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Winneshiek Medical Center will continue its centennial celebration with a “Grand Picnic on the Green,” Thursday, May 1, from 4-7 p.m. on the Medical Center grounds. 

At Wednesday’s meeting of the WMC Board of Trustees, Chief Administrative Officer Gretchen Dahlen said WMC will provide free BBQ pork sandwiches from U-2 Catering of Calmar, chips and a beverage. Moomobile shakes will be available for purchase for $1, and the Lion’s Club will provide free popcorn. 

Local band Homeward Bound will provide music, and there will be face painting, trolley rides, magic tricks by Dr. Bruce Wulfsberg, historical displays and caricature drawings. The WMC ambulance and a medical helicopter will be on display. 

To commemorate the centennial, WMC will be selling Red Wing stoneware in different sizes. 

There will be a mini-crock  (1/4 pin size) for $12, a beater jar (quart size) for $25 and a pitcher (30 oz. size) for $35. 

Pottery will be for sale in the WMC gift shop beginning April 24 and also during the Grand Picnic May 1.

Proceeds from the crockery sales will help fund the picnic. 


Donor opportunities

Individuals and businesses are invited to become a “Centennial Donor” by matching the 1913 gift or a “Visionary Donor” by matching the gift in 2014 dollars, by donating to the WMC Foundation’s Centennial Fund. These are unrestricted dollars to help support the next 100 years of healthcare at WMC. 

To see a full list of original donors alphabetically and by dollar amount, visit winmedical.org/centennial.

Dahlen reported that in 2013, WMC had over 100 active volunteers who donated more than 7,000 hours of service. 

They will be honored for their service this week at a special volunteer appreciation breakfast.


Ossian Clinic update

Things are going well with the Ossian Clinic, which after a month of operation is running slightly ahead of expectations. 

“We are pleased with the first month of the Ossian Clinic operation,” said Dahlen. 

In addition, Dahlen said the Ossian Clinic steering committee has raised $52,697 to help start the clinic, and the WMC Foundation has received word from Black Hills Energy it will receive a $6,000 grant over a three-year period. 

 Dr. Brian Dougan has notified WMC he has accepted an academic position with the internal medicine department at Mayo Clinic – Rochester.

He will provide patient care, as well as teach the next generation of physicians and participate in research. He will continue to see patients at WMC through the end of May. 


Health rankings

Winneshiek County is ranked the second healthiest county in the state, based on data from 2006-2012. 

The study, conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, evaluated Winneshiek County in a number of areas. 

Categories and rankings included: length of life, third; quality of life, fifth; health behaviors, first; clinical care, fifteenth; social and economic factors, ninth; and physical environment, second.