Health

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30
May

VMH to host “Welcome to Medicare” seminar June 11

“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 Monday, June 11 from 5-7 p.m. in the Large Conference Room located on the lower level of Veterans Memorial Hospital. “We’re excited to offer another 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
30
May

NAMI Northeast Iowa offering Family Support Group the second Monday of each month in Decorah

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Northeast Iowa’s Family Support Group is dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families. The Northeast Iowa chapter, serving Winneshiek, Howard, Clayton, Fayette and Allamakee counties, is holding monthly support groups, led by trained peers, for family members, caregivers and loved ones of individuals living with mental illness.

This support group is uniquely designed and follows a structured model, while allowing participants to share their experiences in a safe and confidential setting. The Family Support Groups will be held the second Monday of each month, from 5:30-6:45 p.m., in the Spectrum building at 607 Washington Street in Decorah. For questions or more information, call 563-293-6264 or email namineiowa@gmail.com.

Wed
30
May

Memorials received by Health Care Foundation

Memorials were received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Brent Smith by Jerry and Linda Siegrist, Dennis and Sandy Deal, Lesa Moose, Joyce Kuhse, Rita Kern, Kay Carter, Ray and Lorraine Mitchell and Gayle Larkin.

Memorials were also received in memory of Bill Schneeberger by Terry and Diane Oesterle, Leslie and Ada Marie Kerndt, Jr., Gene and Betty May, Dave and Gail Prestemon, Elsa Hager, Ralph and Leonora Standford, Joe and Mary Cunningham, Marilyn Bulman, Don and DiAnne Haler, Jean Huffey, Robert J. and Irene Stock, Jane Regan, Arlene Martin, Dianne Wolfe, Dr. David and Suzanne Hahn, Gwenn Bray, Ruby Schoh, Jim and Jill Kiesau, Nancy Straate, Nyles and Ruby Herman, John and Sheryl Prestemon, Jane Dietrich, Patsy Kerndt, Don and Donelle Sherman, Joan Bieber, Dave and Laurie Martin and Carl and Betty Christianson.

Memorials were also received in memory of Darlene Heins by Nyles and Ruby Herman.

Wed
23
May

National Immunization Week: Importance of infant immunizations

by Sheryl Darling-Mooney, RN, VMH Community and Home Care

Having a healthy baby is a good reason to get your child immunized. It would be great to keep your child healthy and prevent problems with just a simple “shot”.

If your child is born with special health needs, that is even more of an incentive to get their vaccines on time. If your child’s  immunity is already decreased due to other health matters, vaccines can stop them from getting some diseases. Last year, there was an outbreak of Measles in the state of Minnesota. Vaccination could have prevented some or even all of those cases of Measles and saved time lost to sick days, doctor visits and hospitalizations.

In the twentieth century, immunizations were introduced on a wide scale and eventually led to the global eradication of Small Pox, the elimination of Polio from the Americas, and they have almost eliminated diseases such as Tetanus, Diphtheria and Rubella.

Wed
23
May

Blood in special demand during summer months

The next LifeServe Blood Center blood drive will be held Monday, June 11 from 12-5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church located in south Waukon. Blood drives are held once a month in Waukon to allow for more donors to give. The LifeServe Blood Center supplies Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon with its blood and blood products.

Blood centers across the United States see a decrease in blood donations during the busy summer months.  During the summer, people become more active, have busier schedules, spend more time outdoors and take vacations. While donations decline, hospitals see an increase in the need for blood.  More driving can mean more automobile accidents. A person who has suffered severe injuries from an automobile accident can need up to 50 units of blood.

Wed
23
May

VMH to host “Welcome to Medicare” seminar June 11

“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 Monday, June 11 from 5-7 p.m. in the Large Conference Room located on the lower level of Veterans Memorial Hospital. “We’re excited to offer another 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
May

25th Annual Foundation Golf Tournament June 18

The Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation’s 25th Annual Benefit Golf Tournament will be held Monday, June 18 at the Waukon Golf and Country Club beginning with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m.

Teams of three will play 18 holes of golf. Breakfast rolls, lunch, dinner and prizes for everyone will all be provided for the donation of $75.

This is the 25th annual golf tournament the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation has sponsored.  All those interested are asked to pre-register their team by calling the Waukon Golf and Country Club at 563-568-9939. The Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation is a volunteer board focused on raising funds to help promote health care in the area communities served by Veterans Memorial Hospital.
 

Wed
23
May

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

Mental illness can affect persons of any age, race, religion or income. Mental illnesses are not the result of personal weakness, lack of character, or poor upbringing. 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
23
May

Memorials received by Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Joan Lyons by Jerry and Linda Siegrist, Jack and Sally Hagensick, Susan Kratz, Larry and Nancy Straate, Jim and Jill Kiesau, Ardys Kuhse, Joan Bieber, Bernard Welsh, Jim and Eli Klenske, Pat Pettingill and Dennis and Sandy Deal.

Memorials were also received in memory of Mary Engrav by Jerry and Linda Siegrist, Jack and Sally Hagensick, Jim and Eli Klenske, Pat Pettingill, Dave and Laurie Martin, Jim and Jill Kiesau, Craig and Barb Lensing, Ardie Kuhse and Dennis and Sandy Deal.

In addition, memorials were received by Chuck and Lois Votsmier, Carol Paus, Jerry and Linda Siegrist, Nancy Hartley, Meg Schaller, Jim and Dorothy Waters, Carl and Betty Christianson and Russ and Mary Jo Meyer, in memory of Jim Schwartzhoff.

Wed
16
May

Wellness Fair enjoyed by many during National Hospital Week


Family Wellness Fair balloon artist ... This year’s Family Wellness Fair included some special added attractions including a radon testing display in honor of balloon artist Paul Kammarmeyer, better known as “Greenie”, who attended this wellness fair sharing his balloon art talents with this community for the last decade. Paul lost his battle to lung cancer caused by radon in his home at the end of 2017. His apprentice, Mike Chapman, pictured here, very successfully carried on his talents at this wellness fair. Submitted photo.

“Klyde Thinger” the Clown at Family Wellness Fair ... A crowd of over 325 individuals attended the Family Wellness Fair at Veterans Memorial Hospital Wednesday evening, May 9, enjoying the information, entertainment and free health screenings. “Klyde Thinger” the Clown, an always popular addition to the Family Wellness Fair, is pictured here visiting with a group of youth who enjoyed the fair. Submitted photo.

Wellness Fair demonstrations ... Many free health tests and demonstrations were offered at the fair and enjoyed by all. A new popular display sponsored by the Respiratory Therapists at the hospital included two pig lungs, one healthy and one that had been exposed to second hand smoke. Visitors were invited to see and feel the effects of smoking on the lungs, which are similar to human lungs. Submitted photo.

The 21st annual “Family Wellness Fair” was held Wednesday, May 9 at Veterans Memorial Hospital with a spectacular turn out. Over 325 individuals attended the wellness fair and enjoyed all the information and activities provided by over 45 agencies and businesses that serve Allamakee and northern Clayton counties.

Entertainment for the evening included special appearances by “Klyde Thinger” the Clown, plus a new balloon artist, Mike Chapman, who very successfully carried on the talent and tradition of Paul Kammarmeyer, who brought fun and excitement to the wellness fair for over a decade. Paul lost his battle to lung cancer caused by radon in his home at the end of 2017, but had shared his talent with Mike so he could carry on this service. In his honor, a special radon educational display and even radon kits were offered for sale at a very reasonable price by Melinda Berns of the Allamakee County Environmental Health Department.

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