Several members of the Winona Health Family Birth Center, Pediatrics and OB/GYN team recently gathered in the Robinson Healing Garden for a quick photo.

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, daughter of Alyssa and Justin Rieker and little sister to Liam, was the first baby born at Winona Heath in 2019. In the coming days, the Family Birth Center team will welcome Winona’s 125th baby of the hospital’s 125th year.

Founded by a dedicated group of physicians and community members, Winona traces its hospital’s history back to 1894 when the community 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.

So far in 2019, as of July 9, the Family Birth Center staff has welcomed 111 babies: 44 girls and 67 boys.

“It is an honor to do what we love to do and help women through their labor and delivery experience. Every birth and every family’s story is unique and worth celebrating,” said Amy Frauenkron, RN, Family Birth Center nurse manager. “Because this year is the 125th year anniversary of Winona’s hospital, we thought it would be fun to highlight our 125th baby and his or her family.”

To help welcome Winona’s 125th baby of 2019 and stay up-to-date on Winona’s hometown healthcare provider, follow Winona Health on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Community members who have a Winona Health baby memory to share are encouraged to send it to [email protected].

To learn more about the Family Birth Center, childbirth education classes and other resources available to parents and parents-to-be, visit

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