In the news: Winona Health Volunteers Knitted Knockers

Winona Daily News writer Tesla Mitchell interviewed Winona Health Volunteers Gloria Siewert and Carol Byrne to share the story of the Volunteers Knitted Knockers project.

Read the story here.

If you have questions about knitted knockers or about volunteering at Winona Health, call 507.474.3328 or learn more here.

Volunteers Collective Goods sale October 11 and 12, 2017

Winona Health Volunteers will host a new book fair through Collective Goods, formerly known as Books Are Fun Wednesday, October 11 and Thursday, October 12 from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. at Winona Health, 855 Mankato Avenue, Winona. Please use the hospital entrance to attend this event.

The sale features a wide variety of high-quality new books and gifts that inform, enrich, entertain and inspire people of all ages. The Collective Goods selection includes New York Times bestsellers; children’s storybooks; classics and educational books; general interest books such as cooking, sports, gardening, reference and multicultural titles; and stationery and gift items. This is a wonderful opportunity to stock up on fun and educational gifts at reasonable prices.

All proceeds from the event will go towards Volunteer projects to benefit patients and their families at Winona Health, in addition to providing scholarships to students pursuing a career in healthcare.

If attending the sale, please kindly use the hospital parking lot and hospital entrance so that clinic parking is available for those who have appointments.

For more information, please contact the Winona Health Volunteer Office at 507.457.4342.


$5 Jewelry and Accessories Fundraiser

Winona Health Volunteers hosting $5 jewelry and accessories fundraiser for scholarships and projects to benefit patients and residents

The Winona Health Volunteers will host the Masquerade $5 Jewelry & Accessories Sale Thursday, September 7 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Friday, September 8, from 8 a.m. until 4 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 healthcare-related educational scholarships, elevated patient chairs for Internal Medicine and enhancing the Adith Miller and Roger Metz Manor gardens. For more information, please call Winona Health Volunteer Services at 507.474.3328.


Make a day of it! Invite a friend and check out the $5 Jewelry and Accessories Sale, stroll through the new Robinson Healing Garden and have a healthy lunch at Winona Health’s Lakeside Café!



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.





Generosity in action: Winona Health Volunteers Carol Hill Scholarship recipients announced

This year’s scholarships total $20,000

The 2016-2017 Winona Health Volunteers Carol Hill Scholarship committee has awarded $20,000 in scholarships to nine students, all of whom have been accepted into an accredited healthcare program.

Carol Hill Scholarship funds are raised through the generous support of Volunteer events including the Birthday Ball, $5 Jewelry & Accessories Sale, Fantasy of Trees, Basket Bonanza and Holiday Happiness, along with sales from the Glady D. Miller Gift Shop. Since the Winona Health Volunteers awarded its first nursing scholarship in 1962, more than $600,000 has been awarded to area students as they study to become caregivers.

The Winona Health Volunteers are pleased to help these students as they begin their education in healthcare or as they work toward completing their healthcare program.

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Winona Health Volunteers Carol Hill Scholarship recipients:

Krystin Anderson, Winona State University, Winona, Minn.

Shawn Carlson, Winona State University, Winona, Minn.

Lauren Flanagan, Chamberlain College of Nursing, Downers Grove, Ill.

Halle Haedtke, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa

Nicole Haedtke, Winona State University, Winona, Minn.

Anna Hudson, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, Wis.

Lisa McCabe-Evans, Winona State University, Winona, Minn.

Michelle Steinfeldt, Viterbo University, La Crosse, Wis.

Anna Suhr, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, Wis.

This scholarship is named for Carol Hill, retired director of Winona Health Volunteer Services, in honor of her long-standing service.

The scholarship committee members are: Kris Cichon, RN, BSN, Winona Health director of Inpatient Services; Janet Thewis, Minnesota State College Southeast Technical Nursing Department; Jessica Muras, RN, Winona Health Lake Winona Manor; Maureen Gerson, Winona State University Nursing Department; and Kris Walters, Winona Health Volunteer Services.

Anyone wishing more information about becoming a Winona Health Volunteer can contact Winona Health’s Volunteer Services office at 507.474.3328.


Winona Health Volunteers: New name. New look!

Winona Health Volunteer officers in their new uniforms with their new retired pink smock are (l-r): Sue Anderson, secretary; Irene Mulyck, treasurer; Bernadette Thicke, vice president; Barb Pozanc, assistant treasurer; and Kim Schwab, president.

Winona Health Volunteer officers in their new uniforms with their new retired pink smock are (l-r): Sue Anderson, secretary; Irene Mulyck, treasurer; Bernadette Thicke, vice president; Barb Pozanc, assistant treasurer; and Kim Schwab, president.

On Leap Day, Monday, February 29, 2016, the Winona Health Auxiliary celebrated their long history and took a leap into the future with a new name and a new look. The organization’s official name is now Winona Health Volunteers and they’ve retired the iconic pink smocks and adopted a vest in Winona Health’s signature blue.

“We’ve not only changed our name and refreshed our look, but we’ve also added new service areas, developed new fundraisers and updated our organizational structure,” says Kim Schwab, Winona Health Volunteers president.

“Winona Health is a forward-thinking organization and, as a strong group of volunteers, we’ve had many discussions about what the future could look like for our group,” says Schwab. “We’re excited about taking this leap into the future with new volunteer opportunities and a new look as we carry on our tradition of caring, serving and giving – the principles we stand for are timeless.”

The Winona Health Auxiliary was founded in 1894 with 50 members dedicated to supporting local healthcare. Today, there are nearly 400 volunteers serving in more than 30 service areas.

For more information about volunteering at Winona Health, click here or call 507.474.3328.