Archives for February 2017

“The Gift” spring topic: Navigating Medicare

Winona Health and area partners present The Gift: Navigating Medicare, Tuesday, April 11, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the Watkins Great Hall at 175 E. Wabasha in Winona, Minn.

For most people, turning 65 means becoming eligible for Medicare. And that can mean “graduating” from health insurance as you know it to a new system with its own timelines, rules and terminology.

Understanding your options and making wise choices can be daunting. Fortunately, the route to Medicare success follows a familiar path: Do your homework, don’t rush, follow directions and seek clarification when you have questions.

Guest speakers are Sheila Skeels, a social worker with Winona Health; Stephanie Ayoub, a nurse with Winona County Public Health; Marsha Yancy, senior advocate with the Friendship Center; and Chad Wojchik, a counselor and volunteer coordinator with Southeast Minnesota Agency on Aging.

“The Gift” is a quarterly health talks series that covers topics related to various aspects of aging including financial, legal and emotional issues. To receive advance notice about these and other Winona Health events, sign up for the free monthly events enewsletter at: winonahealth.org/events.

The Gift series is free and people are welcome to attend any or all of the programs in the series. For planning purposes, RSVP is requested by Monday, April 10. RSVP HERE or call 507.457.4161.

Cancer Program earns reaccreditation

Left to right: Rachelle Schultz, Ed.D., Winona Health president/CEO; Dawn Gronner, LSW; Cheryl Evans, CTR; Ronald England, DO, FCAP; Stephen L. Seagren, MD, Commission on Cancer site surveyer; Angela Johannes, RN, BSN; Justin Albanese, MD; Sandy Gruszynski, RN, PNC, CN-BN; Matthew Broghammer, DO; Lee Trombetta, MD, FACS.

Winona Health’s Cancer Care Program has again earned accreditation by the Commission on Cancer. The organization’s program has been accredited since 2013.

“Our program adds significant value to the community by giving our cancer patients the option of pursuing their treatment with local healthcare providers,” said Ronald England, DO, a Winona Health Pathologist and chairperson of Winona Health’s Cancer Committee. “The result is high quality care from medical professionals who follow standards established by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network in a personable and convenient setting.”

Receiving care at a Commission on Cancer-accredited organization ensures individuals will receive:

  • Comprehensive care offering a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment.
  • A multidisciplinary, team approach to coordinate the best cancer treatment options.
  • Access to cancer-related information and education.
  • Access to patient-centered services such as psychosocial distress support systems
  • Options for genetic assessment and counseling and Palliative care services.
  • Cancer surveillance after remission.
  • Assessment of treatment planning based on evidence-based national treatment guidelines.
  • Information about clinical trials and new treatment options.
  • Follow-up care at the completion of treatment, including a survivorship care plan.
  • A cancer registry that collects data on cancer type, stage, and treatment results, and offers lifelong patient follow-up.

Winona Health’s cancer care team consists of the following physicians and staff:

  • Richard Ferris, MD, Medical Oncologist
  • Matthew Broghammer, DO, General Surgery
  • Lee Trombetta, MD, FACS, General Surgery
  • Wen-Yu “Vicky” Haines, MD, General Surgery
  • Karen Perkins, PA-C, General Surgery
  • Ronald G. England, DO, Surgical Pathologist
  • Hans Serleth, MD, Plastic, Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Catherine Compton, CNP, Plastic, Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Sandy Gruszynski, RN, Patient Navigator and Cancer Care Coordinator, Cancer Care
  • Dawn Gronner, LSW, Psychosocial Services Coordinator
  • Justin Albanese, MD, Diagnostic Radiologist, Imaging Services
  • Cheryl Evans, CTR, Cancer Care
  • Sheila Skeels, LSW, Hospice Services
  • Theresa Hoyles, RD, LD, CDE, Dietitian, Diabetes and Nutrition Education
  • Emily Breunig, OTR/L, CLT, CES, Rehabilitation Services

The accreditation indicates that Winona Health’s Cancer Program has been rigorously reviewed by a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care.

Review Winona Health’s Cancer Program Annual Report.

More information about the Commission on Cancer is available here.

 

Free Healthcare Directives programs at Winona Health or at your organization

Does your family know what you want?                                                     

Winona Health Volunteers invite community members to a free informational program about Healthcare Directives (also called Advance Directives) on Monday, March 20, 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, April 3, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the same location for those who have attended a Healthcare Directives Informational Session but have questions or would like assistance in completing their directive or to have a facilitator review their directive.

Winona Health Volunteers also would enjoy presenting a Healthcare Directives program for area groups and organizations and would be happy to attend a meeting at your location.

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.

KTTC features Winona Health sleep services

Denver Brown, PA-C

Winona Health’s Denver Brown, PA-C, and sleep lab technologist, Sheri Laufle, BA, REEGT, RPSGT share information about the importance of a good night’s sleep with KTTC reporter Francisco Almenara-Dumur including what it’s like to undergo a sleep study and what it can tell you.

 

If you’re not sleeping well, talk with your primary care provider. He or she may recommend a sleep study. Learn more about Sleep Management services at Winona Health.

If you’re looking for a healthcare provider, click here or on our Find a Provider tab and learn more about your options at Winona Health.

Hospice seeking volunteers and offering training in March 2017

Winona Health Hospice Services is offering training for community members interested in becoming hospice volunteers. Winona Health Hospice provides care to individuals and families within a 25-mile radius of Winona no matter where they receive healthcare services.

Hospice staff and volunteers provide respite care and emotional and spiritual support to individuals living with a terminal illness and their families, by providing compassionate care and support during an individual’s end-of-life journey.

The training includes an initial meeting on either: Monday, March 20 from 9 a.m-10:30 a.m. or Thursday March 23 from 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. There is also independent online education and, once complete, participants will attend one of the final meetings: Tuesday, April 18 from 9-10:30 a.m. or Thursday April 20 from 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m.

Those interested are asked to contact the hospice volunteer coordinator by email: skronebusch@winonahealth.org or call the Winona Health Hospice Services office at 507.457.4468.

Those interested also will be asked to complete an online volunteer application at: www.winonahealth.org/volunteer.

 

 

Still smoking? Give your lungs a break. Free help is available.

Lynn Sprain, MS, RT, RCEP, smoking cessation program facilitator

Winona Health’s next smoking cessation program is FREE and it begins Thursday, March 16, 2017.

This free program includes four sessions meeting Thursday evenings 6 – 7:30 p.m. in the Parkview Conference Room on the first floor of the hospital at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue.

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

Winona Health’s 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 smoking is one of best things people can do for their health. It’s tough, but the benefits are immediate.” said Sprain, program facilitator.

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, call Lynn Sprain at 507.474.3324.

Temporary visitor limitations due to influenza

Winona Health has implemented temporary visitor limitations due to an uptick in influenza cases in the community and throughout the state. Visitors are limited to immediate family only in the hospital, Lake Winona Manor, Adith Miller and Roger Metz Manors and Senior Living at Watkins until further notice.

In addition, family members who are coughing or showing other respiratory symptoms also are asked not to visit their relatives in the hospital, nursing home or Senior Living at Watkins.

“The flu is in our community, and we’ve experienced an increase in the number of patients seeking care for flu-like symptoms,” noted Sara Gabrick, vice president of Specialty Care Services at Winona Health. “We’re implementing visitor limitations to minimize our patients’ and residents’ potential exposure to the influenza virus.”

Patients and family members coming to the clinic for appointments who are coughing, sneezing or seeking care for respiratory symptoms are asked to wear a mask. Masks are available at the hospital, Lake Winona Manor and clinic main entrances.

Winona Health encourages everyone to adopt these simple practices to help limit spread of the flu virus:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Then throw the tissue away. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow or upper sleeve rather than into your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If you are not near water, use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

If you have additional questions about the flu, contact your primary healthcare provider or the Winona Health Urgent Care Clinic at 420 E. Sarnia. Winona Health’s Urgent Care Clinic is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To check current Urgent Care wait times, visit: www.winonahealth.org/uc.

 

The Winona Health Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine department has a healthcare provider designated for same-day appointments for children who are ill. To call the Pediatrics department: 507.457.7607.

 

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Symptoms of Cold versus Flu

 

Symptoms Cold Influenza
Fever Rare in adults & older children, but can be as high as 102o F in infants and small children Usually 102o F, but can go up to 104o F and usually lasts 3-4 days
Headache Rare Sudden onset & can be severe
Muscle aches Mild Usual & often severe
Tiredness & weakness Mild Can last 2 or more weeks
Extreme exhaustion Never Sudden onset & can be severe
Runny nose Often Sometimes
Sneezing Often Sometimes
Sore throat Often Sometimes
Cough Mild, hacking cough Usual & can become severe

 

 

 

Free Health Talk: Trust Your Tummy, Thursday, March 16

“Almost everyone has a bout of stomach or digestive distress now and then,” says Anne Marie Olsen Wagner, a certified nurse practitioner at Winona Health. “Whether stomach issues are occasional or frequent, this presentation will provide information that could be helpful to you.”

The free Health Talk: Trust Your Tummy, will be Thursday, March 16 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the B. A. Miller Auditorium at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

Digestive issues are often brought on by the foods we eat or by stress. Learn what your tummy may be telling you and who to ask for help when you’re experiencing tummy trouble or digestive distress. You’ll get tips that may help prevent or alleviate some types of digestive distress along with information about when a symptom is a red flag that requires further follow-up.

This free Health Talk is part of Winona Health’s Spirit of Women programming and is open to men and women of all ages.

RSVP is requested by Tuesday, March 14.

RSVP

Learn about Spirit of Women

Have questions? Call 507.457.4161.

Free Program: Living Well with Ongoing Health Concerns

Living Well with Ongoing Health Concerns is a free, six-week program offered by Winona Health to help people who are living with a chronic health condition or an ongoing health concern. The spring program begins March 23, 2017, and meets six consecutive Thursdays, 2 – 4 p.m.

The program is designed to help people with conditions such as heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, depression, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, chronic pain and other physical and mental health conditions.

Participants will learn tips and get help with developing action plans for pain control, healthy eating, healthy activities, and ways to communicate with family, friends, and healthcare providers. The goal is to improve quality of life by helping people manage their health and begin doing the things they want and need to do.

The program meets at Winona Health Sarnia Square, 420 E Sarnia in Winona. There is no cost unless participants wish to purchase the program manual for $20. Class size is limited and RSVP is required.

To RSVP, call Winona Health Therapy Services, 507.453.3741.

 

 

Take steps to protect yourself and others from the flu

“Flu season is definitely here, and like in other communities across the state, we’re experiencing an increase in the number of patients seeking care for flu-like symptoms,” said Brett Whyte, MD, Winona Health medical staff chief. “While people can’t always prevent getting the flu, there are several things they can do to reduce their risk.”

Winona Health encourages everyone to adopt these simple practices to help limit spread of the flu virus:

  • Get a flu shot.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Then throw the tissue away. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow or upper sleeve rather than into your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If you are not near water, use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

“The sensitivity of the influenza test is only 62-percent, making influenza primarily a diagnosis made by doing a history and physical exam without additional testing in the height of flu season,” noted Dr. Whyte. “Treatment with drugs like Tamiflu is available if started within 48 hours of the onset but have limited benefit. The CDC recommends treatment of patients in high risk groups such as people over age 65, hospitalized patients, nursing home patients, pregnant patients, and those with some chronic diseases. It recommends symptomatic care only in most otherwise healthy patients.”

Although visitor limitations have not been implemented at this time, as always, people who are coughing or showing other respiratory symptoms are asked not to visit their friends and relatives in the hospital or nursing home.

People coming to the clinic for appointments who are coughing, sneezing or seeking care for respiratory symptoms are asked to wear a mask. Masks are available at the entrances.

If you have questions about the flu, contact your primary healthcare provider or the Winona Health Urgent Care Clinic at 420 E. Sarnia. Winona Health’s Urgent Care Clinic is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To check current Urgent Care wait times, visit: www.winonahealth.org/uc.

The Winona Health Pediatrics department offers same-day appointments for sick children. Call 507.457.7607.

Symptoms of Cold versus Flu
Symptoms Cold Influenza
Fever Rare in adults & older children, but can be as high as 102o F in infants and small children Usually 102o F, but can go up to 104o F and usually lasts 3-4 days
Headache Rare Sudden onset & can be severe
Muscle aches Mild Usual & often severe
Tiredness & weakness Mild Can last 2 or more weeks
Extreme exhaustion Never Sudden onset & can be severe
Runny nose Often Sometimes
Sneezing Often Sometimes
Sore throat Often Sometimes
Cough Mild, hacking cough Usual & can become severe