Way to Wellness Expo Saturday February 25

Winona Health and area partners invite people of all ages to the Way to Wellness Expo, Saturday, February 25, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Winona Middle School, 1570 Homer Road in Winona, Minn.

Attendees are welcome to participate in any or all of the seminars and activities. There also will be several booths with experts answering questions and sharing information. Seminar topics include: nutrition, active living, stress, sleep, and emotional health. The Expo also features fitness class sample sessions including Yoga, Water Aerobics, Boot Camp, Kick Start Cardio, Cycling, and Barre.

“Many who attended last year said they wished they could have attended more of the presentations, so this year most of the seminars will be presented twice, giving attendees more schedule options,” said Nicole Schossow, community relations coordinator at Winona Health. “I think people will be surprised by the variety of ways to improve their health or simply feel better.”

The Way to Wellness Expo features an Amazing Tasting. Winona Health chef Matt Repaal will share stir fry options while dietitian Anna Hudson describes healthy alterations. Seating for the Amazing Tasting is limited and is first come, first served.

Other Way to Wellness events include a Red Cross blood drive, Winona Volunteer Services food drive, Lions Clubs eye glasses drop box and a prescription drug drop box.

The event is free, and the Winona Family YMCA will provide free child care at the middle school so parents can enjoy the sessions and activities.

Way to Wellness Expo partners include: Winona Area Lions Clubs, Live Well Winona, Minnesota State College Southeast, Winona Area Public Schools and Winona Family YMCA.

Details & Schedule

If questions, call 507.457.4161.

The Gift: A new quarterly series for adult children and/or their parents

Winona Health is introducing a new program series designed for adult children and their parents.

“A lot of people fall into the category of adult child, as those of us who are lucky still have one or more of our parents,” said Robin Hoeg, vice president of Inpatient and Senior Services at Winona Health. “Our goal is to guide adult children in helping their parents plan for and successfully navigate their senior years and enjoy life to its fullest—It’s what many of us hope our children would want for us.”

The new series, called The Gift, will cover topics related to various aspects of aging.

The first program, Financial Preparation for Long-Term Care will be Thursday, February 16, 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Watkins Great Hall at 175 E. Wabasha Street in Winona.

The Gift: Financial Preparation for Long-Term Care will be presented by a panel of experts including Audrey Pronschinske, a director in the Winona Health business office; Ashley Martin, a social worker with Lake Winona Manor; Andrew Kieffer, Vice President, Investment Executive, Winona National Bank; and Martin Oines, CFPL, CTFA, Vice President, Trust Investment Officer, Merchants Bank.

Future topics in The Gift series include financial, legal and emotional issues associated with aging. To receive advance notice about these and other Winona Health events, sign up for the free monthly events enewsletter at: winonahealth.org/events.

The Gift series is free and people are welcome to attend any or all of the programs in the series. For planning purposes, RSVP is requested by Tuesday, February 14.

RSVP for The Gift

If questions, or to RSVP by phone: 507.457.4161.


Thank you! Every little purchase adds up to a big gift

Mary Brenno, Winona Health Volunteer and co-chair of the Gift Shop Committee, recently presented a $30,000 check to Kim Schwab, president of Winona Health Volunteers and Betsy Midthun Vice President of Community Engagement. The check represents the 2016 profits from the Winona Health Gift Shop and the volunteer’s annual Holiday Happiness event.

Brenno said the gift was made possible through a team effort.”This group effort includes our many gift shop volunteers and supportive customers from employees, volunteers and the community.” The donation is designated for this year’s project, the purchase of ten treatment chairs for dialysis patients, nursing scholarships and Lake Winona Manor.

Since the Winona Health Glady Miller Gift Shop opened in 1979, this little store located in the entrance to the hospital, has provided $883,000 in charitable support to Winona Health patients and projects. In the past five years alone, the Gift Shop has donated nearly $150,000 back to Winona Health.


Photo: Mary Brenno, (center) recently presented a $30,000 check to Kim Schwab (right), president of Winona Health Volunteers and Betsy Midthun (left), Vice President of Community Engagement. .Other Volunteer co-chairs of the Gift Shop Committee include Diane Barge, Mary Breza, Carole Matjeka, and Cherre Pye.

Scholarships available through Winona Health

Three scholarships are offered to the Winona community through the Winona Health Foundation and the Winona Health Volunteers. Applications are now being accepted.

Winona Health Foundation’s Phyllis McClenathan scholarship

The Winona Health Foundation’s Phyllis McClenathan scholarship is a $1,000 award available to an individual who is in the final one or two semesters of completing his or her two- or four-year nursing degree. The scholarship recipient must be from within a 60-mile radius of Winona or attend a post-secondary school within the designated area, or be a current Winona Health employee. Priority will be given to individuals committed to providing care at Winona Health.

Phyllis McClenathan was a long-time nurse in Winona Health’s Family Birth Center who passed away after a long battle with cancer. In 2006, her husband, Dean, and their children established a nursing scholarship in her name through the Winona Health Foundation.

Applications for the Phyllis McClenathan Scholarship are due Wednesday, March 15, 2017. An application form and eligibility information is available here.

Winona Health Volunteers Carol Hill Scholarship

The Winona Health Volunteers Carol Hill Scholarship is named for a retired director of Winona Health Volunteer Services in honor of her long-standing service to the Winona Health Volunteers.

Scholarship awards are contingent on acceptance into an accredited healthcare educational program for fall 2017. Applicants also must be a permanent resident of the Winona Health service area or be working and/or volunteering at Winona Health.

Individual scholarship awards will be made in amounts of $500 or more, and up to a total of $20,000 in scholarships will be awarded. Scholarship funds are raised through Volunteer fundraising events.

Carol Hill Scholarship applications are due Wednesday, March 15, 2017. An application form and eligibility information is available here.

Winona Health Post-Secondary Scholarship Program
Through the generosity of anonymous contributors, the Winona Health Post-Secondary Scholarship Program was established to provide graduating high school seniors with financial assistance to pursue a health-related career.

Scholarship recipients will be selected by the Winona Health Scholarship Program Committee based on the student’s demonstration of the program standards which include:

  • a strong motivation to pursue a healthcare career
  • academic excellence
  • a dedication to community service
  • a demonstrated need of financial support for their college education

Additionally, the scholarship is contingent upon acceptance to an accredited institution in a program of study for a career in healthcare.

The deadline for application submission for the Winona Health Post-Secondary Scholarship Program is Saturday, April 1, 2017. An application form and eligibility information is available here.

Please note that applications for all scholarships that are received after the due date, or not fully completed, will be ineligible. For more information, call 507.457.4316 or click here.





Meet our new board members

Dorothy Duran

Winona Health welcomes Dorothy Duran, Brian Semling, Bob Williams, Brett Whyte, MD; Nicole Varela, MD; and Nicholas Modjeski, MD, to its board of directors.

“I was delighted when I was invited to be on the board,” said Dorothy Duran, president of Minnesota State College Southeast. “I believe that our mission at the college aligns with the mission of Winona Health in terms of service to our communities. This is also an opportunity for me to learn what the hospital needs so when we’re developing curriculum, we can ensure that our students will have the right skills and be the kind of healthcare providers the organization is seeking to hire.”

Duran added, “When I moved to Winona, I brought my mother, who had Alzheimer’s, with me. She spent the last year of her life at Lake Winona Manor, and when I think of the last seven years of her life, that year was the brightest time for her. That’s another reason I’m honored to be on the Winona Health board – because of the wonderful care my mother received here.” Duran is originally from New Mexico. She’s been with Minnesota State Southeast Technical in Winona for three years.

Brian Semliing

Fountain City-native Brian Semling also joins the Winona Health board in January. “I’m pretty focused on my business, and I thought this was an interesting opportunity to work with other leaders to make a positive impact on our community,” said Semling, “I enjoy brainstorming and coming up with ideas for improving things, and Winona Health is an organization that believes in continuous improvement and doing things differently to achieve the best results.” Semling is the founder and CEO of Brian’s Toys, a business he began when he was a junior in high school that now employs about 25 people and develops children’s toys to inspire creative play.

Bob Williams, retired owner, Robert J. Williams Associates, LLC, human capital and organizational consultants, also joins the Winona Health board of directors in January. He replaces Kim Schwab as the Winona Health Volunteers board representative. He said, “It is an honor and a privilege to be invited to join the Winona Health board and participate in their continuing efforts for the betterment of life and health in the communities served.”

Bob Williams

After retirement, Williams moved from the Chicago area to Trempealeau to be closer to family. He’s lived in the area for seven years and has been an active Winona Health Volunteer since 2010.

Physician changes to the board include the addition of Brett Whyte, MD, who was named Winona Health Chief of Staff after Daniel Parker, MD, retired from this role after serving for eight years; Nicole Varela, MD, who assumed the role of vice-chief of staff after Richard Ferris, MD’s, eight years of service in that role, and Nicholas Modjeski, MD, who assumed a role on the board after Dr. Birdsall retired from Winona Health in December 2016.

In addition to these new members, the Winona Health board includes Ken Mogren, chair; Scott Biesanz; Steve Blue; Matthew Broghammer, DO; Sandra Burke; Vicki Decker; Toni Highum; Hugh Miller; Rachelle Schultz, president/CEO; and Mark Wagner.

The Winona Heath board and staff thanks all former board members for their dedication and service. Volunteering on the board is a commitment in addition to everything else these physicians and community members do, and their time and expertise are deeply appreciated.

The Winona Health board is composed of community members elected to serve on the board on a volunteer basis. The board is responsible for establishing Winona Health’s strategic direction; quality and safety; financial oversight; and setting organizational policy. Board members are committed to guiding Winona Health in its mission to improve the health and wellbeing of the greater Winona area community while remaining a strong and independent, not-for-profit community-owned healthcare system.





RSVP and join us for Benevolence & Blues!

The Winona Health Foundation invites community members to the annual ‘Benevolence & Blues’ Friday, January 27 at Visions Event Center at Signatures, 22852 County Road 17 in Winona.

“Benevolence and Blues has become our annual event to celebrate generosity, blues music and delicious barbeque,” said Betsy Midthun, Winona Health vice president of Community Engagement. “It’s really an uplifting event.”

Join us in celebrating stories of generosity:

  • Service with—and for—heart. Celebrating Lynn Sprain and the Cardiac Rehabilitation team for strengthening hearts and improving health and wellbeing.
  • The humble integrity of angels. Celebrating Guardian Angel gifts and the employees repeatedly recognized for their care and compassion.
  • The enduring loyalty of Telecare volunteers. Celebrating the peace of mind provided by the Telecare team lead by David and Carole Forest and Lori Luby.
  • A passion for excellence promoted through scholarships. Celebrating the generosity of the Winona Health Volunteers through their scholarship program.

“It’s a come-as-you’re-comfortable event,” says Midthun. “We encourage people to wear their favorite blues—whether it’s blue jeans, a blue dress, blue scrubs or blue suede shoes.”

Enjoy BBQ pork ribs, fried catfish fingers with tartar and hush puppies, cooked green beans with bacon and onions, sweet potato fingerlings, baked macaroni and cheese, cheddar biscuits, coleslaw, bread and butter pickles, and sweet biscuit strawberry shortcake with whipped cream.

Entertainment includes music by the Burke Band.

Tickets are $35 per person or $25 per person if you reserve a table for eight. The evening begins with hors d’oeuvres, blues music and a cash bar followed by short stories of generosity and more musical entertainment to round out the evening.

Reservations will be accepted through Friday, January 20. RSVP by sending a check payable to the Winona Health Foundation, to: Winona Health Foundation, 855 Mankato Ave., Winona, MN 55987. Please include the names of those attending. If you have questions, call 507.457.4394.

Welcome Laura Trautlein, PA-C!

Laura Trautlein, PA-C

Laura Trautlein, a certified physician assistant (PA-C), joined the Winona Health staff and now sees patients in the Internal Medicine department.

“My husband and I love this area. I heard about this opportunity and I chose Winona Health because from the minute I walked in the door I felt at home. Everyone was friendly and welcoming.”

Trautlein earned her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Physician Assistant Program, North Chicago, Ill., and her Bachelor of Science in General Biology with a minor in Nutrition from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Trautlein said she is looking forward to talking with and getting to know her patients. “I think they’ll find I’m friendly, a good listener, and most important, I can help them figure out and manage any health issues they may have.”

In her free time, Trautlein loves to read and spend time outside hiking and snowboarding.

To schedule an appointment with Laura Trautlein, PA-C, call 507.457.7622.

For more information about healthcare providers at Winona Health, visit winonahealth.org and click Find a Provider. Winona Health is also on Facebook and Twitter.


It’s free! Winona Health’s Healthy Kids – Healthy U, Sunday, January 29

Winona Health’s Healthy Kids Healthy U is a fun, free event for kids age 5 to 12 and their parents, grandparents or guardians. The event will be Sunday, January 29, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Winona Middle School, 1570 Homer Road in Winona.

Kids and families can choose from a variety of fun programs and activities including:

  • WSU Nursing Club focusing on how the body works
  • Fun with SG Danceworkz and Fitness Studio
  • Crafts with Winona Public Library children’s department
  • Cross Country Skiing with staff from Ridgeway Community School (must bring warm outerwear including hat, mittens, warm socks and coat to participate in this activity)
  • Winona National Bank focus on finances for kids and parents
  • Winona Police Officer Barrientos and Neko the police dog
  • Winona Health Food & Nutrition with healthy snacks
  • Read to Rover
  • Paws4Independence therapy dogs
  • Happiness through random acts of kindness and more!

The event is free. Registration is requested for supply planning. RSVP by Friday, January 27. Call 507.457.4161.

RSVP here!



About Healthy KidsHealthy Kids is a collaboration between Winona Health, Live Well Winona and other area organizations who share an interest in improving the health and wellbeing of children.

Katie Frie, CNP, returns to Winona Health!

Katie Frie, CNP, a certified adult and geriatric nurse practitioner, has returned to Winona Health and is seeing adults in the Family Medicine department.

Frie originally joined Winona Health in October 2011. She left Winona Health in 2016 when an opportunity arose to try a different type of healthcare role in a specialty setting.

“I chose to come back to Winona Health because I missed the interaction of providing direct patient care. It’s an honor to serve as the go-to person for health-related issues and to help people take charge of their health,” said Frie. “The relationships that you can build with patients and coworkers in a smaller organization is something that is really very special.”

Frie has several years of experience as a certified nurse practitioner and, prior to that, as a registered nurse. She received her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a member of the International Nursing Honors Society of Sigma Theta Tau. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Winona State University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She is board certified in Adult and Geriatric Health as an Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner.

To schedule an appointment with Katie Frie in the Family Medicine Department at Winona Health, call 507.457.7648.

For more information about Winona Health, visit winonahealth.org or find Winona Health on Facebook and Twitter.

Holiday Hours

Saturday, December 31: Urgent Care at 420 E. Sarnia open: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, January 1: Urgent Care closed.

Monday, January 2: All Winona Health locations open normal hours.

Winona Health’s Emergency Department at 855 Mankato Avenue is always open. For information about Winona Health, visit winonahealth.org or call 507.454.3650.