Health

Wed
07
Apr

Veterans Memorial Hospital Waukon Clinic will begin scheduling of appointments April 12; Clinic opens May 3


Veterans Memorial Hospital Waukon Clinic to open May 3 ... Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon will be opening the new Waukon Clinic Monday, May 3. Those wishing to make an appointment are invited to call the new clinic number of 563-568-5530 beginning Monday, April 12 to schedule an appointment for May or beyond. Pictured above are members of the Veterans Memorial Hospital Foundation who recently toured the facility, led by Michael Coyle, CEO of Veterans Memorial Hospital. The Foundation continues to accept donations for the renovation of this clinic. Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon will be opening the new Waukon Clinic Monday, May 3. Those wishing to make an appointment are invited to call the new clinic number of 563-568-5530 beginning Monday, April 12 to schedule an appointment for May or beyond.

Dr. Dave Schwartz will be the medical physician provider in this new clinic.  Two nurse practitioners are also joining the team - Sue McMillan, ARNP, and Halie Ruff, ARNP. In addition, Jon Hawes, PA and current Emergency Provider at the hospital, will also begin seeing patients in the clinic in July, on a part-time basis. Three medical assistants have been recruited as well to work with these providers. Laboratory and X-ray services will be provided by those existing departments at Veterans Memorial Hospital.

Wed
07
Apr

Martin-Grau Funeral Home donates to VMH Waukon Clinic ...

Another generous donation of $10,000 to the Veterans Memorial Hospital Waukon Clinic was received last week from Martin-Grau Funeral Home. Pictured at left is Craig Lensing and at right is Chrissy Good, both of Martin-Grau Funeral Home, with Elizabeth Hoins, Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation Executive Assistant, accepting the donation. Needed renovations to the clinic building are nearing the finish with a date of May 3 set for opening. Appointments to the clinic will be open for scheduling starting Monday April 12. Donations for the clinic renovation are still being accepted by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation.  All gifts to the Foundation are tax deductible. Anyone with any questions about the campaign or Foundation is invited to call the hospital at 563-568-3411. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
07
Apr

Julie Christensen Memorial Blood Drive offers a second chance to donate blood in April

The regular monthly blood drive was held Monday, April 5 at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon, but an additional second blood drive is also being offered in April.

Thanks to the efforts of the Christensen family, the Julie Christensen Memorial Blood Drive will be held Wednesday, April 21 at the Waukon Wellness Center from 1-5:30 p.m. in the Senior Center.

Julie Christensen was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia November 27, 2019 and was in the hospital until February 14, 2020. She was then able to come home for a short while before she was admitted back into the hospital March 7, 2020 for more chemo and a stem cell transplant from an anonymous donor in Germany. It was a perfect match. Julie’s stem cells grafted well and she became Leukemia free.  During this time, Julie received 45 units of blood and 38 units of platelets.

Wed
07
Apr

Grief Support Group to meet

The local Grief Support Group will be holding its monthly meeting at Veterans Memorial Hospital Tuesday, April 13 at 5 p.m. in the Meditation Chapel Room, located just inside the main entrance of the hospital. 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, and be sure to wear a mask. All attendees will be able to physically distance during the meeting.  This grief support system meets the second Tuesday of each month at Veterans Memorial Hospital.

Wed
07
Apr

Memorials received by Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Lloyd David “Newt” Newton by Dave and Sandy Lyons, Chuck and Lois Votsmier, Bailey and Jared Estebo, Russ and Mary Jo Meyer, Ann Fossum, Mark and Tammy Knudston, Lesa Moose, Ron and Julie Peiffer, Tom and Karen Regan, Jerry and Linda Siegrist, Brian and Denise Wullner, Carl and Betty Christianson, Helen Johnson, and Brad and Erin Berns.

Memorials were also received in memory of Lois Beneke by Les and Ada Marie Kerndt, Bill and Beth Shafer, Jane Grotegut, Randy and Karen Loeb, Brad and Linda Winkie, Marlys Leiran, Audrey Angel, Ernie and Donnalee Osland, Russ and Mary Jo Meyer, John and Sheryl Prestemon, Jerry and Linda Siegrist, Dean and Lynn Sorensen, Carl and Betty Christianson, and Mary Ann Hager.

Memorials were also given in memory of Marilyn Moose by Carl and Julie Johnson, Marlys Leiran and Lesa Moose.

Wed
31
Mar

Second dose of COVID-19 vaccine to be available at VMH

Allamakee County Public Health administered over 500 Pfizer and 80 Moderna COVID-19 vaccinations Thursday and Friday, March 11 and 12. Those first dose recipients who received the Pfizer vaccine at Veterans Memorial Hospital on those days need to return to the hospital for their second/booster dose either Thursday, April 1, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., or Friday, April 2, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Both the Main Entrance and lower ICN Entrance of the hospital will be open to walk in for  the booster dose (see schedule information at right).

Those individuals who received the Moderna first/primary dose March 12 will need to return to the main entrance of the hospital for their second/booster dose Friday, April 9, between 1-6 p.m. Everyone must bring their vaccination card with them so the second/booster dose can be documented.

Wed
31
Mar

VMH COVID-19 Second Dose Vaccination Information

Pfizer booster/second doses for individuals vaccinated March 11 and 12 at VMH will be administered:

- Walk-in Thursday, April 1: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at either the Main Entrance or lower ICN Entrance of VMH
- Walk-in Friday, April 2: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at either the Main Entrance or lower ICN Entrance of VMH

Moderna booster/second doses for individuals vaccinated March 12 at VMH will be administered:

- Walk-in Friday, April 9: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Main Entrance of VMH only

Vaccination cards are required. Individuals must bring their vaccination card that lists their primary dose information to these clinics so that booster dose information can also be documented for your records.

There will be no primary/first doses administered at these walk-in clinics.

Wed
31
Mar

FreedomBank of Waukon makes generous donation to VMH Medical Clinic ...

Donations continue to be received for the Veterans Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic. Recently, a generous donation of $10,000 was received from FreedomBank of Waukon. Pictured above, left to right, at the registration desk of the renovated clinic is Dave Martin, Hospital Maintenance and Project Supervisor; Michael Coyle, Hospital CEO; Laura Baxter, RN, Clinic Manager; Dr. Dave Schwartz, Clinic Physician; Nancy Schoh, Market President, FreedomBank of Waukon; Kathy Mueller, President, FreedomBank; and Kevin Hanson, President, Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation.

Needed renovations to the clinic building are nearing completion with a date of May 3 set for the clinic opening. Donations are still being accepted by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation. All gifts to the Foundation are tax deductible. Anyone with any questions about the campaign or Foundation is invited to call the hospital at 563-568-3411. Submitted photo.

Wed
31
Mar

Julie Christensen Memorial Blood Drive offers a second chance to donate blood in April

The regular monthly blood drive will be held Monday, April 5 from Noon to 5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon, but an additional second blood drive is also being offered in April.

Thanks to the efforts of the Christensen family, the Julie Christensen Memorial Blood Drive will be held Wednesday, April 21 at the Waukon Wellness Center from 1-5:30 p.m. in the Senior Center.

Julie Christensen was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia November 27, 2019 and was in the hospital until February 14, 2020. She was then able to come home for a short while before she was admitted back into the hospital March 7, 2020 for more chemo and a stem cell transplant from an anonymous donor in Germany. It was a perfect match. Julie’s stem cells grafted well and she became Leukemia free.  During this time, Julie received 45 units of blood and 38 units of platelets.

Wed
31
Mar

Simple ways to lose weight without dieting

by Jill Fleming, MS, RD/LD

Sure, you can lose weight quickly.  There are plenty of fad diets that work to shed pounds fast, leaving you feeling hungry and deprived.  The problem is that most people can only follow these restrictive diets for a short time, eventually going back to their old way of eating.  I call this the “diet roller coaster”.

Instead of starting a restrictive diet, which lowers your metabolism, why not adopt a few new choices that can turn into lifelong habits?  The weight you lose with new habits is more likely to be permanent.  Here are 10 of my favorite proven habits to promote weight loss:

1. Eat breakfast daily.  This simple habit “breaks the fast” to wake up your digestion. It raises your metabolism, so you will be burning more calories all day long. I recommend eating something within the first hour of waking. Including protein at breakfast will help control your appetite later in the day.

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