Golf pro Chuck “The Hit Man” Hiter® free exhibition Monday, August 13

Golf pro Chuck “The Hit Man” Hiter®

Professional golfer and entertainer Chuck Hiter will give a free public demonstration open to all ages Monday, August 13 at 10 a.m. at Cedar Valley Golf Course, 25019 Country Road 9 in Winona. The exhibition is part of the annual Winona Health Foundation Ben & Adith Miller Golf Classic.

Known as Chuck “The Hit Man” Hiter®, a golf entertainer with over 20 years of experience, Hiter is a seasoned professional who has performed more than 2,000 exhibitions from private parties of six to tour events of 20,000. He has been featured in many golf publications and on television sports shows as well as in national and local newspapers and on radio stations across the nation. He appeared on ESPN’s Top Ten Plays of the Day, not just once, but three times on the same day!

Hiter also set the Guinness World Record for distance and accuracy while hitting a golf ball out of mid-air, a shot that he originated nearly 20 years ago that led to the popular Nike TV commercial featuring Tiger Woods. As a mini tour professional, he has three wins to his credit. He also is a long drive champion, winning at the Charles Barkley Celebrity Invitational. Hiter also participates in performing for men and women in uniform around the world through the Armed Forces Entertainment organization.

Some top PGA tour pros, professional athletes and celebrities, proclaim Hiter is “the best golf entertainer in the world.”

The Ben & Adith Miller Golf Classic is a fundraiser for the Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund, a fund within the Winona Health Foundation, which helps people in need of medical care who may not have the resources to pay for it.

For more information about the Ben & Adith Miller Classic or the Patient Care Fund, contact or call 507.457.4394.


Physical Therapy marks five years of local care at Rushford Clinic

Diane Montgomery, PT, in the Physical Therapy gym at Rushford Clinic.

Winona Health Physical Therapy is celebrating its fifth anniversary of providing services at Rushford Clinic so area residents can stay closer to home for rehabilitation.

Over the past five years, Diane Montgomery, PT, has helped more than 540 Rushford-area residents with rehabilitation therapy for post-surgical care, such as after hip/knee/shoulder replacement or repair; overuse injuries and work-or sports-related injuries; vertigo or vestibular/dizziness issues; back and neck issues; neurological disorders; headaches and chronic pain and more.

“People are often surprised at all the things physical therapy can help with,” said Montgomery, a Winona Health physical therapist serving clients in Winona and Rushford. “It’s very rewarding to help clients in this area so they don’t have to spend extra time traveling for physical therapy.”

For a referral to Winona Health Physical Therapy or other Rehabilitation Therapy services, contact your primary care provider.

For more information or about Rehabilitation Therapy at Winona Health, call 507.457.4329.

More information about Rehabilitation Therapy.

Pillow cleaning fundraiser at Lake Winona Manor Thursday, July 19

Lake Winona Manor residents are sponsoring their annual Pillow Cleaning Service Thursday, July 19, from 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Proceeds from this fundraiser are used for projects such as the Lake Winona Manor fireworks.

Kraft Pillow Service’s mobile unit will be at Lake Winona Manor to clean and renovate your pillows, including replacing the ticking, so they’ll look and feel like new again.

Drop off pillows at the Lake Winona Manor entrance (lakeside entrance) 865 Mankato Avenue, on the Winona Health campus, between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, and your pillows can be renovated and back on your bed the same day.

If you have questions regarding cost or the pillow-cleaning process, please contact Kraft Pillow Cleaning Service at 712.378.2918 or visit

Free program about Healthcare Directives

Have you been putting off doing your healthcare Directive? Here’s an easy way to check it off your to do list. Winona Health Volunteers invite community members to a free informational program about Healthcare Directives (also called Advance Directives) on Monday, July 16 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 primary purpose of a Healthcare Directive is to allow people to stay in control of their care, even if they lose the ability to communicate. A properly completed Healthcare Directive, also called an Advance Directive, is a legal document, but completing a directive does not require a lawyer. 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, July 30 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 507.457.4342.

Urgent Care open Wednesday, July 4 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (now on Winona Health main campus)

The Winona Health Urgent Care Clinic, in its new location on the clinic first floor (use clinic entrance) at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona, will be open Wednesday, July 4 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

All other Winona Health clinics and retail pharmacies will be closed on July 4.

Urgent Care wait times are available on the Winona Health website:

The Emergency Department at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue, is always open.

For information about Winona Health, visit



Winona Health again recognized among Top 100 Rural and Community Hospitals in U.S.

2nd consecutive year Winona Health on Top 100 list 

Several Winona Health staff members gather for a “Top 100” photo. Earning a spot on the Top 100 list takes the commitment of the entire Winona Health team: physicians, associate providers, staff and volunteers.

Winona Health was named a Top 100 U.S. Rural & Community Hospital for the second consecutive year.

Earning a spot on the Top 100 list is based on performance across numerous metrics collected on all hospitals by the National Rural Health Association’s Rural Health Policy Institute, iVantage Health Analytics and the Chartis Center for Rural Health. It is the healthcare industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural provider performance.

“What this means to our patients is that our staff is committed to providing the best healthcare possible while maintaining an efficient, effective and sustainable organization,” said Rachelle Schultz, EdD, Winona Health president/CEO. “Winona Health is a Top 100 hospital thanks to talent and continued hard work of our physicians, associate providers, staff and volunteers. It reflects perseverance in focusing on the right work to benefit our patients and community.”

The Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals play a key role in providing a safety net to communities across America – and the INDEX measures these facilities across eight pillars of hospital strength: Inpatient Share Ranking, Outpatient Share Ranking, Cost, Charge, Quality, Outcomes, Patient Perspective, and Financial Stability.

“The Hospital Strength INDEX provides a true benchmark for helping rural providers to better understand performance levels and identify areas of improvement. When we look across the spectrum of rural-relevant INDEX indicators, the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals are establishing a new standard for how to deliver higher quality care to their communities despite an unpredictable healthcare environment,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader of The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

The list of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals can be found at

Convenient drive-up window being added to Winona Clinic Pharmacy

Construction zone during Winona Clinic Pharmacy drive-up window addition.

Exterior construction to be completed mid-August

Construction of a new drive-up window for the Winona Clinic Pharmacy at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue, began Wednesday June 20, 2018.

The exterior portion of the project will take approximately eight weeks with an anticipated mid-August completion date. The interior work will take place through September with the new drive-up window becoming operational later this fall.

The new drive-up location was designed for easy access with customer safety and convenience being the top priorities.

“We’re excited that this project is underway,” said Terry Full, RPh, Winona Health director of retail pharmacies. “Winona Health’s Parkview Pharmacy was the first in the area with a drive-up window, and now we’re pleased to continue to add this convenience for our customers on the east side of the building.”

After the new drive-up location is operational, Winona Health retail pharmacies will be consolidated in the clinic location and the pharmacy hours and days will be expanded to support the increased level of patients being seen in the clinic associated with the recent move of Urgent Care onto the main campus. The Parkview Pharmacy location and drive-up window will remain open until the new drive-up window on the east side of the building opens later this fall.

During construction, Winona Health patients and visitors should watch for signage, equipment and barricades as drive aisles and parking spots will be affected. According to Greg Towner, Winona Health facilities director, a partial drive aisle will be open for thru traffic as often as possible, but there will be times when traffic along the east side of the clinic will need to be blocked during the project. The ambulance entrance will not be affected during construction.

The construction crew and Winona Health Facilities staff appreciate extra caution and patience during construction.

Memory care residences, Adith Miller Manor and Roger Metz Manor, celebrate 25 years

Dick Kowles, a retired professor of genetics and biology at Saint Mary’s University, with wife, Rose. Mr. Kowles shares slide presentations with residents.

Winona’s first assisted living memory care residences, Winona Health’s Adith Miller Manor and Roger Metz Manor, are celebrating 25 years of serving people who have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Adith Miller Manor was the first memory care home in the Winona area, outside of a long-term care setting.

When Rose needed more care than could safely be provided in their multi-level home, her husband of nearly 63 years, Dick Kowles, a retired professor of genetics and biology at Saint Mary’s University, chose Adith Miller Manor.

“I looked at our options and visited Adith Miller Manor a couple of times,” said Kowles. “I talked with the people and toured the rooms and got familiar with the place, and it looked like what she needed. There are always a couple of helpers and they are excellent—you can see that it’s genuine care. That’s the way it appeared to me, and that’s the way it worked out. We’re almost like a family, the residents and the visitors, it’s a very homey setting.”

Adith Miller Manor is located on the Winona Health campus next door to Roger Metz Manor.

Something else that’s important to Kowles, “They have a lot of activities, table games, entertainment, music and singing together. Sometimes it brings tears to your eyes. So I enjoy coming in every day.” He notes that he’s only missed three days, due to weather, of spending time with Rose and the other residents. Kowles also shows 35 mm slides to the residents about twice a month (flowers, animals, scenic views, historical sites, etc.), and he enjoys doing it.

Meeting a community need

Located on the Winona Health campus, Adith Miller and Roger Metz manors are home to people who thrive in an assisted living environment where they can continue to enjoy the activities of daily living in spite of the challenges they face due to Alzheimer’s or dementia.

In the early 1990s, Ben Miller, a Winona-area businessman and philanthropist, known for his generosity and caring and for finding ways to improve the lives of Winona residents, had a personal interest in providing a home-like setting for persons with Alzheimer’s disease. Miller shared his interest with Roger Metz, Winona Health’s CEO at the time, and, in honor of his wife Adith, Miller provided funding to build Adith Miller Manor in 1992. A second home, Roger Metz Manor, was built a few years later.

Adith Miller and Roger Metz Manors can accommodate up to 10 residents each with early-to middle-stage Alzheimer’s or other memory diseases. Often residents and their families are seeking a safe and home-like setting where they can continue to be engaged in their day-to-day routines and meaningful activities.

When is it the right time to consider memory care?

Often people wonder: When is the right time for someone who has memory challenges to move? According to Cheryl Krage, director of Assisted Living at Winona Health, “Each individual has unique needs and access to resources. Safety concerns at home, fear of wandering outside and getting lost, limited socialization and needing more help throughout the day with personal cares, balanced meals, etc. are often areas of concern when seeking out our memory care home for their loved one.”

Krage added, “I’ll never forget how a gentleman I worked with described how his family made the decision to move their mom to our memory care. His mom, who moved to Winona from another state, had been living with him and his family. While they had the usual safety concerns about leaving his mom at home alone while they worked, the decision was all about her. He realized her life was revolving around their work and school schedules and he really wanted her to live somewhere where activities, socialization, meals, and other life events revolved around her and her needs.”

Consider your options

People who choose Adith Miller and Roger Metz manors generally do so because of the smaller, home-like setting. The homes are in a beautiful, quiet location that faces Lake Winona, where residents can spend time outside enjoying views of the bluffs and the lake from their garden area.

“Our residents participate in a variety of activities that keep them engaged throughout the day,” said Krage. “Activities are designed to keep everyone moving and socializing if they wish, with storytelling and reminiscing, board games and trivia, crafts, opportunities to enjoy nature and planting, and even live music.”

Krage also noted that residents who enjoy getting out and about go on rides in the Winona Health van for activities such as seeing the changing seasons, visiting an apple orchard or participating in the Minnesota Marine Art Museum Spark program.

“We see firsthand the comfort these homes bring to residents and their families,” said Krage. “And we are grateful to Benjamin Miller for his generosity and compassion, which will continue to benefit people in our community.”

Those interested in scheduling a tour of Adith Miller or Roger Metz manors, discussing costs or getting additional information about Alzheimer’s or memory loss are invited to call 507.494.7400.


Photo: Celebrating 25 years: Winona Health’s Adith Miller Manor, Winona’s first assisted living residence specially designed for people needing assisted living due to Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.

Photo: In addition to visiting his wife, Rose, at Adith Miller Manor daily, Dick Kowles, a retired professor of genetics and biology at Saint Mary’s University, frequently shares slide presentations, including nature, historical sites and photos from travels to other countries, with the residents.



Recognizing depression or anxiety in your child

Andrea Salzmann, LICSW

Andrea Salzmann, LICSW, Winona Health Psychiatric & Counseling Services

Depression and anxiety affect many adults, but did you know that it can affect children and adolescents, too?

According to recent research, depression and anxiety have been on the rise in children and adolescents for the last 50-70 years. In fact, studies show children, adolescents, and young adults are more depressed now than in any other time in our history, including the Great Depression.

There are many reasons for the rise in depression and anxiety rates, however, one main cause is most likely due to how children are viewing their own world and not necessarily with what’s happening in our world.  Additionally, what makes depression and anxiety harder to detect, is that children do not have the knowledge of what depression and anxiety are and they lack the words to accurately express how they are feeling.

How can you, as a parent, know if your child is beginning to struggle with depression or anxiety? Fortunately, there are several signs and symptoms. These include: changes in demeanor; anger; irritability; unexplained crying; changes or loss of interest in activities; appearing sad, withdrawn or isolative; decrease in grades or school attendance; conflict with peers, or behavioral problems at school; or talk of harming themselves or about suicide.  Anxiety symptoms may appear similar and are as follows: difficulty with separating from you or severe temper tantrums at separation; frequent and unexplained stomach aches in the morning and at school; vomiting, irritability and anger during transitions; sleep disturbance; chronic and uncontrollable worrying; rapid heartbeat or difficulty breathing; poor concentration; and a strong need to have things in their control. These are just some of the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Sometimes signs of depression and anxiety can be subtle, too. However, as a parent, there are things you can do to help your child. Begin by having a conversation with them, explore how they are feeling and what they worry about. Provide support as they open up to you and remember that although it may seem like something very minor to us adults, it can be a big deal to them. Talk to them about healthy ways to manage their worries and feelings, and then provide suggestions to help with coping as well as help them identify people they can trust to talk to when they are feeling sad or worried. Let them know that whatever they are feeling, it is o.k. and that you are here to help.

If you find that your child continues to struggle with depression or anxiety, it may be time to consider getting your child professional help. There are several agencies in our community that provide children’s therapy services to address issues of depression and anxiety, as well as other mental health needs. If you feel their struggles are becoming too big to handle, be sure to reach out and ask for help. At Winona Health, we are all here to support your child and meet your family’s needs! To schedule an appointment, call 507.454.2606.


Andrea Salzmann, LICSW is a licensed clinical social worker with experience in individual therapy, family therapy, and group therapy serving ages 4-60. Having held positions in a variety of settings including psychiatric hospitals, outpatient clinic offices, home based settings, as well as in foster care settings, she utilizes her experiences along with cognitive behavioral techniques, behavioral modification techniques, parenting strategies and other therapeutic modalities, to help restore patient’s to optimal functioning and improve their overall daily life experiences.

June Open Houses at Senior Living at Watkins

Community members are invited to the June Open House events to see recent exterior and interior updates at Senior Living at Watkins, 175 East Wabasha (7th) Street in Winona, Minn.

Senior Living at Watkins will hold an Open House every Monday afternoon in June. People are invited to enjoy the music from 2:30 to 3:30 and to come early or stay late to look around and ask questions.

If it’s been a while since someone has been in Watkins Great Hall and Senior Living at Watkins—or it they have never been inside—this is a great opportunity to see what it’s like,” said Cheryl Krage, director of Assisted Living at Winona Health. “If people are planning ahead and considering options for assisted living, we’re happy to give a tour and provide information.”

Senior Living at Watkins/Watkins Manor

Krage notes that those interested in learning more about Senior Living at Watkins also are welcome to call 507.494.7400 for a private tour for another date/time.

Learn more about Senior Living at Watkins and other senior living options at Winona Health including assisted living for those who need memory care.