Health

Wed
03
Apr

VMH and Iowa Donor Network inspire Iowans to donate life

Veterans Memorial Hospital is joining with Iowa Donor Network to Inspire Iowa to Donate Life during National Donate Life Month this April. Throughout Donate Life Month, we celebrate transplant recipients who have been given a new life, we shine light on the many more who are still waiting, and we honor donors and their families.

Every year since 2002, April has been filled with stories to spread the lifesaving message of donation in order to inspire people to register as organ, eye and tissue donors. You can become a donor by registering at www.iowadonornetwork.org.

Veterans Memorial Hospital encourages community members to register on the Iowa Donor Network to become organ and tissue donors. Last September, the Hospital’s Auxiliary Salad Luncheon featured many local speakers who had been personally touched by organ donation and its importance.

Wed
03
Apr

Diabetes Support Group to meet

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Support Group will hold its next meeting Thursday, April 18 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.

This diabetes class is open to everyone who has diabetes or has a friend or loved one with diabetes.  For more information on the Diabetes Support Group, call  Angie Mettille, RN at Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.
 

Wed
03
Apr

Prepared Childbirth Education Class to be offered at VMH

Veterans Memorial Hospital will begin the next Prepared Childbirth Education classes (formerly called Lamaze) Monday, April 8, and will continue 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
03
Apr

Health Care Provider CPR offered

Veterans Memorial Hospital will be offering the next course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for health care providers (those working in health related fields such as physicians, nurses, EMTs, etc.) Wednesday, April 17, 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.

The cost of the class, for certification or recertification, is the same and all registrants should bring along their own pocket mask. The online certificate received certifies attendants in CPR for two years.

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

Wed
03
Apr

Memorials received by Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Gary Hirth, Duane and Eileen Franks, Susan Loken, Megan Hamilton, Chuck and Lois Votsmier, Dave and Laurie Martin, Neal and Deb Horns, Dorothy Sandry, Patsy Kerndt, Elsa Hager, Charles and Kim Deering, Cyril and Shirley Larkin, Leotia Flage, Duane and Linda Flatland, Eric and Stephanie Palmer, Dave and Sandy Lyons, Gary and Marlene Houg, Ernie and Donnalee Osland, Mary Fink, Wendy Bucheit, John and Sheryl Prestemon, John and Laurie Rethwisch, Don and DiAnne Haler, Irene Smith, Carol Jeglum, Dave and Penny Wheeler, Jerry and Mary Seitz, Terry and Diane Oesterle, Oliver Roderick, Jerry and Linda Siegrist, Bob and Peggy Woodbeck, Larry and Nancy Straate, Jim and Jill Kiesau, Vic and Jean Stuckman and Family, Carol Krumme, Ron and Therese Snitker, Jim and Barb McCaughey, Shawn and Tina Gallagher, Jeff and Katie Wolloughby, and family and friends of Gary Hirth.

Wed
03
Apr

“The Simple Way to Clean Up Your Diet”

Jill Fleming. RD/LD, Dietitian at Veterans Memorial Hospital, will present a two-part series entitled “The Simple Way to Clean-Up Your Diet” April 16 and 23.  The presentation will be held at 5:30 p.m. both days in the Large Conference Room at the hospital.

The focus of this class is to help attendees lose weight as well as improve energy and health. Objectives include the following:

· Learn how to lose weight without dieting.
· Lower blood sugar readings.
· Improve cholesterol level and lower blood pressure.
· Discover super foods which decrease appetite and make a person feel amazing.
· Learn how to eliminate food addictions permanently.

This class will be held free of charge, but anyone interested is asked to call Veterans Memorial Hospital to pre-register at 563-568-3411.

Wed
03
Apr

Babysitting Seminar April 13

Veterans Memorial Hospital will sponsor a Babysitting Seminar Saturday, April 13 from 8:30 a.m.-12 Noon. The class will be held in the Large Conference Room located on the lower level of Veterans Memorial Hospital.

Intended participants are individuals 10 years of age and older who are responsible for their own care after school until their parents come home from work, and individuals who care for other children in or outside of their own home. Girls are not the sole babysitters in this society. Boys are also welcome and encouraged to attend.

Topics to be covered include fire and personal safety, accident prevention and emergency actions, nutritious snacks and basic care of children.

Wed
03
Apr

Caregiver Support Group to meet at VMH; The need for caregiver support

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 persons’ life. With more and more Iowans aging, this is a real concern in the local community.

Wed
03
Apr

VMH Auxiliary Euchre Marathon to be held April 18

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital will be holding its Euchre Marathon Thursday, April 18 at the Senior Citizens Room at the Waukon Wellness Center. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. with dinner and card playing from 12:30-2:30 p.m.
 

Wed
27
Mar

March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month: Colonoscopies offered locally


Surgery staff at VMH ... March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colonoscopies to detect colorectal cancer are performed routinely in the Veterans Memorial Hospital surgical suite. Typically for a colonoscopy procedure, the patient is in the hospital for approximately just three hours from start to finish. Pictured above, left to right, is some of the surgery staff at Veterans Memorial Hospital with the scope that is used to perform colonoscopies. Left to right: Suzette Mahoney, RN, Surgery Supervisor; Tara Reisinger, RN; Breanne Bernau, RN; Mark Bishop, CRNA; Andi Goltz, RN; Rachel Berns, RN and Brooke Weighner, RN. Submitted photo.

Colorectal cancer can be easily detected, yet it remains the third leading cause of cancer in the United States.  According to the American Cancer Society, one in 24 Americans will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in their lifetime. Unfortunately, only about one in three persons in the U.S. gets the recommended screening. If found early, treatment for colorectal cancer is possible. Because of effective screening efforts, there are now more than one million survivors of colorectal cancer in the U.S.

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