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.


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.

Free information and assistance with Healthcare Directives

“I want to make things easier for my kids.”
-comment from a Healthcare Directives program attendee

Winona Health Volunteers invite community members to a free informational program about Healthcare Directives (also called Advance Directives) on Monday, March 19, 2018 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Parkview Conference Room on the hospital first floor at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue in Winona.

The program provides information about the benefits of having a Healthcare Directive. A properly completed Healthcare Directive, also called an Advance Directive, is a legal document, but completing a directive does not require a lawyer.

The primary purpose of a Healthcare Directive is to allow individuals to stay in control of their care, even if they lose the ability to communicate. Winona Health Volunteers certified to facilitate this program will provide the authorized forms. Sessions cover Healthcare Directives for residents of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

A follow-up session will be held Monday, April 2, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the same location for those who have attended a Healthcare Directives Informational Session but have questions or would like assistance in completing their directive or to have a facilitator review their directive.

For those looking for an evening program, the next evening Healthcare Directives session will be Monday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Parkview Conference Room at Winona Health with a follow-up session two weeks later.

There is no cost to complete a Healthcare Directive and the program is open to all. No advanced registration is required. Everyone age 18 and older is encouraged to complete a Healthcare Directive.

Certified Healthcare Directives volunteers are also available to give presentations to community groups. For more information, call the Winona Health Volunteer Services office at 507.457.4342.

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.

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.

Lake Winona Manor’s Namaste program benefits residents, families and staff

The Winona Daily News shared a story about how Lake Winona Manor’s Namaste program is helping residents and families.
In case you missed it in Sunday’s (12/17/17) paper, you can read it here.
Lake Winona Manor received a $25,000 Workforce Grant through LeadingAge Minnesota to help support the Namaste program.
In addition to being a wonderful program for residents and their family members, it improves the day-to-day satisfaction of caregivers by creating a soothing atmosphere and increasing the opportunity for them to spend more meaningful time with residents.
More information about Lake Winona Manor is available here.

Lake Winona Manor replaces mattresses and helps provide comfort to people in need

Hospital in Cameroon, West Africa.

Lake Winona Manor residents are getting a good night’s sleep and enjoying their new mattresses, and we can all sleep a little better knowing that the replaced mattresses are being put to good use at Ngaoundere Protestant Hospital in Cameroon, West Africa.

Winona Health purchased the new mattresses from a local company called Comfortex. As Comfortex places a large volume of new healthcare mattresses into a hospital or residence, whenever possible, the replaced mattresses are shipped to

Replaced mattress in their new home at a hospital in West Africa.

countries in need. Over the years, Comfortex has worked with charitable organizations to ship thousands of mattresses to hospitals in Africa, Haiti and South America. This is made possible with the help of some truly amazing missionaries, charities and generous organizations.

Winona Health, Lake Winona Manor, our residents and staff, can feel good knowing that having new mattresses means others are resting more comfortably, too.

Thank you to Comfortex for making this happen!

Hospice helps patients and families focus on quality of life

Winona Health Hospice staff and volunteers provide care and comfort to individuals dealing with a life-limiting illness and their families throughout the area.

It’s about how you live!

November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, which serves as a time to share information about hospice that may help community members.

Hospice is not a place but is high-quality care that enables patients and families to focus on living as fully as possible despite a life-limiting illness. Hospice care is designed to:

  • Ensure that patients and families find dignity, respect, and love during life’s most difficult journey.
  • Provide pain management, symptom control, psychosocial support, and spiritual care to patients and their families when a cure is not possible.
  • Combine the highest level of quality medical care with the emotional and spiritual support that families need most when facing a serious illness or the end of life.

Videos and stories from families showing the many ways hospice and palliative care make special moments possible can be found at

Winona Health Hospice Services provides care in homes and in long-term care residences within a 25-mile radius of Winona. More information about hospice and advance care planning is available from Winona Health Winona Area Hospice Services. Call 507.457.4468.


Photo: Winona Health Hospice staff and volunteers provide care and comfort to individuals dealing with a life-limiting illness and their families throughout the area.

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.