Archives for November 2017

In the news: Winona Health Volunteers Knitted Knockers

Winona Daily News writer Tesla Mitchell interviewed Winona Health Volunteers Gloria Siewert and Carol Byrne to share the story of the Volunteers Knitted Knockers project.

Read the story here.

If you have questions about knitted knockers or about volunteering at Winona Health, call 507.474.3328 or learn more here.

Glady D. Miller Gift Shop Holiday Hours

Welcome to the Glady D. Miller Gift Shop

In addition to the Glady D. Miller Gift Shop’s regular hours, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Gift Shop will be open Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. through December 16.

The Gift Shop is filled with a wonderful selection of holiday merchandise including gift items, holiday entertaining supplies, gourmet food mixes and kitchen accessories, jewelry, clothing, ornaments, tree trimmings and much more.

The Glady D. Miller Gift Shop is located in the hospital lobby at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Ave., in Winona. Proceeds from Gift Shop sales go toward Roger Metz and Adith Miller Manor garden, elevated patient chairs for Internal Medicine department and educational healthcare scholarships.  This is a great way to do your holiday shopping while supporting local healthcare.

For more information about the Winona Health Volunteers or the Gift Shop, call the Winona Health Volunteer Office at 507.457.4342.



Clinics including Urgent Care closed on Thanksgiving day

All Winona Health clinics will be closed on Thanksgiving day, Thursday, November 23, 2017.

The Urgent Care Clinic, located at 420 E. Sarnia St., will be open regular hours though the rest of the holiday weekend:

  • Friday, November 24: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 25: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 26: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Winona Health retail pharmacies also will be closed Thanksgiving Day. The clinics and pharmacies resume regular hours on Friday.

Winona Health’s Emergency Department at 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona is always open.

For Urgent Care wait times during clinic open hours, click here.

Lake Winona Manor replaces mattresses and helps provide comfort to people in need

Hospital in Cameroon, West Africa.

Lake Winona Manor residents are getting a good night’s sleep and enjoying their new mattresses, and we can all sleep a little better knowing that the replaced mattresses are being put to good use at Ngaoundere Protestant Hospital in Cameroon, West Africa.

Winona Health purchased the new mattresses from a local company called Comfortex. As Comfortex places a large volume of new healthcare mattresses into a hospital or residence, whenever possible, the replaced mattresses are shipped to

Replaced mattress in their new home at a hospital in West Africa.

countries in need. Over the years, Comfortex has worked with charitable organizations to ship thousands of mattresses to hospitals in Africa, Haiti and South America. This is made possible with the help of some truly amazing missionaries, charities and generous organizations.

Winona Health, Lake Winona Manor, our residents and staff, can feel good knowing that having new mattresses means others are resting more comfortably, too.

Thank you to Comfortex for making this happen!

Hospice helps patients and families focus on quality of life

Winona Health Hospice staff and volunteers provide care and comfort to individuals dealing with a life-limiting illness and their families throughout the area.

It’s about how you live!

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, which serves as a time to share information about hospice that may help community members.

Hospice is not a place but is high-quality care that enables patients and families to focus on living as fully as possible despite a life-limiting illness. Hospice care is designed to:

  • Ensure that patients and families find dignity, respect, and love during life’s most difficult journey.
  • Provide pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support, and spiritual care to patients and their families when a cure is not possible.
  • Combine the highest level of quality medical care with the emotional and spiritual support that families need most when facing a serious illness or the end of life.

Videos and stories from families showing the many ways hospice and palliative care make special moments possible can be found at

Winona Health Hospice Services provides care in homes and in long-term care residences within a 25-mile radius of Winona. More information about hospice and advance care planning is available from Winona Health Winona Area Hospice Services. Call 507.457.4468.


Photo: Winona Health Hospice staff and volunteers provide care and comfort to individuals dealing with a life-limiting illness and their families throughout the area.

Great American Smokeout 2017 – Need help quitting?

Quitting has long-term benefits at any age.

Lynn Sprain, MS, RT, RCEP, smoking cessation program facilitator

The American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout is Thursday, November 16.

To support those who wish to participate in the Great American Smokeout, Winona Health’s Cardiac Rehabilitation department is offering free materials available for pick up in the hospital and clinic lobbies Monday through Friday, November 13 through 17 while supplies last. Winona Health is located at 855 Mankato Avenue.

“If you smoke, use the Great American Smokeout as your day to quit—or to make a plan to quit,” said Lynn Sprain, MS, RT, RCEP, with Winona Health’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Department. “By quitting, or even decreasing tobacco use, you will be taking a step toward a healthier life and reducing your cancer risk.”

According to the American Cancer Society, tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the world. Smoking kills people – there’s no “safe” way to smoke tobacco.

“No doubt about it—quitting is hard,” Sprain said. “But it’s worth whatever effort it takes, and you can increase your chances of success with help. Getting help through counseling or medications can greatly improve the odds of quitting.”

Winona Health offers free, four-week smoking cessation programs three times each year. The next program begins Thursday, January 4, 2018. Sprain encourages smokers to use the Great American Smokeout to at least set a goal for cutting down on tobacco use, then sign up for the free program to help you quit for good. For more information about Winona Health’s free smoking cessation program, call 507.474.3324.

Long-term smokers who are concerned about the damage smoking may have done, should consider Winona Health’s CT Lung Cancer Screening. For information about CT Lung Screening, talk with your primary care provider.

Here’s a little motivation from Denver Brown, PA-C, in Family Medicine.

Denver Brown, PA-C

Casting Call: Winona Health Volunteers to present “USO Salute to the Troops”

The Winona Health Volunteers invite you to be a part of their “USO Salute to the Troops” show. Come to meet the director, Jim Vrchota, and learn about the show at an open casting call on Tuesday, December 5 at the American Legion, 302 Sarnia Street, Winona from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Auditions will be held on December 12 and 13 at the American Legion from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Four performances will be held April 12 through 14.

“USO Salute to the Troops” takes audiences back to the days of Bob Hope’s USO variety shows, with singing, dancing and comedy skits. Actors and singers are needed to play Bob Hope, the Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball and a wide variety of roles made famous in USO shows from World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

The show is a fundraiser for the Winona Health Volunteers, who will use the proceeds for healthcare scholarships and other projects to benefit the patients and residents of Winona Health.

For more information about the show or the Winona Health Volunteers, contact Volunteer Services at 507.474.3328, via email

Welcome Kenneth Johnson, MD, Orthopedic Specialist!

Kenneth Johnson, MD

Board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon, Kenneth Johnson, MD, joined the team in Winona Health’s Orthopedic and Sports Medicine department. In addition to general orthopedic surgery, Dr. Johnson has expertise in shoulder, hip and knee replacement including hip and knee revision surgery.

Dr. Johnson has been an orthopedic specialist for nearly 30 years and was previously with Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin, Minnesota. He earned his medical degree and completed his Orthopedic Surgery Residency at Boston University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts.

“I heard good things about Winona Health and learned about an opportunity here,” said Dr. Johnson. “I was impressed by what I found when I interviewed, and I like that Winona Health is a community hospital.”

Dr. Johnson said that the most satisfying part of being an orthopedic surgeon is “when people who are hurting come in to see me and I can make it possible for them to get back to the activities they enjoy. In orthopedics, we can make a big change in someone’s activities and lifestyle.”

In his free time, Dr. Johnson enjoys listening to music at home and going to as many concerts as he can. He is looking forward to Winona’s music festivals. He also is an avid reader and likes reading series by authors such as James Patterson and Patricia Cornwall interspersed with the classics.

Dr. Johnson joins Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Surgeons Andrew Millis, MD, and Michael Dussault, MD, along with Adam Fletcher, MD, a Family Medicine physician with a special interest in Sports Medicine, in Winona Health’s Orthopedic and Sports Medicine department. To schedule an appointment, call 507.474.3338.


Healthcare Directives free program Monday, November 20

Winona Health Volunteers invite community members to a free informational program about Healthcare Directives (also called Advance Directives) on Monday, November 20, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Parkview Conference Room on the hospital first floor at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona

The program provides information about the benefits of having a Healthcare Directive. A properly completed Healthcare Directive is a legal document, but completing a directive does not require a lawyer. The primary purpose of a Healthcare Directive is to allow individuals to stay in control of their care, even if they lose the ability to communicate. Winona Health Volunteers certified to facilitate this program will provide the authorized forms. Sessions cover Healthcare Directives for residents of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

A follow-up session will be held Monday, December 4, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the same location for those who have attended a Healthcare Directives Informational Session but have questions or would like assistance in completing their directive or to have a facilitator review their directive.

There is no cost to complete a Healthcare Directive and the program is open to all. No advanced registration is required. Everyone age 18 and older is encouraged to complete a Healthcare Directive.

Certified Healthcare Directives volunteers are also available to give presentations to community groups. For more information, call the Winona Health Volunteer Services office at 507.474.3328.