Kneed Answers? Free Health Talk for athletes

People of all ages engaged in athletics at any level or enjoying an active lifestyle will find helpful information at a free Health Talk: Kneed Answers? Thursday, April 20, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the B.A. Miller Auditorium at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Ave., Winona, Minn.

Winona Health Sports Medicine physician Andrew Millis, MD, and physical therapist Travis Kramolis, MPT, will share information to help you keep your knees strong and decrease your risk of injury.

“The knees are one of the body’s major joints, and an injury can cause constant pain and prevent you from doing what you want to do,” said Dr. Millis. “Of course not every injury is avoidable, but there are things athletes and active people can do to strengthen and protect their knees.”

Attendees will also learn more about what to do if they sustain an injury including signs that it is something that can be treated at home versus what might require medical attention.

Andrew Millis, MD

Presenter: Andrew Millis, MD

Dr. Millis earned his Medical Degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis and completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio. He completed a fellowship in Orthopedic Sports Medicine at Cleveland Clinic and helped take care of professional sports teams including the Cleveland Cavaliers and Cleveland Indians.

“I injured my knee playing football in my early teens,” said Dr. Millis. “The experience I had with my orthopedic surgeon influenced my decision to specialize in orthopedics and sports medicine. One of the reasons I chose Winona Health was for the opportunity to work with athletes and athletic teams at all levels including Winona State University and area high schools. The most rewarding part of my work is helping athletes and others get back to doing what they enjoy doing.”

Travis Kramolis, MPT

Presenter: Travis Kramolis, MPT

Travis Kramolis, MPT, has a special interest in sports medicine and is a certified clinical instructor. He received his master of Physical Therapy from University of Wisconsin La Crosse and has more than ten years of experience as a physical therapist.

“Our Sports Medicine team includes athletic trainers, physical therapists and physicians,” noted Kramolis. “This team approach helps people get the right combination of care to reach their maximum potential.”

RSVP for Kneed Answers is requested by Tuesday, April 18.

RSVP for Kneed Answers

If you have questions, please call 507.457.4161.




Community invited to Student Research Fair

Learn about medical research being conducted right here in Winona

Winona Health provides opportunities for local pre-professional students to gain clinical experience prior to applying to professional school.

The Winona Health Research Committee is hosting a Research Fair to give area pre-professionals the opportunity to share their work and community members the chance to learn about the medical research being conducted by local university students.

Student research may pertain to immunology, microbiology, epidemiology, psychology, kinesiology, exercise science, medical engineering, or any other potentially medically related field of research.

The Student Research Fair posters will be on display during clinic hours Wednesday, March 29 at 4 p.m. through Friday, March 31 at 4 p.m. On Friday, March 31, researchers will be on hand to explain their projects and answer questions from 1 until 4 p.m.

Community members are welcome to come in to view the posters and learn more about the research being conducted right here in Winona. Research committee members include Winona Health physicians from various specialties and professors from Winona State University. In addition, several Winona Health physicians, healthcare professionals and Winona State University professors serve as mentors for the student research.

Research Committee Members:

  • Lee Trombetta, MD, FACS – Winona Health, General Surgery
  • Nicole Beatty, MD – Winona Health, Anesthesiology
  • Richard Ferris, MD – Winona Health, Internal Medicine/Hematology/Oncology
  • Hans Serleth, MD, – Winona Health, Plastic, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Rebecca Wolf, CNP, – Winona Health, Occupational Health
  • Osvaldo Martinez, PhD – Winona State University, Department of Biology/Virology
  • Erin White, PhD – Winona State University, Department of Health, Exercise, and Rehabilitative Services
  • Francis Mann, PhD, – Winona State University, Department of Chemistry
  • Todd Reinhard, PhD, – Saint Mary’s University, Dean, School of Sciences and Health Professions, Professor of Biology and Health Professions
  • Spencer Treu, Clinical Research Coordinator/EMT – Winona Health
  • Roderick Baker – Winona Health, Senior LEAN Specialist
  • Lori Stanislawski – Winona Health, Executive Assistant

Winona Health is dedicated to supporting the healthcare career goals of our local university students. More information about student research opportunities is available here.

Winona Health earns health care home certification

Winona Health’s patient-centered approach to care has led to certification as a health care home by the Minnesota Department of Health. Health care homes reflect transformative change in the delivery of primary care.

A “health care home,” also called a “medical home,” is an approach to providing primary care services in which healthcare providers, families and patients work in partnership to improve health outcomes and quality of life while working to prevent hospitalization and unnecessary emergency care and the higher costs associated with those services.

Earning certification as a health care home means an organization provides primary care that goes beyond screening, diagnosis and treatment to focus on improving an individual’s understanding of their health status and overall health. This may include connecting patients with key staff and services to help them determine health goals that are important to them and manage their health conditions.

“This certification shows that we provide patient-centered care and services designed to improve overall population health beginning with each patient’s healthcare experience.” said Marti Bollman, Winona Health VP of Primary Care Services. “Each person’s needs are different. Our healthcare professionals and support staff are dedicated to developing innovative ways to enhance care for those who may be struggling to manage their health. This is about focusing on the right work to benefit our patients and the community.”

One aspect of being a certified health care home is providing Care Coordination services for interested patients. Patients may meet the criteria and be referred for Care Coordination services if they and their healthcare provider agree that Care Coordination services would be beneficial. Patients then meet with a registered nurse, discuss health goals and receive enhanced services to help them manage complicated health conditions and meet their health goals.

Find information about healthcare providers here and services here, or call 507.454.3650. For information about Care Coordination services, please talk with your healthcare provider.

My Winona Health: New self-enrollment option

Winona Health’s secure patient portal, My Winona Health, is a free web tool that gives patients instant access to their medical information anytime, anywhere they have an internet connection. Winona Health patients can now self-enroll to begin using this free service— no phone call or in-person visit is necessary to set up a My Winona Health account.

There are now three options for new users to set up a My Winona Health account:

  • Self-enroll (easiest)Patients must be 18 or older to self-enroll. Visit and follow the simple prompts. Either an account number from a recent bill/statement or an email address on record at Winona Health may be used to start setting up a secure account.
  • Speak with someone at a Winona Health registration desk You will be asked to verify your personal information, provide an email address and choose a personal identification number (PIN).
  • Set up a new My Winona Health account by phone If you are unable to self-enroll or would like to enroll your children, visit a registration desk or call 507.474.5678 during clinic hours, or call  toll-free, 1.866.708.0820, Monday – Thursday 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Friday 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.; or weekends 2 – 10 p.m. You will need an email address to sign up.

My Winona Health allows registered users access to the following features in their account and the accounts of their minor children and others who have granted written permission:

  • Schedule an appointment in the following areas: annual exams in the Women’s Health Center; annual eye exams in the Eye Care Center; new patient counseling in Psychiatric & Counseling Services and well child visits (0-18) in Pediatrics and Family Practice.
  • Send messages to your provider or care team.
  • Check upcoming appointment dates.
  • View your medical history (clinical summaries from 2010 to present, procedures, lab results, height/weight, blood pressure and more).
  • Check and print immunization records.
  • Access and print your child’s medical information.
  • View current medications and allergies.
  • Download and view educational materials from your visits.
  • Access medical information and schedule appointments for your children and family members who give permission.
  • Print work or school excuses – now available in the My Records section under Documents.

More information about My Winona Health is here. or call 507.474.5678.

Enroll now!

My Winona Health is a secure Internet application in compliance with state and federal requirements. It is a collaboration between Winona Health and Cerner Health, a global health technology company contributing to the improvement of health care.

Delicious demo Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Winona Health’s Food & Nutrition staff invites community members to a cooking demonstration Wednesday March 22, between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., in the clinic lobby at Winona Health, 859 Mankato Ave., Winona, Minn.

The cooking demonstration is a way to celebrate National Nutrition Month. This year’s nutrition month theme is Nutrition for a Better Tomorrow. In addition to the cooking demo, Winona Health dietitians will be on hand to answer questions.

“Our goal as a healthcare organization is to help people stay healthy or improve their health, so we wanted to do something special for community members during National Nutrition Month,” said Joe Riley, food service director at Winona Health. “We’re showing people how easy and delicious nutritious food can be.”

Those attending the demonstration can enjoy a sample, ask questions and pick up recipes while supplies last.

“Community members are always welcome to try our Lakeside Café, located on the hospital first floor,” noted Riley. “Some people think it’s just for patients, visitors and staff, but some community members have discovered that it’s a great place to stop for a delicious, nutritious and reasonably priced breakfast, lunch or dinner.”

Questions about the cooking demo or about Winona Health’s Lakeside Café can be directed to Winona Health’s Food & Nutrition Department at 507.457.4129.

Winona Health among TOP 100 in the U.S.

Winona Health was named a top 100 U.S. rural and community hospital. The list includes the 100 top-performing rural and community U.S. hospitals in managing risk, achieving higher quality, securing better outcomes, increasing patient satisfaction and operating at a lower cost than their peers.

There are 5,564 registered hospitals in the U.S. according to the American Hospital Association, and 1,829 are categorized as rural community hospitals. In Minnesota alone, there are 145 hospitals, 108 of which are rural community hospitals. Of the top 100 in the U.S., only four Minnesota hospitals were recognized– Winona Health in Winona;  Lake Region Healthcare in Fergus Falls; Allina Health-District One Hospital in Faribault; and Mayo Clinic Health System-Albert Lea.

“To be in the top 100 in the U.S. is an accomplishment our staff should be very proud of,” said Rachelle Schultz, Ed.D., Winona Health president/CEO. “Winona Health is on this list due to the everyday hard work of our physicians, associate providers, all staff members, and our volunteers. It reflects perseverance in focusing on the right work over time.”

The report, published by Becker’s Hospital Review, is based on the evaluation of performance across a number of metrics collected on all hospitals by the National Rural Health Association’s Rural Health Policy Institute, iVantage Health Analytics and the Chartis Center for Rural Health.

Complete list of the Top 100 rural and community hospitals


About Winona Health: Winona Health is a nonprofit, community-owned healthcare system in southeast Minnesota devoted to improving the health and wellbeing of the community. The organization provides healthcare and wellness services from birth through end of life through its hospital, primary care and specialty clinics, and senior services including assisted living and long-term care. Click here for more information.

About Becker’s Hospital Review: Becker’s Hospital Review is hospital resource featuring up-to-date business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and health systems. Click here for more information.

Free six-week Grief Support Group begins Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Winona Health Hospice invites those who are dealing with grief to a free, six-week, Grief Support Group beginning Tuesday, April 4, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The group will meet in the lounge at Senior Living at Watkins, 175 E. Wabasha Street in Winona. Meetings will be consecutive Tuesdays through May 9.

This support group offers a small group setting, making it more comfortable for people to talk about their experience, identify with others, and learn strategies to help them in their grief journey.

“This group is open to anyone who is struggling with the loss of a friend or family member,” said Sheila Skeels, licensed social worker with Winona Health Hospice. “We’re here to offer support and to help people cope.”

The Grief Support Group is free, but RSVP is required. Those who have questions or would like to RSVP may call Sheila Skeels, LSW, at 507.457.4549.

“The Gift” spring topic: Navigating Medicare

Winona Health and area partners present The Gift: Navigating Medicare, Tuesday, April 11, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the Watkins Great Hall at 175 E. Wabasha in Winona, Minn.

For most people, turning 65 means becoming eligible for Medicare. And that can mean “graduating” from health insurance as you know it to a new system with its own timelines, rules and terminology.

Understanding your options and making wise choices can be daunting. Fortunately, the route to Medicare success follows a familiar path: Do your homework, don’t rush, follow directions and seek clarification when you have questions.

Guest speakers are Sheila Skeels, a social worker with Winona Health; Stephanie Ayoub, a nurse with Winona County Public Health; Marsha Yancy, senior advocate with the Friendship Center; and Chad Wojchik, a counselor and volunteer coordinator with Southeast Minnesota Agency on Aging.

“The Gift” is a quarterly health talks series that covers topics related to various aspects of aging including financial, legal and emotional issues. To receive advance notice about these and other Winona Health events, sign up for the free monthly events enewsletter at:

The Gift series is free and people are welcome to attend any or all of the programs in the series. For planning purposes, RSVP is requested by Monday, April 10. RSVP HERE or call 507.457.4161.

Cancer Program earns reaccreditation

Left to right: Rachelle Schultz, Ed.D., Winona Health president/CEO; Dawn Gronner, LSW; Cheryl Evans, CTR; Ronald England, DO, FCAP; Stephen L. Seagren, MD, Commission on Cancer site surveyer; Angela Johannes, RN, BSN; Justin Albanese, MD; Sandy Gruszynski, RN, PNC, CN-BN; Matthew Broghammer, DO; Lee Trombetta, MD, FACS.

Winona Health’s Cancer Care Program has again earned accreditation by the Commission on Cancer. The organization’s program has been accredited since 2013.

“Our program adds significant value to the community by giving our cancer patients the option of pursuing their treatment with local healthcare providers,” said Ronald England, DO, a Winona Health Pathologist and chairperson of Winona Health’s Cancer Committee. “The result is high quality care from medical professionals who follow standards established by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network in a personable and convenient setting.”

Receiving care at a Commission on Cancer-accredited organization ensures individuals will receive:

  • Comprehensive care offering a range of state-of-the-art services and equipment.
  • A multidisciplinary, team approach to coordinate the best cancer treatment options.
  • Access to cancer-related information and education.
  • Access to patient-centered services such as psychosocial distress support systems
  • Options for genetic assessment and counseling and Palliative care services.
  • Cancer surveillance after remission.
  • Assessment of treatment planning based on evidence-based national treatment guidelines.
  • Information about clinical trials and new treatment options.
  • Follow-up care at the completion of treatment, including a survivorship care plan.
  • A cancer registry that collects data on cancer type, stage, and treatment results, and offers lifelong patient follow-up.

Winona Health’s cancer care team consists of the following physicians and staff:

  • Richard Ferris, MD, Medical Oncologist
  • Matthew Broghammer, DO, General Surgery
  • Lee Trombetta, MD, FACS, General Surgery
  • Wen-Yu “Vicky” Haines, MD, General Surgery
  • Karen Perkins, PA-C, General Surgery
  • Ronald G. England, DO, Surgical Pathologist
  • Hans Serleth, MD, Plastic, Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Catherine Compton, CNP, Plastic, Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Sandy Gruszynski, RN, Patient Navigator and Cancer Care Coordinator, Cancer Care
  • Dawn Gronner, LSW, Psychosocial Services Coordinator
  • Justin Albanese, MD, Diagnostic Radiologist, Imaging Services
  • Cheryl Evans, CTR, Cancer Care
  • Sheila Skeels, LSW, Hospice Services
  • Theresa Hoyles, RD, LD, CDE, Dietitian, Diabetes and Nutrition Education
  • Emily Breunig, OTR/L, CLT, CES, Rehabilitation Services

The accreditation indicates that Winona Health’s Cancer Program has been rigorously reviewed by a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive quality care.

Review Winona Health’s Cancer Program Annual Report.

More information about the Commission on Cancer is available here.


Free Healthcare Directives programs at Winona Health or at your organization

Does your family know what you want?                                                     

Winona Health Volunteers invite community members to a free informational program about Healthcare Directives (also called Advance Directives) on Monday, March 20, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Parkview Conference Room at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

The program provides information about the benefits of having a Healthcare Directive. A properly completed Healthcare Directive is a legal document, but completing a directive does not require a lawyer. The primary purpose of a Healthcare Directive is to allow individuals to stay in control of their care, even if they lose the ability to communicate. Winona Health Volunteers certified to facilitate this program will provide the authorized forms. Sessions cover Healthcare Directives for residents of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

A follow-up session will be held Monday, April 3, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the same location for those who have attended a Healthcare Directives Informational Session but have questions or would like assistance in completing their directive or to have a facilitator review their directive.

Winona Health Volunteers also would enjoy presenting a Healthcare Directives program for area groups and organizations and would be happy to attend a meeting at your location.

There is no cost to complete a Healthcare Directive and the program is open to all. No advanced registration is required. Everyone age 18 and older is encouraged to complete a Healthcare Directive.

Our certified Healthcare Directive volunteers are also available to give presentations to community groups. For more information, call the Winona Health Volunteer Services office at 507.474.3328.