Health

Wed
07
Aug

“Get Your Walk On in Waukon” Family Fun Walk with optional 5K during Waukon Corn Days; A free event


VMH’s 27th Annual 5K Cardiac Classic Run/Walk ... Veterans Memorial Hospital will be sponsoring its 27th annual 5K Cardiac Classic Run/Walk Saturday, August 17, in conjunction with the Waukon Corn Days celebration. This year, the event again welcomes a shorter walking route with an optional 5K to offer distances that will please everyone of any age or ability that wishes to participate. New this year, costumes are encouraged to be worn at the event by adults and youth with the top costume in both categories earning a prize. Pictured above is a scene from last year’s successful event. Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital will be sponsoring its 27th annual 5K Cardiac Classic Run/Walk Saturday, August 17, in conjunction with the Waukon Corn Days celebration. This year, the event again welcomes a shorter walking route with an optional 5K to offer distances that will please everyone of any age or ability that wishes to participate.

The event will begin and end at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon at 8 a.m. with registration beginning at 7 a.m. New this year, costumes are encouraged to be worn at this event by adults and youth with the top costume in both categories earning a prize.

Wed
07
Aug

Mammography still offered at Veterans Memorial Hospital


3D mammography offered at VMH ... Veterans Memorial Hospital continues to offer state-of the art 3D mammography. The advanced breast tomosynthesis technology installed less than two years ago provides exams that are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers, while simultaneously decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing. Due to a shortage of radiologists at Gundersen in La Crosse, mammograms that need further follow-up are now being referred to a facility of the patient’s choice. Hospital officials are hopeful when more radiologists are recruited to the Gundersen facility that Veterans Memorial Hospital will again be able to provide these follow-up images. Until that time, all initial, annual mammograms will continue to be offered locally on the new 3D system at VMH. Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital continues to offer state-of the art 3D mammography. The advanced breast tomosynthesis technology installed less than two years ago provides exams that are clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers, while simultaneously decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing.

At times, some patients do need to return for a follow-up mammogram in the case something suspicious is found in the original mammogram. Gundersen radiologists read all of the mammograms and X-rays produced at Veterans Memorial Hospital. Due to a shortage of radiologists at Gundersen, mammograms that need further follow-up are now being referred onto a facility of the patient’s choice. Hospital officials are hopeful when more radiologists are recruited to the Gundersen facility that Veterans Memorial Hospital will again be able to provide these follow-up images.

Wed
07
Aug

Caregiver Support Group to meet; The need for caregiver support

The next Caregiver Support Group meeting will be held Monday, August 19 at 1:30 p.m. in the Meditation Room in the front entrance of Veterans Memorial Hospital.  When a person is diagnosed with a chronic illness, a lot of focus and attention is put on how to keep that person as independent and as healthy as possible. When a person loses some of their abilities to care for themselves the burden of care is often assumed by the spouse, a child (or children), or sometimes friends and neighbors. While everyone who becomes a caregiver handles the added responsibility with different skill sets, attitudes and understanding levels, there is no question that there is a very real strain associated with care giving.

Recent studies have estimated that the stress caused just by becoming the caregiver of an adult with a chronic illness or disability will take seven years off of a person’s life. With more and more Iowans aging, this is a real concern in the local community.

Wed
07
Aug

Hospital Auxiliary Euchre Marathon to be held

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital will be holding its monthly Euchre Marathon for all individuals of the community interested Thursday, August 15. Men and women are welcome to attend, even if they are not an Auxiliary member. The Euchre marathons are held the third Thursday of each month at the Senior Citizens Room at the Waukon Wellness Center.

The Auxiliary’s Euchre Marathons begin at 11:30 a.m. with dinner, if chosen.  Call Northland Agency on Aging at 877-838-8077 if choosing to eat dinner.  Card playing will follow at 12:30 p.m. until approximately 2:30 p.m. Anyone wishing to stay and play cards following the Senior Citizens meal is more than welcome to do so. All proceeds go towards the Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital. Prizes will be awarded.

Anyone interested in attending but preferring to play Bridge is also welcome to join in. It is asked that they come with their own table of four players, however.

Wed
07
Aug

Diabetes Support Group to meet

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Support Group will hold its next meeting Thursday, August 15 at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held at Veterans Memorial Hospital in the Large Conference Room, located on the lower level of the hospital.

For more information on the Diabetes Support Group, call Angie Mettille, RN, at Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.
 

Wed
07
Aug

Grief Support Group to meet

The local Grief Support Group will hold its monthly meeting at Veterans Memorial Hospital Tuesday, August 13 at 5 p.m. in the Education Conference Room.

This informal meeting is open to anyone suffering from any type of loss whether it be death, divorce, illness or some other grief.

Feel free to attend and bring a friend. This grief support meets the second Tuesday of each month at Veterans Memorial Hospital.
 

Wed
07
Aug

Health Care Provider CPR offered at VMH

Veterans Memorial Hospital will be offering the next recertification course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for health care providers (those working in health related fields such as physicians, nurses, EMS, etc.) Wednesday, August 21, beginning at 5 p.m. This “Health Care Professional” CPR class will be held in the Large Conference Room located on the lower level of the hospital.

All registrants should bring along their own pocket mask, if they have one. Upon successful completion of the class, the participant will receive an electronic card certifying them as a BLS Healthcare Provider for a two-year period.

Pre-registration plus a minimum of three participants is required for the class to be held. For more information and to register for the “Health Care Provider” CPR Course, call Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.
 

Wed
07
Aug

Alzheimer’s and dementia final presentation canceled

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon, together with the Alzheimer’s Association®, offered two education sessions earlier this summer concerning Alzheimer’s and Dementia for both the general public and for caregivers of anyone with these conditions. The third session of this three-part series, which was scheduled for August 7, has been canceled due to a shortage of staff at the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Alzheimer’s Association is always looking for more volunteers. If interested in volunteering, contact them through their website at www.alz.org. For more information, call Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.
 

Wed
31
Jul

“Get Your Walk On in Waukon” Family Fun Costume Walk with optional 5K during Waukon Corn Days; A free event


27th annual 5K Cardiac Classic Run/Walk ... Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon will be sponsoring its 27th annual 5K Cardiac Classic Run/Walk Saturday, August 17 in conjunction with the Waukon Corn Days celebration. This year, the event again welcomes a shorter walking route of 1.5 miles with an optional 5K to offer distances that will please everyone of any age or ability that wishes to participate. Costumes are encouraged this year for both adults and youth with prizes given to the top costume in both categories. Pictured above is a scene from last year’s successful event. Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon will be sponsoring its 27th annual 5K Cardiac Classic Run/Walk Saturday, August 17, in conjunction with the Waukon Corn Days celebration. This year, the event again welcomes a shorter 1.5 mile walking route with an optional 5K (3.1 mile route) to offer distances that will please everyone of any age or ability that wishes to participate.  New this year, costumes are encouraged to be worn at this event by adults and youth with the top costume in both categories earning a prize.

Wed
31
Jul

VMH Auxiliary membership drive underway

The members of the Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital are actively recruiting new and returning members to join them during their annual membership drive.

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital is devoted to providing the hospital and its patients and visitors with many services. The Auxiliary also holds annual fundraisers, such as the Women’s Health Day Luncheon each fall, the Pillow-Perk in early November, the Masquerade sales and their annual membership drive each July. All the money the Auxiliary receives goes back to the hospital for equipment.

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