Health

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13
Apr

April is National Occupational Therapy Month: How to prevent strains and inflammatory or over-use injuries while at work

April is National Occupational Therapy Month...
April is National Occupational Therapy Month. Occupational therapists work in outpatient clinics to assist people in recovery from work-related injuries so that they are able to return to their job requirements and reduce further risk of re-injuring the body. Pictured above is occupational therapy patient Larry Lamborn of Luana receiving hand therapy from occupational therapist Tami Gebel, O.T. Submitted photo.

by Tami Gebel,
Occupational Therapist

 
April is National Occupational Therapy Month. Occupational therapists work in outpatient clinics to assist people in recovery from work-related injuries. Many times careless mistakes lead to injuries, other times injuries occur due to an obscure accident.

When an injury occurs, it often leads to pain, inability to complete all activities (even non-work related activities), time off from work or change in work duties.  Employers do not like work-related injuries because they cause a loss in wages, production and manpower.

Wed
13
Apr

April 16 is National Health Care Decisions Day; Learn how to make Advance Medical Directives

It is the right of the patient to choose the medical care they wish in any situation, even when the patient is too sick or hurt to tell their family members or their physician. The way to ensure the correct healthcare wishes are carried out is to complete an Advance Directive. Advance Directives include: Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare and/or a Living will.

1. In order to have an Advance Directive the patient will need to discuss their wishes with their family and physician. An Advance Directive should be done by discussing your wishes with your family and physician and then complete our Power of Attorney for Healthcare form.  

Wed
13
Apr

AICR Health Talk

by Karen Collins, MS, RDN, CDN, FAND

Q: Does a lactose-free diet play a role in reducing cancer risk?

Wed
30
Mar

March is National Nutrition Month: Satisfy your sweet tooth naturally

by Jill Fleming, MS, RD/LD, Veterans Memorial Hospital

Wed
30
Mar

AICR Health Talk

by Karen Collins, MS, RDN, CDN, FAND

Q: I’m well over 65, do I need to be doing strength-type training exercises?

Wed
30
Mar

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: Colonoscopies offered locally at VMH

Colorectal cancer can be easily detected, yet it remains the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society Fact and Figures, 2014-2016, one in 20 Americans will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in their lifetime. In 2010, only 5.9% of people age 50 or older underwent screening for colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer screening tests identify suspicious or pre-cancerous polyps, which can be removed before they develop into a serious health problem.
There are different options available for detecting colorectal cancer: stool testing, such as fecal occult blood tests or stool DNA testing, flexible sigmoidoscopy, barium enema and colonoscopy. Colonoscopies are performed routinely in the Veterans Memorial Hospital surgical suite, and typically take approximately three hours from start to finish.

Wed
23
Mar

“Welcome to Medicare” Seminar at Veterans Memorial Hospital April 12

“Welcome to Medicare” is a free, two-hour seminar offered by the Veterans Memorial Hospital Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) counselors. This program will be held Tuesday, April 12 from 5-7 p.m. in the Large Conference Room located on the lower level of Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon.
“We’re excited to offer this free seminar to the community,” says Russ Hagen, SHIIP volunteer. “Medicare is such an important program, and understanding what it offers helps assure that anyone eligible gets the health benefits they deserve.”
“Welcome to Medicare” will cover Medicare Part A and Part B benefits, the prescription drug benefit (Part D), Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare supplement insurance.

Wed
23
Mar

Massage therapy services expanded at VMH


Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon has announced the expansion of its massage therapy services with an additional therapist, allowing such services to be more readily available. Pictured is Edna Wyninger (left), Licensed Massage Therapist and Reflexologist at Veterans Memorial Hospital, with new therapist, Shannen Mezera (right), in the massage treatment room of the hospital. Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon has announced it has expanded its massage therapy services with an additional therapist, allowing services to be more readily available.
Shannen Mezera, Licensed Massage Therapist, has joined the Rehabilitation team at the hospital, working with Edna Wyninger, Licensed Massage Therapist and Reflexologist, who began offering these services at Veterans Memorial Hospital over 15 years ago.  Now massage therapy and reflexology services are available five days a week at the hospital, including evening hours.
The benefits of massage therapy include decreasing anxiety, enhancing sleep, increasing energy, improving circulation, improving concentration and reducing fatigue.

Wed
23
Mar

Seven simple choices for permanent weight loss

by Jill Fleming, MS, RD/LD, Veterans Memorial Hospital

Wed
16
Mar

Postville area farmer directs $2,500 donation to Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation


Brandon Guese of rural Postville recently nominated Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon to receive an America’s Farmers Grow Communities Monsanto Fund donation of $2,500. Pictured is Guese (far right) presenting the check to Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation members, left to right, Nona Sawyer, Sue Blagsvedt, Jane Dietrich, Ardie Kuhse, Nancy Schoh, Dennis Lyons and Veterans Memorial Hospital Administrator Mike Myers. The donation will help the organization purchase a blanket warmer for the ever-growing number of patients receiving CT and MRI scans at the hospital, keeping them warm and comfortable during those tests. Submitted photo.

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation has received a $2,500 donation from the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund and directed by local farmer Brandon Guese of rural Postville. The donation will help the organization purchase a blanket warmer for patients receiving CT scans and MRI scans at the hospital, keeping them warm and comfortable during those tests.
“Every year when Monsanto asks me to nominate an organization, I always mention Veterans Memorial Hospital,” stated Guese. “It’s so important that we have a hospital here, so it is always an easy decision each year to recommend them. I’m glad they received it this year.”

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