Winona Health expands Health Care Home Certification: Now includes Rushford Clinic

Rushford Clinic staff (l-r): Michele Ekern, Registration; Janet Jaimes Mendoza, LPN; Diane Montgomery, PT; Nicholas Modjeski, MD; Katie Halder, CNP; Trisha Bellock, RN; Tanya Dockter, Rad Tech; Danielle Corcoran, Registration.

Winona Health’s certification as a Health Care Home by the Minnesota Department of Health has expanded to encompass all of Winona Health primary care areas from Pediatrics to Internal Medicine including Rushford Clinic.

Health Care Home certification assures that Winona Health’s care delivery approach is a partnership with primary care providers, families and patients with the goals of improving the quality, experience, and value of care. This is a shift from a purely medical model of health care to a focus on linking primary care with wellness, prevention, self-management and community services. The goals encompass improving health outcomes and quality of life while working to prevent hospitalization and unnecessary emergency care and the higher costs associated with those services.

Winona Health provides care that goes beyond screening, diagnosis and treatment to focus on improving an individual’s understanding of their health status and overall health. This may include connecting patients with key staff and services to help them determine health goals that are important to them and manage their health conditions.

“This is about focusing on the right work to benefit our patients and to improve overall population health,” said Marti Bollman, Winona Health VP of Primary Care Services. “Each person’s needs are different, and our healthcare professionals and support staff continually develop innovative ways to enhance care for people who may be struggling to manage their health.”

One aspect of being a certified Health Care Home is providing Care Coordination services for interested patients. Patients may meet the criteria and be referred for Care Coordination services if they and their healthcare provider agree that Care Coordination services would be beneficial. Patients then meet with a registered nurse, discuss health goals and receive enhanced services to help them manage complicated health conditions and meet their health goals.

To schedule an appointment in Winona, call 507.454.3650, or in Rushford, 507.864.7726.

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