Health

Wed
21
Jul

Infusion treatments close to home save much time


Infusion treatments available locally at Veterans Memorial Hospital ... Pictured above, Judy Lonning of Waukon with Brooke Weighner, RN, and below, Mary Hogan of Lansing with Andi Goltz, RN. Both patients were able to have infusion treatments at Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) as a more convenient option, rather than traveling out of the area to a larger medical facility. Submitted photos.

Infusion Treatments, also called IV Therapy, are conveniently offered locally at Veterans Memorial Hospital, saving patients numerous, tiring trips out of town for the same service. Infusion therapy is performed when medications or fluids cannot be taken by mouth or a stronger version of this medication is needed. These fluids or medications are delivered directly into the body through a vein with an IV. Infusions and treatments can be given as often as twice per day or as seldom as a one-time dose.

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Infusion and Treatment Center offers a wide variety of outpatient infusion services, close to home.  Dressing changes, blood transfusions, medications and much more is offered locally by skilled  registered nurses. Their goal is to offer these well organized and comfortable treatment plans to save patients and their family members time and energy.

Wed
21
Jul

VMH to offer free health tests at County Fair

Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) will be offering free blood sugar tests and blood pressure checks each day at the 2021 Allamakee County Fair. The testing schedule is as follows:

• Wednesday, July 21, 6-8 p.m.
• Thursday, July 22, 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
• Friday, July 23, 6-8 p.m.
• Saturday, July 24, 6-8 p.m.

Veterans Memorial Hospital will also be offering information on the COVID-19 vaccine and have a sign-up sheet for the next vaccine clinic to be held at the hospital. In addition, much information on the hospital’s new Medical Clinic will also be highlighted at the booth and will be handed out.

As always, Veterans Memorial Hospital will have a medical kit available for any first aid emergencies on the Fairgrounds. The hospital booth will be located inside the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion north door this year, across from the stage area.
 

Wed
21
Jul

Blood Donor Day set; Blood needed to help fellow Iowans

Did you know one in seven people entering the hospital will need blood?

Attend the next LifeServe Blood Center Blood Drive, to be held Monday, August 2 from 12-5 p.m., at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon. Blood drives are held once per month. The LifeServe Blood Center supplies Veterans Memorial Hospital with its blood and blood products.

The LifeServe Blood Center is seeking donors to ensure a safe and plentiful blood supply in Iowa. Because there is no substitute for human blood, the need for donors is continuous.

Wed
21
Jul

Memorials received by Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation for the new Medical Clinic in memory of Richard Bloxham by Chuck and Maxine Bloxham, Richard and Ruth Bloxham, Jane Grotegut, Earl and Bev Haas,  Marlene Habhab, Gary and Marlene Houg, Patricia Kammeyer, Craig and Barb Lensing, Randy and Karen Loeb, Chuck and Lois Votsmier, Julie Snitker, Fred and Lisa Mathews, Richard Bloxham, Sigurd and Barb Ness, Scott and Karen Ness, Deb Rixen, Shirley Rose, Brian and Denise Wullner, Ross and Kim Bosworth, Randall and Tamara Canoy, Mike and Tina Cooper, Doug Haas, Richard and Bernadette Halvorson, Alvin and Wendy Herold, Liang Chee Wee, Wendy Knight,  David Dahms, Connie Kuennen, Kathleen Nacos-Burds, Julia Sollien, Lindy Howes, Mary Jenkins, Dave and Laurie Martin, Gary and Patricia Mitchell, Rhonda Seibert, Ray and Kerry Wacker, John and Jean Walleser, Kate Wooden, Lisa Boyes, and Dave and Karen Mathis.

Wed
14
Jul

A plea for vaccination; A personal experience with the COVID-19 nightmare


COVID-19 vaccinations recommended by VMH ... Tara Reisinger, RN, Infection Control Specialist at Veterans Memorial Hospital, is pictured above next to the vaccination cart used by Allamakee County Public Health at its Friday vaccination clinics. Reisinger urges vaccination for everyone 12 years of age and older after losing her father to the COVID-19 virus. In the article above, she explains in her own words, as an infection control specialist, why the need for vaccination sooner rather than later is so important. Submitted photo.

by Tara Reisinger, RN, Infection Control Manager, Veterans Memorial Hospital

Tara Reisinger, RN, Infection Control Specialist at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon, urges vaccination for everyone after losing her father to the COVID-19 virus. She explains in her own words, as an infection control specialist, why the need for vaccination against COVID-19 sooner rather than later is so important.

“The COVID-19 virus will continue to change and create variants to allow for its survival. We don’t have many options to treat patients with COVID and the few options we have are already becoming ineffective against the variants. For example, if you test positive for COVID-19 and have health issues that put you at risk for developing moderate to severe symptoms, we can administer an infusion of monoclonal antibodies to give your immune system a boost. Last year, we had the antibody infusion we referred to as ‘bam,’ or the bamlanivamab infusion.

Wed
14
Jul

Veterans Memorial Hospital Waukon Medical Clinic receives artwork donation...

The new Veterans Memorial Hospital Waukon Medical Clinic has received a donation of artwork compliments of local artist Val Miller and her husband, Josh, owners and operators of Steel Cow in Waukon. Eighteen pieces of Val’s artwork were donated and are on display throughout the clinic. Pictured above, at left, is Val Miller, along with Clinic Director Laura Baxter, RN and Michael Coyle, Veterans Memorial Hospital CEO.

Wed
14
Jul

From the American Institute for Cancer Research Test Kitchen; Avocado zucchini summer soup

Move over gazpacho, there’s another refreshing cold summer soup made with zucchini and avocado. Just as gazpacho makes delightful use of summer’s bounty of tomatoes, this soup showcases zucchini and avocado, also abundant during the summer.

Zucchini has soft skin and edible seeds. Usually dark or pale green, zucchini has a delicate, almost sweet earthy flavor, but overripe zucchini can have a more bitter taste. Newer varieties include golden which have a slightly milder flavor than the green type. Look for fairly small zucchini that are firm and heavy for their size. Do not wash them until ready to use. Peeling is not necessary.

Wed
14
Jul

COVID-19 vaccine readily available in Allamakee County; Vaccination availability at County Fair

Allamakee County Public Health does have a good supply of COVID-19 vaccine and is highly encouraging everyone age 12 and over to receive it. Vaccine clinics are readily available every Friday afternoon for both prime and boost doses for Moderna. Currently, Johnson and Johnson one-dose vaccine is also available. These vaccine clinics are held at the main entrance of Veterans Memorial Hospital. Call 563-568-5660 to schedule an appointment.

The vaccine will also be available at the Allamakee County Fair each evening of the fair from 6-8 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Hospital booth located in the Fairgrounds Pavilion. Call 563-568-5660 to schedule an appointment for any of those evenings. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Wed
14
Jul

Memorials received by Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Lorna Thune by Sigurd and Barb Ness, John and Sheryl Prestemon, Tom and Karen Regan, and Jerry and Linda Siegrist.

Memorials were also received in memory of Cherie Dandurand by Brian and Karen Burke and Chuck and Lois Votsmier; in memory of John Irwin by Dean and Lynn Sorensen; and in memory of Rose Marie Winters by Don and Joyce Bakke, Vicky Phipps and Brad and Erin Berns.

In addition, the Foundation received memorial donations for Edward “Ed” Roed by Patsy Kerndt, Jim and Jill Kiesau, Maury Mooney, and Ernie and Donnalee Osland.

Wed
07
Jul

VMH highlights the freedoms of being vaccinated

According to information provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), if you’ve been fully vaccinated, you can enjoy the following freedoms:

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