Hospice is not a place. Hospice and palliative care programs provide pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support, and spiritual care to patients and their families when a cure is not possible.

Hospice and palliative care combines the highest level of quality medical care with the emotional and spiritual support that families need most when facing the end of life. Through this specialized care, families experience more meaningful moments together.  Hospice helps them focus on living despite a terminal diagnoses.

More information about hospice, palliative care, and advance care planning is available by contacting our Winona Health Hospice team at 507.457.4468

Stories showing the many ways hospice makes more special moments possible can be found at:

Winona Health: Hospice Is So Much More: Personal stories here.