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Lake Winona Manor now private rooms for every resident!

Lake Winona Manor resident Janice Chase relaxes in her new private room.

Winona Health’s Lake Winona Manor recently transitioned to private rooms for all residents.

“Residents have been providing feedback that they would like to have their own rooms, so we’ve expanded and now have private rooms for everyone,” noted Molly Jensen, Lake Winona Manor director of nursing.

Residents typically spend much of the day together in common areas enjoying meals and activities. Having private rooms gives every resident greater control over their own living space and provides more opportunity for them to rest or visit with friends and family.

“My room feels like home,” says Janice Chase, comfortably seated on her couch in her room at Lake Winona Manor. “It’s so nice to have my own space, to have room for my things and to be surrounded by own pictures on all the walls.”

“Our goal is to be the residence of choice for those who need skilled nursing care, and we’re excited to now be able to accommodate all of our residents with private rooms,” said Jensen. “Private rooms, compassionate caregivers, engaging activities, food that gets rave reviews, and our Namaste program, which provides residents with a spa-like experience, all add up to make Lake Winona Manor a wonderful place to call home.”

Jensen also noted that residents and their families enjoy Lake Winona Manor’s home-like setting and beautiful outdoor areas including the new Robinson Healing Garden, ample green space to enjoy the outdoors and great views of Lake Winona right outside their door.

Find more information about short-term rehabilitation, long-term skilled nursing care or memory care at Lake Winona Manor here, call 507.457.4366.


Registration open for 2018 Ben & Adith Miller Golf Classic

Chuck “The Hit Man” Hiter® will give a demonstration at Cedar Valley Golf Course, free and open to all ages, Monday, August 13 at 10 a.m.

Winona Health Foundation event benefits local Patient Care Fund

The 2018 Ben & Adith Miller Classic will be Monday, August 13, at Cedar Valley Golf Course.

The annual golf outing, which began in 1990, is a fundraiser for the Ben & Adith Patient Care Fund, a special fund through the Winona Health Foundation that provides financial assistance to help individuals in need pay for medical care.

“This golf outing raises funds that help so many people in our community,” said Betsy Midthun, vice president of Community Engagement at Winona Health. “The Ben and Adith Miller Patient Care Fund is a direct reflection of people’s generosity and, based on the letters we receive, the recipients are profoundly grateful.”

Free exhibition by golf pro

In addition to the 18-hole Main Event and the 9-hole Green Monster Challenge, the event includes a free public golf exhibition. Chuck “The Hit Man” Hiter® is a premiere golf entertainer with more than 20 years of experience. He has performed over 2,000 exhibitions and has been featured in golf publications and television sports shows including appearing on ESPN’s Top Ten Plays of the Day. He set a Guinness World Record for distance and accuracy while hitting a golf ball out of mid-air. Top PGA tour pros, other professional athletes, as well as a multitude of A-list celebrities, proclaim he is “the best golf entertainer in the world.”

Chuck “The Hit Man” Hiter will give a demonstration at Cedar Valley Golf Course, free and open to all ages, at 10 a.m.

18-hole Main Event

The Main Event begins at 11 a.m., with registration and lunch, followed by a noon shotgun start for the four-person scramble. There will be hole prizes and competition prizes, followed by a reception and exhibition by Chuck: The Hit Man” Hiter and an awards banquet at Cedar Valley Restaurant. Participation in the Main Event requires a hole sponsorship, which is $2,500 and includes all of the above, plus refreshments on the course, a participation gift, foursome photo with Chuck “The Hit Man” Hiter, awards and dinner.

Green Monster Challenge

The Green Monster Challenge begins at 12:30 with registration and lunch. After lunch, participants will head out on carts for a shotgun start on Cedar Valley’s Green Monster course. The format is a four-person scramble with hole prizes and competition prizes.

Registration is $100 per person and includes lunch, refreshments on the course, a participation gift, a photo of your foursome followed by a social with awards. Hole sponsorships are available for $500 and include registration for four.


Registration for the 18-hole Main Event and the Green Monster Challenge is open through Monday, July 30. Space for all events is limited, and golfers will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.

In 2017, 812 grateful patients and families received $968,223 in financial assistance for medical expenses through the Winona Health Foundation’s Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund.

For more information about the Ben & Adith Miller Classic or the Patient Care Fund, contact the Winona Health Foundation at 507.457.4394 or email Emily Hoff at

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Photo:  Chuck “The Hit Man” Hiter® will give a demonstration at Cedar Valley Golf Course, free and open to all ages, Monday, August 13 at 10 a.m.

Winona Health’s Community Care Network earns Innovation Award

Winona Health’s Community Care Network: front seated: Jenna Van Beek, RN; Paula Philipps, RN; Katie Semling, RN. Second row: Dawn Gronner, LSW; Kelly Fluharty, MPH; Betty Crawford, RN, On stairs from top: Amanda McGregor, LGSW; Merry Enright, RN, Population Health Manager; Cassie Boddy, LISW; Karen Mahon, RN; and Jodi Olson, LSW.

Winona Health’s Community Care Network has earned a Health Care Homes Innovation Award from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Health Care Homes Innovation awards recognize outstanding results and improved community health through whole-person care, team-based care, community partnership, quality improvement and health equity.

“The primary goal of the Community Care Network team is to develop relationships with clients so we can help them identify barriers and develop creative ways to achieve their health goals,” said Kelly Fluharty, MPH, community care organization manager.

In collaboration with Winona State University, the program trains college students as health coaches to participate in our care teams. Health coaches provide emotional support, help facilitate access to community resources and help clients identify actions they can take to improve their overall well-being.

Community Care Network clients who have been in the program for three or more years have shown a 29-37 percent reduction in Emergency Department visits and 55-73 percent decrease in hospitalization.

The Community Care Network is one of the ways Winona Health is looking at community healthcare differently. It’s a proactive approach that provides nonmedical and medical support, resources and education for people managing chronic illnesses such as COPD, diabetes, or mental health issues. The program helps people remain independent in their homes and avoid unnecessary hospitalization by providing the right kind of support.

Learn more about the Community Care Network, or call 507.457.7660.

Welcome! Psychiatrist Jessica McIlrath, DO

Jessica McIlrath, DO

Board-certified Psychiatrist Jessica McIlrath, DO, joined the Winona Health Behavioral Health staff and will provide psychiatric care for adults in outpatient Psychiatric & Counseling Services beginning in June.

“We’re pleased to add to our team so people in our community have increased access to psychiatric services right here at Winona Health,” said Robin Hoeg, RN, MS, LNHA, vice president of Inpatient and Senior Services.

“I find it a privilege to hear the many life stories I hear each day, to meet people in all stages of life and work together to help them overcome whatever challenges they may be facing,” said Dr. McIlrath. She noted that she chose Winona Health because it is a smaller, community-focused system that understands the importance of provider well-being as well as working closely to improve the health of the community it serves.

Dr. McIlrath is experienced in adult psychiatry assessment and medication management. Prior to joining Winona Health, she provided care for patients at UnityPoint Clinic in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Dr. McIlrath earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree at Des Moines University in Des Moines, Iowa, and completed her residency in Psychiatry at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine in Sioux Falls where she served as chief resident. She is certified as a General Adult Psychiatrist by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Association.

In her free time, Dr. McIlrath enjoys spending time with her family, going for walks, reading and sewing.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. McIlrath, please call Winona Health Psychiatric & Counseling Services at 507.454.2606.

Learn more about Psychiatric & Counseling Services at Winona Health.


Bon(e) Appetit! Free Health Talk about joint pain

A special event May 23, RSVP by May 21.

People who deal with joint pain can attend a unique special event to learn about treatment options.

Bon(e) Appetit will be Wednesday, May 23 at Elmaro Vineyard, N14756 Delaney Rd, Trempealeau, Wis. Social time begins at 5:30 p.m. with the program to follow from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

This special event is for adults who are dealing with and have questions about joint pain. Attendees will get tips and information about alleviating joint pain, from non-invasive options to joint replacement or revision surgery.

Presenters include Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Specialist Andrew Millis, MD, Orthopedic Specialist Ken Johnson, MD, and Family Medicine and Sports Medicine Physician Adam Fletcher, MD.

The presentation at Elmaro Vineyard is free with complimentary light refreshments. Wine and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase.

RSVP by Monday, May 21.

RSVP for Bon(e) Appetit!

Or call Emily at 507.457.4394.

Information about Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at Winona Health.

Urgent Care moving to Winona Health main campus on May 24!

Same friendly faces in a new location

Beginning May 24, Winona Health’s Urgent Care Clinic will be located on the first floor of the clinic on the Winona Health campus at 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

Urgent Care will close at its current Sarnia Street location on May 23 at 8 p.m. and reopen in its new location on May 24 at 7 a.m. Some aspects of the move will be in process on May 24, and plans are in place to accommodate all patients throughout the day.

“We want the community to know that only the Urgent Care location is changing. They’ll see the same friendly faces but in a new location,” said Beth Poulin, director of Emergency and Urgent Care Services.

Beginning May 24, Urgent Care will be available seven days a week on the first floor of the clinic at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue.

Urgent Care hours will stay the same:

  • Monday–Friday: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m
  • Saturday-Sunday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Holidays, such as Memorial Day, Monday, May 28: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Easter

“Our new location on the clinic first floor is closer to the Emergency Department and Primary Care Clinics,” said Poulin. “This is an advantage to those who come to Urgent Care but who can benefit from immediate referral to Emergency Services or Primary Care Services.” Poulin also noted that having Urgent Care on the main campus will mean even shorter wait times because of the intentional care delivery design that will allow access to care very quickly in Urgent Care or, if a wait time is expected, immediate referral to Primary Care to help eliminate waiting for our patients and their families.”

Beginning May 24, those seeking Urgent Care services should use the clinic entrance at Winona Health. Urgent Care estimated wait time is posted during open hours at And, as always, Winona Health’s Emergency Department is open 24 hours a day every day.

The Urgent Care phone number is 507.474.7830.

More information about Urgent Care.

Steve and Nancy Bachler named Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute recipients

Steve and Nancy Bachler with Hugh Miller. The Bachlers received the 2018 Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute.

Steve and Nancy Bachler were recognized as this year’s Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute recipients at a dinner held in their honor on Friday, April 27 at Cedar Valley Golf Course in Winona.

Winona natives and high school classmates who reconnected and married in 2008, the Bachlers share a passion for community involvement and a willingness to serve others, and they are modest about their outstanding generosity.

Steve and Nancy’s volunteer involvement has made a significant and positive impact on the Winona community. Their abundant enthusiasm and consistent dedication to serving others has benefited several area organizations, each individually and as a couple. Their contributions and fundraising efforts include sharing musical talent and marketing expertise, promoting tourism and nature, supporting and furthering the efforts of schools and volunteering with local organizations focused on helping community members of all ages.

Hugh and Vera Miller and RTP Company generously gave $25,000 to the Winona Health Foundation’s Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund in the Bachler’s honor. The Patient Care Fund helps community members in need with their medical bills. This is the 30th consecutive year that the Miller family has sponsored the Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute.

Those who would like to make a gift to the Winona Health Foundation in honor of the Bachlers may direct their gift to the Winona Health Foundation by mail: 855 Mankato Ave., Winona, MN 55987, or online:

Questions about the Winona Health Foundation may be directed to Betsy Midthun, vice president of Community Engagement, 507.457.4116, or, for more information, click here.


Past recipients of the Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute:
2017 Steve Groth
2016 Jon Kohner
2015 Dr. Chuck and Judy Shepard
2014 Dee Cipov
2013 Irene Renk
2012 Marlene Kohner
2011 Jenny Kahl
2010 Justin Green
2009 Nancy Iglesias
2008 Dennis Theede and Home & Community Options, Inc.
2007 O.J. and Karen Fawcett
2006 Donna Helble
2005 Kent Gernander
2004 Marilyn & Keith Schwab, Kim & Pete Schwab
2003 M.L. “Max” DeBolt
2002 Rose Andersen and Diane Barge
2001 Carol “Mickey” & Dan Barr
2000 Joette and Michael Gostomski
1999 Roger Metz
1998 Nancy & Mark Kristensen
1997 Dave Arnold and Dan Rukavina
1996 Pete Woodworth
1995 Dr. Frank & Ruth Bures
1994 Sue Cornwell
1993 Bob Kierlin
1992 Tom Graham
1991 Gary Evans
1990 Pauline Knight
1989 Tom & Judith Stark, Dr. Roger & Helen Hartwich, John & Helen David

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, 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 projects to enhance patient and resident care. For more information, please contact Winona Health Volunteer Services at 507.457.4342.



Phyllis McClenathan scholarship applications being accepted through June 1

The Winona Health Foundation’s Phyllis McClenathan scholarship is a $1,000 award available to an individual who is in the final one or two semesters of completing his or her two- or four-year nursing degree.

The scholarship recipient must be from within a 60-mile radius of Winona or attend a post-secondary school within the designated area, or be a current Winona Health employee. Priority will be given to individuals committed to providing care at Winona Health.

Phyllis McClenathan was a long-time nurse in Winona Health’s Family Birth Center who passed away after a long battle with cancer. In 2006, her husband, Dean, and their children established a nursing scholarship in her name through the Winona Health Foundation.

Applications for the Phyllis McClenathan Scholarship are due Friday, June 1, 2018. An application form and eligibility information is available online here.

Please note that applications for all scholarships that are received after the due date, or not fully completed, will be ineligible. For more information, call 507.457.4116 or visit