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Community celebration caps healthcare observances throughout May (05/07/2006)
Winona Health and Winona Clinic co-host event on May 21

Traditionally a month of healthcare-related observances, this year May brings an additional opportunity for the greater Winona community to celebrate.

Winona Health's major building project, which broke ground in July 2004, was completed in April 2006, and Winona Clinic, an independent physician clinic, moved into its new home on the Winona Health campus.

Winona Health and Winona Clinic are co-hosting a Building Dedication Celebration and inviting the entire community to attend on Sunday, May 21 from 12:30-4 p.m. The dedication program will begin at 12:30, and people are welcome to enjoy refreshments, musical entertainment and explore the new building between 1:30 and 4 p.m.

"This is an especially appropriate time to welcome the community to our campus," said Rachelle Schultz, Winona Health president and CEO. "With several national healthcare observances in May, our staff have not only a heightened awareness of their professional commitment, but also a deeply felt personal commitment, to provide quality healthcare services to our community. This new facility enhances our ability to provide outstanding healthcare."

Winona Health and Winona Clinic staff will be on hand to answer questions throughout the building during the self-guided tours between 1:30 and 4 p.m.

Original artwork in the building includes a sculpture by Leo B. Smith; a 20-foot, hand-made quilt depicting the seasons; and a children's art wall. Common areas, such as the Doug Boyer Surgery Lounge, Outpatient Registration area and the Resource Room are designed to be light, spacious and comfortable. In addition, the Women's Imaging Center has a separate, more private lounge for women waiting for mammograms. All these areas will be open for tours during the dedication celebration.

For more information about the May 21 Building Dedication Celebration, visit winonahealth.org or call 507.457.4161.

Healthcare observances in May

The month includes National Nurses Week, beginning with Nurses Day on May 6 and ending on May 12, which is Florence Nightingale's birthday. Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) was a pioneer in the nursing field who established herself as a competent nursing administrator during the Crimean War. Her insistence on sanitary conditions cut the death rate considerably. She continued to advance the field in her later years, providing better health service and opportunities for women at the same time.

The purpose of National Nurses Day is to recognize the contributions and commitment nurses make to quality healthcare in America. Today, registered nurses top the list of the 10 occupations with the largest projected job growth in the years 2002-2012 according to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report.

National Hospital Week, May 7-13, is observed to give attention to the many contributions hospitals make to a community and is an opportunity to recognize staff and volunteers. Winona Health chooses this week for special activities such as honoring staff who exceed the organization's high service standards and a banquet for employees who are celebrating years of service milestones.

National Nursing Home/Long-term Care Week, May 14-20, begins on Mother's Day each year. Its purpose is to make people aware of options for long-term care in their communities.

National Emergency Medical Services Week, May 14-20, encourages awareness of our nation's EMS System and to celebrate the contribution of every member of the EMS team in responding to medical and trauma emergencies.

For more information about Winona Health, including current career opportunities, visit winonahealth.org. 


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