Randy’s story… On the road again.

Hip pain was preventing me from doing so many things. Hiking and biking, and even everyday things like getting into and out of the car, were painful. I used to enjoy long road trips, but just pressing the gas pedal was uncomfortable. I had to do something.

I chose Winona Health for hip surgery because a friend told me what a good experience he’d had.

Everyone at Winona Health was so friendly and good at explaining everything so I knew what to expect. And everything was so well coordinated. From hip replacement to rehabilitation, everything went so well. After surgery, I spent three days in the hospital, and I was surprised at how quiet and restful it was. I enjoyed getting to know the staff and seeing how they interacted with each other. They really worked as a team, and I felt so comfortable and well cared for. I’ve been at other hospitals, and I’ve never seen such quick response to call buttons. It seemed like someone was there instantaneously. Even the food was great—I actually looked forward to it.

My biggest fear was being laid up after surgery, but the Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy teams were so helpful in getting me up and walking and giving me tips for getting dressed. They were very reassuring and encouraged me to challenge myself. Whenever I wanted to get up and walk, someone was there to help.

The staff had such a good attitude. The lady I met from housekeeping went above and beyond by offering to get my sister a cup of coffee and asking if there was anything else she could do. Now, I’m back to hiking and biking, and driving is a piece of cake — I’m enjoying long road trips again.

I’m so happy I decided to stay at Winona Health. I felt very grateful to be there. I was so impressed — it was just a great experience.

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Steve Groth named Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute recipient

Hugh Miller and Steve Groth, recipient of the Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute.

Steve Groth received the 2016 Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute at a dinner held in his honor on Wednesday, April 19. The Community Service Tribute is awarded to a person or group whose generosity has led to the betterment of the Winona area.

In her nomination of Groth, Jodi Dansingburg, principal of the Ridgeway Community School, wrote “if you were to ask anyone who lives in or near the village of Ridgeway Minnesota who is the top volunteer in their community there is little doubt in my mind that they would respond, “Well that’s easy, Steve “Pug” Groth”.
A native of Ridgeway, Minnesota Steve has contributed to all aspects of the community for his entire adult life including public safety responsibilities such as the Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Department (32 years) and First Responders (15 years). As the volunteer coordinator for all four of Ridgeway Community School’s major renovation projects, Dansingburg wrote that Groth put in ‘hundreds and hundreds of hours of volunteer time’ working on demolition and construction projects in addition to providing volunteer maintenance services at the school.

A member of the Ridgeway Community Association Board member since 2007, Steve has also served as president and member of the Ridgeway Athletic Committee (25 years), a volunteer umpire for little league baseball Umpire (16 years), and coordinated and facilitated numerous community fundraising or health and wellness events.

Accepting the award, Groth said he was ‘surprised and humbled’ to receive such an honor and said that his community service is a ‘group effort’.
Hugh and Vera Miller and RTP Company generously gave $25,000 to the Winona Health Foundation’s Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund in Groth’s honor. This is the 29th consecutive year that the Miller family has sponsored the Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute to benefit the Patient Care Fund.

Those who would like to make a gift to the Winona Health Foundation in honor of Groth may direct their gift to the Winona Health Foundation by mail: 855 Mankato Ave., Winona, MN 55987, or online: winonahealthfoundation.org.

Nearly half of all eye injuries now happening in the home

Two new surveys highlight disconnect between reality and perception of eye injury risks.

What do a bungee cord, a pan of frying bacon and lawn-care chemicals have in common? They are just a few of the common items around the house that can cause eye injuries, which a study from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (Academy) and the American Society of Ocular Trauma (ASOT) reports are increasingly occurring at home. The Eye Injury Snapshot, a clinical survey of eye injuries across the U.S., found that nearly half of the 2.5 million eye injuries that Americans suffer annually now happen in and around the home in common places like the lawn, garden, kitchen or garage.

In an effort to combat the rate of household eye injuries, the Academy and ASOT have issued a new recommendation that every household in America have at least one pair of ANSI-approved* protective eyewear to be worn when doing projects and activities at home to safeguard against eye injuries.

The recommendation from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and ASOT comes as a new companion survey conducted on behalf of the Academy’s EyeSmart™ Campaign underscores the disconnect between the reality of eye injury risks and people’s perception of that risk. Most Americans think that eye injuries are a workplace phenomenon or related to events like Fourth of July fireworks displays. In fact, Americans are more likely to be injured in their homes from common everyday activities like mowing the lawn, cooking, cleaning and do-it-yourself home improvement projects that impact both participants and bystanders.

“Preventing an eye injury is much easier than treating one,” said Dr. Laurel Quinn of the Winona Health Eye Care Center. “Ninety percent of all eye injuries can be prevented by simply wearing protective eyewear. As the Fourth of July approaches, people are aware of the threat to the eyes that fireworks can represent, but they need to be equally aware of the everyday dangers that lurk in the home.”

The first of the two surveys, called the Eye Injury Snapshot (EIS), was conducted by the Academy, ASOT and 12 subspecialty societies. EIS presents a clinical “moment in time,” looking at eye injuries treated in the United States by ophthalmologists, emergency room physicians and pediatricians during a one-week period. 2008 marked the fifth year of the EIS. In 2008, there were 775 cases reported from all parts of the country. The survey found that:

  • Nearly half of all eye injuries occur at home, with more than 40 percent happening during everyday activities like cooking, home repairs or yard work
  • Men were more likely to be injured (74 percent) than women (26 percent)
  • 78 percent of eye injuries occurred to individuals who were not wearing protective eyewear during the time of the injury.
  • Nearly half of all injuries were to individuals between the ages of 18 and 45.
  • Around the home, the majority of eye injuries occurred in the yard (39.4 percent), garage (11.8) and workshop (8.1 percent). Yet in-home locations, such as the kitchen, family room, bedroom and bathroom were also significant areas prone to injury, accounting for more than 34 percent of all eye injuries reported.

The companion public survey designed to measure Americans’ understanding of eye injuries found that most underestimate the risks of home eye injury, believing more eye injuries occur outside the home, such as at a construction site or factory or at special events such as Fourth of July fireworks. Fewer than one in five Americans believes that he or she is at even a moderate risk of eye injuries.

“Slipping on a pair of safety glasses is quick and easy. Unfortunately, compared to other common-sense safety steps, such as wearing seatbelts, using protective eyewear does not happen frequently enough,” Dr. Quinn said. “Sadly, the risk is not just confined to people doing the projects. Bystanders can also be injured and should take precautions against eye injuries as well.”

The EyeSmart public opinion survey, conducted by Greenberg, Quinlan, Rosner Research, also found that:

  • Only 35 percent of Americans report that they always wear protective eyewear when performing home repairs or maintenance.
  • Two-thirds of respondents said they own protective eyewear, but, of that group, 30 percent do not consistently wear the eye protection when doing home repairs or projects.
  • Thirty-seven percent of those surveyed never or rarely wear protective lenses for repairs or maintenance, and nearly half (48 percent) report never wearing eyewear when playing sports.

“People seem to understand that you need safety glasses when using power tools, but the threat to your eyesight lurks even in basic home repairs and cleaning,” Dr. Quinn said. “People should use protective eyewear during any potentially hazardous tasks around the house, from cleaning your oven with a chemical cleaner to using bungee cords to hold items in place. In the event that you do suffer an eye injury, have an ophthalmologist examine the injury as soon as possible, even if the injury seems minor at first.”

The landscape of eye injuries in America has changed significantly since the 1990s, when the majority of eye injuries occurred in workplace settings. Today, due in part to improved safety measures, workplace injuries have fallen off, while a growing do-it-yourself attitude for home projects and increased falls among aging baby boomers may partially explain the increase in household injuries. Of the 2.5 million Americans who suffer from eye injuries each year, 50,000 experience significant vision loss from these injuries.

Additional information regarding eye injury prevention and treatment as well as executive summaries of both surveys can be found at www.geteyesmart.org.

ANSI-approved protective eyewear is manufactured to meet the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) eye protection standard. ANSI-approved protective eye wear can be easily purchased from most hardware stores nationwide and can be identified by the mark “Z87” placed on the eye wear. ANSI-approved protective eyewear is not approved for use in sports. To locate appropriate eyewear for specific sports talk to your ophthalmologist or visit www.geteyessmart.org.

William Davis, MD, receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Davis Award

William Davis, MD, received a lifetime achievement award for his work in advancing electronic medical records to improve patient care.

Winona Health Family Medicine physician, William Davis, MD, receives Lifetime Achievement Award

William Davis, MD, a Family Medicine physician was honored at this week at the Cerner Physician Conference in Kansas City with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cerner Corporation.

Dr. Davis was instrumental in developing an advanced electronic medical records system to improve patient care, quality and safety. He was one of the pioneers in exploring how electronic records could make access to crucial patient health information easily and immediately accessible at the point of care. His work, in collaboration with Cerner, which is now a global healthcare technology company, began over 15 years ago.

Due in large part to his dedication to healthcare improvement, his knowledge as a physician and his continuous work in the field of information technology, Dr. Davis was Winona Health’s first Chief Medical Information Officer. In addition to caring for patients, he devoted countless hours to working with staff to develop the electronic infrastructure required for safer, higher-quality, more efficient care.

Save the Date: Winona Health Eye Care Center Spring Style Show Thursday, May 15

Winona Health’s Eye Care Center will host a Spring Style Show Thursday, May 15 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Winona Health Eye Care Center is on the third floor of the Winona Clinic at 859 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

During this one-day event, the Eye Care Center offers a 30% discount on complete pairs of glasses and there is a gift with purchase. Prescriptions from any optical shop are welcome. Attendees also can enjoy refreshments and register for door prizes.

Try on a special selection of frames from our featured designers:

  • Europa:  Scott Harris, Michael Ryen, Cinzia, Adin Thomas and Cote D’azur
  • Kenmark:  Vera Wang, Lilly Pulitzer, Kensie and Original Penguin

The Winona Health Eye Care Center provides comprehensive vision care for all ages including surgical treatment of eye diseases. There’s even a special exam room for children.

To schedule an appointment call the  Winona Health Eye Care Center at 507.474.4760 or schedule your annual eye exam online through My Winona Health*. To learn more about the Eye Care Center at winonahealth.org/eyecare.

*My Winona Health is a free web-tool that gives you instant access to your medical information. To get started, call 507.474.5678. You must have an email address to sign up.

Winona Health Foundation Trees of Light gathering December 18

Community members who are honoring or remembering family and friends who hold a special place in their hearts during this holiday season are invited to the Trees of Light gathering on Wednesday, December 18 from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Winona Clinic lobby. Attendees can enjoy music, refreshments, visit with friends, view the trees and take home the ornament(s) tagged with their honoree’s name.

“We are very grateful for the generosity from so many people who choose to honor their friends and family members through the Trees of Light campaign which supports community healthcare,” said Betsy Midthun, VP of community engagement at Winona Health. The Trees of Light are again filled with colored ornaments, each tagged with the name of a person who is special to those who gave. “Our patients and visitors are enjoying the trees and viewing the names of people honored. It’s a wonderful reminder of those who are important to us and those who will always be remembered.”

The trees will remain on display through January 10, and contributors are welcome to find their ornaments on the trees and take them home during the event on December 10 or anytime during clinic hours after December 18.

Donations to the Trees of Light campaign may be made online, by mail or in person at the Foundation office on the first floor of the hospital at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue, Winona, 55987.

For more information, contact the Winona Health Foundation at 507.474.3328 or online at winonahealth.org/treesoflight.

Tie it Teal: Ovarian cancer event Saturday morning, Nov. 9

Winona Health invites community members to have breakfast and learn about ovarian cancer Saturday, November 9 from 9 to 11 a.m. on the second floor of Winona Clinic, 859 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

Melissa Richards, MD, obstetrician and gynecologist with the Winona Health Women’s Health Center, along with Mayo Clinic physicians Jamie Bakkum-Gamez, MD, and Carrie L. Langstraat, MD, both gynecologic oncologists, will discuss various aspects of ovarian cancer including the importance of knowing family medical history and understanding possible symptoms of ovarian cancer.

Dr. Richards completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency at Mayo Clinic. She joined Winona Health in August and has a special interest in high-risk pregnancies, irregular menstrual cycles and contraceptive counseling.

Laurie Broghammer, DPM, will welcome attendees and introduce speakers.

The event is free, but RSVP is required by Wednesday, November 6. Breakfast begins at 9 a.m., with the program following at 9:30. All attendees will receive a free pair of shoelaces to “tie it teal” and help raise awareness of ovarian cancer.

RSVP by phone: 507.457.4161 or online by clicking here.

Play a round. Ben & Adith Miller Classic set for Monday, August 12

Rich Beem 2

Golf pro Rich Beem, will be the golf pro at this year’s Ben & Adith Miller Classic at Cedar Valley Golf Course on Monday, August 12, with a special exhibition open to the public at 10 a.m. Proceeds from the event benefit local individuals and families through the Winona Health Foundation Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund.

In addition to the 18-hole Main Event, the full day of activities includes a free public golf exhibition, a 9-hole Youth Tournament for golfers ages 11 to 18 in the morning, and the Green Monster Challenge, a 9-hole scramble during the afternoon.

This year’s event features golf pro Rich Beem sponsored by Miller Felpax. The highlight of Beem’s PGA victories was when he fended off Tiger Woods to win the 2002 PGA championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club, one of four prestigious majors. Beem will give an exhibition that is free and open to the public at 10 a.m. and will entertain event participants later in the day.

The Youth Tournament begins at 7 a.m. with registration and continental breakfast. The Youth Tournament, open to youth ages 11 through 18, features a four-person scramble with prizes. Registration is $10 per person. Young golfers can register in teams or as individuals be assigned to a foursome.

The Green Monster Challenge begins at 12:15 with registration and a light lunch at Cedar Valley Restaurant. After lunch, participants will head out on carts for a 1:30 shotgun start on Cedar Valley’s Green Monster course. The format is a four-person scramble with hole prizes and competition prizes. Registration is $100 per person and includes lunch, refreshments on the course, a participation gift and a photo of your foursome. Hole sponsorships are available for $500 and include registration for four.

The Main Event begins at 11 a.m. with registration and an outdoor lunch from the grill. The shotgun start is at noon, and the format is a four-person scramble. There will be hole prizes and competition prizes, followed by a reception and exhibition by Beem and an awards banquet at Cedar Valley Restaurant. Participation in the main event is through a hole sponsorship only, which is $2,500 and includes the above, plus refreshments on the course, participation gift and a photo of your foursome with Beem.

Registration for the Youth Tournament and the Green Monster Challenge is open through Wednesday, July 31.  Both the Youth Tournament and the Green Monster Challenge are presented by Merchants Bank. Space for all events is limited, and golfers will be accommodated on a first come, first served basis.

In 2012 the event raised a record $190,000 for the Foundation’s Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund. The Patient Care Fund helps individuals and families pay for medical expenses.

For more information about the Ben & Adith Miller Classic or the Patient Care Fund, visit winonahealth.org/foundation or contact the Winona Health Foundation at 507.474.3264 or keolson@winonahealth.org.

Winona Health’s Occupational Health team invites HR and Safety professionals to Breakfast with the Experts: GHS – Major changes to the Hazard Communication Standard

Winona Health’s Occupational Health team invites Human Resources and Safety professionals to RSVP for Breakfast with the Experts: GHS –Major changes to the Hazard Communication Standard.

The program is Wednesday, July 24, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in Winona Health’s B. A. Miller Auditorium, third floor of the hospital, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

Rick Craft, Employee Health and Safety Professional at Winona Health will provide information about major changes to the Hazard Communication Standard including hazard classification, labels, safety data sheets and information about training you’ll need to provide to your employees.

There is no charge for the program; however, for planning purposes, reservations are required. A complimentary breakfast is included.

RSVP by Thursday, July 18, online by clicking here, or call 507.474.3328 or email jamiller@winonahealth.org.

Breakfast with the Experts is an educational program provided quarterly by Winona Health to help area employers stay current on trends and issues related to employee safety, health and wellness.

Dietary supplements for age-related macular degeneration

Results of the age-related eye disease studies (AREDS)

The AREDS started in 1992 and was designed to evaluate whether dietary supplements could decrease loss of vision from age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The results of the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) were first published in 2001 and longer term results have continued to be published since. Results from AREDS 2 became available in 2013.

Study Results

AMD. These large, well-done studies showed that for patients at high risk of developing advanced AMD (those with intermediate AMD in one or both eyes, or those with advanced AMD in one eye) tablets containing a combination of anti-oxidants and zinc significantly reduced the chance of developing advanced AMD over a seven-year period by 25 percent when compared with the placebo (a pill without the vitamins).

AREDS supplements are available “over the counter”, that is, they do not require a prescription.


1 – If you are at high risk of developing advanced AMD, you should consider taking supplements like those used in AREDS. High-risk people have either intermediate AMD in one or both eyes (many medium-sized drusen or any large drusen), or advanced AMD in one eye only (advanced atrophic form or neovascular form). Supplements provide no apparent benefit for those with early AMD or no AMD, and there is no apparent need to take them. However, yearly eye examinations are advisable to determine if the disease is progressing.

2 – Your eye doctor can tell you if you have the high-risk level of AMD by performing an eye examination of your retinas through dilated pupils.

3 – Because the AREDS formulation has a high level of anti-oxidants and zinc, discuss the advisability of taking them with your eye doctor and your primary care physician. This is especially important for individuals with chronic diseases for which they may be taking other medications.

4 – The AREDS formulation is now available in stores that sell dietary supplements. Brand names of such products include I-Caps and PreserVision. Most regular multivitamins do not contain doses as high as those recommended in AREDS. There are vitamins available that contain the AREDS nutrients combined with a multi-vitamin. The components in AREDS can be purchased separately. The individual supplements and the amount to take daily are:

  • Vitamin E – 400 IU (International Units)
  • Vitamin C – 500 milligrams
  • Lutein – 10 milligrams
  • Zeaxanthin – 2 milligrams
  • Zinc – 80 milligrams
  • Copper – 2 milligrams (must be included when taking zinc) – to avoid copper deficiency anemia which can be associated with high zinc intake
For more information or to make an appointment:

Eye Care Center
Winona Health, Clinic 3rd floor
859 Mankato Avenue
Winona, MN 55987

8 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday