It’s becoming increasingly rare for a small town to have an independent, community-owned healthcare organization such as Winona Health, a nonprofit, integrated healthcare system with leading-edge technology and high quality clinical performance. Founded in 1894 in a converted home, Winona General Hospital has transformed into Winona Health, the city’s third largest employer with over 1,200 employees, including more than 80 physicians and mid-level providers.
Winona Health’s primary care clinics are located in Winona, Rushford and Lewiston. Winona Health also provides comprehensive care for individuals in all stages of life through a broad range of specialty services and senior services.
A national leader in the use of technology to increase healthcare efficiency and safety, Winona Health was among the first to implement a communitywide, integrated Electronic Medical Record system. This commitment to technology has developed further relationships, such as participation in the Beacon Project, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In 2011, Winona Health joined Mayo Clinic and other regional organizations to implement Telemedicine, combining medical technology and a secured broadband network to test the efficiency and effectiveness of physician visits through remote locations in the community.
Also in 2011, Winona Health upgraded its diagnostic imaging capabilities by installing the world’s most advanced CT scanner. The scanner uses 320 detector rows and the lowest possible level of radiation to provide high resolution, four-dimensional images of complete organs in just seconds.
With the vision of being a leader in the revolutionary transformation of community healthcare, Winona Health is committed to continuous improvement. In 2010, the organization earned a Minnesota Council for Quality (MCQ) Award. The award is based on the Malcolm Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence and is the culmination of a rigorous evaluation of the organization’s management system, including leadership, strategic planning, customer-focused processes, measurement systems, workforce processes and operations.
Since 2005, Winona Health has been using lean principles to improve value to patients through examining and redesigning processes to increase efficiency and eliminate waste. To share experiences and successful outcomes from these lean principles, in 2011, Winona Health was selected to host a two-day site visit for the Healthcare Value Network (HVN), which is made up of healthcare organizations from across North America—all of which are incorporating lean principles for continuous systems improvement.
To learn more about Winona Health, visit winonahealth.org, or call 507-454-3650.