Health

Wed
23
Dec

Campaign will soon be underway for Medical Clinic improvements

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation delayed its annual fall direct mailing appeal in 2020, until January of 2021 to focus on raising funds for the improvements in the hospital’s new Medical Clinic, which is slated to open in the spring of 2021.

The Foundation has received many calls from annual donors who wish to make an end-of-year contribution to the Foundation but have missed the annual mailing. The Foundation has stated that any donors who wish to make a donation by the end of the year are welcome to do so by marking in the memo line that the donation is to be designated for the new medical clinic.

Donations may be sent to: Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation, 40 First Street SE, Waukon, IA  52172.

Wed
23
Dec

COVID-19 holiday safety tips from the Iowa Department of Public Health

These holiday safety tips from the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) can help protect families, friends and the community from COVID-19.

Travel Considerations:
• Consider the mode of transportation. Driving one’s own vehicle will reduce exposure. If using commercial transportation, try to avoid the busiest travel times.
• Carry a small personal sanitizing kit that contains hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and extra masks.
• Reconsider traveling during the holiday season and consider holding special remote gatherings or small gatherings at home.

Wed
23
Dec

Make a New Year’s resolution to give blood; Convalescent plasma donors now accepted

The next LifeServe Blood Center blood drive will be held Thursday, January 7, from 12-5 p.m., at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon. Blood drives are held every month in Waukon. The LifeServe Blood Center of Iowa supplies Veterans Memorial Hospital with blood and blood products. Many Iowans are encouraged to make donating blood on a regular basis their New Year’s resolution this year.

The need for blood has not stopped during COVID-19 and is in even greater demand so the local blood drives continue to be held.  Life Serve team members only report to work if they are healthy and only healthy donors are eligible to give blood. Blood drives are essential medical services and not considered mass gatherings. The number of donors is limited to ensure donor separation and staff has strict cleaning and disinfection schedules. Other measures are also in place to ensure the safety of the blood supply so these lifesaving donations can continue during COVID-19.

Wed
23
Dec

Memorials received by Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Sharon Brown by Chuck and Lois Votsmier, Fred and Geralyn Smith, Russ and Mary Jo Meyer, Jane Butler and Mary Ann Hager.

Memorials were also received in memory of Fran Fahey by Bernice Thies, Dave and Karen Mathis, Carl and Julie Johnson, Evelyn Burke, Allamakee County Farm Bureau, Karen and Clete Mathis, Chuck and Lois Votsmier, Tom and Lynn Thomson, Cyril and Shirley Larkin, Ruth Ann Schulte, Dennis and Sherri Lyons, Gary and Joan David, Diane Regan, Mary Axmear,  Lorraine Drew, Jerry and Linda Siegrist, Robert and Peggy Woodbeck, Dan and Traci Byrnes, Jerry and Machelle Bulman, Donald and Dianne Hager, Susan Clark, Mary Ann Hager, and Mary Schulte.

Wed
16
Dec

Help stop the spread of COVID-19 to save local healthcare facilities from becoming overwhelmed


Veterans Memorial Hospital requests that the community follow Iowa Department of Public Health guidelines ... Staff members at Veterans Memorial Hospital are very busy with COVID-19 patients and taking care of those with other health issues, such as chest pain and other emergencies. Several staff members are pictured above and below with their proper personal protective equipment (PPE) worn with all patients to keep everyone safe. Veterans Memorial Hospital asks the community to follow the Iowa Department of Public Health guidelines to wear a mask anytime they are around others, wash hands very well and very frequently, and be sure to stay home and quarantine whenever they are exposed or suffer from any COVID symptoms. Submitted photos.

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon continues to offer most all services during the COVID-19 pandemic, but does monitor its available COVID beds daily, reporting availabilities to the State of Iowa. This continuous communication allows all area hospitals to know where beds are open in the case they need to admit a patient at a different hospital.

Wed
16
Dec

Flu shots still available by appointment only at VMH Community and Home Care

Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care is still offering flu shots on an appointment-only basis. The Hi Dose flu vaccine is also still available.  Appointments can be made by calling 563-568-5660.  When the appointment is made, instructions are given for the private location the immunizations will be administered.

Those with an appointment to receive their flu shot should remain in their vehicle until the nurse comes to get them and should bring along their insurance or Medicare card.

Influenza, also called “the flu”, can cause fever, chills, headache, cough, sore throat, and muscle aches to people of any age, and can lead to pneumonia and even death. Most deaths caused by influenza occur in the elderly, the very young or people who have a compromised immune system.

Wed
16
Dec

Phone scams emerge using Veterans Memorial Hospital’s name

Veterans Memorial Hospital was made aware last week that a few people in the community had received a phone call, from a 563-568 phone number, stating they were a Medicare Specialist calling from Veterans Memorial Hospital.

The hospital would like to alert the public that they are not making any such calls and that this is a scam.  All calls made from Veterans Memorial Hospital actually show as “Unknown” on a caller ID system.

For any questions on any calls that may have been suspiciously received from the hospital, feel free to call Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411 for more information.
 

Wed
16
Dec

Many new donors for successful Waukon Blood Drive in December during COVID-19; New donors are always welcome

The LifeServe Blood Center reported a very successful blood drive was held in Waukon Monday, December 7. A total of 37 units were collected, with 10 new donors joining the donor list. These 37 units of collected blood will save 113 lives!

The local blood drives continue to be held during COVID-19 since the need for blood does not stop. LifeServe team members only report to work if they are healthy and only healthy donors are eligible to give blood. Blood drives are essential medical services and not considered mass gatherings. The number of donors is limited to ensure donor separation and staff has strict cleaning and disinfection schedules. Other measures are also in place to ensure the safety of the blood supply so these lifesaving donations can continue during COVID-19.

Wed
16
Dec

Memorials received by Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Jim Johnson by Joann Peake, Jim Klenske, Chuck and Lois Votsmier, Dave and Laurie Martin, Marvin and  Marjorie Strike, Pat Pettingill, Ann Rademaker, Craig and Barb Lensing, Arlen and Karlene Wonderlich, Jane Dietrich, Wayne and Bonnie Johnson, Jerry and Linda Siegrist, Mary Jo Nordheim, Ardys Kuhse, Marlys Leiran, Ed and Karen Stamper, James and Jill Kiesau, Orrin and Nan Grangaard, Patsy Kerndt, Charlotte and Lori Reeder, Charles and Marcella Fritz, Mary Ann Hager, Gwen Brainard and Don and Mary Jane McGraw.

Memorials were also received in memory of Vernis Haberichter by Audrey Angel, Brian and Denise Wullner, Dave and Laurie Martin, Marvin and Marjorie Strike and Betty White.

Wed
09
Dec

Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation gifts new microscope to hospital laboratory


New microscope at VMH funded by Health Care Foundation gift ... The Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation recently donated nearly $8,000 to the hospital for the purchase of this new microscope for the hospital’s Laboratory. The microscope, pictured above, is a crucial piece of equipment to the Laboratory. Laboratory staff, pictured left to right, include Mary Jo Meyer, MLT; Donna Wood, MLT; Caty Bruening, MT; Kelsey Weymiller, MLT; and Jenna Rosendahl, MLT. Submitted photos.

The Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation recently agreed to donate nearly $8,000 to the hospital for the purchase of a new microscope for the hospital’s laboratory. The current microscope had been in use in the lab for many years and had been updated, making repairs or parts difficult to obtain.

The microscope is a crucial piece of equipment to the laboratory. This new microscope is used to observe different types of blood cells which can be counted, categorized and checked for abnormalities. The microscope also aids in detecting cells, bacteria, fungi and crystals in urine or other body fluids. The Laboratory staff performs a stain on bacteria. After the stain, the microscope is an aid to the tech for determining the type of bacteria. The antibiotic choice used by the physician will depend on the type of bacteria causing the infection.

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