Health

Wed
25
Apr

“Family Wellness Fair” scheduled to take place May 9 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon


“Family and Wellness Fair” at VMH... The 21st annual “Family Wellness Fair” will be held at Veterans Memorial Hospital Wednesday, May 9 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Free health testing, information and exhibits as well as healthy snacks will be offered for families of all ages. This year’s event will include some special added attractions, including a radon testing display in honor of balloon artist Paul Kammarmeyer, better known as “Greenie,” pictured above with a group of fans. Kammarmeyer attended this wellness fair sharing his balloon art talents with this community for the last decade, but lost his battle to lung cancer caused by radon in his home at the end of 2017. He trained Mike Chapman as his apprentice, who will carry on his talent and tradition at this year’s wellness fair. Submitted photo.

The annual “Family Wellness Fair” will be held Wednesday, May 9 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Free health testing, exhibits and healthy snacks will all be providing a complete evening of entertainment and education for families of all ages.

This is the 21st annual event sponsored by Veterans Memorial Hospital and will include some special added attractions this year, 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.

He lost his battle to lung cancer caused by radon in his home at the end of 2017. He trained Mike Chapman as his apprentice, who will carry on his talent and tradition at this wellness fair. Everyone in the area communities is welcome to attend this free event.

Wed
25
Apr

Blood Donor Day set for May 3

The next LifeServe Blood Center Blood Drive will be held Thursday, May 3 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.

Over half of the United States population is eligible to donate blood, yet less than four percent donate on a regular basis. A single donation of blood can be used to save up to three lives and help in treatment of cancer patients, accident victims, hemophiliacs and surgery patients. The LifeServe Blood Center is committed to serving the needs of Iowans by saving lives through volunteer blood donation.

Wed
25
Apr

Memorials received by Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Betty Ryder by Pat Pettingill, in memory of David Olson and Ruby Olson by Veronica Olson, and in memory of David Olson by family and friends of David Olson.

Memorials were also received by Bill and Sue Blagsvedt in memory of the following:  Mitch Einck, Betty DeBuhr, Ralph and Joann Welch and Butch Winke.

Memorials are greatly appreciated by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation. The Foundation is a 501C3 organization. All donations to the Foundation are tax deductible. Memorials and donations can be sent to Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation, 40 First Street SE, Waukon, IA  52172.

Wed
25
Apr

Health Care Provider CPR

Veterans Memorial Hospital will be offering a course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for health care providers (those working in health-related fields, such as physicians, nurses, EMTs, etc.) Monday, May 14, beginning at 5:30 p.m. This “Health Care Professional” CPR class will be held in the Large Conference Room located on the lower level of the hospital.

The cost of the class, for certification or recertification, is the same and all registrants should bring along their own pocket mask. The card received with the course does certify attendants in CPR for two years.

Pre-registration plus a minimum of three participants is required. For more information and to register for the “Health Care Provider” CPR Course, call Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.
 

Thu
19
Apr

April is National Occupational Therapy Month: Helpful tips to consider prior to hip or knee replacement surgery


Occupational Therapy Month at VMH... April is National Occupational Therapy Month. Occupational and physical therapists work routinely with patients who have recently undergone a hip or knee replacement. Patients who have their surgery performed at Veterans Memorial Hospital can remain in the hospital on skilled care for therapy twice per day. Even those who have their surgery at another facility, like Sharon Snitker of Waukon, pictured above, can request to come back to Veterans Memorial Hospital to stay on skilled care to receive the twice daily treatment for a fuller, speedier recovery. Snitker is pictured with Occupational Therapists Melissa Clark, at left, and Tami Gebel, at right, in one of the Veterans Memorial Hospital patient rooms. Submitted photo.

by Tami Gebel, VMH
Occupational Therapist

Have you been experiencing pain in your hip or knee? Are you having difficulty completing daily tasks, such as dressing, bathing, and making a meal? Is it becoming more difficult to walk around your house, through the grocery store, or attend special events where there are stairs?

These are some important questions to consider before talking with your doctor about having a hip or knee replacement surgery. The surgery, and the expected pain and inconvenience, can seem overwhelming; however, the after effects can be life changing. The therapy department at Veterans Memorial Hospital is here to help you through the transition from painful limiting joints to returning to a fulfilling productive life.

Wed
18
Apr

Nearly 20 complete VMH Babysitting Seminar

Congratulations to the numerous students who completed the recent Veterans Memorial Hospital Babysitting class. The class, which was held Saturday, April 7, was instructed by Corinne Cook, RN, and consisted of teaching the qualities of being a good babysitter, including basic child care, accident prevention and first aid. These newly-trained babysitters learned CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and the Heimlach Maneuver - which is to be used in the case of a choking infant or child, and also learned about fire safety.

The students who completed the Veterans Memorial Hospital Babysitting seminar included Avalea Burns, Willa Troendle, Peyton Smedsrud, Keeran Barr, Clara Deeny, Carlee Thorstenson, Shyanne McCabe, Cassidy Hawkins, Madeline Connell, Jacob Jones, Olivia Dougherty, Paisley Vine, Aaron Burke, Ashlin O’Neill, Ashlyn Henkes, Trent Jones, TJ Rounds and Isaac Weighner.
 

Wed
18
Apr

Hospital Auxiliary Euchre Marathon to be held April 19

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital will be holding its monthly Euchre Marathon for all individuals of the community interested Thursday, April 19. 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. The cost is $3 per person with all proceeds going 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
18
Apr

“Live Healthy Iowa” participation prizes awarded by Veterans Memorial Hospital

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon will again be awarding prizes to all those in Allamakee and northern Clayton counties that participated in the Live Healthy Iowa 10 week wellness challenge in 2018. Prizes will be awarded during the hospital’s annual Family Wellness Fair, which will be held Wednesday, May 9 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the hospital.

In order for an individual to claim his or her participation prize at the Veterans Memorial Hospital Family Wellness Fair, Live Healthy Iowa participants are asked to present their access card at the receptionist desk during the fair. Personalized participant access cards can be found by going to the Live Healthy Iowa website at www.livehealthyiowa.org and under the participant’s profile picture on their dashboard, clicking on the 2018 box at the bottom left of the profile section. The card can then be printed and brought in to redeem for the prize.

Wed
18
Apr

VMH Diabetes Support Group to meet April 19

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Support Group will hold its next meeting Thursday, April 19, 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 who has a friend or loved one with diabetes. For more information on the group, call  Angie Mettille, RN at Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.

Wed
18
Apr

NICC to offer class on Nutrition

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions is offering “Nutrition 101: Reading Food Labels” Thursday, April 26 from 6-8 p.m. at the NICC Waukon Center, located at 1220 Third Avenue NW.

Ever wondered what all that information on a nutrition label means? Understanding food labels can be a difficult task, but it doesn’t have to be. Reading and understanding food labels is very important for knowing the positives and negatives of the foods one consumes. Learn how to easily navigate a food label and how to pick out the best foods for overall health. This class will also incorporate grocery shopping tips and tricks to help one stay on track with their health goals.

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