Ongoing health concerns? Free program helps you live well!

Living Well with Ongoing Health Concerns               

Winona Health is offering a free six-week program to help people who are living with a chronic health condition. Living Well with Ongoing Health Concerns meets Thursdays, September 15 through October 20, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

During the program participants will develop action plans to help with pain control, healthy eating, healthy activities, and ways to Communicate with family, friends, and healthcare providers.

The program will be at Winona Health Sarnia Square, 420 E Sarnia in Winona.

There is no cost unless you choose to purchase the manual for $20. Class size is limited and RSVP is required.

RSVP for Living Well or call 507.453.3741.


Eye Care Center Sunwear Sale

Clinic ThumbnailWinona Health Eye Care Center Sunwear Sale!

40% off all in-stock sunglasses frames*
Monday through Friday, July 25 – 29, 2016.

*Oakley frames not included.

The Eye Care Center is on the clinic 3rd floor:

Winona Health
855 Mankato Ave.
Winona, Minnesota

Information about the Eye Care Center

Free Health Talk: It’s in the Bag!

Theresa Hoyles, RD, LD, registered dietitian at Winona Health

Theresa Hoyles, RD, LD, CDE

Thursday, August 18, 4:30 p.m. at Winona Health
The secret to healthy and affordable lunches and snacks on the go!

Think of the money you could save and the health benefits you would enjoy if you took a simple brown bag and filled it with delicious and nutritious lunches or snacks! Learn how to do just that at Winona Health’s free Health Talk: It’s in the Bag! Thursday, August 18, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the B.A. Miller Auditorium on the hospital 3rd floor at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Ave., Winona.

Registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator Theresa Hoyles has tips and advice for packing lunches and snacks that will satisfy every member of your family. Whether you’re brown bagging it for school, work, a picnic or a cross-country family vacation, you’ll find out how to ensure you have the provisions you need to keep everyone healthy—and happy!

The free Health Talk is part of Winona Health’s Spirit programming and is open to men and women of all ages. Spirit membership is free and there are several benefits.

There is no charge. RSVP is requested by Tuesday, August 16.

RSVP for It’s in the Bag! Learn about Spirit!



Welcome Joe Verzwyvelt, MD!

Joe Verzwyvelt, MD

Joe Verzwyvelt, MD

“I always wanted to be a doctor who could take care of anything,” said Joe Verzwyvelt, MD. “The best part of my work is being able to help someone through a tough experience.”

Dr. Verzwyvelt (pronounced Verse-WHY-Velt) joined the Winona Health medical staff and will provide emergency care for people of all ages. His special interests include neurovascular emergencies and Emergency Management Services (EMS).

After earning his degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss., Dr. Verzwyvelt completed residency at the Emergency Medicine Residency Training Program, University of Cincinnati Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

“I chose Winona Health because a couple of things really made Winona Health stand out,” said Dr. Verzwyvelt. “For example, the friendly atmosphere and the high level of appreciation and respect for patients and healthcare providers. It feels like a very cohesive team environment.”

Prior to joining Winona Health, Dr. Verzwyvelt served in the Emergency Department at Rockford Memorial Hospital in Rockford, Ill. His experience also include serving as an emergency physician for a hockey team, assistant medical director for a fire department, and as a flight physician with the University of Cincinnati Medical Center Air Care and Mobile Care in Ohio. He is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Neurocritical Care Society.

Dr. Verzwyvelt is married and has two young children. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, fishing, hunting and camping. He and his family are looking forward to exploring the area.

For information about healthcare providers and services at Winona Health, visit or call 507.454.3650.

Orlin Brommer chose Winona Health

Orlin Brommer with cardiac rehabilitation specialist Kindra Huggevik in the Healthy Living Center at Winona Health.

Orlin Brommer with cardiac rehabilitation specialist Kindra Huggevik in the Healthy Living Center at Winona Health.

Ready to celebrate the 4th, Orlin Brommer of Cochrane was stepping it up on the treadmill during a recent workout in Winona Health’s Healthy Living Center.

Cardiac rehabilitation specialist, Kindra Huggenvik, says Healthy Living Center clients soon begin to feel like part of the family. Orlin even writes short stories about growing up in this area and shares them with the staff.

Orlin says that about 18 years ago, Winona Health’s emergency department staff saved his life. He now sees Doctor Bryan Reed in the Internal Medicine Department and, he says, “I know doctors have time constraints, but the staff takes the time to answer all my questions, and I can tell they are interested in me as a person.”

Although Orlin is finishing his cardiac rehabilitation sessions, he plans to continue exercising at the Healthy Living Center. He chose Winona Health for the convenient location and found that the staff does a great job. Not only is he improving his health, but he also enjoys the friendly atmosphere and getting to know the staff.

“I feel much better, but it’s more than how I feel. My cardiologist likes the results I’m getting here. I also think my wife is going to start coming to exercise here. She likes what she’s seeing and wants to be a part of it, too.”


Free Healthcare Directives program

Do your loved ones know what you want?

Winona Health Volunteers invite community members to a free informational program about Healthcare Directives (also called Advance Directives) on Monday, July 18, 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, August 1, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the same location for anyone who has attended a Healthcare Directives Informational Session and has questions or would like assistance in completing their directive or to have a facilitator review their directive.

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.



Urgent Care open Monday, July 4 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Winona Health Urgent Care Clinic, located at 420 E. Sarnia Street in Winona, will be open Monday, July 4 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All other Winona Health clinics and retail pharmacies will be closed on July 4.

Urgent Care wait times are available on the Winona Health website:

The Emergency Department at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue, is always open.

Rushford Clinic Open House, Part of Rushford Days

rushfordThursday, July 14, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Rushford Clinic is hosting an Open House during Rushford Days, Thursday, July 14, 3:30-5:30 p.m. The Rushford Clinic is at 109 W. Jessie Street.

All community members, whether or not they see a healthcare provider at Rushford Clinic are invited to stop in to see the clinic and celebrate Rushford Days with a focus on health, wellness, families and fun.

The Rushford Clinic open house activities include:

  • Blood Pressure screening
  • Grip test
  • Balance screening
  • Teddy Bear Clinic: Children can bring their favorite teddy bear or other stuffed animal.
  • Light refreshments

Healthcare providers at Winona Health Rushford Clinic include Nicholas Modjeski, MD, and Katie Halder, CNP. In addition to primary healthcare services, Physical Therapy is also available at Rushford Clinic.

The open house is free and open to all. If you’d like more information about the event, call 507.457.4161. To schedule an appointment at Rushford Clinic, call 507.864.7726.


Dietitians offer special expertise in adult weight management

Theresa Hoyles, RD, LD, registered dietitian at Winona Health

Theresa Hoyles, RD, LD, CDE,

Winona Health registered dietitians Theresa Hoyles and Anna Hudson recently received their Level 2 certificate in adult weight management from the Commission on Dietetic Registration. They studied a variety of topics ranging from obesity as a disease to counseling strategies to nutrition technology.

Hoyles says, “Our goal is to provide our patients with the best care, encouragement and support possible. This additional training assures that we have the most current information about weight management.” The Level 2 certificate covers the latest information as well as tools and resources to help clients with their weight management goals.

Those interested in working with a registered dietitian should contact their primary care provider and ask for a referral.

Anna Hudson, RD, Wellness Program Specialist

Anna Hudson, RD, LD,

For those interested in a group program rather than one-on-one education, Hoyles and Hudson are both facilitators for Winona Health’s HealthyFit 14-week weight management program.

For more information about nutrition education weight management, call the Winona Health Nutrition Education department at 507.457.4521.

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