Winona Health Joins “Ask About Aspirin” Initiative: Statewide Program Aims to Reduce Heart Attacks, Strokes

Winona Health has joined the “Ask About Aspirin” initiative. The “Ask About Aspirin” initiative aims to prevent 10,000 heart attacks and strokes in Minnesota over five years. By joining the effort, Winona Health commits to the shared goal of preventing first heart attacks and strokes.

“Joining the ‘Ask About Aspirin’ program is another way Winona Health is promoting a healthy community and helping to prevent cardiovascular disease,” Winona Health Internal Medicine Physician Daniel Parker said. “This partnership brings our clinics and healthcare providers to the leading edge of prevention. We encourage people between 50 and 69 years old to ask their healthcare provider if they are a good candidate for daily aspirin.”

People in this age group are encouraged to take the nine question “Ask About Aspirin” self-assessment to see if aspirin might be right for them, but after taking the assessment they should still have a conversation with their healthcare provider about whether aspirin is right for them.

Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, is the leading cause of death in the state, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. Each year, 16,000 Minnesotans suffer their first heart attack or stroke. Reducing the number of preventable cardiovascular events would improve community health and ease the economic burden of these diseases on Minnesota families and communities.

Taking a daily aspirin, under the advice of a healthcare provider, is a simple and low-cost, highly effective way to lower the rates of a first heart attack or stroke, yet only about a third of people who would benefit from daily aspirin take it.

“‘Ask About Aspirin’ has an ambitious goal: to prevent at least 10,000 heart attacks and strokes in Minnesota and we could not reach this goal without the partnership of local health providers like Winona Health,” said Russell V. Luepker, MD, Director of the Minnesota Heart Health Program and the ‘Ask About Aspirin’ initiative. “By reducing the number of first heart attacks and strokes, we can make a real difference in the health of the Winona community and the whole state. Minnesota has always been on the leading edge of heart health breakthroughs thanks to the partnership of healthcare organizations like Winona Health.”


The “Ask About Aspirin” initiative, which is funded by the University of Minnesota Lillehei Heart Institute and a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), was launched in May 2015 by the Minnesota Heart Health Program (MHHP). The program was designed by the University of Minnesota Lillehei Heart Institute, in partnership with the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, the Minnesota Department of Health, and a Community Advisory Board, including the American Heart Association, Minnesota Medical Association, American College of Cardiology (Minnesota Chapter), Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians, Minnesota Community Measurement, and Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement. MHHP is also an official partner of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Million Hearts® project. For more information, please visit



Fantasy of Trees begins Monday, November 6, 2017

This award-winning tree from last year’s event is an example of the creative trees that will be on display and raffled off during the Winona Health Volunteers’ Fantasy of Trees.

The Winona Health Volunteers will hold its 17th annual Fantasy of Trees beginning Monday, November 6, at Winona Health on the clinic first and second floors, 859 Mankato Avenue, Winona. Trees have been generously decorated and donated by Winona-area businesses and individuals.

This year, all trees will be available to win with purchase of a raffle ticket(s). Participants can purchase raffle tickets and place the ticket(s) into the entry box next to the tree or trees of their choice for a chance to win. There is no limit on the number of raffle ticket(s) you may purchase and you do not need to be present to win. Raffle tickets are $1 each and will be for sale beginning on Monday, November 6 in clinic lobby at Winona Health. Winners will be drawn at noon on Friday, November 17.

The trees will be on display during regular clinic hours beginning November 6 through the end of the fundraiser on Friday, November 17.

Raffle tickets will be sold:

Monday-Friday, November 6-10; 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Monday-Thursday, November 13-16; 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Friday, November 17; 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Raffle drawing at noon on Friday, November 17, 2017

Proceeds from the trees will go towards healthcare scholarships, Roger Metz and Adith Miller Manor gardens, and purchasing new elevated patient chairs for the Internal Medicine department.

For more information, please call Winona Health’s Volunteer Services office at 507.474.3328, or visit


You’re invited to Holiday Happiness 2017

The Winona Health Volunteers’ annual Holiday Happiness will be November 8 through 11 at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona, Minn.

Holiday Happiness hours:

  • Wednesday, November 8: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday and Friday, November 9 and 10: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 11: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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

Proceeds will go towards healthcare scholarships, Roger Metz and Adith Miller Manor gardens, and  new elevated chairs for patients in the Internal Medicine department.

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.

In the News: Hands Only CPR Workshops

Helen Bagshaw, CCRN

Winona Health’s Helen Bagshaw, CCRN, conducted Hands Only CPR Workshops at Winona Health on Saturday, October 14, 2017.

Winona Daily News reporter Samantha Stetzer covered the event;

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Registration open for HealthyFit Adult Weight-Management program

Whether you want to lose a little or a lot—or you just want to develop a healthier lifestyle, Winona Health’s HealthyFit Adult Weight-Management 12-week program can help.

The next program begins November 7 and meets Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. through January 30, 2018. There will be no class the week of Christmas.

The program is led by Theresa Hoyles, a Winona Health registered dietitian, and features information from exercise specialists and behavioral health specialists to help people with all aspects of weight management.

“This can be a busy time of year, but it’s a great time of year to consciously prevent weight gain – and possibly even get a jump on what many people resolve to do beginning January 1. Why wait?” said Hoyles.

Topics covered include effective goal setting and problem solving, label reading and grocery shopping, handling setbacks and maintaining your weight loss. Participants can track their progress through weekly weigh-ins, and a pre-and post-program body composition analysis. Previous participants have improved weight-related health problems, improved energy levels and gained self-confidence.

Class size is limited. Cost of this 12-week program is $175 and is non-refundable. Financial assistance is available to those who meet specific criteria. The cost includes an instructional guide, and participants who complete the program may attend monthly HealthyFit Alumni weigh-in and discussion sessions for ongoing support. 

For more information, visit To register, call 507.457.4329.

Free one-day workshop: End-of-Life Nursing Care, 7.5 CEUs

Winona Health is offering a special one-day training workshop: End of Life Nursing Care. The workshop will be Wednesday, November 8 from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at Hoff Celebration of Life Center at 3480 Service Drive in Goodview, Minn.

The workshop is geared toward end-of-life professionals such as nurses and social workers, however, other caregivers who have attended in the past have found it to be beneficial.

Presenters cover topics from the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium curriculum.

Topics include:

  • Palliative care
  • Communication
  • Grief and bereavement
  • Pain and symptom management
  • Cultural and ethical considerations
  • The final hours

This one-day training workshop is free, and a complimentary lunch will be provided. The workshop offers 7.5 continuing education units for those who are eligible.

RSVP is required by Friday, November 3, 2017. RSVP by calling 507.457.4468.




More than Healthcare, Community Conversations about Health, Tuesday, November 7

All are welcome to share in a conversation about healthcare at a Winona Community Table event on Tuesday, November 7 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Winona Friendship Center, 251 Main Street in Winona.

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

“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 thoughts. We welcome everyone, and we are interested in getting a deeper understanding of the community we serve.”

Winona Health President/CEO, Rachelle Schultz, MHA, Ed.D., will be among the facilitators at the event. There is no 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 asked 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.


Fireworks at Lake Winona Manor rescheduled

Due to the weather forecast, fireworks at Lake Winona Manor have been rescheduled to 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 4, 2017


It’s difficult for some residents to attend a fireworks show. That’s why Winona Health’s Lake Winona Manor Therapeutic Recreation staff is bringing the fireworks to the residents! Lake Winona Manor, Adith Miller Manor and Roger Metz Manor residents and their families and friends will enjoy a fireworks show Wednesday, October 4 at 7 p.m. Community members are also welcome!

The fireworks display over Lake Winona, which will last about 20 minutes, can be viewed from various areas including Lake Winona Manor’s north parking area.

Parking is available in the Winona Health parking ramp, near Adith Miller and Roger Metz Manors, the Winona Clinic parking lot and the Lake Winona Manor south parking lot. The east and west entrance to Parks Avenue will be blocked.

In the event of rain, the fireworks will be held the following evening. Those who have questions may call 507.494.5725.


Free 30-minute, Hands Only CPR Workshops, Saturday, Oct. 14

Helen Bagshaw, CCRN
Winona Health Intensive Care Unit nurse, 2014 Minnesota Caregiver of the Year, AND Hands Only CPR instructor.

What should you do if you see a loved one or a stranger collapse? If you don’t know, here’s how to find out: Helen Bagshaw, CCRN, will offer free Hands Only CPR workshops on Saturday, October 14, to teach you, your friends and family how to help someone having sudden cardiac arrest.

These workshops will be informative and fun. All ages 12 and older are welcome. Those under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

“People are often surprised to learn that saving someone’s life doesn’t require mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Hands only CPR chest compression is easy to learn, and you never know when you may have the opportunity to save a life,” says Bagshaw, a Winona Health a critical care registered nurse in Winona Health’s Intensive Care Unit and an active community volunteer. She also will share information about what to do when someone is choking and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED).

Here are a few good reasons to sign up:

  • 89% of cardiac arrests happen at home.
  • Only 38% of Americans know how or have received any CPR training.
  • ‘Hands Only CPR’ can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival.
  • Each year, sudden cardiac arrest causes more deaths than lung cancer, breast cancer and AIDS combined.

Free, half-hour workshops are limited to 14 people per session:

  • 8:30 – 9 a.m.
  • 9:15 – 9:45 a.m.
  • 10 – 10:30 a.m.
  • 10:45 – 11:15 a.m.
  • 11:30 – 12 p.m.

The workshops will be in Winona Health’s B.A. Miller Auditorium on the hospital third floor, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona, Minn. RSVP for a specific time by Thursday, October 12.


or call 507.457.4161.

Winona Health earns NCQA Accreditation

Winona Health’s Medical Staff Services team: Cathy Fangman, Stacy Schultz and Joy Boldt with Vice President of Quality & Safety Kathleen Lanik.

Winona Health’s Medical Staff Services team has earned the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Accreditation in Credentialing and Recredentialing.

NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare quality. Earning NCQA Accreditation involves a rigorous evaluation and review of an organization’s credentialing and re-credentialing processes for medical staff, including an on-site review of processes and detailed records.

Credentialing is the process of evaluating the qualifications and practice history of a medical professional. NCQA requirements include using primary source verification to check board certification, education and training and other factors that may have an impact on patient care.

“By examining every step required for credentialing and recredentialing, our staff has decreased the length of time between hiring healthcare providers and being able to bring them on board to take care of our community—all while maintaining the high standards and thorough documentation required by the National Committee for Quality Assurance,” explains Kathleen Lanik, Winona Health vice president of Quality and Safety. “Because of process improvements by our Medical Staff Services team, our community has improved access to high-quality medical care.”

Winona Health Medical Staff Services team includes Cathy Fangman, Joy Boldt, and Stacy Schultz.

NCQA is governed by a board of directors that includes employers, consumers, health plans, quality experts, policy makers and representatives from organized medicine.

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About Winona Health: Winona Health is a nonprofit, community-owned independent healthcare system in southeast Minnesota devoted to improving the health and wellbeing of the community. The organization serves community members through its Primary and Specialty Care Clinics, Hospital, Assisted Living residences, and Transitional and Long-term care residences. For more information about Winona Health, visit

About NCQA:  NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA’s web site ( contains information to help consumers, employers and others make more informed health care choices.