Archives for April 2017

Steve Groth named Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute recipient

Hugh Miller and Steve Groth, recipient of the Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute.

Steve Groth received the 2016 Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute at a dinner held in his honor on Wednesday, April 19. The Community Service Tribute is awarded to a person or group whose generosity has led to the betterment of the Winona area.

In her nomination of Groth, Jodi Dansingburg, principal of the Ridgeway Community School, wrote “if you were to ask anyone who lives in or near the village of Ridgeway Minnesota who is the top volunteer in their community there is little doubt in my mind that they would respond, “Well that’s easy, Steve “Pug” Groth”.
A native of Ridgeway, Minnesota Steve has contributed to all aspects of the community for his entire adult life including public safety responsibilities such as the Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Department (32 years) and First Responders (15 years). As the volunteer coordinator for all four of Ridgeway Community School’s major renovation projects, Dansingburg wrote that Groth put in ‘hundreds and hundreds of hours of volunteer time’ working on demolition and construction projects in addition to providing volunteer maintenance services at the school.

A member of the Ridgeway Community Association Board member since 2007, Steve has also served as president and member of the Ridgeway Athletic Committee (25 years), a volunteer umpire for little league baseball Umpire (16 years), and coordinated and facilitated numerous community fundraising or health and wellness events.

Accepting the award, Groth said he was ‘surprised and humbled’ to receive such an honor and said that his community service is a ‘group effort’.
Hugh and Vera Miller and RTP Company generously gave $25,000 to the Winona Health Foundation’s Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund in Groth’s honor. This is the 29th consecutive year that the Miller family has sponsored the Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute to benefit the Patient Care Fund.

Those who would like to make a gift to the Winona Health Foundation in honor of Groth may direct their gift to the Winona Health Foundation by mail: 855 Mankato Ave., Winona, MN 55987, or online:

Fun, informative Women’s Health event Tuesday, May 9

Kristi Raadt, DPT

Winona Health’s Physical Therapists focused on women’s health are hosting Wine & Gyn, a special event for women, Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Blooming Grounds, 50 E. 3rd Street in Winona.

Invite your girlfriends to a fun and informative evening out. Join Winona Health Physical Therapists who have special expertise in preventive and treatment options for women before, during, and after pregnancy. Learn about the “crabby bladder” and how you can live free again— bring your questions.

You’ll also learn from the frequently asked questions our experts hear from women. This is a fun, informative, relaxed event. Attendees may even learn something new from each other!

Cindy Teske, PT

Presenters are Kristi Raadt, DPT, and Cindy Teske, PT. Raadt has a doctoral degree in physical therapy and is a certified clinical instructor. She has a special interest in orthopedics, women’s health, and pediatrics. Teske, a physical therapist and certified clinical instructor, is certified in manual lymphatic therapy, strain and counter strain, and functional dry needling. She has a special interest in chronic pain and women’s health.

Enjoy free appetizers. Wine available for purchase from Blooming Grounds. Admission to this special event is free, but seating is limited. RSVP below by Friday, May 5 or call 507.457.4161.

This event is part of Winona Health’s Spirit of Women programming. Spirit membership is free and there are several benefits.


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Winona Health among TOP 100 in the U.S.

Winona Health was named a top 100 U.S. rural and community hospital. The list includes the 100 top-performing rural and community U.S. hospitals in managing risk, achieving higher quality, securing better outcomes, increasing patient satisfaction and operating at a lower cost than their peers.

There are 5,564 registered hospitals in the U.S. according to the American Hospital Association, and 1,829 are categorized as rural community hospitals. In Minnesota alone, there are 145 hospitals, 108 of which are rural community hospitals. Of the top 100 in the U.S., only four Minnesota hospitals were recognized– Winona Health in Winona;  Lake Region Healthcare in Fergus Falls; Allina Health-District One Hospital in Faribault; and Mayo Clinic Health System-Albert Lea.

“To be in the top 100 in the U.S. is an accomplishment our staff should be very proud of,” said Rachelle Schultz, Ed.D., Winona Health president/CEO. “Winona Health is on this list due to the everyday hard work of our physicians, associate providers, all staff members, and our volunteers. It reflects perseverance in focusing on the right work over time.”

The report, published by Becker’s Hospital Review, is based on the evaluation of performance across a number of metrics collected on all hospitals by the National Rural Health Association’s Rural Health Policy Institute, iVantage Health Analytics and the Chartis Center for Rural Health.

Complete list of the Top 100 rural and community hospitals


About Winona Health: Winona Health is a nonprofit, community-owned healthcare system in southeast Minnesota devoted to improving the health and wellbeing of the community. The organization provides healthcare and wellness services from birth through end of life through its hospital, primary care and specialty clinics, and senior services including assisted living and long-term care. Click here for more information.

About Becker’s Hospital Review: Becker’s Hospital Review is hospital resource featuring up-to-date business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and health systems. Click here for more information.

Holiday hours

Winona Health will observe the following holiday hours the weekend of April 14.

Friday, April 14:

  • Winona Health clinics closing at 3 p.m.
  • Parkview Pharmacy and Winona Clinic Pharmacy closing at 3 p.m.
  • Urgent Care at 420 E. Sarnia 7 a.m.  – 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 15:

  • Urgent Care open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, April 16:

  • Urgent Care closed

The Emergency Department at Winona Health, 859 Mankato Avenue in Winona is always open. In an emergency, call 911.



Families who have lost a baby invited to memorial gathering

On Sunday May 7, 2017,Winona Health Family Birth Center nurses invite parents and families who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss to a memorial ceremony from 3 until 4 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cemetery, 1190 Sugar Loaf Road in Winona.

The memorial ceremony is organized by the Family Birth Center’s Little Ones Remembered committee. “Miscarriage, or losing an infant, is one of the most difficult things a person can go through. We want to honor parents and families who have lost babies and give them a permanent physical place to visit and grieve,” said Amy Frauenkron, RN, one of the event organizers.

Refreshments will follow the ceremony. Parents and family members who have experienced the loss of a child, no matter how long ago, are welcome to attend.

Those who have questions may call 507.474.3042.

Glady D. Miller Gift Shop Jewelry Sale

The Winona Health Glady D. Miller Gift Shop will host a Jewelry Inventory Reduction Fundraiser for two weeks in the HOSPITAL LOBBY at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Ave.

Glady D. Miller Gift Shop will showcase more than 250 pieces of jewelry. There will be a wide variety of earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted. All items will be 40 percent off original price.

Jewelry fundraiser is Monday, May 1 through  Friday, May 12. Gift Shop hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Attendees are asked to park in the hospital parking lot and use the hospital main entrance, which is closest to the gift shop.

All proceeds will go toward healthcare-related educational scholarships and volunteer healthcare projects. For more information, please call the Winona Health Volunteer Services Office at 507.457.4342.




Lake Winona Manor earns 5 stars

Lake Winona Manor staff gather for a 5-star photo.

Lake Winona Manor earned a 5-star rating — the highest possible from Leading Age, an association of community-based, nonprofit organizations dedicated to making America a better place to grow old.

Skilled nursing residences are rigorously reviewed and graded on various metrics around safety, quality of care and service to residents. The 5-star rating system includes every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home nationwide. Ratings are based on three sources of data: health inspections, staffing, and quality measures.

“I’m so proud of our team. The 5-star rating directly reflects on their daily work and sincere care for our residents.” said Molly Jensen, RN, Lake Winona Manor’s director of nursing. “Achieving a 5-star rating is a prime example of how lean management and our continuous system improvement approach, which counts on and respects the expertise of the people closest to the work, ultimately benefits our residents.” Jensen added that the staff had many insightful suggestions for making changes and worked as a team to implement them.

The Leading Age 5-star rating is based on analysis of data from July, August and September 2016, which is predictive of the rating Lake Winona Manor will receive from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which is based on same criteria, but the CMS rating reflects data lagging by 12 to 18 months.

To learn more about Lake Winona Manor, visit and click on Senior Services or call 507. 457.4366.


Improve your balance, strength, flexibility and mobility with Winona Health Tai Ji Quan class

Tai Ji Quan class is a group exercise class designed to help older adults improve balance and reduce the likelihood of falling. Tai Ji Quan uses slow coordinated movements to help participants enhance balance skills, body alignment, muscle strength, flexibility and mobility.

Winona Health is offering a 12-week Tai Ji Quan class beginning Monday, April 17. The class will meet Mondays and Wednesdays, 11a.m. to noon for 12 weeks. Cost is $48 for the 12-week program.

Classes will be in the Winona Health Rehabilitation Therapy department at Sarnia Square, 420 E. Sarnia, Winona, Minn.

Space is limited and registration is required, If questions, call Becca at 507.453.3741 or WellConnect at 507.251.3835. To register online, go to


Cardiac Rehabilitation gathering to celebrate 25 years

Winona Health’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation team has been building relationships, strengthening hearts and helping people reach their maximum potential for 25 years. To celebrate, they invite current and former clients and their friends and family members to an open house reception on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Visions Event Center at Signatures, 22852 County Rd 17 in Winona, Minn.

“Our Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation program has grown so much since it began a quarter of a century ago—this is a big milestone,” said Lynn Spain, MS, RCEP, RT, who has been instrumental in building the program and leading a strong clinical team. “We are looking forward to welcoming our current clients and reconnecting with those we’ve helped over the years. We work closely with people and really get to know them, so we miss our clients after they ‘graduate’ from their rehabilitation program.”

The event is an open house with refreshments from 5 to 7 p.m. There will be a brief program at 6 p.m. Cost is $10 per person. RSVP by Tuesday, April 18 to Emily in the community Engagement office at Winona Health: 507.457.4394.




Jessica Nelson, CNP, joins Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine team

Jessica Nelson, CNP

Jessica Nelson, CNP (certified nurse practitioner), has joined the Winona Health Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine team.

Nelson, a Rollingstone native, has been a registered nurse at Winona Health since 2006. “I decided to take the next step and go back to school so I’d be able to care for people in my community on a different level,” she said. “Becoming a nurse practitioner has been a long-term goal.”

Nelson earned her Master of Science – Family Nurse Practitioner degree from Walden University, Baltimore, Maryland, and is certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Prior to becoming certificated as a Family Nurse Practitioner, she cared for patients as a registered nurse in the Family Birth Center for nearly 10 years and then for patients in the Dialysis department.

“After earning my certification, I chose to stay with Winona Health because I like being a part of this community and having the chance to develop relationships with people I’m caring for. We have a wonderful team of healthcare providers and a broad range of services for our patients.”

Nelson and her husband have four children and live in Rollingstone. In her free time, she enjoys spending family time on the river or just being outdoors fishing, hunting or hiking. In addition, Nelson volunteers as the director of the Rollingstone First Responders and president of the Rollingstone chapter of the Jaycees.

Nelson joins pediatricians Sarah Lallaman and Kelli Ostermann. Autumn Cole, CNP, and Laura Dubis, PA-C, in Winona Health’s Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine department. To schedule an appointment, call 507.457.7607. Winona Health has a provider designated for same-day appointments for children who are sick.

For information about healthcare providers at Winona Health, visit and click Find a Provider.