Archives for September 2017

Free 30-minute, Hands Only CPR Workshops, Saturday, Oct. 14

Helen Bagshaw, CCRN
Winona Health Intensive Care Unit nurse, 2014 Minnesota Caregiver of the Year, AND Hands Only CPR instructor.

What should you do if you see a loved one or a stranger collapse? If you don’t know, here’s how to find out: Helen Bagshaw, CCRN, will offer free Hands Only CPR workshops on Saturday, October 14, to teach you, your friends and family how to help someone having sudden cardiac arrest.

These workshops will be informative and fun. All ages 12 and older are welcome. Those under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

“People are often surprised to learn that saving someone’s life doesn’t require mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Hands only CPR chest compression is easy to learn, and you never know when you may have the opportunity to save a life,” says Bagshaw, a Winona Health a critical care registered nurse in Winona Health’s Intensive Care Unit and an active community volunteer. She also will share information about what to do when someone is choking and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED).

Here are a few good reasons to sign up:

  • 89% of cardiac arrests happen at home.
  • Only 38% of Americans know how or have received any CPR training.
  • ‘Hands Only CPR’ can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival.
  • Each year, sudden cardiac arrest causes more deaths than lung cancer, breast cancer and AIDS combined.

Free, half-hour workshops are limited to 14 people per session:

  • 8:30 – 9 a.m.
  • 9:15 – 9:45 a.m.
  • 10 – 10:30 a.m.
  • 10:45 – 11:15 a.m.
  • 11:30 – 12 p.m.

The workshops will be in Winona Health’s B.A. Miller Auditorium on the hospital third floor, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona, Minn. RSVP for a specific time by Thursday, October 12.

RSVP

or call 507.457.4161.

Winona Health earns NCQA Accreditation

Winona Health’s Medical Staff Services team: Cathy Fangman, Stacy Schultz and Joy Boldt with Vice President of Quality & Safety Kathleen Lanik.

Winona Health’s Medical Staff Services team has earned the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Accreditation in Credentialing and Recredentialing.

NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare quality. Earning NCQA Accreditation involves a rigorous evaluation and review of an organization’s credentialing and re-credentialing processes for medical staff, including an on-site review of processes and detailed records.

Credentialing is the process of evaluating the qualifications and practice history of a medical professional. NCQA requirements include using primary source verification to check board certification, education and training and other factors that may have an impact on patient care.

“By examining every step required for credentialing and recredentialing, our staff has decreased the length of time between hiring healthcare providers and being able to bring them on board to take care of our community—all while maintaining the high standards and thorough documentation required by the National Committee for Quality Assurance,” explains Kathleen Lanik, Winona Health vice president of Quality and Safety. “Because of process improvements by our Medical Staff Services team, our community has improved access to high-quality medical care.”

Winona Health Medical Staff Services team includes Cathy Fangman, Joy Boldt, and Stacy Schultz.

NCQA is governed by a board of directors that includes employers, consumers, health plans, quality experts, policy makers and representatives from organized medicine.

For more information about Winona Health, visit www.winonahealth.org

For more information about NCQA, visit www.NCQA.org

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About Winona Health: Winona Health is a nonprofit, community-owned independent healthcare system in southeast Minnesota devoted to improving the health and wellbeing of the community. The organization serves community members through its Primary and Specialty Care Clinics, Hospital, Assisted Living residences, and Transitional and Long-term care residences. For more information about Winona Health, visit www.winonahealth.org.

About NCQA:  NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA’s web site (www.ncqa.org) contains information to help consumers, employers and others make more informed health care choices.

 

Volunteers Collective Goods sale October 11 and 12, 2017

Winona Health Volunteers will host a new book fair through Collective Goods, formerly known as Books Are Fun Wednesday, October 11 and Thursday, October 12 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; general interest books such as cooking, sports, gardening, reference and multicultural titles; and stationery and gift items. 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.

 

Free program about Medicare Part D

Winona Health and area partners present The Gift: Medicare Part D, Tuesday, October 10, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Watkins Great Hall at Senior Living at Watkins, 175 E. Wabasha in Winona, Minn.

Open enrollment for Medicare Part D begins in October, and Winona Health has brought together a panel of experts to help community members who have questions about Medicare Part D and how it could benefit them.

Panelists include:

  • Sheila Skeels, Social Worker, Winona Health
  • Terry Full or Amanda Weber, Pharmacists, Winona Health
  • Marsha Yancy, Senior Advocate, Friendship Center
  • Chad Wojchik, Specialist/Volunteer Coordinator, Senior LinkAge Line®

“The Gift” is a quarterly health talk series covering topics related to various aspects of aging including financial, legal and emotional issues. Whether these issues are personally affecting you or you are assisting a family member, “The Gift” is for you.

The program is free. For planning purposes, RSVP is requested by Monday, October 9.

RSVP here

or call 507.457.4161.

 

 

 

Get ready to Sparkle! Thursday, October 12, 2017

Kevin Christensen, MD

Winona Health invites women to Sparkle, Thursday, October 12, between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum, 800 Riverview Drive, Winona, Minn.

Women are invited to gather their girlfriends to enjoy an evening filled with world-class art along with fun and helpful information about health and wellness while enjoying refreshments and connecting with friends. This free event is open from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and features brief presentations and opportunities for Q & A with Dermatologist Kevin Christensen and Plastic, Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgeon Hans Serleth.

“The Minnesota Marine Art Museum is a wonderful location to host our dazzling Sparkle event,” said Nicole Schossow, Winona Health community relations coordinator. “Like a great work of art, each woman has her own unique beauty, and it’s our goal to provide health and wellness information to help each woman feel her best.”

Hans Serleth, MD

Health and wellness experts will be on hand to answer questions and share helpful information to improve your health and wellbeing, including HealthyFit and Health Coaching; the Spa at Winona Health; Women’s Imaging/Mammography; the Winona Health Volunteers’ Glady D. Miller Gift Shop; Winona Health Pharmacies; Plastics & Cosmetics, Sleep Advisor Services and other informational booths. Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

There is no charge for admission, so get together with your mothers, daughters, sisters and friends and RSVP for this special event by Tuesday, October 10.

RSVP for Sparkle!

or call 507.457.4161

Healthy Kids Zombie Crawl Sunday October 15, 2017

Free family fun!

Winona Health and the Winona State University Student Athletic Advisory Committee invite all kids ages 5 to 12 and their families to RSVP for the Healthy Kids Zombie Crawl. The free event will be Sunday, October 15 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Winona State University, Integrated Wellness Center, 175 W. Mark Street in Winona.

Children attending the Zombie Crawl are encouraged to dress up like zombies for the event if they wish. Friendly zombies are welcome—nothing too scary please. The Zombie Crawl will take participants on a fun-filled journey around campus with athletes from each sport providing a different activity.

Winona Health’s Healthy Kids events are opportunities for children to have fun, be active and learn about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. The event is free, but to help us plan, please, RSVP by Thursday, October 12.

RSVP here

or call: 507.457.4161.

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About Healthy Kids: Winona Health’s Healthy Kids is designed to improve the health and wellbeing of children ages 5 to 12. To learn more about Healthy Kids, visit winonahealth.org/healthy-kids or call 507.457.4161.

 

Free Depression Screening Thursday, October 5, 2017

Winona Health is offering free walk-in depression screening on National Depression Screening Day, Thursday, October 5, 2017, during the following times:

  • Screening available for adolescents: 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Screening available for adults: 1 – 4:30 p.m.

Screening will be on the second floor of the Parkview Office Building (adjacent to the hospital), 825 Mankato Avenue in Winona, Minn.

One out of every five adults may experience depression at some point in their lives. Depression is treatable and help is available at Winona Health.

People who have any of the following symptoms of depression are encouraged to come in for screening:

  • A persistent feeling of sadness
  • Loss of pleasure in usually enjoyable activities
  • A feeling of hopelessness, helplessness and worthlessness
  • Changes in sleep patterns and appetite
  • Loss of energy
  • Restlessness
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Those interested may call to reserve a screening time or just walk in. The screening process will take approximately 30 minutes for a brief questionnaire and a meeting with a therapist. Those who have questions about depression screening day can call Winona Health Psychiatric & Counseling Services at 507.454.2606.

Free Health Talk: Is this “normal?” Helping Children with Sensory Conditions

Loucresie Rupert, MD

Free Health Talk at the Playground in the Winona Mall, Monday, October 2, 2017

Sensory Integration is the ability to process information from the world around us. In typical development, this happens without having to think about it, but some children have difficulty. This can lead to a variety of challenging behaviors from intense negative reactions to certain things such as sensitivity to loud noises or needing to continuously move. What’s “normal,” and what may indicate a need for help?

Winona Health Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Loucresie Rupert, MD, along with Occupational Therapists Kyann Brown and Emily Breunig will share information about how sensory processing can affect a child’s behavior and what can be done to help them at a Free Health Talk: Is this “normal?” Helping Children with Sensory Conditions, Monday, October 2, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Playground in the Winona Mall, 1213 Gilmore Avenue, Winona, Minn.

The program is free. RSVP is requested by Thursday, September 28.

RSVP here

or call 507.457.4161

Get ready to Sparkle! Thursday, October 12, 2017

Winona Health invites women to Sparkle, Thursday, October 12, between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum, 800 Riverview Drive, Winona, Minn.

Women are invited to gather their girlfriends to enjoy an evening filled with world-class art along with fun and helpful information about health and wellness while enjoying refreshments and connecting with friends. This free event is open from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

“The Minnesota Marine Art Museum is a wonderful location to host our dazzling Sparkle event,” said Nicole Schossow, Winona Health community relations coordinator. “Like a great work of art, each woman has her own unique beauty, and it’s our goal to provide health and wellness information to help each woman feel her best.”

Healthcare experts from various departments will be on hand to answer questions and share information including HealthyFit and Health Coaching; the Spa at Winona Health; Women’s Imaging/Mammography; Sleep Advisor Services; The Winona Health Volunteers’ Glady D. Miller Gift Shop; Winona Health Pharmacies; Plastics & Cosmetics; Massage Therapy and other informational booths. There will be complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

There is no charge for admission, so get together with your mothers, daughters, sisters and friends and RSVP for this special event by Tuesday, October 10.

RSVP for Sparkle!

Or call 507.457.4161.

2017 community flu shot walk-in dates

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with all Winona Health providers, recommend that infants over six months, children and adults, including women who are pregnant, get a flu vaccine. Getting vaccinated not only helps protect you from the flu, it helps protect those you come in contact with.

“We recommend that adults get their flu vaccine during October to ensure maximum immunity throughout flu season. Getting the vaccine too early may lead to decreased immunity before flu season ends.” said Sarah Lallaman, DO, chief of Primary Care Services at Winona Health. “We may give pediatric patients the vaccine earlier if appropriate and desired.”

Winona Health’s 2017 Community flu shot walk-in dates are as follows:

  • Wednesday, October 11 through Friday, October 13: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, October 16 through Friday, October 20: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Check-in for your flu shot will be on the second floor of the Winona Clinic at 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona. Please note that some waiting may be required and shots are given on a first-come, first-served basis. Please dress in clothing that will let you quickly expose your upper arm.

Insurance will be filed, or individuals may pay at check in: $36 or $70 for the high-dose vaccine (recommended option for those age 65 and older). Those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Please note that due to information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), FluMist will not be available at Winona Health this season.

Children age 8 and under who did not receive a flu vaccine during last year’s flu season may need a second vaccine 30 days after receiving the first vaccine dose. If you have questions regarding dosage, please contact your healthcare provider.

If you’d like to schedule an appointment with a Primary Care provider at Winona Health, call 507.454.3650.