Health

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.”

Wed
16
Mar

March is National Nutrition Month: Eat walnuts and drink wine for good health

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

Wed
16
Mar

March is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month - Have the conversation

by Anne Jessen, LMHC, IADC   Addiction Counselor

Wed
09
Mar
Wed
09
Mar

Prepared Childbirth Education Class to begin at Veterans Memorial Hospital in April

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon will begin the next Prepared Childbirth Education classes (formerly called Lamaze) Monday, April 11 and will continue those classes for two more consecutive Monday evenings beginning at 6 p.m. in the Large Conference Room.
The Prepared Childbirth Education classes at Veterans Memorial Hospital are offered in three sessions that allow the expectant parents to choose which topics they wish to learn more on. They may choose to attend one, two or all three sessions.  Session 1 covers labor, delivery and the postpartum period following delivery; Session 2 includes relaxation, breathing and pain management; and Session 3 covers infant care.  Tours of the OB Department are available with each session as well.

Wed
09
Mar

AICR Health Talk

by Karen Collins, MS, RDN, CDN, FAND

Q: Is it true that pomegranates help prevent prostate cancer?

Wed
02
Mar

Nuclear Cardiac Stress Testing a popular service at Veterans Memorial Hospital


Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon began nuclear cardiac stress testing, pictured here, within its Cardiac Rehab unit in 2008. The convenience of having these nuclear tests offered on a local level has been well received by many in the community since it began. Nuclear Cardiac Stress Testing offers two different methods, the Exercise Nuclear Stress Test and Lexiscan Nuclear Imaging. Both are new methods in detecting heart disease and can increase the likelihood of finding heart disease by 20% when compared to traditional stress tests. Pictured is a patient undergoing a stress test on the treadmill with Dr. Steven Perkins, at right, monitoring the results. At left is Bill from Nuclear Imaging, and Dietsy Weymiller, RN, Cardiac Rehab Nurse. This local service allows Veterans Memorial Hospital to provide advanced cardiac testing with state-of-the-art technology right here locally. Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) in Waukon began nuclear cardiac stress testing within its Cardiac Rehabilitation unit in 2008. The convenience of having these nuclear tests offered on a local level has been well received by many in the community since it began.
Nuclear Cardiac Stress Testing offers two different methods, both highly effective in detecting heart disease. These two new forms of nuclear stress testing are called the Exercise Nuclear Stress Test and Lexiscan Nuclear Imaging.  Both methods can increase the likelihood of finding heart disease by 20% when compared to traditional treadmill stress tests.

Wed
02
Mar

Blood Donor Day set for March 3 in Waukon

During the winter months, blood donations are especially needed to help prevent a critical blood shortage. Local hospital patients rely on life-saving blood donations from volunteer blood donors. Help is needed to guarantee an adequate blood supply is available at all times.
The next LifeServe Blood Center blood drive will be held Thursday, March 3 from 12:30-5:30 p.m. The blood drive will be held at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon.
Blood drives are held the first Thursday of every month in Waukon to allow for more donors to give. The LifeServe Blood Center supplies Veterans Memorial Hospital with its blood and blood products. Here are some interesting blood facts from the LifeServe Blood Center:
• Every three seconds someone needs blood.
• Blood makes up about eight percent of a person’s body weight.

Wed
24
Feb

Cardiac Rehabilitation Week: Cardiac Rehab at VMH - a highly utilized local service

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon began its own Cardiac Rehabilitation unit nearly two decades ago to help fulfill a need in the community - a need that has been and continues to be well utilized.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Half a million people die each year due to this disease. Many people develop symptoms of heart disease when they are in their 40s or 50s, interrupting a most productive time of life. Cardiac Rehabilitation is an important tool in the fight against heart disease. Rehabilitation involves monitored exercise, nutritional counseling, emotional support and education about lifestyle changes to reduce risks of heart problems.

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