Registration open for 2018 Ben & Adith Miller Golf Classic

Chuck “The Hit Man” Hiter® will give a demonstration at Cedar Valley Golf Course, free and open to all ages, Monday, August 13 at 10 a.m.

Winona Health Foundation event benefits local Patient Care Fund

The 2018 Ben & Adith Miller Classic will be Monday, August 13, at Cedar Valley Golf Course.

The annual golf outing, which began in 1990, is a fundraiser for the Ben & Adith Patient Care Fund, a special fund through the Winona Health Foundation that provides financial assistance to help individuals in need pay for medical care.

“This golf outing raises funds that help so many people in our community,” said Betsy Midthun, vice president of Community Engagement at Winona Health. “The Ben and Adith Miller Patient Care Fund is a direct reflection of people’s generosity and, based on the letters we receive, the recipients are profoundly grateful.”

Free exhibition by golf pro

In addition to the 18-hole Main Event and the 9-hole Green Monster Challenge, the event includes a free public golf exhibition. Chuck “The Hit Man” Hiter® is a premiere golf entertainer with more than 20 years of experience. He has performed over 2,000 exhibitions and has been featured in golf publications and television sports shows including appearing on ESPN’s Top Ten Plays of the Day. He set a Guinness World Record for distance and accuracy while hitting a golf ball out of mid-air. Top PGA tour pros, other professional athletes, as well as a multitude of A-list celebrities, proclaim he is “the best golf entertainer in the world.”

Chuck “The Hit Man” Hiter will give a demonstration at Cedar Valley Golf Course, free and open to all ages, at 10 a.m.

18-hole Main Event

The Main Event begins at 11 a.m., with registration and lunch, followed by a noon shotgun start for the four-person scramble. There will be hole prizes and competition prizes, followed by a reception and exhibition by Chuck: The Hit Man” Hiter and an awards banquet at Cedar Valley Restaurant. Participation in the Main Event requires a hole sponsorship, which is $2,500 and includes all of the above, plus refreshments on the course, a participation gift, foursome photo with Chuck “The Hit Man” Hiter, awards and dinner.

Green Monster Challenge

The Green Monster Challenge begins at 12:30 with registration and lunch. After lunch, participants will head out on carts for a shotgun start on Cedar Valley’s Green Monster course. The format is a four-person scramble with hole prizes and competition prizes.

Registration is $100 per person and includes lunch, refreshments on the course, a participation gift, a photo of your foursome followed by a social with awards. Hole sponsorships are available for $500 and include registration for four.


Registration for the 18-hole Main Event and the Green Monster Challenge is open through Monday, July 30. Space for all events is limited, and golfers will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.

In 2017, 812 grateful patients and families received $968,223 in financial assistance for medical expenses through the Winona Health Foundation’s Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund.

For more information about the Ben & Adith Miller Classic or the Patient Care Fund, contact the Winona Health Foundation at 507.457.4394 or email Emily Hoff at

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Photo:  Chuck “The Hit Man” Hiter® will give a demonstration at Cedar Valley Golf Course, free and open to all ages, Monday, August 13 at 10 a.m.

Phyllis McClenathan scholarship applications being accepted through June 1

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 Friday, June 1, 2018. An application form and eligibility information is available online 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 507.457.4116 or visit



Quilters’ Guild handiwork a gift to families in Winona Health Family Birth Center

Terry Spartz and her daughters Kara and Nicole delivered 24 beautiful, handmade quilts and other items that were made and generously given to the Winona Health Foundation by the Winona Area Quilters’ Guild. The quilts will find happy homes with families welcoming the Winona area’s newest residents in the Winona Health Family Birth Center. Kara was inspired by the spirit of homemade generosity, contributing seven knitted soft and cozy baby hats to the effort.

More information about the Winona Health Foundation

Hospice seeking volunteers and offering training

Winona Health Hospice Services is offering training for community members interested in becoming hospice volunteers. Winona Health Hospice provides care to individuals and families within a 25-mile radius of Winona no matter where they receive healthcare services.

Hospice staff and volunteers provide respite care and emotional and spiritual support to individuals living with a terminal illness and their families, by providing compassionate care and support during an individual’s end-of-life journey.

The training includes an initial meeting on either: Monday, February 26 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. or Tuesday, February 27 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. There is also independent online education and, once complete, participants will attend one of the final meetings: Monday, March 26 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. or Tuesday, March 27 from 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Those interested are asked to contact Kris Walters, Winona Health volunteer manager by email: or call the Winona Health Volunteer Services office at 507.457.4342.

Those interested also will be asked to complete an online volunteer application.

In the news: Winona Health Volunteers Knitted Knockers

Winona Daily News writer Tesla Mitchell interviewed Winona Health Volunteers Gloria Siewert and Carol Byrne to share the story of the Volunteers Knitted Knockers project.

Read the story here.

If you have questions about knitted knockers or about volunteering at Winona Health, call 507.474.3328 or learn more here.

Glady D. Miller Gift Shop Holiday Hours

Welcome to the Glady D. Miller Gift Shop

In addition to the Glady D. Miller Gift Shop’s regular hours, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Gift Shop will be open Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. through December 16.

The Gift Shop is filled with a wonderful selection of holiday merchandise including gift items, holiday entertaining supplies, gourmet food mixes and kitchen accessories, jewelry, clothing, ornaments, tree trimmings and much more.

The Glady D. Miller Gift Shop is located in the hospital lobby at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Ave., in Winona. Proceeds from Gift Shop sales go toward Roger Metz and Adith Miller Manor garden, elevated patient chairs for Internal Medicine department and educational healthcare scholarships.  This is a great way to do your holiday shopping while supporting local healthcare.

For more information about the Winona Health Volunteers or the Gift Shop, call the Winona Health Volunteer Office at 507.457.4342.



Glady D. Miller Gift Shop Jewelry Sale

The Winona Health Glady D. Miller Gift Shop will host a Jewelry Inventory Reduction Fundraiser for two weeks in the HOSPITAL LOBBY at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Ave.

Glady D. Miller Gift Shop will showcase more than 250 pieces of jewelry. There will be a wide variety of earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted. All items will be 40 percent off original price.

Jewelry fundraiser is Monday, May 1 through  Friday, May 12. Gift Shop hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Attendees are asked to park in the hospital parking lot and use the hospital main entrance, which is closest to the gift shop.

All proceeds will go toward healthcare-related educational scholarships and volunteer healthcare projects. For more information, please call the Winona Health Volunteer Services Office at 507.457.4342.




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 and 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.