Alyssa, Lily, Liam and Justin Rieker.

In 2019, Winona Health is celebrating 125 years of caring for the community and providing a safe and warm welcome to the Winona area’s newest little residents.

Lily Grace was the first baby born at Winona Heath in 2019. She took her first breaths January 1 at 12:19 a.m. With her entry into the world, five-year-old Liam became a big brother. Liam and Lily’s parents are Alyssa and Justin Rieker.

Winona Health traces its history back to 1894 when a dedicated group of physicians and community members raised $4,500 to rent and convert the old Langley home, which was on Sanborn and Winona streets, into an 18-bed hospital. Three babies were born in the hospital that first year. Last year, Winona Health’s Family Birth Center welcomed 229 babies.

Winona Health’s Family Birth Center has undergone many changes and updates through the years, but one thing hasn’t changed: Babies and parents receive high-quality care from skilled and compassionate physicians, nurses and staff who love helping them welcome their little ones into the world.

“We are grateful to be part of Lily and the Rieker family’s experience and for all of the families who welcome new babies at Winona Health,” said Amy Frauenkron, RN, Family Birth Center nurse manager. “We truly love what we do here in the Family Birth Center.”

To learn more about the Family Birth Center, childbirth education classes and other resources available to moms and moms-to-be, such as the new Strong Mommas program, visit

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