Archives for March 2017

Deadline extended for Winona Health Post-Secondary Scholarship

High school seniors interested in healthcare careers now have until Monday May 1 to apply for the Winona Health Post-Secondary Scholarship. The $1,000 scholarship, which is renewable for three additional years, is open to area students who plan to pursue a career in healthcare.

Scholarship recipients will be selected by the Winona Health Scholarship Program Committee based on the student’s demonstration of the program criteria, which include:

  • A strong motivation to pursue a healthcare career.
  • Academic excellence.
  • A dedication to community service.
  • A demonstrated need of financial support for their college education.

Additionally, the scholarship is contingent upon acceptance to an accredited institution in a program of study for a career in healthcare.

An application form and eligibility information is available here.

Please note that applications received after Monday May 1, or scholarships not fully completed, will be ineligible. For more information, call 507.457.4316 or visit



Visitor limitations to be lifted

On Saturday, April 1, Winona Health is lifting the temporary visitor limitations due to influenza that were put in place at the hospital, Lake Winona, Adith Miller and Roger Metz Manors and Senior Living at Watkins on February 21.

Even though visitor limitations will no longer in effect, to prevent the spread of illness, people are asked to refrain from visiting friends and relatives in the hospital or nursing home if they are coughing or showing other respiratory symptoms.

Winona Health continues to encourage everyone to adopt these simple, everyday practices to help limit spread of colds and flu:

  • 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:

The Winona Health Pediatrics department has a provider designated for same-day appointments for children who are ill, to schedule an appointment in Pediatrics, call 507.457.7607.


Kneed Answers? Free Health Talk for athletes

People of all ages engaged in athletics at any level or enjoying an active lifestyle will find helpful information at a free Health Talk: Kneed Answers? Thursday, April 20, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the B.A. Miller Auditorium at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Ave., Winona, Minn.

Winona Health Sports Medicine physician Andrew Millis, MD, and physical therapist Travis Kramolis, MPT, will share information to help you keep your knees strong and decrease your risk of injury.

“The knees are one of the body’s major joints, and an injury can cause constant pain and prevent you from doing what you want to do,” said Dr. Millis. “Of course not every injury is avoidable, but there are things athletes and active people can do to strengthen and protect their knees.”

Attendees will also learn more about what to do if they sustain an injury including signs that it is something that can be treated at home versus what might require medical attention.

Andrew Millis, MD

Presenter: Andrew Millis, MD

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. He completed a fellowship in Orthopedic Sports Medicine at Cleveland Clinic and helped take care of professional sports teams including the Cleveland Cavaliers and Cleveland Indians.

“I injured my knee playing football in my early teens,” said Dr. Millis. “The experience I had with my orthopedic surgeon influenced my decision to specialize in orthopedics and sports medicine. One of the reasons I chose Winona Health was for the opportunity to work with athletes and athletic teams at all levels including Winona State University and area high schools. The most rewarding part of my work is helping athletes and others get back to doing what they enjoy doing.”

Travis Kramolis, MPT

Presenter: Travis Kramolis, MPT

Travis Kramolis, MPT, has a special interest in sports medicine and is a certified clinical instructor. He received his master of Physical Therapy from University of Wisconsin La Crosse and has more than ten years of experience as a physical therapist.

“Our Sports Medicine team includes athletic trainers, physical therapists and physicians,” noted Kramolis. “This team approach helps people get the right combination of care to reach their maximum potential.”

RSVP for Kneed Answers is requested by Tuesday, April 18.

RSVP for Kneed Answers

If you have questions, please call 507.457.4161.




Community invited to Student Research Fair

Learn about medical research being conducted right here in Winona

Winona Health provides opportunities for local pre-professional students to gain clinical experience prior to applying to professional school.

The Winona Health Research Committee is hosting a Research Fair to give area pre-professionals the opportunity to share their work and community members the chance to learn about the medical research being conducted by local university students.

Student research may pertain to immunology, microbiology, epidemiology, psychology, kinesiology, exercise science, medical engineering, or any other potentially medically related field of research.

The Student Research Fair posters will be on display during clinic hours Wednesday, March 29 at 4 p.m. through Friday, March 31 at 4 p.m. On Friday, March 31, researchers will be on hand to explain their projects and answer questions from 1 until 4 p.m.

Community members are welcome to come in to view the posters and learn more about the research being conducted right here in Winona. Research committee members include Winona Health physicians from various specialties and professors from Winona State University. In addition, several Winona Health physicians, healthcare professionals and Winona State University professors serve as mentors for the student research.

Research Committee Members:

  • Lee Trombetta, MD, FACS – Winona Health, General Surgery
  • Nicole Beatty, MD – Winona Health, Anesthesiology
  • Richard Ferris, MD – Winona Health, Internal Medicine/Hematology/Oncology
  • Hans Serleth, MD, – Winona Health, Plastic, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Rebecca Wolf, CNP, – Winona Health, Occupational Health
  • Osvaldo Martinez, PhD – Winona State University, Department of Biology/Virology
  • Erin White, PhD – Winona State University, Department of Health, Exercise, and Rehabilitative Services
  • Francis Mann, PhD, – Winona State University, Department of Chemistry
  • Todd Reinhard, PhD, – Saint Mary’s University, Dean, School of Sciences and Health Professions, Professor of Biology and Health Professions
  • Spencer Treu, Clinical Research Coordinator/EMT – Winona Health
  • Roderick Baker – Winona Health, Senior LEAN Specialist
  • Lori Stanislawski – Winona Health, Executive Assistant

Winona Health is dedicated to supporting the healthcare career goals of our local university students. More information about student research opportunities is available here.

Winona Health earns health care home certification

Winona Health’s patient-centered approach to care has led to certification as a health care home by the Minnesota Department of Health. Health care homes reflect transformative change in the delivery of primary care.

A “health care home,” also called a “medical home,” is an approach to providing primary care services in which healthcare providers, families and patients work in partnership to improve health outcomes and quality of life while working to prevent hospitalization and unnecessary emergency care and the higher costs associated with those services.

Earning certification as a health care home means an organization provides primary care that goes beyond screening, diagnosis and treatment to focus on improving an individual’s understanding of their health status and overall health. This may include connecting patients with key staff and services to help them determine health goals that are important to them and manage their health conditions.

“This certification shows that we provide patient-centered care and services designed to improve overall population health beginning with each patient’s healthcare experience.” said Marti Bollman, Winona Health VP of Primary Care Services. “Each person’s needs are different. Our healthcare professionals and support staff are dedicated to developing innovative ways to enhance care for those who may be struggling to manage their health. This is about focusing on the right work to benefit our patients and the community.”

One aspect of being a certified health care home is providing Care Coordination services for interested patients. Patients may meet the criteria and be referred for Care Coordination services if they and their healthcare provider agree that Care Coordination services would be beneficial. Patients then meet with a registered nurse, discuss health goals and receive enhanced services to help them manage complicated health conditions and meet their health goals.

Find information about healthcare providers here and services here, or call 507.454.3650. For information about Care Coordination services, please talk with your healthcare provider.

My Winona Health: New self-enrollment option

Winona Health’s secure patient portal, My Winona Health, is a free web tool that gives patients instant access to their medical information anytime, anywhere they have an internet connection. Winona Health patients can now self-enroll to begin using this free service— no phone call or in-person visit is necessary to set up a My Winona Health account.

There are now three options for new users to set up a My Winona Health account:

  • Self-enroll (easiest)Patients must be 18 or older to self-enroll. Visit and follow the simple prompts. Either an account number from a recent bill/statement or an email address on record at Winona Health may be used to start setting up a secure account.
  • Speak with someone at a Winona Health registration desk You will be asked to verify your personal information, provide an email address and choose a personal identification number (PIN).
  • Set up a new My Winona Health account by phone If you are unable to self-enroll or would like to enroll your children, visit a registration desk or call 507.474.5678 during clinic hours, or call  toll-free, 1.866.708.0820, Monday – Thursday 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Friday 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.; or weekends 2 – 10 p.m. You will need an email address to sign up.

My Winona Health allows registered users access to the following features in their account and the accounts of their minor children and others who have granted written permission:

  • Schedule an appointment in the following areas: annual exams in the Women’s Health Center; annual eye exams in the Eye Care Center; new patient counseling in Psychiatric & Counseling Services and well child visits (0-18) in Pediatrics and Family Practice.
  • Send messages to your provider or care team.
  • Check upcoming appointment dates.
  • View your medical history (clinical summaries from 2010 to present, procedures, lab results, height/weight, blood pressure and more).
  • Check and print immunization records.
  • Access and print your child’s medical information.
  • View current medications and allergies.
  • Download and view educational materials from your visits.
  • Access medical information and schedule appointments for your children and family members who give permission.
  • Print work or school excuses – now available in the My Records section under Documents.

More information about My Winona Health is here. or call 507.474.5678.

Enroll now!

My Winona Health is a secure Internet application in compliance with state and federal requirements. It is a collaboration between Winona Health and Cerner Health, a global health technology company contributing to the improvement of health care.

Delicious demo Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Winona Health’s Food & Nutrition staff invites community members to a cooking demonstration Wednesday March 22, between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., in the clinic lobby at Winona Health, 859 Mankato Ave., Winona, Minn.

The cooking demonstration is a way to celebrate National Nutrition Month. This year’s nutrition month theme is Nutrition for a Better Tomorrow. In addition to the cooking demo, Winona Health dietitians will be on hand to answer questions.

“Our goal as a healthcare organization is to help people stay healthy or improve their health, so we wanted to do something special for community members during National Nutrition Month,” said Joe Riley, food service director at Winona Health. “We’re showing people how easy and delicious nutritious food can be.”

Those attending the demonstration can enjoy a sample, ask questions and pick up recipes while supplies last.

“Community members are always welcome to try our Lakeside Café, located on the hospital first floor,” noted Riley. “Some people think it’s just for patients, visitors and staff, but some community members have discovered that it’s a great place to stop for a delicious, nutritious and reasonably priced breakfast, lunch or dinner.”

Questions about the cooking demo or about Winona Health’s Lakeside Café can be directed to Winona Health’s Food & Nutrition Department at 507.457.4129.

Free six-week Grief Support Group begins Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Winona Health Hospice invites those who are dealing with grief to a free, six-week, Grief Support Group beginning Tuesday, April 4, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The group will meet in the lounge at Senior Living at Watkins, 175 E. Wabasha Street in Winona. Meetings will be consecutive Tuesdays through May 9.

This support group offers a small group setting, making it more comfortable for people to talk about their experience, identify with others, and learn strategies to help them in their grief journey.

“This group is open to anyone who is struggling with the loss of a friend or family member,” said Sheila Skeels, licensed social worker with Winona Health Hospice. “We’re here to offer support and to help people cope.”

The Grief Support Group is free, but RSVP is required. Those who have questions or would like to RSVP may call Sheila Skeels, LSW, at 507.457.4549.