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.
More information about Winona Health is available at winonahealth.org.
Mary Rajala, MD