Cancelled for February: $5 jewelry and accessories sale – Rescheduled for May

Winona Health Volunteers Bonnie and Bev display just a small sample of what’s available at the sale.

The $5 Jewelry Sale scheduled for February has been cancelled and rescheduled for May 22 and 23.

Winona Health Volunteers hosting $5 jewelry and accessories fundraiser

The Winona Health Volunteers will host the Masquerade $5 Jewelry & Accessories Sale Tuesday, May 22 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Wednesday, May 23 from 8 a.m. until 2 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, phone covers, 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 projects to enhance patient and resident care. For more information, please contact Winona Health Volunteer Services at 507.457.4342.

You’re invited – More than Healthcare: Community Conversations about Health

Monday, March 19, 2018

If doing something out of the ordinary is on your list of goals for 2018, here is the perfect opportunity.

Everyone is welcome to share in a conversation about healthcare at a Winona Community Table event, More than Healthcare: Community Conversations about Health, on Monday, March 19 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Post 9, 302 East Sarnia Street in Winona.

American Legion members, teachers, parents, young adults, seniors, caregivers … anyone who has thoughts and observations about health and healthcare is encouraged to attend. This Winona Community Table event is an opportunity for all community members to share opinions and ideas.

“Everyone’s voice is important, and all observations and ideas are welcome” 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 our community.”

Winona Health President/CEO, Rachelle Schultz, MHA, Ed.D., will be among the event facilitators. General topics will be introduced and conversations will flow based on the thoughts and ideas shared by community members.

The event is free and open to everyone, a variety of snacks and beverages will be provided.

Those interested are encouraged to invite others to attend. The conversation is enriched when people from diverse backgrounds come together to share their thoughts and ideas.

If you have questions or to RSVP, call 507.494.7371.

Expanded kidney care services now available

New kidney care services help area residents improve quality of life

People dealing with any stage kidney disease can now receive comprehensive care right here at Winona Health. Thanks to expanded Nephrology Services and a Kidney Care Team, people who have kidney disease have improved access to local care designed to prevent or delay the progression of kidney disease.

Winona Health’s Nephrology Clinic, located within the Internal Medicine department, is overseen by a Nephrologist and staffed by a Kidney Care Team. The interdisciplinary team includes the nephrologist, a registered nurse, a dietitian, and a social worker.

“Our Kidney Care Team provides what we call ‘person-centered care,’ based on what each person needs and wants for themselves,” explained Emilie Volkman, MSW, MA, LISW, CAPSW, LNHA, Winona Health Dialysis department coordinator. “Research shows that this type of care leads to improved outcomes. There are many factors that impact a person’s health outcomes; medical, health, social, financial, housing, dietary, etc., and we can help people make a plan to manage these things and their disease – and possibly prevent it from progressing to the stage that requires dialysis.”

Volkman said that by slowing down the disease and helping people understand their options as the disease advances, they can ultimately improve a person’s quality of life because they’ll be able to do more of what they enjoy.

Those who have any stage kidney disease who are interested in learning more about this service and how it could help them better manage their condition may contact Winona Health’s Kidney Care Team at 507.457.8560.



The Gift: Advance Directives, Tuesday, March 13

Advance Directives upcoming topic for Winona Health’s quarterly series: The Gift

Whether you’re confused about how to prepare an Advance Directive, wonder why you should bother, or if you know why it’s important, but you just keep putting it off, this “Gift” is for you.

Winona Health presents The Gift: Advance Directives, Tuesday, March 13, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Watkins Great Hall at 175 E. Wabasha in Winona, Minn.

As with many things, planning ahead eases stress and makes difficult times go more smoothly. This program will help individuals work through the decisions they need to make, and document, to ensure they receive the care they want if they lose the ability to communicate on their own behalf. Making your wishes known is a gift to your family.

“The Gift” is a quarterly health talk series covering topics related to various aspects of aging including financial, legal and emotional issues. To receive advance notice about The Gift and other Winona Health events, sign up for Winona Health’s 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, March 12.

RSVP for The Gift

Or, call 507.457.4394.

Quilters’ Guild handiwork a gift to families in Winona Health Family Birth Center

Terry Spartz and her daughters Kara and Nicole delivered 24 beautiful, handmade quilts and other items that were made and generously given to the Winona Health Foundation by the Winona Area Quilters’ Guild. The quilts will find happy homes with families welcoming the Winona area’s newest residents in the Winona Health Family Birth Center. Kara was inspired by the spirit of homemade generosity, contributing seven knitted soft and cozy baby hats to the effort.

More information about the Winona Health Foundation

Hospice seeking volunteers and offering training

Winona Health Hospice Services is offering training for community members interested in becoming hospice volunteers. Winona Health Hospice provides care to individuals and families within a 25-mile radius of Winona no matter where they receive healthcare services.

Hospice staff and volunteers provide respite care and emotional and spiritual support to individuals living with a terminal illness and their families, by providing compassionate care and support during an individual’s end-of-life journey.

The training includes an initial meeting on either: Monday, February 26 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. or Tuesday, February 27 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. There is also independent online education and, once complete, participants will attend one of the final meetings: Monday, March 26 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. or Tuesday, March 27 from 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Those interested are asked to contact Kris Walters, Winona Health volunteer manager by email: or call the Winona Health Volunteer Services office at 507.457.4342.

Those interested also will be asked to complete an online volunteer application.

Find information and inspiration! Way to Wellness: Saturday, Feb. 24 – Winona Senior High School

New event location: Winona Senior High School, 901 Gilmore Ave.

Winona Health and area partners invite you to find information and inspiration at Way to Wellness, a FREE event Saturday, February 24, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Winona Senior High School, 901 Gilmore Ave. in Winona, Minn.

Attendees are welcome to participate in any or all of the seminars and activities including yoga, meditation, dancing, Zumba and cooking demos. There will be exhibitor booths with experts answering questions and sharing information, along with 20-minute seminar topics including:

  • Children’s health with Kelli Ostermann, MD, a Winona Health Pediatrician.
  • Smart Goal Setting with a Twist with Kate Noelke, director of Integrated Wellness at Winona State University.
  • Go with Your Gut with Kristin Noble, DC, Infinity Chiropractic Wellness Center and yoga studio.
  • Salad dressing makeover: What not to wear with Winona Health chef Matt Repaal. Recipes will be available for all participants. Space is limited.

Other Way to Wellness activities:

  • Red Cross blood drive.
  • Winona Volunteer Services food drive.
  • Lions Clubs eye glasses drop box.
  • Prescription drug drop box.
  • Winona County ASAP Hidden in Plain Sight exhibit for parents and guardians.

It’s the perfect opportunity to find information and inspiration to help you feel your best. The event is free. Winona Family YMCA will provide free child care at the event for parents attending programs or visiting the exhibits.

Way to Wellness Expo partners include: Live Well Winona, Winona Area Lions Clubs, Winona Area Public Schools and the Winona Family YMCA.

Get the details!



Gift benefits Cancer Care patients

Sam Quandahl, owner of Floor Coverings of Winona, presented a check to Sandy Gruszynski, RN, Cancer Care Coordinator for the Winona Health Cancer Care Clinic.

Local business supports local people dealing with cancer

Sam Quandahl, owner of Floor Coverings of Winona, presented a $600 check to Sandy Gruszynski, RN, Cancer Care Coordinator for the Winona Health Cancer Care Clinic.

The locally-owned Winona business conducts a monthly giving program and in October, the Winona Health Foundation Breast Cancer Fund was chosen as the recipient.

“We like to help local people,” said Quandahl. “It seems like you hear about people with cancer every day, and we are glad to help people right here in our community.”

Through charitable gifts to the Winona Health Foundation, local people who have cancer received over $9,500 for personal necessities in 2017.

“Through my work at the Cancer Clinic, I see a lot of patients who need resources not covered by insurance,” said Gruszynski. “Through generous gifts like this one, we can help patients defray transportation costs, purchase personal necessities, and meet any number of needs. You can’t believe how grateful they are to receive these special gifts.”

The Winona Health Foundation has several cancer funds including funds for general cancer care, breast cancer and men’s cancers. For more information, contact the Winona Health Foundation at 507.474.3328.

HealthyFit for Life 6-week program. Learn more – sign up!

Those interested in finding extra motivation and inspiration to improve their health are encouraged to sign up for Winona Health’s next HealthyFit for Life program.

HealthyFit for Life is a six-week program to help people lose weight and keep it off.  Many people know “what to do” to lose weight, but have a hard time “doing it.” HealthyFit for Life is not just about changing what you do, but ultimately changing how you think about living a healthier life.

The next HealthyFit for Life program begins February 19 and meets Mondays from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. through March 26 on the second floor of the Parkview Office Building at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Ave. in Winona. The program costs $90, class size is limited and registration is required.

Learn more about HealthyFit for Life and other wellness programs at Winona Health.

To register, call 507.457.4329.

Influenza: Clearing up the Confusion

Denver Brown, PA-C

By Denver Brown, PA-C, Winona Health Family Medicine

It’s that time of year again. We’ve enjoyed the holidays with friends and family and in the process exchanged some unwanted infectious maladies.

Influenza is a common but often confusing subject, so I thought I would address some of the common questions and misconceptions regarding this illness.

  1. Influenza is not the “stomach flu.” Influenza is a respiratory virus that causes symptoms of fever, body aches, cough, sore throat, headaches and fatigue. Symptoms are often severe and people feel like they want to be in bed all day. Gastroenteritis is the medical term for what most people call the “stomach flu.”  Usually the main features of this are vomiting and diarrhea. In most cases it resolves in a day or two and generally is not dangerous except for significant dehydration that can occur in some cases.


  1. “The influenza vaccine didn’t help me in the past or it made me sick.” Facts: The influenza injection vaccine does not have anything “alive” in it and does not cause influenza. The influenza nasal spray has an alive but weakened virus and has the possibility to cause infection and so is limited to certain types of patients. Influenza vaccination also does not protect against the common cold viruses. The influenza vaccine provides no protection against the “stomach flu” because they are completely different bugs.


  1. Myth: Influenza is not dangerous. Facts: Severity changes year to year but according to the CDC, influenza causes between “140,000 and 710,000 hospitalizations and between 12,000 and 56,000 deaths annually since 2010.” Generally, young and healthy folks without other complicating factors do not get dangerously ill. Young children (especially under 2 years of age) and adults over 65, are more likely to have severe influenza that is sometimes life threatening. There are also medical conditions that can increase your risk of a dangerous influenza infection including pregnancy, heart disease, asthma, COPD, and diabetes to name a few.


  1. How to prevent infection: Influenza vaccination is helpful, but the effectiveness of the vaccine does vary year to year and does not guarantee protection. Good old hand washing and avoiding contact with people who have influenza are good steps for prevention.


  1. “How do I treat influenza?” For most of us, just staying at home, resting and using symptom relief medications is totally appropriate. If you have risks for severe infection as listed above, you should think about seeing a healthcare provider to get an antiviral medication that can help decrease the severity and length of the illness. The CDC website ( provides a complete list of indications for antiviral therapy. It is important to note that treatment is generally only effective if started in the first 48 hours of the illness, so this is not something to wait for if it is indicated.

So, a toast, to health, to increased awareness of influenza and a year of staying free of flu!