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.


  • 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,, 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.





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


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 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.

Phyllis McClenathan Nursing Scholarship awarded

Dean McClenathan with Hailey Parcel

Dean McClenathan with Hailey Parcel

The Winona Health Foundation Scholarship Committee selected Hailey Parcel to receive the Phyllis A. McClenathan Nursing Scholarship.

Parcel attends Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical and will graduate with an Associate Degree in Nursing. She currently is a certified nursing assistant on the Winona Health Medical, Surgical and Pediatrics units as well as in the Family Birth Center, where she has cared for many patients and their families. Parcel plans to continue her education with an online program through Morehead State University to earn her Bachelor of Science in Nursing while continuing to care for patients at Winona Health.

Dean McClenathan, along with his children Mark and Denise, established this scholarship after their wife and mother, Phyllis, a long-time nurse in Winona Health’s Family Birth Center, passed away after a long fight with cancer. McClenathan wanted to honor his wife by encouraging and helping others in their efforts to become devoted, effective and compassionate caregivers.

Receiving the McClenathan scholarship is especially meaningful to this year’s recipient. Parcel’s mother, Marty Knauer, who has been her role model, worked with Phyllis McClenathan for more than 20 years.

“She was a mentor to me and so many others,” said Knauer. “She was such a special lady, and now it comes full circle back to my daughter who is benefitting from this special scholarship.”

Phyllis McClenathan had a collection of more than 100 nurse figurines, so Dean now gives one of them to each scholarship recipient. “Many people who have received the scholarship have had some kind of a connection to Phyllis, and the figurine creates another little connection and symbolizes her legacy.”
The McClenathan family directed memorials to the scholarship fund and hopes that others will contribute so that the fund will grow and continue in perpetuity. Gifts to the Phyllis McClenathan Nursing Scholarship may be made to the Winona Health Foundation, 855 Mankato Avenue, Winona, Minn., 55987.

Questions about the scholarship or about the Winona Health Foundation may be directed to 507.474.3328.

Ben & Adith Miller Golf Classic Monday, August 8. Details here!

Golf Pro Tim Herron

Golf Pro Tim Herron

Winona Health Foundation’s event features golf pro Tim Herron

The Ben & Adith Miller Golf Classic will be held Monday, August 8, at Cedar Valley Golf Course. The annual golf outing, now in its 26th year, is a fundraiser for +the Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund, a Winona Health Foundation fund that provides financial assistance to people who need healthcare but may be unable to pay for it.

Golf pro Tim Herron

This year’s classic will feature professional golfer Tim “Lumpy” Herron. 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 over 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. Heron will conduct a public demonstration and will also attend the 18-hole Main Event and subsequent awards dinner.

18-hole Main Event

The 18-hole Main Event begins at 11 a.m. with registration and lunch. 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 golf pro Tim Herron, and an awards banquet at Cedar Valley Restaurant. To participate in the Main Event, become a hole sponsor, which is $2,500 and includes tee box recognition, 18 holes of golf with carts for four players, lunch, an awards banquet dinner, refreshments on the course, a participation gift and a photo with Tim Herron.

Green Monster Challenge

The 9-hole Green Monster Challenge begins at 12:15 with registration and lunch. After lunch, participants will head out on carts for a four-person scramble with a 1:30 shotgun start on Cedar Valley’s Green Monster course. Registration is $125 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 players and tee box recognition.

Registration for the Green Monster Challenge is open through Friday, July 29. Space is limited, and golfers will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register at

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

Scholarships for high school seniors announced

Winona Health is pleased to announce the 2016 recipients of the Winona Health Scholarship Program for Graduating High School Seniors Seeking a Career in Healthcare. Twelve area students were chosen based on a review of their healthcare career goals, academic excellence and community service experience. Each winner receives a $1000 scholarship for their first year in college that can be renewed up to four years if specific conditions are met. The recipients and career pursuits include:

Cotter High School:

  • Jonah Spiten, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Radiology
  • Morgan Whyte, Carleton College – Biology & Neurology

Winona Senior High School:

  • Tyler Beck, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse – Physician Assistant
  • Ashley Brommerich, Winona State University, Biology-Psychology/premed
  • Madison Duellman, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Nursing
  • Hayley Gerdes, Southwest Minnesota State University, Optometry
  • Halle Hoeppner, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Physician Assistant/biology
  • Caitlyn Koscianski, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Orthopedics
  • Brenna Meyer, Viterbo University, Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Katie Tschumper, Chippewa Valley Technical College/WSU – Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Emma Walsky, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities – Biology/pre-med

Rushford/Peterson Senior High School:

  • Bailey O’Hare, St. Mary’s University. Biology/pre-med