Winona Health Volunteers Holiday Happiness: Nov. 9 – 12!

img_5769The Winona Health Volunteers’ annual Holiday Happiness will be November 9 through 12 at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

Holiday Happiness hours:

  • Wednesday, November 9 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday and Friday, November 10 and 11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

New this year in the hospital entrance surrounding the Glady D. Miller Gift Shop will be our popular Holiday Décor Sale which in the past has been a part of Fantasy of Trees in the clinic. You will find beautiful arrangements of various sizes to enhance your home or gift to friends and loved ones.

The B.A. Miller Auditorium on the hospital’s third floor will be transformed into a festive holiday shop featuring gifts, decorations, clothing and accessories, gourmet foods and a variety of bakery treats, breakfast breads to desserts from Daubes Bakery in Rochester.

Proceeds from this event will go towards healthcare scholarships and new dialysis patient treatment chairs.

Holiday Happiness is a festive way to begin preparing for the holidays while supporting local healthcare.

For more information, contact the Winona Health Volunteer Office at 507.474.3328.


3 Good Things might be just what you need. Join us for this free health talk

Ann MacDonald

Ann MacDonald

Is it possible that changing the way you use just three minutes a day can reduce stress, improve sleep, and bring about better work-life balance? Yes! It all starts with 3 Good Things.

All community members are invited to Winona Health’s free Health Talk: 3 Good Things, Thursday, November 17, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the B.A. Miller Auditorium on the hospital 3rd floor at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Ave., Winona.

Ann MacDonald, Winona Health’s director of Training & Development will share the benefits of getting into the 3 Good Things habit and how you can easily put it into practice. This may be just the program you need to help reduce stress, improve sleep and give you a new outlook on the holiday season — and on life.

The program is free and refreshments will be available. Seating is limited, so RSVP for this fun, uplifting health talk by Tuesday, November 15.

Winona Health’s free Health Talk: 3 Good Things, is part of Winona Health’s Spirit of Women programming. Spirit of Women is a free, no-obligation program with several benefits.

RSVP for 3 Good Things

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Have questions? Call 507.457.4161.

Urgent Care? Emergency Care? Which should you choose?

How do you know whether you should seek Emergency Care or Urgent Care? Winona Health’s Emergency Department never turns patients away, but keeping our Emergency Department open for true emergencies is important for the patients that need critical care immediately. Below is a guide to help you decide which facility is the best option to treat you. In general, please use this as a guide only. This is not intended to be a tool to diagnose injuries or illnesses. When in doubt, call 911.

Urgent Care: Minor injuries and illnesses

  • If the illness or injury is something you’d normally see your family doctor for, but you are not able to get an appointment right away or it’s after hours, urgent care is the right choice. Bring your insurance card, photo ID and a list of current medications.
  • Sprains, strains or possible broken bones
  • Headaches, stomach aches, sore throats
  • Coughs, ear infections, fever, colds, flu
  • Minor burns, lacerations which may require stitches or animal bites
  • Worker’s compensation injuries

Emergency Department: Severe injuries and illnesses

If the illness or injury seems more critical than something you’d see your primary care doctor for or if you need care in the middle of the night, seek emergency care. Emergency care is the starting point for these issues:

  • Complex fractures or bones protruding through the skin
  • Head injuries, or a sudden, very severe headache or loss of vision (could be the sign of a stroke)
  • Chest pain or heart attack symptoms – call 911
  • Serious lacerations, severe bleeding or poisoning
  • Intoxication, overdose or attempted suicide

Welcome Tanner VanLith, PA-C

Tanner VanLith, PA-C

Tanner VanLith, PA-C

Tanner VanLith, a certified physician assistant, joined the Winona Health staff and cares for patients as a physician assistant hospitalist.

VanLith said, “One of the most rewarding aspects of being a physician assistant hospitalist is collaborating with other healthcare experts to develop treatment plans to help people improve their health.”

Hospitalists specialize in caring for hospitalized patients, providing around-the-clock care and working closely with nursing staff and each patient’s primary physician. Hospitalists work with care coordination teams, which include nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, respiratory and physical therapists, social workers and other specialty care staff.

VanLith said he chose Winona Health because, “I’m from a smaller town, and I was attracted to the home-like environment at Winona Health. I think it will give me an opportunity to get to know my patients and their families better.”

Now certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, VanLith earned his Master of Physician Assistant Studies from Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and his Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences from the University of Minnesota in Rochester. VanLith also has completed more than 60 hours of Cultural Competency Curriculum, which helps healthcare professionals provide more effective care to people of different ethnic backgrounds. He is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Minnesota Academy of Physician Assistants.

In his free time, VanLith enjoys raising animals. Although he lives in the city of Rochester, he has three chickens, a dog and nine fish. “Almost a hobby farm,” he jokes.

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Fantasy of Trees committee welcomes helping hands

"Family Tree." Donated & Designed by WH Occupational Health.

“Family Tree,” designed by Winona Health Occupational Health, was among the trees given in 2015.

It is not too early to start thinking about the Winona Health Volunteers’ 2016 Fantasy of Trees, scheduled for November 11 to 18.

Please share your artistic talents with the Winona Health Volunteers. If you would like to create a tree for the Fantasy of Trees, the Volunteers would love to have your help.

Looking back over 16 years, many community members and organizations have generously given beautifully decorated holiday trees to be auctioned by sealed bid.


  • Size: 1-4 feet tall and must have a theme and title
  • Must be in and have a tree stand; tree skirts optional
  • Artificial trees only
  • Lighted or unlighted ( Please use new bulbs )
  • All ornaments must be securely attached to the tree. This helps to ensure the safe transportation of the purchased trees
  • Trees are displayed for purchase by silent auction bids sheets
  • Trees will be judged and awards given

Flyers will be sent to those who have donated a tree in past years and to those who have expressed an interest in decorating and donating a tree.

Proceeds will go toward scholarships for students seeking careers in healthcare and purchasing new patient chairs for the Dialysis Department.

Those who would enjoy helping with the 2016 Fantasy of Trees or would like more information are asked to contact: Irene Mulyck, 507.452.3010,, or the Winona Health’s Volunteer Services office at 507.474.3328.


Crosswalk event focuses on increasing safety

Winona Health in partnership with Winona County SHIP is hosting a Share the Road crosswalk event at Winona Public Schools, Winona State University, and St. Charles Schools during the weeks of October 3 – 7 and October 10 – 14.

Share the Road crossing ambassadors will raise awareness for pedestrian safety by displaying a banner that provides safety tips for pedestrians and motorists while crossing in marked crosswalks at various locations and following the crosswalk law.

The campaign aims to increase the percentage of motorists and pedestrians who follow the Minnesota crosswalk law and exhibit safe walking and driving behaviors. This includes pedestrians making eye contact with drivers before proceeding into the crosswalk and motorists always being prepared to stop for crossing pedestrians at every corner. Every corner is a crosswalk. These behaviors will help reduce pedestrian-vehicle crashes on Winona’s roadways.

Be on the lookout for Share the Road crossing ambassadors, and for more information about Share the Road and pedestrian safety, visit

Walk to School Photo Contest

You’re invited to participate in the Minnesota Safe Routes to School photo contest. The goal is to promote safe use of crosswalks. Those who submit a photo will be entered to win a gift card. The contest runs October 5 – 14 and more information can be found online at


Being Mortal: Free screening of film exploring end-of-life care

Free Screenings of ‘Being Mortal’ presented by Winona Health Hospice

Winona Health Hospice is holding free, community screenings of the documentary “Being Mortal.” After the screening, audience members can participate in a guided conversation on how to take concrete steps to identify and communicate their wishes about end-of-life goals and preferences.

“Being Mortal” delves into the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness. The film investigates the practice of caring for the dying and explores the relationships between patients and their doctors. It follows a surgeon, Dr. Atul Gawande, as he shares stories from the people and families he encounters. When Dr. Gawande’s own father gets cancer, his search for answers about how best to care for the dying becomes a personal quest. The film sheds light on how a medical system focused on a cure often leaves out the sensitive conversations that need to happen so a patient’s true wishes can be known and honored at the end.

“Being Mortal” underscores the importance of people planning ahead and talking with family members about end-of-life decisions.

Seventy percent of Americans say they would prefer to die at home, but nearly 70 percent die in hospitals and institutions. Ninety percent of Americans know they should have conversations about end-of-life care, yet only 30 percent have done so.

“Being Mortal” aired nationally on the PBS program “Frontline” in February 2015. The film is adapted from Dr. Gawande’s 2014 nationally best-selling book of the same name.

Free screenings of Being Mortal will be presented at the following times and locations:

  • Monday, October 24, Green Prairie place, 810 2nd NW, Plainview, Minn., 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 26, Elder Network, 1756 Kraemer Dr., Suite 110, Winona, Minn., 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 27, YMCA, 207 Winona St., Winona, Minn., 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 29, Wesley United Methodist Church, 114 W. Broadway, Winona, Minn., 9:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, November 3, Winona Health, noon for healthcare providers and 4 p.m. for all Winona Health employees.
  • Monday, November 7, Winona Health Hospice, 175 E. Wabasha St., 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 10, Winona Public Library, 151 W. 5th, 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Monday, November 14, Friendship Center, 251 Main St., 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Monday, November 21, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, 1200 Grant Blvd. W. Wabasha, noon – 2 p.m.
    These free screenings are made possible by a grant from The John and Wauna Harman Foundation in partnership with the Hospice Foundation of America.

In February 2015, “Being Mortal” aired nationally on the PBS program “Frontline.” For more information about the film, visit The film is adapted from Dr. Gawande’s 2014 nationally best selling book of the same name. More information about the book is at

For more information about the free screenings, contact Winona Health Hospice at 507.457.4468.

Welcome Orthopedic & Sports Medicine specialist Andrew Millis, MD

Andrew Millis, MD, FACS

Andrew Millis, MD

Andrew Millis, MD, an orthopedic surgeon with a special interest in Sports Medicine, joined Winona Health Orthopedic & Sports Medicine department.

“I chose Winona Health because of the opportunity to work with athletes and athletic teams at all levels including Winona State University,” said Dr. Millis. “My wife and I also like this area and the fact that Winona Health is a community hospital and not a huge, spread-out system.”

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. In addition, he completed a fellowship in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine at Cleveland Clinic. During his fellowship, he helped take care of professional sports teams including the Cleveland Cavaliers and Cleveland Indians.

“The most rewarding part of my work is helping athletes and others get back to doing what they enjoy doing, whether it’s through non-surgical or surgical treatment,” said Dr. Millis.” I enjoy listening and learning about their goals. It’s important that people understand their options—it’s a shared decision-making process.”

In his free time, Dr. Millis enjoys hiking, biking, attending sporting events and traveling. He and his wife are new to Winona and are looking forward to exploring the area.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Millis at Winona Health, call 507.474.3338.


Get ready to Sparkle: Tuesday, October 18

Quinn_webWinona Health invites women of all ages to Sparkle, Tuesday, October 18, at the Tau Center, 511 Hilbert Street in Winona.

This year’s event will help women of all ages keep their sparkle, especially the Sparkle in their eyes! The evening filled with the information to help women feel their sparkling best. New this year: “Dessert with the Docs” — a chance to ask questions and get to know some of the healthcare experts at Winona Health.

Featured speakers include:

Crystal Waldera, Winona Health optician, will also be on hand to share tips for choosing an eye wear frame that not only fitSerleth_small_RGBs but also flatters your face.

Doctors available during Dessert With A Doc include:

Women are encouraged to gather their girlfriends to enjoy an evening filled with fun and information about health and wellness while enjoying refreshments and hors d’oeuvres and connecting with friends.

The event is open from 5 to 7 p.m.

  • Booths open: 5 – 7 p.m.
  • Presentation: 5:30 – 6 p.m.
  • Dessert with a Doc: 6 – 7 p.m.

Before and/or after the presentation, women can visit fun, informative booths and enjoy hors d’oeuvres–and sparkly cupcakes.

“This is an important opportunity for women to put themselves first for a couple of hours. It’s time to enjoy an evening out with friends and to focus on their health and wellbeing,” said Nicole Schossow, community relations coordinator at Winona Health. “We hope to help women realize that taking care of themselves helps them take care of others—and they deserve to have a little fun.”

Admission is $5 or free for Spirit members. Sign up for Spirit (no obligation, free membership) and the admission fee is waived. Space is limited, AND we want to be sure to have enough cupcakes, so RSVP by Friday, October 14.

RSVP for Sparkle!

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One day only! Fall Eyewear Sale

One Day Only! Thursday, October 6

Winona Health’s Eye Care Center will host a Fall Style Show Thursday, October 6 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Winona Health Eye Care Center is on the third floor of the Winona Clinic at 859 Mankato Avenue in Winona, Minn.

During this one-day event, the Eye Care Center offers a 30-percent discount on complete pairs of glasses.

Choose from a special selection of frames including:

  • Vera Wang
  • Kensi
  • Original Penguin
  • Jhanes Barnes
  • TMX
  • Zac Posen
  • Lilly Pulitzer

As well as other frames currently in the Eye Care Center (sale excludes Oakley.) Outside prescriptions welcome.

Enjoy refreshments and register for a chance to win a door prize.

The Winona Health Eye Care Center provides comprehensive vision care for all ages including surgical treatment of eye diseases.

We’ve added another eye doctor to our team! Meet Stephanie LaLiberte, OD.

Dr. LaLiberte (pronounced La Liberty) joins Ophthalmologist Laurel Quinn, MD, and Scott Pastryk, OD.

To protect your vision and to ensure you’re seeing as well as you can, schedule an appointment with one of our eye experts—we may even have openings today! Call the Winona Health Eye Care Center at 507.474.4760.