Fantasy of Trees begins Monday, November 7

"Whimsical Christmas." Donated & Designed by Jodi Brom.

From the 2015 event: “Whimsical Christmas,” Donated & Designed by Jodi Brom.

The Winona Health Volunteers will hold its 16th annual Fantasy of Trees at Winona Health, on the clinic first and second floors, 859 Mankato Avenue, Winona.

The Fantasy of Trees features beautifully decorated holiday trees which will be open for bid by silent auction. These trees have been generously decorated and donated by Winona-area businesses and individuals.

The trees will be on display:

  • Monday-Thursday, November 7-10; 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Friday, November 11; 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The trees will be open for bid:

  • Monday, November 14; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 15; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 16; 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 17; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Friday, November 18; 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Bidding closes at 6 p.m. on Friday, November 18.

Proceeds from the trees will go towards healthcare scholarships and purchasing new patient chairs for the Dialysis Department.

For more information, please call Winona Health’s Volunteer Services office at 507.474.3328.

Taking one for the team – or just taking a rest from the razor? Either way, we say THANKS!

Winona Health Facilities staff will observe No-Shave November to raise funds for co-workers experiencing personal difficulties.

Winona Health Facilities staff will observe No-Shave November to raise funds for co-workers experiencing personal difficulties.

Winona Health Facilities staff relishing No-Shave November

If you have pogonophobia—a fear of beards—you might need to avoid the Winona Health Facilities staff next month. They’ve decided to raise money for Winona Health’s Employee Relief Fund and raise awareness of men’s health by participating in MOvember, otherwise known as “No-Shave November.”

The plan started at the lunch table, when the Facilities guys were talking about what they could do to raise money. Greg Towner, Winona Health’s Director of Facilities and Environmental Services, said the group “wanted to do something that will make an impact.” They also feel that men’s health is rarely talked about.

The MOvember Foundation website points out, “The state of men’s health is in crisis. Men experience worse longer-term health than women and die on average six years earlier. Prostate cancer rates will double in the next 15 years. Testicular cancer rates have already doubled in the last 50. Three quarters of suicides are men. Poor mental health leads to half a million men taking their own life every year. That’s one every minute. Our fathers, partners, brothers and friends are facing this health crisis and it’s not being talked about. We can’t afford to stay silent.”

The Winona Health Facilities team saw this as an opportunity for a win-win solution. They can raise money and awareness for causes that hit close to home—and also enjoy the benefits of growing out their facial hair.

Further research from reputable web sites like bromygod.com and beardbrothersllc.com revealed even more compelling reasons to grow a beard. Abraham Lincoln grew his because an 11-year-old girl told him he would “look a great deal better,” as his face was “rather thin.” Beards can “increase your strength by 27%,” “make you a better musician,” and even serve as a “rudimentary compass.”

All kidding aside, the Winona Health Facilities staff urges their interested male co-workers to either donate or raise a minimum of $20 to join them for MOvember. Unbearded participants, you have the ability to support the cause by pledging any dollar amount of your choice in the name of a co-worker who is growing out their facial hair for the cause.

All money raised will be given to the Winona Health Foundation’s Employee Relief Fund, and November’s Casual for a Cause (Winona Health staff members contribute $5 to wear jeans on the last Friday of the month) will support the effort as well. Watch for an awesome “after” photo.

Thanks to our Winona Health Facilities team for such a creative and generous effort to support their co-workers.

 

 

Chaplain Services recognizes volunteers for their care

rita-haugh-kay-shaw-ellen-enrightWinona Health Chaplain Services celebrated Spiritual Care week on Oct 17- Oct 21 by recognizing their volunteers, along with  raising the awareness and thoughts of spiritual resilience of staff, family, patients, residents, volunteers and visitors who would take a moment to reflect on “self” and think about their own source of resilience.

On Wednesday Oct 19, Chaplain Services hosted a breakfast for their volunteers at the Watkins Great Hall to thank them for sharing their time and talents in meeting the spiritual needs of patients, residents, families, visitors and staff. In addition, Winona Health Chaplain Ronia Frelund was introduced and the retirement of Chaplain Carol Garman was announced.

During the event the group also reflected on questions such as: What gives you the strength to remain flexible and strong amid life’s challenges? What do you do to bounce back and recover in stressful situation? And what helps you stay renewed, positive, grow and thrive?

“We are so used to giving. It’s what we do,” said Kay Shaw, a volunteer worship leader. “And it’s so nice to be appreciated. It is a two way street. I like this year’s Spiritual Care theme of resiliency, as it is helping us think about what strengthens our services and what helps keep us going.”

Chaplain Services’ volunteers help in variety of roles including:

  • Worship leaders
  • Weekend on-call chaplains
  • Worship and special event ushers/escorts
  • Musicians
  • No One Dies Alone (NODA) companions
  • Prayer Group
  • Rosary leaders
  • Spirituality and religious groups

If you are interested in learning about becoming a volunteer in Chaplain Services, please contact Chaplain Services at 507.457.4382 or Winona Health Volunteer Services at 507.474.3328.

 

Photo: (l-r) Rita Haugh, Kay Shaw and Ellen Enright were among the attendees at the Winona Health Chaplain Services Spiritual Care Week volunteer breakfast on Wednesday, October 19.

 

 

 

Winona Health Volunteers Holiday Happiness: Nov. 9 – 12!

img_5769The Winona Health Volunteers’ annual Holiday Happiness will be November 9 through 12 at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

Holiday Happiness hours:

  • Wednesday, November 9 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday and Friday, November 10 and 11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

New this year in the hospital entrance surrounding the Glady D. Miller Gift Shop will be our popular Holiday Décor Sale which in the past has been a part of Fantasy of Trees in the clinic. You will find beautiful arrangements of various sizes to enhance your home or gift to friends and loved ones.

The B.A. Miller Auditorium on the hospital’s third floor will be transformed into a festive holiday shop featuring gifts, decorations, clothing and accessories, gourmet foods and a variety of bakery treats, breakfast breads to desserts from Daubes Bakery in Rochester.

Proceeds from this event will go towards healthcare scholarships and new dialysis patient treatment chairs.

Holiday Happiness is a festive way to begin preparing for the holidays while supporting local healthcare.

For more information, contact the Winona Health Volunteer Office at 507.474.3328.

 

Fantasy of Trees committee welcomes helping hands

"Family Tree." Donated & Designed by WH Occupational Health.

“Family Tree,” designed by Winona Health Occupational Health, was among the trees given in 2015.

It is not too early to start thinking about the Winona Health Volunteers’ 2016 Fantasy of Trees, scheduled for November 11 to 18.

Please share your artistic talents with the Winona Health Volunteers. If you would like to create a tree for the Fantasy of Trees, the Volunteers would love to have your help.

Looking back over 16 years, many community members and organizations have generously given beautifully decorated holiday trees to be auctioned by sealed bid.

TREE GUIDELINES:

  • Size: 1-4 feet tall and must have a theme and title
  • Must be in and have a tree stand; tree skirts optional
  • Artificial trees only
  • Lighted or unlighted ( Please use new bulbs )
  • All ornaments must be securely attached to the tree. This helps to ensure the safe transportation of the purchased trees
  • Trees are displayed for purchase by silent auction bids sheets
  • Trees will be judged and awards given

Flyers will be sent to those who have donated a tree in past years and to those who have expressed an interest in decorating and donating a tree.

Proceeds will go toward scholarships for students seeking careers in healthcare and purchasing new patient chairs for the Dialysis Department.

Those who would enjoy helping with the 2016 Fantasy of Trees or would like more information are asked to contact: Irene Mulyck, 507.452.3010, reanieal@hbci.com, or the Winona Health’s Volunteer Services office at 507.474.3328.

 

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.

$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.

 

 

 

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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.

Golf pro Tim Herron to give free exhibition

Golf pro Tim Herron

Golf pro Tim Herron

Professional golfer Tim “Lumpy” Herron will give a free public demonstration Monday, August 8 at 10 a.m. at Cedar Valley Golf Course, 25019 Country Road 9 in Winona. The exhibition is part of the Winona Health Foundation’s Ben & Adith Miller Golf Classic, now in its 26th year.

Herron has one of the longest and most consistent tenures on the PGA Tour and currently ranks 64th in career earnings. He has played in more than 450 events and boasts four career victories on the PGA Tour: the 1996 Honda Classic, the 1997 LaCantera Texas Open, the 1999 Bay Hill Invitational and the 2006 Bank of America Colonial. Herron’s outstanding amateur career at the University of New Mexico included membership on the 1993 U.S. Walker Cup championship team, where he was undefeated in three matches.

The Ben & Adith Miller Golf Classic raises money for the Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund, a fund within the Winona Health Foundation, which helps people who need medical care but may not have the resources to pay for it. For more information about the Ben & Adith Miller Classic or the Patient Care Fund, contact the Winona Health Foundation at 507.457.4116 or email Betsy Midthun at bmidthun@winonahealth.org.

 

Know anyone who likes to sew?

Sara Gabrick and Robin Trombetta with a sample of their pillowcases for surgery patients.

Sara Gabrick and Robin Trombetta with a sample of their pillowcases for surgery patients.

Join us for a pillowcase sewing day at Winona Health: 

  • Thursday, July 14
  • Tuesday, September 6
  • Wednesday, November 2

When facing surgery, smiles may not be the norm. But colorful, hand-crafted pillowcases are bringing smiles to surgery patients at Winona Health.

The idea of providing patients with a colorful pillowcase was initiated by two neighborhood friends who share a love of quilting. Robin Trombetta and Sara Gabrick, who is also Vice President of Specialty Services at Winona Health, decided their extra material could be used to create unique pillowcases, each with coordinating colored trim and end panel.

Volunteers are needed to cut material, iron, fold, and sew the cases. Sewing days will be in the B.A. Miller Auditorium, hospital third floor, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Thursday, July 14
  • Tuesday, September 6
  • Wednesday, November 2

Sewers and helpers are welcome to come for a couple of hours or all day. If you have questions about the sewing day, email rltrombetta@gmail.com or call Winona Health Volunteer Services at 507.474.3328.

Donations are also accepted to the ‘Pillowcase Fund’ through the Winona Health Foundation, 507.474.3328.