Archives for June 2017

Fireworks can be dangerous–play it safe!

 

Winona Health Emergency Department physicians and staff are reminding people about the dangers of improper use of fireworks.

“Handling fireworks can cause severe injury including eye injuries and burns. The best way to prevent firework injuries is to not use any fireworks at home,” said Brett Whyte, MD, Winona Health medical chief. “Leave the fireworks to the professionals, and have a wonderful holiday.”

If fireworks are legal in your area and you decide to use them, the following tips can decrease the odds for injury:

  • Keep fireworks (including firecrackers, rockets and sparklers) out of the hands of children. If kids have sparklers, keep them outside and away from the face, clothing and hair.
  • Buy only legal fireworks. Legal fireworks will have a label with the manufacturer’s name and directions.
  • Never try to make your own fireworks.
  • Stay outdoors and have a water source (bucket and hose) nearby.
  • Stay clear of other people.
  • Wear eye protection.
  • Do not hold fireworks in your hand or have any part of your body over them while lighting.
  • Do not carry fireworks in your pocket—friction could set them off.
  • Never try to relight a dud.
  • Stay away from houses and any flammable materials.
  • Do not let kids pick up pieces of fireworks after an event.
  • Keep pets indoors.
  • Soak fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing them in a trash can.

In the event of an injury, seek immediate medical help. If an eye injury occurs, do not touch or rub it, and do not flush with water. Seek medical attention immediately.

In the event of a burn, remove clothing from the burned area and run cool, not cold, water over the burn and call your doctor.

In an emergency, immediately call 911. The Emergency Department at Winona Health and the Winona Area Ambulance Service are here for you 24 hours a day, every day.

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More information about Fireworks safety is available from The National Council on Fireworks Safety, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose sole mission is to educate the public on the safe and responsible use of consumer fireworks. For a full list of consumer fireworks safety tips and a safety video: www.FireworksSafety.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Program for adult children and their parents – The Gift: Legal Groundwork

Winona Health and area partners present The Gift: Legal Groundwork, Tuesday, July 11, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Watkins Great Hall at 175 E. Wabasha in Winona, Minn.

As with many things, planning ahead eases stress and makes things go more smoothly. This program will provide the information parents and their adult children need to make decisions as they age. Caregivers will learn what legal forms are needed in order to care for a parent, and parents will learn about the necessary forms to share with their caregivers. Understanding the options and legal obligations will help families ensure things are handled the way they choose.

Join our panel of legal experts to get answers to pressing questions. Panelists include: Ashley Martin, a social worker from Winona Health; Tony Schmit, from Pluto Legal, PLLC; and Mark W. Breneman from Breneman Law, PLLC

“The Gift” is a quarterly health talk series covering topics related to various aspects of aging including financial, legal and emotional issues. To receive advance notice about The Gift and other Winona Health events, sign up for Winona Health’s 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, July 10.

RSVP here

or call 507.457.4161.

 

 

 

Problem solved, article published: Thank you and congratulations to Tim Metz

Tim Metz RT(R)(CT)

Winona Health lead CT technologist, Tim Metz, had a column published the June/July issue of ASRT SCANNER, a publication of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists covering vital news and information for medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals and stories on issues of interest to radiologic technologists.

Tim designed and built a special piece of equipment to solve an imaging challenge. Tim’s solution:

  • Prevents possible damage to expensive equipment
  • Increases comfort and peace of mind for patients and staff
  • Improves standard work and image quality
  • Reduces rework
  • Saves money


“I like the variety of things I get to do at Winona Health. Some bigger places you’re assigned to the same thing every day. It’s hard to get bored here,” said Tim. “And when we find solutions that use our resources wisely, it’s good for everyone.”

Click on the article thumbnail at the right to read Tim’s published column.

Health Talk: The Great Eight – What do you need for a better night’s sleep?

If it’s been a while since you’ve had a good night’s sleep, you may not even remember what you’re missing.

Winona Health’s free Health Talk: The Great Eight—What do you need for a better night’s sleep?  Will be Thursday, July 20 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the B. A. Miller Auditorium at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

Not sleeping well means your quality of life is suffering. Learn how to get a better night’s sleep – it may be easier than you think: from making changes in your sleeping environment and pre-bedtime routine to considering whether you might have a sleep disorder. Whatever the cause, addressing your sleep issue could change your life and the lives of those who love you.

Denver Brown, PA-C, from Winona Health’s Family Medicine, along with Bill Cota and Ashley Wilkemeyer from Winona Health Sleep Advisor services, will discuss how sleep – or lack of sleep – impacts your health and quality of life and share information and answer questions about common sleep issues and possible solutions.

RSVP is requested by Tuesday, July 18.The program is free and light refreshments are provided.

RSVP Here

or call 507.457.4161.

 

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Mohs surgery, effective technique for skin cancer removal, available at Winona Health

Kevin Christensen, MD

Board-certified dermatologist and fellowship trained skin cancer surgeon, Kevin Christensen, specializes in Mohs surgery at Winona Health

Winona Health board-certified dermatologist and fellowship trained skin cancer surgeon, Kevin Christensen, specializes in Mohs surgery [named for Dr. Frederick Mohs], which, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, is the single most effective technique for removing the two most common types of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, along with certain melanomas.

Mohs surgery is different from other skin cancer treatment because as each thin layer of tissue is removed, the Mohs surgeon examines the cells under a microscope during the procedure rather than after surgery, which allows for removal of all the cancer cells while leaving as much normal tissue intact as possible.

Dr. Christensen specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer as well as cosmetic treatments such as Botox, fillers, and laser surgery. During his fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, he learned surgical techniques that offer the highest cure rates for skin cancer and techniques to treat aging skin. He also provides general dermatology services.

Dr. Christensen is Minnesota native who did his training at Mayo Clinic, “I feel a strong connection with to people in this area,” he said. “My goal is to deliver high-value, patient-centered care that is accessible and convenient.”

After earning his Medical Degree from Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota, Dr. Christensen completed his internship at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minn., his dermatology residency at Mayo Clinic in Rochester and a fellowship in Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology (Mohs surgery) at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. He received his undergraduate degree in Biochemical Sciences earning high honors at Harvard College in Cambridge, Mass. He is certified by the American Board of Dermatology.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Christensen in the Dermatology Department at Winona Health, call 507.457.7674.

 

The Gift: Legal Groundwork – free program July 11, 2017

Winona Health and area partners present The Gift: Legal Groundwork, Tuesday, July 11, 2017, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Watkins Great Hall at 175 E. Wabasha in Winona, Minn.

As with many things, planning ahead eases stress and makes things go more smoothly. This program will provide the information parents and their adult children need to make decisions as they age. Caregivers will learn what legal forms are needed in order to care for a parent, and parents will learn about the necessary forms to share with their caregivers. Understanding the options and legal obligations will help families ensure things are handled the way they choose.

Join our panel of legal experts to get answers to pressing questions. Panelists include: Ashley Martin, a social worker from Winona Health; Tony Schmit, from Pluto Legal, PLLC; and Mark W. Breneman from Breneman Law, PLLC.

“The Gift” is a quarterly health talk series covering topics related to various aspects of aging including financial, legal and emotional issues. To receive advance notice about The Gift and other Winona Health events, sign up for Winona Health’s free monthly events enewsletter here.

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, July 10.

RSVP for The Gift

or call 507.457.4161.

Hospitals Against Violence #HAVhope – National Day of Awareness, June 9, 2017

Winona Health takes a stand against violence in all forms for a safer, healthier community. It’s part of our mission: To improve the health and wellbeing of our family, friends and neighbors.

Toward this goal, Winona Health…

  • Offers workplace violence presentations for area business leaders
  • Provides non-violent crisis intervention training for staff and contract staff including security – More than 100 staff members are certified in nonviolent crisis intervention
  • Hosts community presentations about preventing domestic and sexual abuse
  • Has training for staff on Active Violence procedures along with computer-based training and a zero-tolerance policy on workplace violence
  • Has a zero tolerance policy for any type of violent of threatening behavior
  • Is a weapons-free campus
  • Conducts a daily report out on any potential safety risks throughout the organization
  • Has a Safety Committee with representatives across the organization that meets monthly and takes a proactive approach to safety

Join us in taking a stand against violence. If you sense something, say something.  Awareness + Action = Prevention

 

Winona Health President/CEO receives Distinguished Service Award

Several Winona Health leaders attended the Minnesota Hospital Association’s annual awards banquet where Winona Health President/CEO Rachelle Schultz received the Distinguished Service Award. (l-r) Jan Brosnahan, CFO; Robin Hoeg, vice president of Inpatient and Senior Services; Schultz; Sara Gabrick, vice president of Surgical and Specialty Care Services; Kathleen Lanik, vice president of Quality and Safety; and Rebecca Lamberty, vice president of Emergency and Urgent Care Services.

Winona Heath President and CEO, Rachelle H. Schultz, MHA, Ed.D., was among the honorees at the Minnesota Hospital Association’s annual awards banquet on June 2.

The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) honored innovative programs and outstanding leaders in healthcare at its 33rd annual awards ceremony. Schultz received the Stephen Rogness Distinguished Service Award, named for MHA’s former president, who led the association from 1969 to1998. MHA’s highest honor is presented to an executive at an MHA member hospital or health system who has demonstrated a history of significant leadership beyond his/her hospital or system and whose activity has led to the improvement of health care delivery at the state and/or national level.

Schultz has devoted more than 25 years to excellence in healthcare management. At Winona Health in Winona, Minnesota, Schultz oversees a 99-bed acute care hospital, physician clinics, a 125-bed nursing home, three assisted living residences, a hospice program, retail pharmacies, a foundation, and related healthcare services.

Schultz believes that service excellence, continuous improvement, and leadership development are key components of an organization’s success. Winona Health is among the top 100 rural and community hospitals in the country.

Brett Whyte, MD, Chief, Winona Health Medical Staff, says Schultz is “an ideal CEO.  She is an innovative leader with a temperament for experimentation in all areas. She encourages us to think big and is supportive of all projects that add value to our patients’ experience. As a physician leader on her team I am grateful for her insights as we navigate a complex healthcare landscape.”

Schultz is active in local, state and national organizations. She was invited to be a member of Minnesota’s State Quality Improvement Institute in 2008; serves on the board of the Performance Excellence Network (formerly Minnesota Council for Quality); is the 2017 chair of the American Hospital Association’s Governing Council for Small and Rural Hospitals; a member of the Rural Health Issues Group, a collaborative of several governmental associations focused on rural health issues; and the board chair for the Minnesota Rural Accountable Care Organization, formed in 2016. She is a former board member of the Minnesota Hospital Association and the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement. Schultz is involved in her community as Board Chair of the Minnesota Marine Art Museum; a founding board member of Live Well Winona; a member of the President’s advisory committee for Minnesota State College Southeast and a member of the business school’s Community Leaders Advisory Board for Winona State University.

“Each day, all across the state, Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems are working to strengthen the health of our communities,” said MHA President and CEO Lawrence Massa. “Our exceptional care teams set the bar high for patient care and for meeting the needs of their communities. Thanks to their expertise, diligence and commitment to excellence, Minnesota’s hospitals continue to be among the best in the nation.”

More information about the 2017 MHA awards and recipients.

Free Health Talk: Questions about Medicare Wellness Visits?

Are you ready for Medicare benefits? Many people have questions about Medicare Wellness Visits. Get answers to these questions at Winona Health’s free Health Talk: Questions about Medicare Wellness Visits? Well, yes! Thursday, June 15

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Ave., in Winona, Minn.

“Our goal is to provide the care and information people need to maintain or improve their heath,” said Merry Enright, RN, “A good starting point is a Medicare Wellness Visit.”

Daniel Parker, MD, and Merry Enright, RN, will explain Medicare Wellness Visits and why those eligible for this important benefit should take advantage of it. Learn what’s covered in an annual Medicare Wellness Visit and when you should schedule yours.

RSVP for this free Health Talk by Tuesday, June 13.

RSVP

or call 507.457.4161.