Free Health Talk: Trust Your Tummy, Thursday, March 16

“Almost everyone has a bout of stomach or digestive distress now and then,” says Anne Marie Olsen Wagner, a certified nurse practitioner at Winona Health. “Whether stomach issues are occasional or frequent, this presentation will provide information that could be helpful to you.”

The free Health Talk: Trust Your Tummy, will be Thursday, March 16 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the B. A. Miller Auditorium at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

Digestive issues are often brought on by the foods we eat or by stress. Learn what your tummy may be telling you and who to ask for help when you’re experiencing tummy trouble or digestive distress. You’ll get tips that may help prevent or alleviate some types of digestive distress along with information about when a symptom is a red flag that requires further follow-up.

This free Health Talk is part of Winona Health’s Spirit of Women programming and is open to men and women of all ages.

RSVP is requested by Tuesday, March 14.


Learn about Spirit of Women

Have questions? Call 507.457.4161.

Free Program: Living Well with Ongoing Health Concerns

Living Well with Ongoing Health Concerns is a free, six-week program offered by Winona Health to help people who are living with a chronic health condition or an ongoing health concern. The spring program begins March 23, 2017, and meets six consecutive Thursdays, 2 – 4 p.m.

The program is designed to help people with conditions such as heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, depression, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, chronic pain and other physical and mental health conditions.

Participants will learn tips and get help with developing action plans for pain control, healthy eating, healthy activities, and ways to communicate with family, friends, and healthcare providers. The goal is to improve quality of life by helping people manage their health and begin doing the things they want and need to do.

The program meets at Winona Health Sarnia Square, 420 E Sarnia in Winona. There is no cost unless participants wish to purchase the program manual for $20. Class size is limited and RSVP is required.

To RSVP, call Winona Health Therapy Services, 507.453.3741.



Take steps to protect yourself and others from the flu

“Flu season is definitely here, and like in other communities across the state, we’re experiencing an increase in the number of patients seeking care for flu-like symptoms,” said Brett Whyte, MD, Winona Health medical staff chief. “While people can’t always prevent getting the flu, there are several things they can do to reduce their risk.”

Winona Health encourages everyone to adopt these simple practices to help limit spread of the flu virus:

  • Get a flu shot.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Then throw the tissue away. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow or upper sleeve rather than into your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If you are not near water, use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

“The sensitivity of the influenza test is only 62-percent, making influenza primarily a diagnosis made by doing a history and physical exam without additional testing in the height of flu season,” noted Dr. Whyte. “Treatment with drugs like Tamiflu is available if started within 48 hours of the onset but have limited benefit. The CDC recommends treatment of patients in high risk groups such as people over age 65, hospitalized patients, nursing home patients, pregnant patients, and those with some chronic diseases. It recommends symptomatic care only in most otherwise healthy patients.”

Although visitor limitations have not been implemented at this time, as always, people who are coughing or showing other respiratory symptoms are asked not to visit their friends and relatives in the hospital or nursing home.

People coming to the clinic for appointments who are coughing, sneezing or seeking care for respiratory symptoms are asked to wear a mask. Masks are available at the entrances.

If you have questions about the flu, contact your primary healthcare provider or the Winona Health Urgent Care Clinic at 420 E. Sarnia. Winona Health’s Urgent Care Clinic is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To check current Urgent Care wait times, visit:

The Winona Health Pediatrics department offers same-day appointments for sick children. Call 507.457.7607.

Symptoms of Cold versus Flu
Symptoms Cold Influenza
Fever Rare in adults & older children, but can be as high as 102o F in infants and small children Usually 102o F, but can go up to 104o F and usually lasts 3-4 days
Headache Rare Sudden onset & can be severe
Muscle aches Mild Usual & often severe
Tiredness & weakness Mild Can last 2 or more weeks
Extreme exhaustion Never Sudden onset & can be severe
Runny nose Often Sometimes
Sneezing Often Sometimes
Sore throat Often Sometimes
Cough Mild, hacking cough Usual & can become severe




Breast Fest organizers give $10,000 to support people dealing with breast cancer

Pictured (l-r): Charlie Heins and Cyndi Spalding, Breast Fest; Sandy Gruszynski, Winona Health; Shelly Paffrath and Mark Fredrickson, Breast Fest; and Betsy Midthun, Winona Health.

Breast Fest, an annual music festival held to benefit local people being treated for breast cancer at Winona Health, raised $10,000 to be distributed through the Winona Health Foundation.

The organizers started the event in 2013 with the intent to do something to help local people who may need assistance paying for miscellaneous expenses that come along with dealing with a serious illness. They simply wanted to make life a little easier for people in our community who are dealing with breast cancer and show them that more people than they know care about them.

Sandy Gruszynski, cancer care coordinator at Winona Health, said, “This gift from the Breast Fest organizers makes a big difference to individuals and families dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis. What’s especially touching is that it’s from community members, for community members, and it’s another example of what makes Winona a wonderful community.”

Reflecting on the Breast Fest committee’s experience so far, committee member Cyndi Spalding, said, “I think all of us were surprised by how many people were willing to give and to get involved. It makes us all want to do even more.”

The organizers requested that the money help as many people as possible with expenses such as transportation to clinic visits and costs related to having a serious illness but that are not covered by insurance.

Breast Fest funds are administered through the Winona Health Foundation and can help with expenses such as:

  • Transportation to appointments
  • Wigs and other head apparel
  • Groceries for special dietary needs
  • Mastectomy Bra & Prosthesis
  • Gift cards including massage and spa

For more information, contact Sandy Gruszynski, RN, in Winona Health’s Cancer Care Clinic, 507.494.7378.

Breast Fest 2017 will be Saturday October 7, at The Black Horse in Winona. For more information about Breast Fest, call 507.458.8589.

To learn more about the Winona Health Foundation and ways to give, click here or call Betsy Midthun, vice president of Community Engagement, 507.457.4116.




Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine department improves scheduling

To help parents when they have a sick child, the Winona Health Pediatrics team now has a provider designated for same-day appointments for children who are ill.

“We’re always looking at how we can improve care and increase our efficiency,” said Winona Health pediatrician Sarah Lallaman. “Having a sick child isn’t something parents can plan ahead for, so to make it more convenient for them, we’ve reorganized our schedules so that one of our Pediatric providers is available for a same-day appointment when your child is ill.”

Dr. Lallaman also noted that this is a great time of year to schedule school physicals including kindergarten and sports physicals. “Many of us don’t think about scheduling these types of appointments until we receive a reminder from school or we’re trying to fit them in last minute,” she noted. “These appointments can take place and the forms can be completed at any time during the year. It’s really nice to get them taken care of before there is a rush so there are more scheduling options.”

To schedule an appointment in the Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine department at Winona Health, call 507.457.7607.



Free Class: A Matter of Balance begins February 15, 2017

Winona Health’s Physical and Sports Therapy Department is offering a free program to help improve balance and prevent falls. A Matter of Balance will meet Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. beginning February 15 for four weeks.

A Matter of Balance is designed for people who:

  • are concerned about falling
  • are interested in improving balance, flexibility and strength
  • have fallen in the past or
  • have to restrict activities due to falling concerns

Participants will learn how to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce fall risks at home and exercise to increase strength and balance.

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

There is no charge for this class, but space is limited so RSVP is required. To RSVP, call 507.457.4329.

A Matter of Balance, Feb. 15, 2017

$5 Jewelry Sale fundraiser February 8 & 9

The Winona Health Volunteers will again host the Masquerade $5 Jewelry Sale Wednesday, February 8 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Thursday, February 9, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the HOSPITAL LOBBY at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Ave. 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 merchandise. 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. Everything is $5. Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted.

All proceeds will go toward healthcare-related educational scholarships and volunteer healthcare projects.  For more information, please call the Winona Health Volunteer Services Office at 507.457.4342.

Sick child? Same-day appointments in Pediatrics

Have a sick child? The Pediatrics department has a provider designated for same-day appointments for children who are ill.

To schedule a same-day appointment in the Pediatrics department, call 507.457.7607.

For more information about Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at Winona Health, click here.

Who deserves recognition? Nominate them! It’s easy…

Nominations for the Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute accepted through February 3

Winona Health Foundation is seeking nominations for the Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute.

“We’ve made the nomination form easy to complete, and this is a wonderful opportunity to recognize someone who makes a positive difference in our community,” said Betsy Midthun, vice president of Community Engagement at Winona Health.

The Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute is awarded to an outstanding person, persons or community organization who has made a significant difference and positive impact on the Winona region and/or Winona Health. Candidates will be evaluated on their generosity of time, spirit, energy and/or charitable donations. Nomination forms are available online at and will be accepted through Friday, February 3.

The Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute was established by the late community philanthropist, Benjamin A. Miller, in the name of his wife, Adith. In addition to a special recognition dinner at Cedar Valley Restaurant, the family of Ben and Adith Miller and RTP Company honors the recipient with a $25,000 contribution to the Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund to assist area individuals and families.

Last year, Jon Kohner received the Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute for the countless hours of service he has given the Winona community. Those who nominated the Jon reflected on his quiet consistency to saying ‘yes’ when asked to volunteer.

Written nominations are being accepted now through February 3.

Info and Nomination Form

If questions, call 507.474.3328.

Previous Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute recipients:

  • Jon Kohner
  • Dr. Charles and Judy Shepard
  • Dee Cipov
  • Irene Renk
  • Marlene Kohner
  • Jenny Kahl
  • Justin Green
  • Nancy Iglesias
  • Dennis Theede and Home and Community Options
  • Karen and O.J. Fawcett
  • Donna Helble
  • Kent Gernander
  • Marilyn and Keith Schwab, Kim and Pete Schwab
  • L. “Max” DeBolt
  • Rose Anderson and Diane Barge
  • Carol and Dan Barr
  • Joette and Michael Gostomski
  • Roger Metz
  • Nancy and Mark Kristensen
  • Dave Arnold and Dan Rukavina
  • Pete Woodworth
  • Dr. Frank and Ruth Bures
  • Sue Cornwell
  • Bob Kierlin
  • Tom Graham
  • Gary Evans
  • Pauline Knight
  • Tom and Judith Stark, Dr. Roger and Helen Hartwich, John and Helen David


Way to Wellness Expo Saturday February 25

Winona Health and area partners invite people of all ages to the Way to Wellness Expo, Saturday, February 25, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Winona Middle School, 1570 Homer Road in Winona, Minn.

Attendees are welcome to participate in any or all of the seminars and activities. There also will be several booths with experts answering questions and sharing information. Seminar topics include: nutrition, active living, stress, sleep, and emotional health. The Expo also features fitness class sample sessions including Yoga, Water Aerobics, Boot Camp, Kick Start Cardio, Cycling, and Barre.

“Many who attended last year said they wished they could have attended more of the presentations, so this year most of the seminars will be presented twice, giving attendees more schedule options,” said Nicole Schossow, community relations coordinator at Winona Health. “I think people will be surprised by the variety of ways to improve their health or simply feel better.”

The Way to Wellness Expo features an Amazing Tasting. Winona Health chef Matt Repaal will share stir fry options while dietitian Anna Hudson describes healthy alterations. Seating for the Amazing Tasting is limited and is first come, first served.

Other Way to Wellness events include a Red Cross blood drive, Winona Volunteer Services food drive, Lions Clubs eye glasses drop box and a prescription drug drop box.

The event is free, and the Winona Family YMCA will provide free child care at the middle school so parents can enjoy the sessions and activities.

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

Details & Schedule

If questions, call 507.457.4161.