Health

Wed
26
Jun

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Series

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
26
Jun

Memorials received by Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Neva Bechtel by Ron and Nancy Adam, Boyd and Connie Colby, Richard and Annabelle Marti, Gayle Larkin and family and friends of Neva Bechtel.

Memorials and donations 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 40 First Street SE, Waukon, IA  52172.

Wed
19
Jun

Veterans Memorial Hospital’s Safety Day Camp has record attendance in Waukon


VMH Safety Day Camp is well attended in Waukon ... The Safety Day Camp had a record attendance this year with 138 children registering. Pictured above is the entire group who attended this semi-annual Safety Day Camp, which is hosted every other year by Veterans Memorial Hospital with the help of Allamakee ISU Extension and the Allamakee County Fair Board. Submitted photo.

Snake awareness is new addition to Safety Day Camp ... New to this year’s camp was a snake awareness session by Ross Geerdes of Allamakee County Conservation. He brought along a non-poisonous snake for display and explained how to handle a snake bite from a poisonous snake. Submitted photo.

Safety Day Camp attendees learn about electrical hazards ... This life-like display of possible electric hazards was a huge point of interest with all safety camp attendees. Electrical Hazards were explained in detail by John Molumby of Allamakee-Clayton REC and Dave Cota of Dave Cota Electric. Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital hosted its semi-annual Safety Day Camp Thursday, June 13 at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds in Waukon. This day camp drew a large crowd of 138 children, ages seven to 14, from throughout Allamakee and Clayton counties for a day-long session on how to take responsibility for their own safety, respect parents’ safety rules and share safety tips with their family and friends.

According to hospital personnel, the camp was a huge success, noting the children that attended really listened and watched all of the demonstrations and speakers at the event. They were told to remember all of the safety lessons they learned and to follow them, and to share the safety rules they learned with others, including their parents and siblings.

The children were divided into 10 different groups and spent 20 minutes at each of the ten safety stations. These 10 stations and their instructor(s) included:

Wed
19
Jun

Over 30 youth complete a second Babysitting Seminar at VMH

Congratulations to the numerous students who completed the recent Veterans Memorial Hospital Babysitting class. The class, which was held Saturday, June 1,  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 new babysitters learned CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and the Heimlach Maneuver, to be used in the case of a choking infant or child, and also learned about fire safety.

Wed
19
Jun

Gundersen clinician gives advice to protect your skin from the sun

After a cool spring, it’s time to get outside and enjoy summer activities! Protecting our skin should be a priority all year, but now is a good time to make sure we have the necessary items needed to keep our skin safe from the sun’s harmful rays.

Apply sunscreen. Once, twice, and again! “When applying sunscreen make sure to choose a brand with an SPF 30 or above,” advises Jessica Everman, PA-C, family medicine, Gundersen Waukon Clinic. “In addition, make sure the brand you choose has UVB and UVA protection and contains the following ingredients: ecamsule, avobenzone, oxybenzone, titanium dioxide, sulisobenzone or zinc oxide.”

Wed
19
Jun

Prepared Childbirth Education Class to be held at VMH July 8

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon will begin the next Prepared Childbirth Education classes (formerly called Lamaze) Monday, July 8, and those classes will continue for two more consecutive Monday evenings, beginning at 6 p.m. for each session, in the Large Conference Room.

The Prepared Childbirth Education classes at Veterans Memorial Hospital are offered in three sessions that allow the expectant parents to choose which topics they wish to learn more about. They may choose to attend one, two or all three sessions.  Session 1 covers labor, delivery and the postpartum period following delivery; Session 2 includes relaxation, breathing and pain management; and Session 3 covers infant care. Tours of the OB Department are available with each session as well.

Wed
19
Jun

Diabetes Support Group to meet June 20 at VMH

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Support Group will hold its next meeting Thursday, June 20 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 has a friend or loved one with diabetes. For more information on the Diabetes Support Group, call  Angie Mettille, RN at Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.
 

Wed
19
Jun

VMH Auxiliary Euchre Marathon

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital will be holding its monthly Euchre Marathon for all individuals of the community interested Thursday, June 20. 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.

Wed
19
Jun

Memorials received by Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Janet Kuhse by Marian Smedsrud, Joan and Romandus Gisleson, Lois Evans, Darrell and Alice Baumgartner, Gayle Evans, Jean Berge, Patsy Kerndt and family and friends of Janet Kuhse.

Memorials were also received in memory of Gordon Gilbertson by Jim and Jill Kiesau, John and Sheryl Prestemon, Mary Ann Hager, Jane Dietrich, Carol Moe,  George Pickett, Elsa Hager, Ernie and Donnalee Osland, Rick and Cathy Larson, Scott and Cheryl Livingston and the family of Gordon and Donna Gilbertson.

Memorials and donations 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 40 First Street SE, Waukon, IA  52172.

Wed
12
Jun

26th Annual Foundation Golf Tournament hole sponsors to date

The Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation annual Three Person Best-Shot Golf Tournament will be held Monday, June 17 at the Waukon Golf and Country Club.  Teams of three will begin the day with a shot gun start at 9:30 a.m. and play 18 holes of golf.  Breakfast rolls, lunch and dinner and prizes for everyone will all be provided for the donation of $75.

This 26th annual tournament will be sponsored by the following businesses who have committed to being hole sponsors:  Avadyne Health, Casper Plumbing and Heating, Coverys/MHA Insurance, Eide Bailey, Lamar Outdoor Advertising, Freedom Bank, Gundersen Waukon Clinic and Vision Center, Hartig Drug, Henkel Construction-Accord Architecture, Kerndt Brothers Bank, LC Signs, LaMair-Mulock-Condon Company, Mayo Clinic Health System-Waukon, New Albin Savings Bank, RW Pladsen, Inc., Systems Equipment, Torkelson Motors of Waukon, Waukon Dental and Waukon State Bank.

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