Health

Wed
18
Nov

November is Diabetes Awareness Month: Diabetes management during a pandemic

by Angie Mettille, RN/CDE, Diabetes Educator, Veterans Memorial Hospital

Coronavirus cases are surging at an alarming rate in our area. When we turn on the news, we see that people with “underlying health conditions” are at a higher risk of becoming severely ill if contracting COVID-19.

In general, people of any age with types 1 or 2 diabetes, as well as gestational diabetes, are at increased risk of becoming severely ill with COVID-19. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people with diabetes whose blood sugars are uncontrolled, specifically running higher than target, are more likely to develop additional health problems, such as heart disease and kidney disease. These health concerns, in addition to diabetes, can negatively impact the outcome of a COVID-19 infection for some individuals.

Wed
18
Nov

Memorials received by Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Lorraine Adam by Chuck and Lois Votsmier, Sandra Bresnahan, Dave and Laurie Martin, Mary Ann Hager, Wayne and Nona Sawyer, Larry and Mary Moore, Beth Ann Shafer, Nancy Schoh, Jane Dietrich, Maurice Mooney, Diane Regan, Jeff and Amy Sommer, Ambrose and Phyllis Welch and family and friends of Lorraine Adam.

Memorials were received in memory of Maggie DeWalle by Mary Ann Hager, Dave and Laurie Martin, Maurice Mooney, and Fred and Geralyn Smith.

In addition, memorials were received by Marvin and Marjorie Strike, Ken and Gloria Krambeer, and Kay Carter in memory of Dorothy Wandling, and by Lois Evans, Mary Jackson, Betty Decker, Richard and Annabelle Marti, Theresa and Ronald Snitker, Donnalee and Ernie Osland, Brian and Denise Wullner, and David and Mary Ann Pladsen in memory of Joana Pladsen.

Wed
11
Nov

The Big “C” Christmas Fantasy 2020


Christmas Fantasy Silent Auction changes for 2020 ... Like most events held in 2020, the 29th annual Christmas Fantasy will also change considerably this year due to COVID-19. The Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation will still have a Christmas Fantasy presence through a “Big C” Silent Auction, promoting “shopping locally” by offering silent auction items within area Waukon businesses. These auction items will not only offer a variety of Christmas gifts for sale locally, but encourage shoppers to do more local holiday shopping in safe settings, encouraging shopping at local businesses instead of out of town this holiday season. Submitted photo.

Like most events held in 2020, the 29th annual Christmas Fantasy will also change considerably this year due to COVID-19.   The sponsor of this annual event, the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation, reports this was not an easy decision since the annual Christmas Fantasy is always such a popular event, and they look forward to holding the extensive event again next year.

For 2020, the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation will still have a Christmas Fantasy presence through a “Big C” Silent Auction.  They will be promoting “shopping locally” by offering silent auction items within area Waukon businesses.  These auction items will not only offer a variety of Christmas gifts for sale locally, but encourage shoppers to do more local holiday shopping in safe settings, hopefully decreasing the amount of out-of-town shopping and creating more local store traffic, helping the local businesses.

Wed
11
Nov

Veterans Memorial Hospital announces plans to open local Family Medical Clinic in Waukon at former Mayo building

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon has announced that Tuesday, November 3 the hospital Board of Trustees approved the plans to proceed with establishing a family medical clinic in Waukon. The former Mayo Clinic building, which is adjoined to and is now owned by Veterans Memorial Hospital, will be the site for this clinic.

“The Gundersen Waukon Clinic has done an amazing job trying to pick up as many patients as they possibly can following the closing of the Mayo Clinic last fall, but the truth is, there is just such a great demand for local primary care, they just can’t do it all,” states Michael Coyle, Chief Executive Officer of Veterans Memorial Hospital. “We see so many patients every day in our Urgent Care who just need to see a primary care provider for non-emergent care that could have been handled in a clinic setting. But because there is no other option, they come to urgent care, which does not make for good continuity of care.”

Wed
11
Nov

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month: Take advantage of new Medicare open enrollment period - especially when living with diabetes

For those who are living with diabetes, taking insulin, and have Medicare, participating in the Medicare Open Enrollment Period is important every year. It is especially important this year as you prepare for 2021, as there have been some positive changes made within Medicare that could impact how much you pay for your insulin, without necessarily increasing the monthly premium you currently pay.

Open enrollment is the annual period when enrollees can make changes to their health insurance and medication part D plans. To make changes to your 2021 plan, you must do so during a specific timeframe. This is taking place now until December 7, 2020.

Medicare health and drug plan costs and covered benefits can change from year to year, so people with Medicare should look at their coverage choices and decide on the options that best meet their health needs.

Wed
11
Nov

Caregiver Support Group to hold conference calls during COVID-19

The Caregiver Support Group meetings that were held monthly at Veterans Memorial Hospital continue to be held through conference calls during COVID-19.  Northeast Iowa Agency on Aging is offering weekly Caregiver Support Group conference calls every Monday from 10-11 a.m.

To join a call, just dial 1-800-264-8432 and then enter the participant code 961847# to be connected to the support group conference call, joining other caregivers.

Wed
11
Nov

Flu shots 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
11
Nov

Memorials received by Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation

Memorials were received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of  Leon Schoh by Jan Brandsmeier, Dennis and Sandy Deal, Chuck and Lois Votsmier, Dave and Laurie Martin, Ernie and Donnalee Osland, Ralph and Marie Plein, Kay Zimmerman, Marlys Leiran, Carol Paus, Jane Deitrich, Wendy and Paul Ebner, James Moritz,  Donald and Joyce Bakke, Ken and Rose Beardmore, Jerry and Linda Siegrist and Brad and Judy Herman.

Memorials were also received in memory of Marjean Fahey by Mary Ann Hager, Patricia Pettingill, Marv and Marjorie Strike, Dave and Laurie Martin, Dave and Sandy Lyons, Chuck and Lois Votsmier, Steve and Sheryl Evanson, Elaine Knuppe, Dacia Johnson, James and Jill Kiesau, Brad and Judy Herman, Kathy Tobin, David and Dawn Clark, Nancy Schoh, Cheryl Bollman, Ken and Rose Beardmore, Bev Larson-Needham, Mary Fink, Jane Dietrich, Sheila Snitker, Charles and Marcella Fritz, Debra Heldt and Becky Hoffman.

Wed
04
Nov

Diabetes Education remains essential; November observed as National Diabetes Awareness Month


Diabetes Education Team at VMH ... November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. Pictured above is the Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Education Team, left to right, Jill Fleming, Dietitian, and Angie Mettille, RN, Certified Diabetes Educator. Submitted photo.

by Angie Mettille RN, Certified Diabetes Educator, Program Coordinator

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month.  Diabetes is a disease full of challenges. Every day presents decisions that need to be made and sometimes problems that need to be solved. What should I eat for breakfast? How many carbohydrates are in that bowl of soup? How will that banana affect my blood sugar? Did I take my insulin this morning?  My blood sugar is higher than normal, what do I do? I’m worried about my risk of heart disease and stroke because my A1c has been higher than my doctor likes, how can I decrease my chance of complications? How am I going to pay for my insulin this month?

Wed
04
Nov

Health Care Provider CPR offered

Veterans Memorial Hospital will be offering the next recertification course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for health care providers (those working in health related fields such as physicians, nurses, EMS, etc.) Wednesday, November 18, beginning at 5 p.m.    This “Health Care Professional” CPR class will be held in the Large Conference Room located on the lower level of the hospital.

There is a small fee to participate in this class and all registrants should bring along their own pocket mask, if they have one. Upon successful completion of the class, the participant will receive an electronic card certifying them as a BLS Healthcare Provider for a two-year period.

Pre-registration plus a minimum of three participants is required for the class to be held. All participants will be required to physically distance during the class and wear a mask. They will also be screened at the hospital main entrance when they enter the building.

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