Health

Wed
10
Jul

Caregiver Support Group to meet

The next Caregiver Support Group meeting will be held Monday, July 15 at 1:30 p.m. in the Meditation Room in the front entrance of Veterans Memorial Hospital.  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 person’s life. With more and more Iowans aging, this is a real concern within the local community.

Wed
10
Jul

Hospital Auxiliary Euchre Marathon to be held July 18

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital will be holding its monthly Euchre Marathon for all individuals of the community interested Thursday, July 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
10
Jul

Memorials received by VMH Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Darlene Schultz by JoAnn Peake, Dave and Brenda Deering, Chuck and Lois Votsmier, Sherry Schultz,  Stan and Cheryl Martins, Burnell and Gloria Sander, Keith and Carol Bakkum, Craig and Cindy Converse, Sara Enyart, Bruce and Linda Schoening, Dave and Penny Wheeler, Joe and Judy Sweeney, Mark and Jennifer Zieman, Hall and Denise Everman, Joe and Linda Zuercher, Connie Plaht, Dennis and Donna Blumhagen, Carl and Joyce Thornton, Laura Duvel, Jim and Martha Ludeking, Jim and Jill Kiesau, Russ and Mary Jo Meyer, Ver Dean and Jean Ann Radloff, Steve and Paula Enyart, Joyce Kuhse, Glen and Judy Dean, Patsy Kerndt, Stacy and Cory Miner, Dennis and Nancy Turner, Joan Moore, Cyril and Shirley Larkin, Jane Dietrich, Jerry and Darlene Bissell, Jack and Sally Hagensick, Barry and Sue Mueller, Ardie Kuhse, William and Robin Atwood, William and Linda Wells, and family and friends of Darlene Schultz.

Wed
10
Jul

Blood donation matters

Did you know just how much blood is needed by certain patients? Here are some facts from the LifeServe Blood Center.

• Cancer patients can use up to eight units of blood a month.
• Bone Marrow Transplant patients can use up to two units a day.
• Cardiovascular Surgery patients can use between two and 25 units.
• Liver Transplant patients can use up to 100 units.
• Auto/Trauma Accident patients can use between five and 100 units.
• Premature infants can use between one and four units.
• Burn victims case use up to 20 units of platelets.
• Heart surgery patients can use up to three to eight units of red cells and one to 10 units of platelets.
• Organ transplant patients can use 10-30 units of blood.

The next LifeServe Blood Center blood drive will be held Thursday, July 11 from 12:30-5 p.m. The blood drive will be held at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon.

Wed
10
Jul

No CPR course offered this month at VMH

Veterans Memorial Hospital will not be offering a CPR course in July. The next class available will be offered Wednesday, August 21 and will be offered for health care professionals.

The cost for all CPR classes, for certification or recertification, at Veterans Memorial Hospital is the same. The card received with the course does certify attendants in CPR for two years. For more information and to register for next the CPR Course, call Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.
 

Wed
10
Jul

Diabetes Support Group will not meet in July

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Support Group will not hold a regular meeting in July. The group will begin holding its regular monthly meetings again in August. For more information on the Diabetes Support Group, call Angie Mettille, RN, Diabetes Educator, at Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.
 

Wed
03
Jul

VMH to offer free blood sugar tests plus “Stop the Bleed” Training at the 2019 Allamakee County Fair

Veterans Memorial Hospital will be offering a variety of free health tests and education at the 2019 Allamakee County Fair. Testing and educational materials will change daily.

Children and adults are welcome to participate in the hands-on “Stop the Bleed Training” that will be offered the entire time the Pavilion building is open. Visitors will learn how to quickly stop a life-threatening bleed by packing a puncture wound or laceration, and even learn how to safely apply a tourniquet for heavy bleeds. A booklet will also be handed out giving step-by-step instructions to all those who pass by.

Wed
03
Jul

Pain Control Procedures Q&A


Pain control procedures at VMH ... Pictured above is Linda Thompson of Waterville climbing the steps outside the Sycamore Floral flower and gift shop in Waukon where she helps her daughter-in-law. “I had stem cell injections on both my knees last fall and have had great results. I had some troubles with my left knee, but had terrible pain in my right knee whenever I walked up steps and especially when I went to games and tried to walk up the bleachers. It was bone on bone and Dr. Schwartz thought there was a lot of arthritis and rheumatism in there. Now I get up the steps no problem. When Dr. Schwartz did the injections, I didn’t feel a thing. I’m 74 years old and now I can do everything like I used to, where before I had to sit down after just 15 minutes of working. Now I don’t have to!” Submitted photo.

Two new injection options are now available at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon to help with chronic pain or soft tissue musculoskeletal pain - Bone Marrow Concentrate (BMC) and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP). These new procedures provide patients with another option for pain control instead of only traditional means, such as surgery or pain pills. Both procedures have been successful in reducing or relieving pain, making it possible for many patients to resume their normal activities or delay surgery. The following is a series of questions and answers about these procedures as answered by the provider, Dr. Dave Schwartz.

Wed
03
Jul

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Series continues at VMH this summer

Veterans Memorial Hospital, together with the Alzheimer’s Association®, will be offering another day of presentations concerning Alzheimer’s and Dementia for both the general public and for caregivers of anyone with these conditions.

The second of this three-part series will be held Wednesday, July 3 in the ICN Conference Room of Veterans Memorial Hospital.  The first session that day will be held at Noon for the general public. Anyone who wishes to attend is welcome to bring their own sack lunch in with them to enjoy during the session which is entitled, “Know the 10 Signs.” This program will teach the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease, plus hear from people who have the disease and find out how to recognize the signs in oneself and others.

Wed
03
Jul

Blood Donor Day set for July 11

One in seven people entering the hospital will need blood. Attend the next LifeServe Blood Center Blood Drive to be held Thursday, July 11 from 12-5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon. Blood drives are held once per month in Waukon. The LifeServe Blood Center supplies Veterans Memorial Hospital with its blood and blood products.

The LifeServe Blood Center is seeking donors to ensure a safe and plentiful blood supply in Iowa. Because there is no substitute for human blood, the need for donors is continuous.

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