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Patients and visitors should park outside the Hospital Entrance. Handicap parking has been designated with signs for closer accessibility to the entrance. Space under the canopy is for short-term pickup and drop off only.
Emergency room guests should park near the Emergency Room doors. Parking near the ambulance garage doors is prohibited.
Returning rehabilitation patients can park near the Rehabilitation and Fitness Center door, also marked door B.
Othe remote parking lots are designated for employee parking.
Visitors are encouraged to arrive after 9:00 a.m. and be respectful of the patient’s need for rest. Some interruptions may be necessary by the staff, as attending to patient care is our priority.
Visitors with a fever, rash or communicable illness, such as cold or flu, should delay visiting until they are well. If you have questions or concerns, please stop at the nurses’ station before visiting a patient.
Visitors with children should be courteous of our patient’s well being. Children must be attended at all times. Loud or disruptive visitors will be asked to leave the patient areas.
Tobacco Free Campus
Tobacco Free Campus
In line with our mission, “Dedicated to Health”, Windom Area Hospital is a tobacco free campus. Tobacco use will not be permitted anywhere on the campus, including entrances, lawns, parking lots, cars parked on the campus, sidewalks and driveways. This includes not only cigarettes, but all tobacco products including chewing tobacco and electronic cigarettes (e-cigs).
Windom Area Hospital is a fragrance-free facility. Because of allergies and sensitivities to perfumes and fragrances, we ask that employees, patients and visitors refrain from using scented products.
Windom Area Hospital welcomes visitors and understands that visiting friends and loved ones play an important role in healing.
Our Mission, Vision, Values
Dedicated to Health
Improving health and customer experience through individualized quality care, visionary leadership, and progressive teamwork.
Integrity: We state clearly what we intend to do and do what we say we will do. We communicate openly and honestly and behave ethically in relationships with those we serve as well as co-workers. We treat others as we expect to be treated, demand the best of ourselves, and take responsibility for our actions.
Stewardship: We strive to maintain the financial strength necessary to fulfill our mission, and reflect the caring and noble nature of this mission in all that we do. Our services are high quality, cost-effective and accessible, achieving a balance between community needs and available resources.
Courage: We face difficult challenges head on, always placing the patient first. We persevere, use our voices, and take actions that continually improve the quality of healthcare we provide.
Teamwork: We believe that close cooperation between all care providers is essential. We work collaboratively to improve the health of the community, placing special emphasis on education and preventative measures.
Excellence: We are committed to continuous improvement, excellence, professionalism and innovation. We strive to exceed the highest expectations of those we serve.
Windom Area Hospital has a unique and interesting history. Beginning in a home, Windom Area Hospital has evolved into a flourishing healthcare center serving the residents of Windom and surrounding communities.
June 20, 1871: The village of Windom was platted.
October 10, 1871: The first physician to practice his profession in Cottonwood County was Dr. Allen Smith. After 2 years of service, he returned to Ohio, the state where he emigrated from, and there died.
March 1905: Mrs. Sophia (Andrew) Ruse started the first hospital in Windom. The Ruse Hospital was located at the present site of the Home for Creative Living. Dr. L.L. Sogge, Dr. J.H. Dudley, Dr. F.R. Wieser and three nurses administered a variety of surgical and medical treatments. Approximately 200 patients were seen annually and paid $3.00 per day for a room.
1914: Mrs. Ruse purchased the hospital. She operated the hospital until 1920 when she sold it back to Dr. L.L. Sogge.
1920: Dr. L.L. Sogge and the Home Mission Society of the Methodist Conference of the Methodist Church owned and operated the hospital.
1927: Dr. L.L. Sogge and Mrs. Sogge deeded the property to the Windom Hospital Association, who continued to operate the hospital until 1942 at which time the hospital was torn down in preparation of building a new hospital.
1942: The new Windom Hospital was built and a formal opening was held. The hospital had 10 employees and 5 doctors.
1975: The growth of the Windom area continually expanded and the New Windom Area Hospital was built and owned by the City of Windom. There were 8 Doctors and Surgeons, approximately 85 employees, 6 specialty clinics and a Governing Board comprised of 7 community members.
1989: Entered into a management relationship with Sanford Health (formerly Sioux Valley Hospital & Health System).
1998: New ER expansion.
2004: Outreach expansion. Addition of new patient care wing, including the Birth Place, our OB wing.
2005: Windom Area Hospital celebrates 30 years of service as a municipally-owned facility. The facility serves the area with 7 Doctors, 3 Extenders, 2 Surgeons, 107 employees, Governing Board and 10 specialty clinics.
2007: Windom Area Hospital partners with Worthington Regional Hospital, Murray County Medical Center, Sanford Tracy Medical Center, Sanford Jackson Medical Center and Sanford Westbrook Medical Center to bring the Sanford Cancer Center to Worthington. Dining Room is also remodeled and open to the public.
2012: The Imaging Department adds in-house digital mammography with the fundraising help of the community.
2015: A new addition was added to the hospital, including a new outreach clinic, surgery center including 2 operating rooms and 7 pre/post-op patient rooms, along with a new main lobby featuring new registration and scheduling areas.
2017: May, 2017 a groundbreaking and grant celebration was held, kicking off the Be Well Path project, which includes a 2/3 mile outdoor path around hospital property, along with outdoor gym equipment.
Quality & Awards
The main focus of Windom Area Hospital’s quality program is a positive outcome for our customers.
Quality improvement initiatives or projects are chosen based on Windom Area Hospital, Sanford Health, and national priorities in health care.
Windom Area Hospital specific quality initiatives include:
- Evaluation and follow-up of patient satisfaction surveys areas of concern
- Evaluation and prompt follow-up to all patient and/or family concerns
- Follow-up to employee concerns
- Departmental specific improvement projects
- Patient safety projects such as fall prevention, medication reconciliation and preventative skin care programs
WAH and Sanford Health collaborative initiatives include:
- Elimination of inappropriate abbreviations
- Influenza and Pneumococcal vaccination services
- Rural Organizational Safety Culture
Governmental initiatives that WAH participates in include:
- 100,000 lives campaign (To reduce medical errors)
- Adverse event reporting with investigation into cause and development of action plan to prevent future events
Medicare improvement of care for patients with:
- Acute Myocardial Infarction
- Heart Failure
- Surgical Infection Prevention
Quality health care is of greatest importance and the ultimate goal of positive patient outcomes is shared among all levels of health care.
Windom Area Hospital entered a management relationship with Sanford Health (formerly Sioux Valley Hospitals & Health System) in 1989. With the relationship, Windom Area Hospital cooperates with Sanford Health in areas of physician recruitment, specialty clinic outreach recruiting, shared diagnostic resources, and managed care contract assistance. In 2009, Sanford Health merged with MeritCare of Fargo, ND to form an even stronger regional healthcare system.
Sanford Health Benefits
There are many advantages to membership in Sanford Health. The relationship is a partnership with a major focus on local healthcare delivery and access. Community-based healthcare is the cornerstone of the networking efforts. Benefits include:
Keeping healthcare local.
Sanford Health provides support to local clinics in an effort to maintain local healthcare.
Clinical quality is supported through the partnership.
Sanford Health is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. We have access to quality specialists through our partnership with Sanford Health. The quality program encourages process improvements and improvement of service standards.
System partners benefit from economies of scale through a comprehensive group purchasing program. When costs of supplies are reduced, charges for those supplies are also reduced.
Access to management expertise.
We can access specialists in areas such as compliance, legal, human resources, information technology, finance and credentialing.
There are no referral requirements in our partnership. A local governing board and administrator provide community leadership as well as leadership within the system.
Auxiliary and Volunteering
Windom Area Hospital Auxiliary
The Windom Area Hospital Auxiliary is a volunteer organization comprised of nearly 80 members. The Auxiliary participates in many programs and activities that benefit the hospital. Some of the Auxiliary’s initiatives include, but are not limited to, purchasing and stocking gifts for the Windom Area Hospital gift shop, fundraising to help purchase new equipment, volunteering in hospital events, sponsoring OB gift packs for new parents, purchasing newspaper subscriptions for patients and families, and contributing to the hospital’s interior environment by decorating year-round, while paying special attention during the winter holidays.
The Auxiliary’s major fundraising event is the Fall Festival. This one-day festival includes a silent auction of handmade gift baskets, baked goods, white elephant (used) items, garden patch with fresh and canned produce, a raffle for chamber bucks, and a concession area featuring the Auxiliary’s signature turkey sandwiches and pies.
The Windom Area Hospital Auxiliary meets on the second Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m at the Windom Area Hospital. The Auxiliary encourages and welcomes new members. For further information on the Auxiliary, please contact Kathy Ratzlaff, Chair of Membership.
Thank You To Our Patrons
Each year area businesses are invited to become Patron Members of the Windom Area Hospital Auxiliary. These donations are used to continue support for the Windom Area Hospital
We express our heartfelt appreciation to the following businesses that have become 2017 Patron Members:
Cottonwood County Abstract Co
Cottonwood Veterinary Clinic
Country Pride Services Cooperative
Crystal Windshield Repair
Edward Jones, Tom Christensen
Fairland Management Company
First Floral Inc.
Fisher Primary Eye Care Clinic
Fredin Rental, Construction and Racing
Hardee’s of Windom
Hartberg Medical Clinic
Holt’s Cleaning Service
Miller Sellner Equipment, Inc.
Dr. James Miller, DDS
Dr. G.P. Nelson, DDS
Ninth Avenue Salon
Polzin Tax Services
River City Eatery
Schramel Law Office
Smith Appliance Services
Staples Oil Company
Windom Family Medical Center
Windom Farm Service
Windom Lions Club
Windom Quick Print
Windom Area Hospital is run independently by a local, seven-member, Governing Board. The City of Windom appoints members of the Governing Board. Members serve a minimum three-year term, with a term limit of nine years. Because we are a city-owned hospital, Governing Board members must live within Windom city limits. The governing board invites a citizen of Mountain Lake to attend all board functions as a non-voting ambassador of the Mountain Lake community. All Board members volunteer their time to guide the hospital in areas of finance, professional practices, strategic planning, public relations, and service and facility improvement. The Governing Board also appoints a Chief Executive Officer (CEO), who is responsible to the Board for operations of the hospital.
- Ryan McNamera, Chair
- Kathy Ratzloff, Treasurer
- Peggy Pfeffer, Trustee
- Julie Brugman, Non-voting rep.
- Dr. M.R. Fisher, Trustee
- Diane Noyes, Trustee
- Ann Bartelt, Trustee
City of Windom
Windom, a lively, growing city, is the county seat of Cottonwood County, Minnesota. A transportation hub for the region, Windom is served by U.S. Highway 71 and Minnesota Highway 60. The city has diverse economy including manufacturing, agriculture, medical and adult care facilities. Windom’s historic courthouse square is the focal point for a variety of successful retail businesses. Windom has long been a safe, desirable community with excellent public services, schools, clubs, activities and events, many parks, lakes, and a golf course near the Des Moines River.Click here to visit the City of Windom’s Website