Free Smoking Cessation Program

You could be smoke free and on your way to better health.

You have nothing to lose — except your expensive smoking habit — and everything to gain when you sign up for Winona Health’s next free smoking cessation program.

The program begins Thursday, September 8 and includes four free group sessions that meet Thursday evenings 6 – 7:30 p.m. in the Parkview Conference Room on the hospital first floor at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue.

“Quitting smoking can be the number one best thing people can do to improve their health,” said Lynn Sprain MS, RT, RCEP, program facilitator. “Whether it’s the first time you’re trying to quit or the fifteenth, we’re here to help.”

Winona Health’s free smoking cessation program will:

  • help individuals recognize and understand their reasons for smoking
  • cover the variety of benefits to quitting
  • provide ways to handle physical and emotional withdrawal symptoms
  • share tips and techniques for becoming and remaining smoke free
  • provide a supportive atmosphere for you to ask questions and get helpful information

“Quitting can be such a relief,” said Sprain. “Relief from worrying about your health, relief from the feeling of dependency on cigarettes—and relief from the high cost of smoking.”

This four-session program is free. RSVP is appreciated, but walk-ins the first night of the program will be welcome as space permits. For more information or to sign up in advance, call Lynn Sprain at 507.474.3324.

Limited time: Sports physicals at Urgent Care, $35

To help those who are still in need of a sports physical, Winona Health Urgent Care, at 420 E. Sarnia, is temporarily offering sports physicals for $35 on a first-come, first-served basis during the following dates and times:

  • Thursday, August 18, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 23, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 25, noon – 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 30, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 31, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 6, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 7, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 8, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Friday, September 9, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Those coming for a sports physical will need to have the required forms completed and available upon arrival and students under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. If you do not have sports physical forms from your school, Minnesota and Wisconsin sports physical forms are available here:

Minnesota K-12 form

Wisconsin L-12 form

Winona State University form

No shots will be given during these times. If immunizations are needed, please schedule a regular clinic visit with your primary care team. Students previously diagnosed with heart conditions or head injuries must schedule an appointment with a member of their regular healthcare team during regular clinic hours.

Those who have questions may call Winona Health Urgent Care at 507.474.7830.

Birthday Ball is Saturday, September 24!

And now for something completely different!
Winona Health Volunteers 54th Annual Birthday Ball
Sock Hop Gone Wrong

The Winona Health Volunteers are shaking things up with this year’s Birthday Ball: 1950s Sock Hop Gone Wrong, Saturday, September 24.

Grab your poodle skirt, saddle shoes, letterman sweater—or your Frank Sinatra and Audrey Hepburn formalwear—and get ready to party!

Enjoy your favorite foods of the 1950s and then help solve a sock hop mystery. After the mystery is solved, celebrate in your dancing shoes to the music of the groovy Dap Squad, a six-piece band from Minneapolis.

The fifty-fourth annual dinner and dance celebrating the birthday of the current hospital building on Mankato Avenue, will be Saturday, September 24 at Visions Event Center, 22853 County Road 17 in Winona.

The proceeds from this year’s Ball will help purchase new treatment chairs in the dialysis department. Dialysis patients spend up to four hours, three days a week in these chairs and the new chairs will make treatment more comfortable.

Gather your friends and reserve your table or seats by September 16. For more information or to RSVP, call 507.474.3328.

Thomas Retzinger, MD, retirement open house Sunday, September 11

Thomas Retzinger, MD

Thomas Retzinger, MD

Thomas Retzinger, MD, a Family Medicine physician at Winona Health, will retire on September 2, after caring for the Winona community for 37 years. He’s been part of the medical staff since 1979.

In honor of Dr. Retzinger’s years of service and to celebrate his retirement, Winona Health invites community members to a retirement open house Sunday, September 11 from 1 to 3 p.m. on the clinic first floor at Winona Health, 859 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

“Dr. Retzinger has worked diligently these many years to care for his patients,” said Rachelle Schultz, Winona Health president/CEO. “His presence on the medical staff and his membership on numerous committees over the years demonstrates his deep commitment to this organization and to the community. He will be missed by his patients and colleagues.”

Dr. Retzinger’s community involvement includes:

  • Winona County Coroner since 1992
  • Medical Director of SEMCAC Family Planning since 1981
  • Medical Director of Winona Area 1st Responder Unit
  • Medical Director at St. Anne’s Extended Healthcare
  • Medical Director of Spring Valley, Minn., Ambulance Service
  • Friends of the Winona Public Library
  • Member of Winona Civic Association


In appreciation of Dr. Retzinger’s years of service, Winona Heath has made a gift to the Winona Health Foundation in his honor.

If you wish to send a retirement message to Dr. Retzinger online, click here.



$5 Jewelry Sale details here!

The Winona Health Volunteers will again host the Masquerade $5 Jewelry & Accessories Sale Wednesday, September 7 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Thursday, September 8, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the HOSPITAL LOBBY at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Ave. in Winona. Attendees are asked to park in the hospital parking lot and use the hospital main entrance, which is closest to the sale.

Masquerade, a nationally known $5 jewelry company, will showcase more than 25,000 pieces of new jewelry. There will be a wide variety of jewelry and accessories for men, women and children including rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, jewelry sets, wallets, leggings, scarves, watches and much more. Everything is $5. Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted.

All proceeds will go toward healthcare-related educational scholarships and comfortable new treatment chairs for our dialysis patients. For more information, please call Winona Health Volunteer Services at 507.474.3328.





Welcome Loucresie Rupert, MD!

Loucresie Rupert, MD

Loucresie Rupert, MD

Child and adolescent psychiatrist Loucresie Rupert, MD has joined Winona Health. She will provide inpatient services caring for adults as well as outpatient psychiatric and counseling services.  Her outpatient practice will focus on children and adolescents.

“There is a need in the community for a child and adolescent psychiatrist,” said John Rislove, director of Behavioral Health. “We are fortunate to have Dr. Rupert join our team, so children and young people in the community have access to specialized services right here in Winona.”

Child and adolescent psychiatrists are physicians who specialize in evaluating, diagnosing and treating children and adolescents with psychiatric disorders. These disorders may cause problems with feeling, thinking and behavior.

“When I did my psychiatry rotation in med school it felt like a good fit for me and a great way for me to help children,” said Dr. Rupert. “I enjoy helping kids and seeing them make big improvement at school and at home. I see how it really affects the whole family.”

When asked why she chose Winona Health, Dr. Rupert said, “I enjoyed the people that I met when I was visiting. It’s important to have good people to work with, and it felt like a place that people took care of each other – like family.”

Dr. Rupert is certified in Adult Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and earned her medical degree and completed her residency at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. In addition, she is fellowship trained in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Dr. Rupert is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Rupert has two young children and in her free time, she enjoys cooking, going to museums and getting outside and having fun with her kids.

Dr. Rupert will work with closely with LeAnne Morey, PA-C, and other Behavioral Health staff. For an appointment with Dr. Rupert or another member of Winona Health’s Behavioral Health Services team, call Winona Health Psychiatric & Counseling Services: 507.454.2606.

This year’s Ben & Adith Miller Classic raises $210,000 for local Patient Care Fund

B A Miller Classic 2016 160808_131543This year, the Winona Health Foundation’s Ben & Adith Miller Classic raised a record $210,000 for the Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund, a charitable fund for individuals and families using healthcare services at Winona Health. The event was held August 8 at Cedar Valley Golf Course and included an 18-hole Main Event and 9-hole scramble.

“The Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund is a wonderful resource for our community,” said Betsy Midthun, Vice President of Community Engagement at Winona Health. “We’re fortunate to have the generous support of Hugh and Vera Miller, RTP Company, and the many dedicated sponsors who make this event possible. We also appreciate the participation of so many area golfers and volunteers in making this fundraiser a success.”

The Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund was established in 1986 by Benjamin A. Miller, a former Winona-area businessman and philanthropist, in honor of his wife, Adith. Miller’s goal was to create a fund to help individuals and families in need pay for medical care at Winona Health.

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Pictured above:  Hans Serleth, MD; Xenia Straight; golf pro Tim “Lumpy” Herron; Kari Nelson, PA-C; and Dan Parker, MD, were among the golfers supporting this event to benefit the patient care fund.

Welcome Dermatologist Kevin Christensen, MD!

Kevin Christensen, MD

Kevin Christensen, MD

“Winona Health is a progressive, forward-thinking organization that is expanding to meet the needs of and serve the Winona community,” said Dermatologist Kevin Christensen, MD. “This presents a wonderful opportunity for me to develop a dermatology practice and deliver specialized care to the community.”

Dr. Christensen, a board-certified dermatologist and fellowship trained skin cancer surgeon (MOHs surgery), joined the Winona Health medical staff and begins seeing patients in the Winona Health Dermatology Department in August.

“I chose Winona Health because I want to provide excellent patient-centered dermatologic care to the people of Winona and southeast Minnesota. As a native of Minnesota who did his training at Mayo Clinic, I feel a strong connection with to people in this area,” said Dr. Christensen. My goal is to deliver high-value, patient-centered care that is accessible and convenient.”

In addition to providing general dermatology services, Dr. Christensen specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer as well as cosmetic treatments such as Botox, fillers, and laser surgery. During his fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, he learned surgical techniques that offer the highest cure rates for skin cancer and learned techniques to treat aging skin.

After earning his Medical Degree from Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota, Dr. Christensen completed his internship at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minn., his dermatology residency at Mayo Clinic in Rochester and a fellowship in Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology (Mohs surgery) at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. He received his undergraduate degree in Biochemical Sciences earning high honors at Harvard College in Cambridge, Mass. He is certified by the American Board of Dermatology.

Dr. Christensen and his wife have two young children. He enjoys playing and watching basketball, spending time with family, barbecuing outdoors and traveling to new places.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Christensen in the Dermatology Department at Winona Health, call 507.457.7674.


Ongoing health concerns? Free program helps you live well!

Living Well with Ongoing Health Concerns               

Winona Health is offering a free six-week program to help people who are living with a chronic health condition. Living Well with Ongoing Health Concerns meets Thursdays, September 15 through October 20, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

During the program participants will develop action plans to help with pain control, healthy eating, healthy activities, and ways to Communicate with family, friends, and healthcare providers.

The program will be at Winona Health Sarnia Square, 420 E Sarnia in Winona.

There is no cost unless you choose to purchase the manual for $20. Class size is limited and RSVP is required.

RSVP for Living Well or call 507.453.3741.


Eye Care Center Sunwear Sale

Clinic ThumbnailWinona Health Eye Care Center Sunwear Sale!

40% off all in-stock sunglasses frames*
Monday through Friday, July 25 – 29, 2016.

*Oakley frames not included.

The Eye Care Center is on the clinic 3rd floor:

Winona Health
855 Mankato Ave.
Winona, Minnesota

Information about the Eye Care Center