From: Winona State University (WSU) President Scott R. Olson
WSU College of Nursing and Health Sciences Dean Julie M. Anderson
Congratulations to Winona Health on 125 years, from your friends and partners at WSU!
As organizations that both have served Winona for more than a century, Winona Health and Winona State are uniquely positioned to recognize and respond to the needs of our community. Over the years, our respective missions to improve the world around us have aligned our interests, partnering us in efforts to make Winona a better place to live, work and learn.
For example, many Winonans may not realize that WSU’s well-known and highly regarded nursing program would not exist if Winona Health had not had the vision to partner with WSU and make the program a reality.
Winona Health — then called Winona Health Services — saw the need for more nurses in the area and helped us launch our nursing program in 1964. From that first class of 16 nursing graduates in 1968, we have grown to an annual graduating class of close to 300 baccalaureate-level nurses and over 40 master’s- and doctoral-level graduates. This simply would not have happened if not for our partnership with Winona Health.
So, just as the Miller Brothers helped bring engineering to Winona through the composite materials engineering program, so did Winona Health help bring nursing education to Winona State — and therefore more nurses to the community of Winona.
Today, WSU continues to partner with Winona Health to prepare students in our College of Nursing and Health Sciences for success in their professions. As you look at all the health-related majors across the university, every single program is connected to Winona Health in some way. Our partnerships with Winona Health benefit WSU students in social work, therapeutic recreation, exercise science, athletic training, health coaching, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and, of course, undergraduate and graduate nursing. On average, 24 WSU students are learning through clinical practice at Winona Health every semester, learning their profession through on-site training while also providing service to Winona Health and to our community.
Looking to the future, we are in discussions with Winona Health about new and different clinical experiences that will help us further serve the region together. As both of our institutions evolve and grow, we won’t know all the new things the future might hold for our partnership, but we believe that together, Winona Health and WSU will continue to make Winona a safer and healthier community.
So, here’s to Winona Health on its first 125 years! Thank you for everything you have done for WSU. And here’s a nutritional toast to great success during the next 125 years, from all your friends at Winona State!