Environmental Services team scores 100 percent on safety

Several members of the Winona Health Environmental Services team agree to a quick photo to celebrate their 100 percent safety score.

Winona Health’s Environmental Services staff received a 100-percent score on their Sodexo/EcoSure Third Party Safety Audit.

The rigorous audit includes questions regarding safety management programs, making sure the Safety Data Sheets match every product we use and a physical tour and inspection of various rooms and spaces throughout Winona Health.

“We are fortunate to have a dedicated Environmental Services staff who understand the importance and value of the work they do to ensure a safe and sanitary environment in an organization that runs 24/7/365.” said Greg Towner, facilities director at Winona Health.

Winona Health Environmental Services team includes housekeepers, floor technicians, and laundry professionals.


Help for those who are dealing with grief

Tesla Mitchell with the Winona Daily News spoke with Sheila Skeels, Winona Health Hospice Social Worker, and Amy Sixty, who lost her father this year, to share information to help people who are dealing with grief during the holidays.

If you or someone you know is dealing with grief during the holidays, or any time, this article may help.

Welcome back Laurel Quinn, MD!

Optometrists Scott Pastryk and Stephanie LaLiberte with Ophthalmologist Laurel Quinn.

After several months of being out for a medical issue, Ophthalmologist Laurel Quinn, MD, has returned to the Winona Health Eye Care Center.

“Optometrists Scott Pastryk and Stephanie LaLiberte, the Eye Care Center team and the entire Winona Health family are excited to welcome back Dr. Quinn. “We have all missed her, and so have her patients,” said Sara Gabrick, vice president of Surgical and Specialty Services at Winona Health. “It’s great to have her back!”

Friends and community members held a 5K run/walk benefit for Dr. Quinn and her family in June after her third bout of acute myeloid leukemia. Dr. Quinn and her husband, Jason, have six children.

“My family and I have so appreciated the support of this community,” said Dr. Quinn, “I’m happy to get back to the healthy work of taking care of our eyes!”

To schedule an appointment in the Winona Health Eye Care Center, call 507.474.4760. A same-day appointment may be available.

Lake Winona Manor’s Resident and Family Holiday Celebration: Thursday, Dec. 14

Lake Winona Manor’s Resident and Family Holiday Celebration!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Family members are invited to join us for refreshments and entertainment.

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.



Clinics including Urgent Care closed on Thanksgiving day

All Winona Health clinics will be closed on Thanksgiving day, Thursday, November 23, 2017.

The Urgent Care Clinic, located at 420 E. Sarnia St., will be open regular hours though the rest of the holiday weekend:

  • Friday, November 24: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 25: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 26: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Winona Health retail pharmacies also will be closed Thanksgiving Day. The clinics and pharmacies resume regular hours on Friday.

Winona Health’s Emergency Department at 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona is always open.

For Urgent Care wait times during clinic open hours, click here.

Lake Winona Manor replaces mattresses and helps provide comfort to people in need

Hospital in Cameroon, West Africa.

Lake Winona Manor residents are getting a good night’s sleep and enjoying their new mattresses, and we can all sleep a little better knowing that the replaced mattresses are being put to good use at Ngaoundere Protestant Hospital in Cameroon, West Africa.

Winona Health purchased the new mattresses from a local company called Comfortex. As Comfortex places a large volume of new healthcare mattresses into a hospital or residence, whenever possible, the replaced mattresses are shipped to

Replaced mattress in their new home at a hospital in West Africa.

countries in need. Over the years, Comfortex has worked with charitable organizations to ship thousands of mattresses to hospitals in Africa, Haiti and South America. This is made possible with the help of some truly amazing missionaries, charities and generous organizations.

Winona Health, Lake Winona Manor, our residents and staff, can feel good knowing that having new mattresses means others are resting more comfortably, too.

Thank you to Comfortex for making this happen!

Hospice helps patients and families focus on quality of life

Winona Health Hospice staff and volunteers provide care and comfort to individuals dealing with a life-limiting illness and their families throughout the area.

It’s about how you live!

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, which serves as a time to share information about hospice that may help community members.

Hospice is not a place but is high-quality care that enables patients and families to focus on living as fully as possible despite a life-limiting illness. Hospice care is designed to:

  • Ensure that patients and families find dignity, respect, and love during life’s most difficult journey.
  • Provide pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support, and spiritual care to patients and their families when a cure is not possible.
  • Combine the highest level of quality medical care with the emotional and spiritual support that families need most when facing a serious illness or the end of life.

Videos and stories from families showing the many ways hospice and palliative care make special moments possible can be found at www.momentsoflife.org.

Winona Health Hospice Services provides care in homes and in long-term care residences within a 25-mile radius of Winona. More information about hospice and advance care planning is available from Winona Health Winona Area Hospice Services. Call 507.457.4468.


Photo: Winona Health Hospice staff and volunteers provide care and comfort to individuals dealing with a life-limiting illness and their families throughout the area.

Great American Smokeout 2017 – Need help quitting?

Quitting has long-term benefits at any age.

Lynn Sprain, MS, RT, RCEP, smoking cessation program facilitator

The American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout is Thursday, November 16.

To support those who wish to participate in the Great American Smokeout, Winona Health’s Cardiac Rehabilitation department is offering free materials available for pick up in the hospital and clinic lobbies Monday through Friday, November 13 through 17 while supplies last. Winona Health is located at 855 Mankato Avenue.

“If you smoke, use the Great American Smokeout as your day to quit—or to make a plan to quit,” said Lynn Sprain, MS, RT, RCEP, with Winona Health’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Department. “By quitting, or even decreasing tobacco use, you will be taking a step toward a healthier life and reducing your cancer risk.”

According to the American Cancer Society, tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the world. Smoking kills people – there’s no “safe” way to smoke tobacco.

“No doubt about it—quitting is hard,” Sprain said. “But it’s worth whatever effort it takes, and you can increase your chances of success with help. Getting help through counseling or medications can greatly improve the odds of quitting.”

Winona Health offers free, four-week smoking cessation programs three times each year. The next program begins Thursday, January 4, 2018. Sprain encourages smokers to use the Great American Smokeout to at least set a goal for cutting down on tobacco use, then sign up for the free program to help you quit for good. For more information about Winona Health’s free smoking cessation program, call 507.474.3324.

Long-term smokers who are concerned about the damage smoking may have done, should consider Winona Health’s CT Lung Cancer Screening. For information about CT Lung Screening, talk with your primary care provider.

Here’s a little motivation from Denver Brown, PA-C, in Family Medicine.

Denver Brown, PA-C