Health

Wed
03
Oct

VMH Auxiliary to hold Pillow Perk and Masquerade Sales Monday, October 15

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital will be holding its annual Pillow Perk Monday, October 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lower Level of Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Kraft Pillow Service will be on site to make old pillows look like new. Everyone is encouraged to bring in their feather pillows to the Pillow Perk to be cleaned, sanitized and given new ticking. Foam and Dacron pillows may also be renovated by this process. People are also encouraged to bring in their feather beds and have them made into new pillows.

Wed
03
Oct

NAMI Northeast Iowa offering monthly Family Support Group the second Monday each month

When someone is struggling with a mental health condition, it affects the whole family, not just the person with the diagnosis. Family members and caregivers can often feel overwhelmed or powerless as they try to learn more about the illness, treatment options, and how to help.

If these feelings sound familiar to anyone looking for some extra support, NAMI Northeast Iowa’s Family Support Group might be the place to find it. NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families.

Wed
03
Oct

Babysitting seminar scheduled for October 13

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

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
Oct

Prepared Childbirth Education Class to be held at VMH

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon will begin the next Prepared Childbirth Education classes (formerly called Lamaze) Monday, October 8, and those classes will continue for two more consecutive Monday evenings, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Large Conference Room of the hospital.

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
Oct

Changes in maternity services providers at VMH

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon recently learned that as of March 31, 2019, Dr. Steven Perkins of the Mayo Waukon Clinic will no longer provide obstetrical deliveries. He will continue to care for his patients in the clinic and in the hospital and will also continue to provide back-up for Veterans Memorial Hospital’s emergency department.

For obstetric patients, Dr. Perkins will transition to a shared care model where he will provide prenatal care up to 36 weeks of the pregnancy. His maternity patients will then have the choice to deliver locally with Dr. Coley Barbee of the Gundersen Waukon Clinic or Dr. Dave Schwartz of Veterans Memorial Hospital, or go elsewhere.

Expectant mothers who are interested in visiting with these providers about an upcoming delivery can contact Dr. Barbee at the Gundersen Waukon Clinic at 563-568-3000 or contact Dr. Schwartz  at the Veterans Memorial Hospital Monona Clinic at 563-539-5656.
 

Wed
03
Oct

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, October 18. Men and women are welcome to attend, even if 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
03
Oct

VMH Caregiver Support Group

The local Caregiver Support Group meets monthly at Veterans Memorial Hospital. The meetings will take place the third Monday of each month at 1:30 p.m. The next meeting will be held Monday, October 15 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the ICN Conference Room, located on the lower level of Veterans Memorial Hospital.

This informal meeting is open to anyone who provides care and support for a family member or friend. Feel free to attend and bring a friend. This new Caregiver Support Group meets the third Monday of each month at VMH.
 

Wed
03
Oct

Grief Support Group to meet

The local Grief Support Group will hold its monthly meeting at Veterans Memorial Hospital Tuesday, October 9 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 group now meets the second Tuesday of each month at Veterans Memorial Hospital.
 

Wed
03
Oct

Diabetes Support Group to meet

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Support Group will hold its next meeting Thursday, October 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
26
Sep

New alternative joint and muscular pain control procedures now available at VMH

Dr. Dave Schwartz
Dr. Dave Schwartz

Alternative pain procedures at VMH ... Two new options are now available locally at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon to help with chronic joint and soft tissue/musculoskeletal pain. These new PRP and BMC/stem cell procedures both involve injections, and have been very successful in providing pain relief and/or delaying surgery. Dr. Dave Schwartz is the physician on the hospital’s staff who performs both of these procedures. Both PRP and BMC/stem cell procedures are considered outpatient procedures, requiring a one- to three-hour hospital stay. All procedures are performed in the hospital’s surgery department. Submitted photo.

Two new options are now available locally at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon to help people with chronic joint pain or soft tissue/musculoskeletal pain.  These new procedures provide patients with another option for pain control instead of only traditional means, such as surgery or pain pills. Both procedures involve injections, and have been successful in reducing or relieving pain, making it possible for many patients to enjoy benefits like being able to resume their normal activities or delay surgery. However, because insurance companies view these procedures as new and “experimental”, they are an out-of-pocket expense, and will not be turned into insurance.

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