Improve your balance, strength, flexibility and mobility with Winona Health Tai Ji Quan class

Tai Ji Quan class is a group exercise class designed to help adults improve their balance, strength and flexibility and reduce the likelihood of falling. Tai Ji Quan (pronounced Tie Gee Chwahn) uses slow coordinated movements to help participants enhance balance skills, body alignment, muscle strength, flexibility and mobility.

Winona Health’s 12-week Tai Ji Quan class begins Monday, September 11 and meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Cost is $96 for the 12-week/24 session program.

Classes will be in the Watkins Great Hall at Senior Living at Watkins, 175 E. Wabasha (7th) Street in Winona, Minn.

Space is limited and registration is required, call Becca at 507.453.3741.

New Best Life Coaching helps you achieve personal goals

Best Life Coaching, a new service offered through Winona Heath Wellness Services is a one-on-one program to help people define and achieve their personal goals.

“Best Life Coaching is for anyone who would like help working toward a goal they’ve been struggling with,” said Tina Smith, a certified wellness coach. “Whether it’s finding ways to deal with stress, losing weight and keeping it off, or identifying what you really want in life and achieving it, this program provides the tools and personalized attention to break through the barriers to success.”

Smith is a Certified Wellness Coach who has a Master’s Degree in Public Health. With 25 years of coaching and teaching experience, her passion is to help others remove the barriers that are keeping them from living their very best life.

Best Life Coaching helps people:

  • Envision and define the life they really want to live.
  • Create a holistic plan to achieve those goals.
  • Learn how to remove the barriers to success.
  • Develop life-long skills to maintain new habits.

Best Life coaching is $150 and includes a free, no obligation, 30-minute “discovery session”; six 30-minute coaching sessions; a customized wellness plan; highly personalized education and support; and an opportunity for additional coaching at discounted pricing.

Find details about this and other Winona Health wellness programs here.

To schedule a Best Life Coaching “discovery session,” call 507.457.7719.

Business leaders interested in offering Best Life Coaching to employees may call 507.457.4161.



$5 Jewelry and Accessories Fundraiser

Winona Health Volunteers hosting $5 jewelry and accessories fundraiser for scholarships and projects to benefit patients and residents

The Winona Health Volunteers will host the Masquerade $5 Jewelry & Accessories Sale Thursday, September 7 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Friday, September 8, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The sale will be 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 including unique items that make fun gifts.  Everything is $5. Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted.

All proceeds will go toward healthcare-related educational scholarships, elevated patient chairs for Internal Medicine and enhancing the Adith Miller and Roger Metz Manor gardens. For more information, please call Winona Health Volunteer Services at 507.474.3328.


Make a day of it! Invite a friend and check out the $5 Jewelry and Accessories Sale, stroll through the new Robinson Healing Garden and have a healthy lunch at Winona Health’s Lakeside Café!



Smoking? You can be a quitter!

Denver Brown, PA-C

By Denver Brown, PA-C
Winona Health Family Medicine

“I’m ready,” he says with a sense of resolve. I feel excitement as a patient gives me the invitation to help him quit smoking. I know that without quitting, my patient’s chances of dying from a tobacco related disease is 2 out of 3.  Deciding to quit is a difficult place to come to and, for many, it is one of the most difficult things they will ever try. Statistically speaking, 70 percent of smokers want to quit. In the past year, 50 percent have attempted to quit, but only about 3 to 5 percent are successful long term if trying to quit without the help of counseling or medications.

Four years ago, I went through the Mayo Tobacco Treatment Specialist program and have been thankful to be better able to help my patients here at Winona Health quit smoking. Nicotine is very likely the most addictive substance known. I have had many patients tell me that they have been addicted to but were able to quit alcohol, meth, opioids, cocaine, marijuana and, for those coffee lovers, even caffeine! Yet I consistently hear that trying to quit smoking is the one thing they have struggled with most.

Recurrent nicotine use causes the brain change and the “want” for more and more nicotine. Not giving the brain the nicotine it wants leads to the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal: irritability, anxiety, cravings. Often, patients smoke to avoid withdrawal more than because they like the feeling that comes with smoking.

Here are statements reflecting misconceptions about tobacco and quitting followed by the facts:

  1. I switched to chewing tobacco because it is safer. Chewing tobacco is still very dangerous. It just changes the location of the cancer: instead of lung cancer, using chew puts you at high risk for throat and mouth cancer.
  2. I do not want to use gum or patches. I am already addicted to nicotine, why would I use more nicotine? This is a common question patients have. The patch, for example, delivers a slow steady release of nicotine throughout the day at much lower levels than are reached by smoking a cigarette. This helps give the brain a small amount of nicotine, enough to help control withdrawal and urges, but not enough to be addictive the same way smoking cigarettes is addictive.
  3. The nicotine gum and lozenges do not work. This is a common misunderstanding. Some people chew nicotine gum just like any other gum. However, the nicotine is absorbed through the mouth lining, not through the stomach. So, in order to get the benefit from nicotine gum or lozenges they should be “parked” under the lip similar to chewing tobacco. Again, these work by giving a smaller, slower dose of nicotine to ease withdrawal and urges to smoke. If you’ve tried the gum in the past and it did not work for you, I would recommend giving it another try.
  4. I switched to e-cigarettes to help me quit or as a safe alternative. E-cigarettes have not been around long enough to thoroughly study their long-term effects or safety and they currently have not proven to be effective for helping quitting.

My suggestion to those who want to quit is to try treatments that are proven safe and effective, such as quit lines, counseling, and medications like those available by prescription or the nicotine replacement products like patches or gum. Using these tools can increase your chances of quitting by 2 to 4 times compared to trying on your own.

My hope is that you are encouraged and inspired to give yourself and your loved ones the gift of being tobacco free. If you’d like help getting started, schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider or click here to learn about upcoming programs.

Winona Health’s next FREE four-week program to help you quit smoking begins Thursday, August 31, 2017. To learn more or sign up, call 507.457.4161. Learn more or sign up here.




Free program to help smokers quit begins Thursday, August 31

You can be a quitter!

Winona Health is offering a free program to help people who want to quit smoking. The four-week program begins Thursday, August, 31, 2017.

“Quitting is definitely a challenge, but the payoff is worth the effort,” said Lynn Sprain MS, RT, RCEP, in the Cardiac Rehabilitation department at Winona Health. “Quitting pays off in improved health and provides relief from dependency on cigarettes or tobacco—and relief from the high cost of smoking.”

Winona Health’s smoking cessation program will:

  • Help individuals recognize and understand their reasons for smoking.
  • Cover the variety of benefits to quitting.
  • Provide ways to handle physical and emotional withdrawal symptoms.
  • Share tips and techniques for becoming and remaining smoke free.
  • Provide a supportive atmosphere for you to ask questions and get helpful information.

“The benefits of quitting are immediate.” said Sprain. “Whether this is your first time trying to quit, or you’ve tried several times before, this program is for you.”

This free program includes four sessions meeting Thursday evenings from August 31 through September 21, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue, Parkview Conference Room, hospital first floor.

RSVP is appreciated, but walk-ins the first night of the program will be welcome as space permits. To sign up, call 507.457.4161, or sign up here!




You are welcome at the Winona Community Table – Tuesday, August 15, 2017!

All are welcome to share in conversation while enjoying a wide variety of food at a Winona Community Table event on Tuesday, August 15 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Holzinger Lodge, 925 W. Lake Blvd., in Winona.

Hosted by Winona Health, this Winona Community Table event is an opportunity for all community members to share thoughts and ideas about the complex topic of healthcare.

More than Healthcare: Community Conversations about Health

“Everyone is welcome and everyone’s voice is important,” said Rebecca Lamberty, vice president of Emergency and Urgent Care Services at Winona Health. “We’re looking forward to a compassionate, inclusive community conversation for people to share their unique perspectives. We are genuinely interested in hearing from everyone to deepen our understanding of the community we serve.”

Winona Health President/CEO, Rachelle Schultz, MHA, Ed.D., will be among the facilitators at the event. There won’t be a fixed agenda, but general topics will be suggested and conversations will flow based on the thoughts and ideas shared by community members.

The event is free and open to everyone, and a wide variety of food to suit most preferences will be served.

Those interested are encouraged to share information about the event and invite others to attend. The conversation is enriched when people from diverse backgrounds and cultures come together to share their perspectives.

If you have questions or to RSVP, call 507.494.7371.


Winona Health designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence!

Winona Health has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.

Being awarded the status of a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence signifies that Winona Health has earned accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast MRI, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy.

“It takes an incredible team commitment to earn accreditation as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence,” said Claudine Van Meeteren, director of Imaging Services at Winona Health. “The criteria is extensive and includes everything from staff credentials, board certifications and continuing education to image quality assurance documentation. Our technology is the best of the best, and we have an outstanding team devoted to providing the highest standard of care to our community.”

Peer-review evaluations, conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field, have determined that Winona Health has earned the designation of Breast Imaging Center of Excellence based on image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs.

Winona Health uses 3D technology (tomosynthesis), for all screening mammograms and every aspect of breast care. To schedule a screening mammogram at Winona Health, a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, call 507.457.4320 (select option 1).

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About the American College of Radiology: The American College of Radiology is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive healthcare services.

Well-child checks and sports physicals available in Pediatrics and Family Medicine

Winona Health Pediatrics and Family Medicine departments remind parents that a well-child checkup is the perfect time to complete your child’s sports physical.

Parents are encouraged to schedule sports physicals at the clinic with a Primary Care provider, and appointment times are available.

“If your child is due for a well-child exam, it’s best to schedule a well-child appointment and bring your sports physical forms,” said Winona Health Pediatrician, Sarah Lallaman. “That way we can take care of everything for you in one visit.”

Students previously diagnosed with heart conditions or head injuries must schedule an appointment with a member of their regular healthcare team.

To schedule an appointment or if you have questions, please call:

Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine: 507.457.7607.

Family Medicine: 507.457.7648

Rushford Clinic: 507.864.7726

Sports physical Forms
Please complete your portion of the form prior to your appointment.

Minnesota K-12 form

Wisconsin K-12 form

Winona State University form


Healthy Kids: VIP & Me Golf, August 1

Winona Health Healthy Kids and The Bridges have teamed up for a special event on Tuesday, August 1, 2017: VIP & Me Golf.

This fun, free event is for kids ages 5 through 12 accompanied by an adult, Tuesday, August 1, 2017 (rain date: August 8) from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at The Bridges Golf Course, 22852 County road 17 in Winona, Minn.

The driving range and putting green will be open, and kids can also sign up to play 2, 4 or 9 holes of golf. There will be games and contests both on and off course. Those who RSVP by Friday, July 28 also will receive a goody bag.

The event is free. Maximum of 2 children per adult.

Those who wish to play 2, 4 or 9 holes of golf must call The Bridges at 507.452.3535 to RSVP and reserve a tee time.

To RSVP for the driving range, putting green, games and contests only:

RSVP here!

RSVP online at or call 507.457.4161. RSVP by Friday, July 28.


About Healthy Kids:  Healthy Kids is a collaboration between Winona Health, Live Well Winona and other area organizations who share an interest in improving the health and wellbeing of children.

Vist our Healthy Kids Website


Hidden in Plain Sight exhibit gives parents tips on spotting substance misuse

Parents and guardians have a rare opportunity to learn how to spot potential signs of substance experimentation and misuse at the Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) Hidden in Plain Sight exhibit.

The Hidden in Plain Sight exhibit will be open to parents and guardians Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. in the Resource Library on the clinic first floor at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Ave., Winona, Minn.

ASAP offers this free exhibit to help parents and guardians learn about the warning signs of substance use. Adults can walk through this mock teen bedroom with a checklist to identify more than a dozen household items that may indicate substance misuse.

The exhibit is open to parents and guardians only. Partners include the Winona County Drug Court and Winona Police Department.

To learn more or ask questions, email Phil Huerta at or call 507.474.2727.