Archives for August 2017

Grief Support Group begins September 6

Winona Health Hospice invites those who are dealing with grief to a free, six-week, Grief Support Group beginning Wednesday, September 6, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The group will meet in the Manor Parlor at Senior Living at Watkins, 175 E. Wabasha Street in Winona. Meetings will be consecutive Wednesdays through October 11.

The group is open to anyone who is experiencing grief. The small group setting makes it a comfortable place for people to share their experience and learn coping strategies to help them through their grief.

The Grief Support Group is free, but RSVP is requested. Those who have questions or would like to RSVP are invited to call 507.457.4468.

Welcome Laura Zeamer, PA-C!

Laura Zeamer, a certified physician assistant (PA-C), has joined the Winona Health staff and cares for patients as a physician assistant hospitalist.

Hospitalists specialize in caring for hospitalized patients, providing around-the-clock care and working closely with nursing staff and each patient’s primary physician. Hospitalists work with care coordination teams, which include nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, respiratory and physical therapists, social workers and other specialty care staff.

Zeamer said, “I chose Winona Health because I fell in love with Winona when I was deciding where to go to school, and the close-knit atmosphere of the community hospital and clinic is a perfect fit for me. It’s nice when you really get to know someone as a person — not just by their diagnosis. The staff is very welcoming, and many have been here a long time and love their job — that speaks volumes.”

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from Winona State University, Zeamer earned her Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Gundersen-Mayo Clinic Physician Assistant Program. She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Minnesota Academy of Physician Assistants.

Zeamer is originally from Jackson, Wis., which is northwest of Milwaukee. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outside and walking her dog. She played volleyball in college at Winona State and still enjoys playing, and she also enjoys circuit training. As a volunteer, she served as a Team Captain for Relay for Life from 2013 to 2016.

Winona Health is one of the nation’s Top 100 Rural and Community Hospitals. For more information about healthcare providers at Winona Health, click here. Winona Health is also on Facebook and Twitter.

Free Workshop: Living Well with Ongoing Health Concerns

Living Well with Ongoing Health Concerns is a free, six-week workshop offered by Winona Health to help people who are living with a chronic health condition or an ongoing health concern. The fall program begins Thursday, September 14, 2017, and meets six consecutive Thursdays, 2 to 4 p.m. through October 19.

The workshop is designed to help people who have conditions such as heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, depression, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, chronic pain and other physical and mental health conditions.

Participants will learn tips and get help with goal setting and making a personalized plan to improve their health. This may include developing action plans for pain control, healthy eating, healthy activities, and ways to communicate with family, friends, and healthcare providers. The program aims to improve quality of life by helping people manage their health and begin doing the things they want and need to do.

The workshop will be in the Parkview Office Building at Winona Health in Winona, Minn.

There is no cost unless participants wish to purchase the program manual for $20. Class size is limited and RSVP is required. To RSVP, call Becca at 507.453.3741.

Welcome Deborah Hatanpa, MD!

Deborah Hatanpa, MD, has joined the medical staff at Winona Health and sees people of all ages in the Family Medicine department.

“When my family and I were looking for a place in Minnesota to call home, we found Winona,” said Dr. Hatanpa. “I chose Winona Health because when I interviewed here, everyone was welcoming and helpful. From being greeted with a smile at the guest services desk until the time I left–I felt a sincere warmth and friendliness here that translates to how we care for people.”

Dr. Hatanpa earned her medical degree at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis and completed residency at the Eastern Maine Medical Center Residency Program in Bangor, Maine. She is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Prior to becoming a physician, Dr. Hatanpa had a career in the business world, which included serving as an insurance company auditor. She has been a Family Medicine physician since 2011.

“I realized I wanted to change course in my career,” said Dr. Hatanpa. “Because I was a runner, I decided to start taking classes in the healthcare field, and I was hooked. I wanted to learn about all aspects of medicine and decided to earn my medical degree.”

Dr. Hatanpa and her husband are new to Winona. They have three school-aged children and are excited about exploring the area and making this their home.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Hatanpa in the Family Medicine department at Winona Health, call 507.457.7648.

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New workshop: Conquering Stress with The Desire Map begins soon!

Feeling burned out – like you’re constantly running on fumes? You’re not alone. Stress is a normal fact of life. But chronic stress, even at low levels, over a long period of time can take a huge toll on your health, your relationships and your happiness.

Conquering Stress with The Desire Map™ is a new workshop offered through Winona Heath Wellness Services for decreasing stress by clarifying what each participant truly wants in every area of their life, and using that awareness to guide their everyday choices.

According to instructor Tina Smith, a Certified Wellness and Health Coach and Licensed Desire Map Facilitator, workshop participants will use the Desire Map method to:

  • Discover desired feelings.
  • Create new goals and intentions based on desired feelings.
  • Decrease or remove the things in your life that are no longer serving you and are simply contributing to your stress.
  • Create a plan for filling life with meaning.
  • Decrease stress by focusing on desired feelings.

The Conquering Stress with the Desire Map workshop and begins Thursday, September 14 and meets two hours a week for 6 weeks. In addition to workshop time, participants should allow an extra 30-60 minutes per week in their schedule.

The cost for the 6-week, 12-session workshop is $175. To register, call 507.457.4329 by Wednesday, September 6.

For more details about this and other Winona Health wellness programs, click here.


Conquering Stress with the Desire Map © Danielle LaPorte 2014


Ben & Adith Miller Classic raises $215,000 for Patient Care Fund

Joseph Koo, DO, Emergency Department physician; Chris Wells, RN, Emergency Department; Troy Merritt, golf pro; Matthew Coy, PA-C, Urgent Care; and Kari Nelson, PA-C, Urgent Care, were among the golfers at the 27th annual Ben & Adith Miller Golf Classic, a fundraiser to help local families with medical expenses through the Winona Health Foundation’s Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund.

The Winona Health Foundation’s 2017 Ben & Adith Miller Classic raised a record $215,000 for the Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund, a charitable fund for individuals and families who receive healthcare services at Winona Health.

“The Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund is a unique resource for our community,” said Betsy Midthun, vice president of Community Engagement at Winona Health. “We appreciate the participation of the many golfers and volunteers and the generous support of Hugh and Vera Miller, RTP Company and the dedicated sponsors who make this event a success.”

The Golf Classic was held Monday, August 14 at Cedar Valley Golf Course and included the 18-hole Main Event and a 9-hole scramble. Golf pro Troy Merritt was on hand to give a demonstration and meet participants throughout the day. Nearly 50 Winona Health Volunteers were on hand to help ensure participants enjoyed the event, which was supported by 61 regional and international companies. See more photos.

The Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund was established in 1986 by Benjamin A. Miller, a former Winona-area businessman and philanthropist, in honor of his wife, Adith, to help local individuals and families in need pay for medical care at Winona Health. The annual Golf Classic began in 1990 as a fundraiser to help ensure ongoing funding for this unique community resource. In fiscal year 2016, the fund helped 644 people with more than $750,000 in financial assistance.

For more information about the Winona Health Foundation or the Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund, click here.

New HealthyFit programs begin soon. Sign up by September 6!

New HealthyFit: Living Your Best Life program supports weight-loss efforts

Many people know “what to do” to lose weight, but have a hard time “doing it.” That’s because losing weight and keeping it off involves more than eating your veggies and ditching the sweets. It’s not just changing what you do, but ultimately changing how you think about living a healthier life.

Winona Health’s HealthyFit: Living Your Best Life is a new six-week program to help people lose weight and keep it off. The first HealthyFit: Living Your Best Life session begins Wednesday, September 13.

Participants will:

  • Define what it means to live their best life.
  • Establish goals to attain their best life.
  • Develop a personal wellness plan to include proper nutrition, movement, relaxation and sleep.
  • Create strategies to get around road-blocks and set-backs.
  • Develop a strong mindset supportive of lasting health behaviors.

Occasional assignments require time to complete independently. For best results, participants should allow 30 to 60 minutes per week outside of class time.

Please note that basic nutrition and exercise principles will not be taught in this program. This program is appropriate for those who have a lot of knowledge about how to properly lose weight, but are having a difficult time doing it. It is perfect for graduates of Winona Health’s HealthyFit: Adult Weight Management program who want additional support while continuing to lose weight. Those interested in basic nutrition and exercise principles should ask about the HealthyFit: Adult Weight Management program.

The first HealthyFit: Living Your Best Life program begins Wednesday, September 13 from 9 to 10 a.m. The cost for the six-week program is $90.

The next HealthyFit: Adult Weight Management program, which focuses on weight loss education, begins Wednesday, September 13 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The cost for that 12-week program is $175.

Both programs meet in the Wellness Conference Room on the 2nd floor of the Parkview Office Building at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Ave. in Winona.

Class sizes are limited and advanced registration is required by Wednesday, September 6. To sign up for either program, call 507.457.4329. For more information about wellness programs at Winona Health, click here.


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 adults improve their balance, strength and flexibility and reduce the likelihood of falling. Tai Ji Quan (pronounced Tie Gee Chwahn) uses slow coordinated movements to help participants enhance balance skills, body alignment, muscle strength, flexibility and mobility.

Winona Health’s 12-week Tai Ji Quan class begins Monday, September 11 and meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Cost is $96 for the 12-week/24 session program.

Classes will be in the Watkins Great Hall at Senior Living at Watkins, 175 E. Wabasha (7th) Street in Winona, Minn.

Space is limited and registration is required, call Becca at 507.453.3741.

New Best Life Coaching helps you achieve personal goals

Best Life Coaching, a new service offered through Winona Heath Wellness Services is a one-on-one program to help people define and achieve their personal goals.

“Best Life Coaching is for anyone who would like help working toward a goal they’ve been struggling with,” said Tina Smith, a certified wellness coach. “Whether it’s finding ways to deal with stress, losing weight and keeping it off, or identifying what you really want in life and achieving it, this program provides the tools and personalized attention to break through the barriers to success.”

Smith is a Certified Wellness Coach who has a Master’s Degree in Public Health. With 25 years of coaching and teaching experience, her passion is to help others remove the barriers that are keeping them from living their very best life.

Best Life Coaching helps people:

  • Envision and define the life they really want to live.
  • Create a holistic plan to achieve those goals.
  • Learn how to remove the barriers to success.
  • Develop life-long skills to maintain new habits.

Best Life coaching is $150 and includes a free, no obligation, 30-minute “discovery session”; six 30-minute coaching sessions; a customized wellness plan; highly personalized education and support; and an opportunity for additional coaching at discounted pricing.

Find details about this and other Winona Health wellness programs here.

To schedule a Best Life Coaching “discovery session,” call 507.457.7719.

Business leaders interested in offering Best Life Coaching to employees may call 507.457.4161.



$5 Jewelry and Accessories Fundraiser

Winona Health Volunteers hosting $5 jewelry and accessories fundraiser for scholarships and projects to benefit patients and residents

The Winona Health Volunteers will host the Masquerade $5 Jewelry & Accessories Sale Thursday, September 7 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Friday, September 8, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The sale will be in the hospital lobby at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Ave. in Winona. Attendees are asked to park in the hospital parking lot and use the hospital main entrance, which is closest to the sale.

Masquerade, a nationally known $5 jewelry company, will showcase more than 25,000 pieces of new jewelry. There will be a wide variety of jewelry and accessories for men, women and children including rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, jewelry sets, wallets, leggings, scarves, watches and much more including unique items that make fun gifts.  Everything is $5. Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted.

All proceeds will go toward healthcare-related educational scholarships, elevated patient chairs for Internal Medicine and enhancing the Adith Miller and Roger Metz Manor gardens. For more information, please call Winona Health Volunteer Services at 507.474.3328.


Make a day of it! Invite a friend and check out the $5 Jewelry and Accessories Sale, stroll through the new Robinson Healing Garden and have a healthy lunch at Winona Health’s Lakeside Café!