Free Telecare service provides peace of mind for those who live on their own

Every day, Winona Health Volunteers provide peace of mind to individuals who live alone and their families through its free Telecare service.

Telecare volunteers make daily phone calls, including weekends and holidays, to Telecare clients. The phone call is a way for individuals who live alone to stay connected on a daily basis and know that someone will follow up if they are unable to get to the phone.

Winona Health Volunteer David Forest has been involved with Telecare for about 20 years and is the current Telecare chairperson.  Carole Pehler, now Carole Pehler-Forest, David’s wife, got David involved in Telecare when he moved to Winona in 1996. Carol remains active in Telecare, creating personalized birthday and holiday cards for the clients, and scheduling volunteers for the service.

“A Telecare client of more than 20 years recently passed away at the age of 100. She is the reason I continue to be involved in Telecare,” said David Forest. “This is an important service for many people who may not have family close who can check on them, and I enjoy helping them stay independent in their own homes.”

Telecare volunteers, under the direction of program co-chair, Lori Luby, host spring and fall parties featuring lunch and bingo to give clients and volunteers an opportunity to visit face-to-face.

“I’m so grateful to be home in my own apartment and have all you wonderful people calling. I appreciate your caring!” wrote one Telecare client. The Volunteers have notes that some clients have mentioned that it is the only call they get.

The free Telecare service is available to people of all ages who are disabled, elderly or live alone and would feel reassured by hearing a friendly voice calling to check in. Calls are made between 8 and 10 a.m. If a Telecare client cannot be reached on a scheduled day, the Telecare volunteer will contact the friend or relative the client has chosen as their contact person.

Telecare clients also can ask not to be called on specific days. For example, if the client is always with family on Sundays, they can ask not to be contacted Sundays, or if they know they will not be home for any reason, they simply let the volunteer know, and they will be taken off the call list for those dates.

Winona Health Volunteers have provided this service since 1973. Currently, nearly 25 volunteers participate in offering this service.

Telecare is available to anyone in the Winona Health service area. For more information or to sign up to receive this free service, please call the Winona Health volunteer office at 507.457.4342.

 

 

 

 

Join us for the 2016 Trees of Light gathering

Trees-of-Light-headerCommunity members who are honoring or remembering family and friends who hold a special place in their hearts during this holiday season are invited to the Winona Health Foundation’s Trees of Light gathering on Thursday, December 15 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Winona Health clinic lobby, 855 Mankato Ave., in Winona.

Attendees are invited to enjoy music, refreshments, visit with friends, view the trees and take home the ornaments tagged with their honorees’ name. A short remembrance ceremony will begin at 5:50 p.m. under the direction of Ronia Frelund, M.Div.

“We are grateful for our generous community members who choose to honor friends and family members through the Trees of Light,” said Betsy Midthun, VP of community engagement at Winona Health. “It’s a thoughtful reminder of those who are important to us or those who will always be remembered, and it’s a meaningful way to support community healthcare.”

Those who gave are welcome to find their ornaments on the trees and take them home during the event on December 15 or anytime during clinic hours after December 15. The campaign continues until December 31. Gifts received by December 31 will be acknowledged in the Winona Post.

Gifts to the Trees of Light campaign may be made online, by mail or in person at the Foundation office on the first floor of the hospital at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue, Winona, 55987. Giving forms are available at the hospital and clinic information desks.

For more information, contact the Winona Health Foundation at 507.474.3328 or online at winonahealthfoundation.org/treesoflight.

Winona Health president/CEO selected to chair American Hospital Association Section for Small or Rural Hospitals

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Rachelle Schultz

After being selected to serve as  chair-elect in 2016, Rachelle Schultz, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Winona Health, will begin serving as chair of the governing council for the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Section for Small or Rural Hospitals in 2017.

“Rural healthcare is the backbone of our country’s healthcare system,” said Schultz. “Those of us who have chosen smaller communities to live, work and raise our families need viable healthcare services. The members of the Small and Rural Hospitals governing council are strong advocates for rural healthcare, and I was very pleased to be asked to chair this committee whose mission I deeply believe in.”
The AHA’s Section for Small or Rural Hospitals provides representation, advocacy and educational opportunities to help the nation’s small or rural hospitals better serve the health needs of patients and communities. The 18-member governing council represents small or rural hospitals in the AHA’s policy process and member services initiatives. In addition, the council advises the AHA on federal policy issues.

Schultz has more than 25 years’ experience in healthcare management. At Winona Health, she oversees a 99-bed acute care hospital, physician clinics, a 120-bed nursing home, three assisted living residences, hospice program, retail pharmacies, a foundation and related healthcare services.

 

 

No-Shave November fundraiser highlights men’s health – and generosity

Greg Towner, Winona Health Facilities director, Betsy Midthun, VP of Community Engagement, and Tony Albrecht, Winona Health’s first Mr. Movember, with the traveling trophy, which Albrecht has the honor of displaying until next year’s event.

Greg Towner, Winona Health Facilities director, Betsy Midthun, VP of Community Engagement, and Tony Albrecht, Winona Health’s first Mr. Movember, with the traveling trophy, which Albrecht has the honor of displaying until next year’s event.

Winona Health celebrated men’s health 2016 with No-Shave November, also known as Movember. No-shave November participants retired their razors for the month and made the event a fundraiser for the Winona Health Foundation during the Foundation’s annual Employee & Volunteer Giving Campaign.

Throughout the month, Winona Health staff had the opportunity to sponsor and vote for their favorite Movember participant. Votes and dollars raised were tallied, and Winona Health crowned the organization’s first Mr. Movember: Tony Albrecht. Albrecht is a member of the Winona Health Facilities team, the group who had the idea for the No-Shave November fundraiser and men’s health awareness event.

“The guys were talking at the lunch table about No-Shave November and wanted to make an impact by raising funds for the Winona Health Foundation,” said Greg Towner, Winona Health’s director of Facilities and Environmental Services. “They also wanted to raise awareness about men’s health issues because those issues are rarely talked about.” The Movember event is a way to get the conversation started.

Winona Health’s No-Shave November festivities wrapped up on Wednesday, November 30 with a Men’s Health talk open to all area men hosted by General Surgeon Matthew Broghammer, DO, and Family Medicine Physician Nicholas Modjeski, MD.

“Hats off to our Facilities team,” said Betsy Midthun, Winona Health vice president of Community Engagement who oversees the Winona Health Foundation. “Not only are they experts at maintaining our building and grounds, but they are also a fun, caring and generous team who exemplify Winona Health’s values and help make it a wonderful place to give and receive care.”

A video of the crowning of Mr. Movember is available on Winona Health’s Facebook page. For information about the Winona Health Foundation, click here or call 507.457.4116.

 

Dr. Birdsall’s Retirement Open House: December 11

Scott Birdsall, MD

Scott Birdsall, MD

Scott Birdsall, MD, retiring after caring for women and welcoming the Winona-area’s newest residents for 30 years

Scott Birdsall, MD, an Obstetrician/Gynecologist in the Women’s Health Center at Winona Health, will retire on December 31, 2016. Dr. Birdsall has been caring for women and welcoming babies into the world in the Winona area since August of 1986.

In honor of Dr. Birdsall’s years of service and to celebrate his retirement, Winona Health invites community members to a retirement open house Sunday, December 11 from 1 to 3 p.m. on the clinic first floor at Winona Health, 859 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

“The care and service Dr. Birdsall has generously given to women and babies in our area is unsurpassed,” said Rachelle Schultz, Winona Health president/CEO. “During his 30 years in Winona, he delivered 85-percent of his patients’ babies—an incredible statistic reflecting that he generously made himself available whenever possible, day or night, whether or not he was on call. That’s an amazing gift.”

In a note thanking his colleagues for their support through the years, Dr. Birdsall said, “This has been an incredibly satisfying career. Not only have my wife and I had the privilege of raising our three children in this beautiful city, but I’ve seen and been a part of many wonderful healthcare changes over the past 30 years.”

In appreciation of his years of service, Winona Heath will make a gift to the Winona Health Foundation in Dr. Birdsall’s honor.

If you wish to send a retirement message to Dr. Birdsall  through our online form, click here.

Fantasy of Trees award winners

"Here Today Gone To Maui"

“Here Today Gone To Maui”

The Winona Health Volunteers held its 16th annual Fantasy of Trees at Winona Health, November 7 through 18 on the clinic first and second floors, 859 Mankato Avenue, Winona.

Generous individuals, businesses, organizations contributed 63 trees in all shapes and sizes. Each tree had a theme and was given a unique name. The Fantasy of Trees committee has announced the winners of this year’s fundraiser:

  • 1st place: “Here Today Gone To Maui” – submitted by Edina Reality
  • 2nd place: “Frosty”-  submitted by WSU Nursing Club
  • 3rd place: “He’s Making a List, Checking it Twice” – submitted by 5th Street Liquor
  • Honorable Mention: “Christmas Wonderland” – submitted by Winona Health Memory Care Unit and Assisted Living
  • Honorable Mention: “Heavenly Metal” – submitted by Praying Mom’s Society
  • Honorable Mention: “Let it Snow” – submitted by La Boutique

The Winona Health Volunteers wish to thank all the community members, businesses, clubs and organizations who gave of their time and talent to create and donate a trees for this year’s Fantasy of Trees. Event proceeds will go toward the healthcare careers scholarship fund and purchasing new dialysis chairs.

If you have questions about the Fantasy of Trees or about the Winona Health Volunteers, please call Winona Health’s Volunteer Services office at 507.474.3328.

 

Jennifer Forsyth, DO, focusing on adult and geriatric care

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Jennifer Forsyth, DO

Jennifer Forsyth, DO, who joined Winona Health’s Family Medicine team in 2015, is shifting her practice to focus on geriatric care. She is accepting new patients ages 60 and older, while also continuing to care for adults who have already established care with her.

In addition to being a board-certified Family Medicine physician, Dr. Forsyth has a special interest and training in geriatrics, “I’m interested in the complexity of human biology, and I am happiest when I’m relating to people and helping them. The best part of my work is meeting and getting to know somebody. I think my patients would say that I’m a good listener—they feel comfortable talking to me and that I’m very down to earth.”

To make an appointment with Dr. Forsyth, please call Winona Health Family Medicine: 507.457.7648.

To learn more about Dr. Forsyth or other healthcare providers at Winona Health, visit winonahealth.org and click Find a Provider.

Laura Dubis, PA-C, joins Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine team

dubis_small_rgbAfter caring for patients as part of Winona Health’s Hospitalist team since 2013, Laura Dubis, a certified physician assistant (PA-C), is joining the staff in Winona Health’s Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine department.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to help kids develop healthy habits that start at a young age and that will eventually influence their health as adults.” said Dubis. “I had a great relationship with my Pediatrician growing up and she was actually the person who inspired me to pursue a career in healthcare. It would be amazing if I had the same impact on even one of my patients!”

Reflecting on why she chose Winona Health in 2013, she said, “Winona was like a second home. I grew up in Rochester and have family here in Winona. I have found that I absolutely love working in a smaller community hospital setting. It is great being able to get to know all of the staff here on a more personal level and it feels like one big family.

Dubis is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She earned her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio. Dubis earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

Dubis joins pediatricians Sarah Lallaman and Kelli Ostermann and certified nurse practitioner Autumn Cole in the Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine department at Winona Health. To schedule an appointment, call 507.457.7607.

For more information about healthcare providers at Winona Health, visit winonahealth.org and click Find a Provider. Winona Health is also on Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

Special Movember Event: Men Only, Wednesday, November 30

Winona Health invites men to a special Movember event: A Drink with the Docs

RSVP here.

Winona Health Facilities staff will observe No-Shave November to raise funds for co-workers experiencing personal difficulties.

Winona Health Facilities staff celebrate No-Shave November to help co-workers and raise awareness of men’s health issues.

What began as a fun Movember (No-Shave November) fundraiser to help their fellow coworkers will wrap up with a Movember men’s only community event.

Beard or no beard, all men are invited to A Drink with the Docs, Wednesday, November 30, 2016, from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the sun room at Green Mill, 1035 Hwy. 61 E., Winona, Minn.

Get answers to frequently asked questions about men’s health issues at this casual, men’s only event. Join Winona Health General Surgeon Matthew Broghammer, DO, Family Medicine physician Nicholas Modjeski, MD, and Emergency Medicine physician Brett Whyte, MD; and enjoy free appetizers, root beer and other soft drinks. Other beverages will be available for purchase.

Matthew Broghammer, DO

Matthew Broghammer, DO

Nicholas Modjeski, MD

Nicholas Modjeski, MD

Brett Whyte, MD

Brett Whyte, MD

A Drink with the Docs developed after Winona Health’s Facilities team challenged each other and their Winona Health coworkers to a friendly No-Shave November competition.

“The guys were talking at the lunch table about No-Shave November and wanted to make an impact by raising funds for the Winona Health Foundation,” said Greg Towner, Winona Health’s director of Facilities and Environmental Services. “They also wanted to raise awareness about men’s health issues because those issues are rarely talked about.” The Movember event is a way to get the conversation started.

Staff who decide to give the razor a rest for No-Shave November are pitching in to support coworkers who may be struggling with health issues or other difficulties through the Winona Health Foundation’s Employee Relief Fund.

“Hats off to our Facilities team,” said Betsy Midthun, Winona Health vice president of Community Engagement who oversees the Winona Health Foundation. “Not only are they experts at maintaining our building and grounds, but they are also a fun, caring and generous team who exemplify Winona Health’s values and help make it a wonderful place to give and receive care.”

RSVP for A Drink with the Docs is requested by Monday, November 28. Learn more and RSVP here or call 507.457.4161.

Free 30-minute, Hands Only CPR Workshops, Saturday, December 3, 2016

Helen Bagshaw, CCRN Winona Health Intensive Care Unit Minnesota Caregiver of the Year

Helen Bagshaw, CCRN
Winona Health Intensive Care Unit
Minnesota Caregiver of the Year

Sign up here.

What should you do if you see a loved one or a stranger collapse during a holiday event –or anytime? If you don’t know, here’s how to find out: Saturday, December 3, Helen Bagshaw, CCRN, will offer free Hands Only CPR workshops to teach you, your friends and family how to help someone having sudden cardiac arrest.

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

“People may be surprised to learn that saving someone’s life doesn’t require mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Hands only CPR is easy to learn, and you never know when you may have the opportunity to save a life,” says Bagshaw, a Winona Health ICU nurse. 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.
  • ‘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, December 1 by calling 507.457.4161 or sign up here.