Archives for May 2017

Welcome General Surgeon Crystal Lumi, MD!

Crystal Lumi, MD

General Surgeon Crystal Lumi, MD, joined the Winona Health medical staff

Dr. Lumi has been serving as a visiting physician in Wisconsin and Minnesota. She said, that being a visiting physician provides a lot of flexibility, but she was ready to settle in somewhere. “I chose Winona Health because I love the people here. I’ve been a visiting physician at many hospitals in Wisconsin and Minnesota. This is the friendliest place I’ve ever worked. Everyone is welcoming and they are happy to be here–and the focus is always on providing the best care for our patients.”

Dr. Lumi is certified by the American Board of Surgery. She earned her medical degree at the University of Minnesota –Minneapolis and completed her residency in General Surgery at the Marshfield Clinic-St. Joseph Hospital Program in Marshfield, Wis. In addition, she completed a Fellowship in Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery at the University of Minnesota. Her main surgical interests are surgical oncology, particularly breast cancer and rare tumors, as well as finding the least invasive treatment.

“As a surgeon, I enjoy getting to know people both in the context of their illness and their life and offering them solutions to their health problems,” said Dr. Lumi. “Surgery is a very intimate profession, and I like making connections with people and holding their hand through a difficult time. Surgery is serious business, but being able to laugh with them along the way can be helpful to them, too.”

Dr. Lumi’s professional memberships include the American College of Surgeons; American Society of Breast Surgeons; American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery; Association of Women Surgeons; the American Medical Association; and International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity.

In her free time, Dr. Lumi enjoys playing the piano, flute and harp; gardening, biking, rollerblading and cooking.

To learn more about General Surgery at Winona Health, click here or call Winona Health at 507.457.7770.

Registration open for 2017 Ben & Adith Miller Golf Classic

Troy Merritt will be the golf pro at this year’s Ben & Adith Miller Classic at Cedar Valley Golf Course on Monday, August 14, with a special, free exhibition open to the public at 10 a.m.

Winona Health Foundation’s event benefits Patient Care Fund

The Ben & Adith Miller Classic will be Monday, August 14, at Cedar Valley Golf Course.

The annual golf outing, now in its 31st year, is a fundraiser for the Ben & Adith Patient Care Fund, a special fund through the Winona Health Foundation that provides financial assistance to help individuals in need pay for medical care.

A recent Patient Care Fund recipient sent this note to the Foundation: The Patient Care Fund was there for me when I was at my lowest. I’ve been in the hospital and missed work to the point that I couldn’t pay my bills. Just to know that one bill is out of the way, it just made me cry. I am so happy.

“So many people, including many who never anticipated having a serious health issue or needing financial assistance, have been profoundly grateful for this fund,” said Betsy Midthun, vice president of Community Engagement at Winona Health. “The Ben and Adith Miller Patient Care Fund is a prime example of generosity in our community.”

In addition to the 18-hole Main Event, the full day of activities includes a free public golf exhibition, and the Green Monster Challenge, a 9-hole scramble during the afternoon.

Golf pro

Troy Merritt is an American professional golfer who has played on the PGA Tour and the Tour. Born in Osage, Iowa, Merritt played college golf at Winona State University through his sophomore year then transferred to Boise State University.

Merritt turned professional in 2008 and his first win on the Nationwide Tour came in September 2009 at the Mexico Open. In December 2009, Merritt became only the third golfer to medal at the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament by leading after every round, and won by one stroke over veteran Jeff Maggert with a score of 22-under-par.

Merritt will give a demonstration at Cedar Valley Golf Course, free and open to community members, Monday, August 14 at 10 a.m.

Green Monster Challenge

The Green Monster Challenge begins at 12:15 with registration and a light lunch at Cedar Valley Restaurant. After lunch, participants will head out on carts for a 1:30 shotgun start on Cedar Valley’s Green Monster course. The format is a four-person scramble with hole prizes and competition prizes. Registration is $100 per person and includes lunch, refreshments on the course, a participation gift and a photo of your foursome. Hole sponsorships are available for $500 and include registration for four.

18-hole Main Event

The Main Event begins at 11 a.m. with registration and an outdoor grilled lunch. The shotgun start is at noon, and the format is a four-person scramble. There will be hole prizes and competition prizes, followed by a reception and exhibition by Troy Merritt and an awards banquet at Cedar Valley Restaurant. Participation in the Main Event is through a hole sponsorship only, which is $2,500 and includes all of the above, plus refreshments on the course, a participation gift and photo with Troy Merritt.

Registration for the 18-hole Main Event and the Green Monster Challenge is open through Monday, July 31. Space for all events is limited, and golfers will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, visit the Winona Health Foundation page or download the registration form.

In fiscal year 2016, 333 applications were granted helping 644 people who received $750,813 in financial assistance for medical expenses through the Winona Health Foundation’s Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund.

For more information about the Ben & Adith Miller Classic or the Patient Care Fund, contact the Winona Health Foundation at 507.457.4394 or email Emily Hoff at



Find beautiful books and great gifts – June 6 and 7

Winona Health Volunteers will host a new book fair through Collective Goods formerly known as Books Are Fun, Tuesday, June 6 and Wednesday, June 7 from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue, Winona. Please use the hospital entrance to attend this event.

The sale features a wide variety of high quality new books and gifts that inform, enrich, entertain and inspire people of all ages. The Collective Goods selection includes New York Times bestsellers; children’s storybooks, classics and educational books; stationery and gift items; and general interest books such as cooking, sports, gardening, reference and multicultural titles. This is a wonderful opportunity to stock up on fun and educational gifts at reasonable prices.

All proceeds from the event will go towards Volunteer projects to benefit patients and their families at Winona Health in addition to providing scholarships to students pursuing a career in healthcare.

If attending the sale, please kindly use the hospital parking lot and hospital entrance so that clinic parking is available for those who have appointments.

For more information, please contact the Winona Health Volunteer Office at 507.457.4342.


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Eileen Reardon, MD, joins Women’s Health Center

Eileen Reardon, MD

Board-certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist Eileen Reardon, MD, joined Winona Health’s Women’s Health Center.

“I was looking for a place to relocate from Colorado to be closer to my mother who lives in Hudson, Wisconsin,” said Dr. Reardon. “I chose Winona Health because it felt like home, and I really liked the staff here. I also love water, college towns and smaller communities.”

An experienced physician, Dr. Reardon has been caring for women for more than 15 years. She earned her medical degree at the University of Colorado School of Medicine Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora and completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology Internship and Residency at Regions/Ramsey Medical Center-University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. She conducted her Senior Medical Student Research Project at Harvard University Medical School in Boston.

“My father was a pediatrician,” said Dr. Reardon. “During medical school, I was interested in neonatal medicine, but in my third year of residency, two enthusiastic colleagues told me how interesting OB/GYN could be. No day is ever the same. It is so special to be part of delivering a baby and having that unique connection with the family.” She also enjoys being able to help women improve their quality of life through surgery when necessary.

In her free time, Dr. Reardon enjoys swimming, playing golf, hiking, biking, spending time with her family and caring for her pets.

Dr. Reardon joins Women’s Health Center providers including Troy Shelton, MD; TinaMarie Strecker, CNM; Tara Suffrins, CNP; and board-certified visiting physicians Cynthia Bradley, MD; and Kenneth Crabb, MD.

To schedule an appointment in the Women’s Health Center at Winona Health, call 507.457.7701.

Welcome George Ripeckyj, MD

George Ripeckyj, MD

Board-certified diagnostic radiologist, George Ripeckyj, MD, joined the Winona Health medical staff.

“After retiring from my practice in Eau Claire, I decided to serve as a visiting physician. That took me to a number of healthcare organizations including Winona Health,” said Dr. Ripeckyj. “I chose to join Winona Health because I enjoyed the people and the focus here. It provides a good work-life balance and opportunity to do the things I enjoy and think are important. I’m also enjoying this gorgeous city.”

Dr. Ripeckyj is certified by the American Board of Radiology. He earned his medical degree from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield and completed his Transitional residency and Radiology residency at Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, Ill. He completed a fellowship in Neuroradiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Dr. Ripeckyj decided to go into radiology as a specialty because of the diversity of problems it can address. He said, “Radiology is often thought of as a behind-the-scenes specialty, but I enjoy the interaction with patients and colleagues.”

He is a member of the American Roentgen Ray Society, which is the first and oldest radiology society in the United States, the Radiological Society of North America and the Ukrainian Medical Association of North America.

Information about Winona Health, Dr. Ripeckyj and other healthcare providers is available online at

Welcome Mary Rajala, MD

Mary Rajala, MD

Mary Rajala, MD, joined the Winona Health medical staff and serves as a hospice physician.

“I chose to join Winona Health after serving as a visiting physician in the Anesthesia department,” said Dr. Rajala (pronounced Rye′-uh-la). “I was impressed with the quality of care here. Winona Health has an excellent staff, and I’m happy to now be a part of it.”

Dr. Rajala is certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology. She earned her medical degree from the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minn., and completed her clinical anesthesia training and internship at the Mayo Graduate School in Rochester, Minn.

“The best part of being a physician is touching another human being’s life and making a positive difference,” said Dr. Rajala. “Working with the Winona Health Hospice team, I’ll be able to use my knowledge of pain management to help people enjoy a better quality of life.”

Many people think that hospice care is only for people when they are in their last few days of life. However, hospice care is most beneficial when staff have many months to work with patients and their families, providing support and teaching them what to expect and how to care for a person who wishes to stay at home.

Hospice provides an array of services to increase comfort such as home nurse visits, music therapy, physical therapy, nondenominational chaplain visits, assistance from social workers, home health aides, and volunteer visitors, all covered under Medicare for those who are eligible.

Winona Health Hospice provides care for people in their homes, whether they live in a private home, assisted living or long-term care residence, within a 25 mile radius of Winona in Minnesota and Wisconsin. For information about Winona Health Hospice, call 507.4457.4468.

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Winona Elks Gratitude Grant improves memory-care garden

Mike Curran, Winona Elks Lodge #327 (left) presents a $2,500 Gratitude Grant to Gina Mcrae, Winona Health Memory Care supervisor, Adith Miller and Metz Manors along with Dick Ledebuhr, past state Elks president, and Betsy Midthun, vice president of Community Engagement at Winona Health.

Gardens are healing places, but for dementia or Alzheimer’s patients, they can also provide soothing and sensory experiences that improve their overall wellbeing.

With a donation of $2,500, the Winona Elks Lodge #327 will help residents reminisce and relive their gardening and outdoor experiences. The funding, a ‘Gratitude Grant,’ derives from the Elks National Foundation. “We have a special interest in helping people with dementia,” said Mike Curran, Elks Lodge #327 Exulted Ruler. “The Winona Elks members are pleased to provide assistance to this very worthy project.”

According to Cheryl Krage, director of Winona Health Assisted Living and Hospice, a garden space has benefitted residents for many years by giving them a secured area to enjoy the outdoors. However, the staff was seeking new opportunities to update, enhance and improve the shared garden area, making it more resident-centered. The grant will provide financial assistance for raised flower and vegetable beds, safe walking paths, and the development of areas that increase sensory stimulation.

“Offering a safe outdoor space for our memory care residents gives them opportunities to

remain active and engaged outside,” said Krage. “Our renovated garden area will offer an additional space for families to walk and sit with their loved one and reminisce about memories of planting, gardening and nature.”

Additional funding for this project will come from charitable proceeds raised through Winona Health Volunteer fundraising projects in 2017.

For more information about Adith Miller and Roger Metz Manors, call Cheryl Krage at 507.494.7496.


Immunization important in preventing measles

“Although we currently are not seeing cases of measles here in Winona, we know that parents are concerned,” said Sarah Lallaman, pediatrician and chief of Primary Care Services at Winona Health. “We have outstanding immunization rates in our community, and that is helpful in preventing the spread of disease.”

The Winona Health Pediatrics department shared the following information for parents who may be concerned about measles.

Measles Basics

  • Measles presents with fever, cough, runny nose and tearful eyes, which are fairly basic symptoms that can be similar in presentation with any other respiratory illness
  • The rash, when it develops, typically develops from the head downward
  • The illness is extremely contagious for unvaccinated individuals and can cause serious illness and hospitalization for symptom management


  • The MMR vaccine contains protection for measles and is routinely given at 12 months of age with a booster after age 4 and before kindergarten
  • The first vaccine provides a 93% effective protection, and the booster is thought to be 97% effective
  • The rest of the protection relies on herd immunity, or everyone else getting the vaccine to prevent outbreaks and high rates of disease
  • The vaccination series can be given quicker if needed, but that is only recommended for certain groups for certain risk factors

Winona Health’s Current Practice

  • Winona Health will continue to follow the recommendations of the MDH and CDC.
  • We will continue to offer the first MMR vaccine at 12 months of age, routinely given at the 12 month well check
  • We will continue to recommend the booster vaccine after age 4 unless there is reason to consider earlier administration or if the recommendations change throughout the current outbreak
  • We have no reason to recommend or administer the vaccine to anyone under 12 months of age, but if there is a particular concern for exposure, that should be discussed with the child’s health care provider

Winona Health highly encourages parents of any child over 12 months of age who has not received the MMR vaccine to consider immediate vaccination.

To schedule a well child check and immunizations, call the Winona Health Pediatrics department at 507.457.7607. Same-day appointments usually are available.




Carol Hill Scholarship recipients announced

The 2017-2018 Winona Health Volunteers Carol Hill Scholarship committee has awarded $20,000 in scholarships to nine students, all of whom have been accepted into an accredited healthcare program.

Carol Hill Scholarship funds are raised through Volunteer events including the $5 Jewelry & Accessories Sale, Fantasy of Trees, Basket Bonanza and Holiday Happiness, along with sales from the Glady D. Miller Gift Shop. Since the Winona Health Volunteers awarded its first nursing scholarship in 1962, more than $620,000 has been awarded to area students as they study to become caregivers.

The Winona Health Volunteers are pleased to help these students as they begin their education in healthcare or as they work toward completing their healthcare program.

Congratulations to the 2017-2018 Winona Health Volunteers Carol Hill Scholarship recipients:

Lauren Flanagan, Chamberlain College of Nursing, Downers Grove, Ill.

Amy Frauenkron, Viterbo University, La Crosse, Wis.
Paige Gernes, Carroll University, Waukesha, Wis.
Kelsey Groth, Minnesota State College Southeast, Winona, Minn.
Nicole Haedtke, Winona State University (Rochester Campus), Winona, Minn.

Kacie Lovas, Winona State University, Winona, Minn.
Lisa McCabe-Evans, Winona State University, Winona, Minn.
Amy Miller, Western Technical College, La Crosse, Wis.
Sheila Mueller, Walden University, Chicago, Ill.

Mariah Olson, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa
Hailey Parcel, Winona State University, Winona, Minn.
Lisa Parpart, Walden University, Chicago, Ill.

Jennifer Ready, Winona State University, Winona, Minn.
Michelle Steinfeldt, Viterbo University, La Crosse, Wis.

Anna Suhr, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, Wis.

Natalie Thode, Minnesota State College Southeast, Winona, Minn.
Katie Tschumper, Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire, Wis.
Mary Vang, Walden University, Chicago, Ill.

Christopher Wells, Walden University, Chicago, Ill.
Elizabeth Wolfe, Minnesota State College Southeast, Red Wing, Minn.


The scholarship committee members are: Kris Cichon, RN, BSN, Winona Health director of Inpatient Services; Janet Thewis, Minnesota State College Southeast Nursing Department; Jessica Muras, RN, Winona Health Lake Winona Manor; Maureen Gerson, Winona State University Nursing Department; and Kris Walters, Winona Health Volunteer Services.

Anyone wishing more information about becoming a Winona Health Volunteer can contact Winona Health’s Volunteer Services office at 507.457.4342.

Free skin cancer screening by appointment Friday, May 19, 2017

Winona Health is offering free skin cancer screening Friday, May 19, 2017, from 8 to 4:30 p.m. Screening is by appointment only. Appointments are intended for those who have never been screened for skin cancer and a limited number of appointments are available.

This is a head-to-toe skin screening. 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 on the second floor of the clinic at Winona Health, 859 Mankato Avenue in Winona, Minn. To schedule an appointment call Winona Health at 507.454.3650.