Health

Wed
29
Jul

Waukon child donates books to VMH

Veterans Memorial Hospital recently received a generous donation of children’s books from Jackson Moore, son of Andy and Emily Moore of Waukon. For his birthday, in lieu of presents for himself, he requested that his friends bring a book to be donated to the hospital for children of any age to enjoy. Jackson is pictured here with many of the books his friends so generously gave him in honor of his seventh birthday. These books have been scattered around into every department of the hospital by the housekeeping staff to ensure each waiting room has a few new books for the young patients to enjoy while visiting the hospital. Submitted photo.

Wed
29
Jul

Sleep medicine program now available at VMH

In October, 2014, Veterans Memorial Hospital began a partnership with Whitney Sleep Diagnostics and Consultants to provide comprehensive sleep medicine services. Patients can now receive diagnosis and treatment for Sleep Apnea, Insomnia, Restless Legs Syndrome, Narcolepsy or any of the 84 known sleep disorders.
People who snore excessively or stop breathing during sleep may have sleep apnea.  It is estimated that up to 18 million American adults have sleep apnea. People who have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or not waking up refreshed may suffer from a treatable sleep disorder.  

Wed
22
Jul

VMH 5K Cardiac Classic Run/Walk to be held during Waukon Corn Days

Veterans Memorial Hospital will be sponsoring the 22nd annual 5K Cardiac Classic Run/Walk on Saturday, August 15th, in conjunction with the Waukon Corn Days celebration. The event welcomes walkers and runners of all ages.  It will begin and end at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon at 8 a.m. with registration beginning at 7 a.m.
The event will be broken down into two categories, a run and a walk. The distance of both events is five kilometers (3.1 miles) and will begin just outside the southeast entrance to the hospital.
All those registering for the 5K run will be divided into male/female divisions and categorized by their age into one of the following groups: 17 and under, 18 to 25, 26 to 40, 41 to 50, and over 50. Medals will be awarded to the top place male and female runners in each age category and trophies will be awarded for the best overall time in the men’s and women’s running divisions.

Wed
22
Jul

Veterans Memorial Hospital Auxiliary’s annual membership drive underway


Pictured above are many of the current VMH Auxiliary members with the new fetal heart machine they purchased for the hospital this year thanks to proceeds from the annual membership drive and the Women’s Health Day luncheon proceeds. Pictured, left to right, are Nona Sawyer, President; Ann Roed, Secretary; Shirley Steffenson; Kay Sewick; Karen Fossum; Lillian Larson, Treasurer; Janet Palmer, Gift Case Coordinator; and Elaine Eadie. Submitted photo.

 The members of the Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital are actively recruiting new and returning members throughout this month to join them during the Auxiliary’s annual membership drive.

Wed
15
Jul

Iowa Department of Public Health advises taking precautions against heat

With the onset of summer heat, the Iowa Department of Public Health advises every one to take measures to prevent heat stress.
Serious health complications from heat include exhaustion, stroke and dehydration.
Heat exhaustion occurs when sweating, the body’s cooling system, fails to eliminate heat fast enough. The first signs of heat exhaustion are faintness, rapid pulse, flushing or reddening of the skin, and often accompanied by stomachache or headache. When heat exhaustion symptoms occur, stop all activity and drink liquids such as water or re-hydrating fluids (Gatorade, Powerade, or for children, Pedialyte). Do not drink alcohol, coffee, or caffeinated soft drinks. If possible, take a cool shower.

Wed
15
Jul

VMH to offer free health tests, demonstrations during Allamakee County Fair

Veterans Memorial Hospital will be offering a variety of free health tests and education at the 2015 Allamakee County Fair.  Testing and educational materials will change daily by the following schedule:
Wednesday, July 15:  6-10 p.m. - Massages by certified massage therapist Edna Wyninger.
Thursday, July 16, 4-8 p.m. - Free blood sugar and diabetes testing by Teresa Myers, R.N., Certified Diabetes Educator.
Friday, July 17, 4-8 p.m. - Fine Motor Skill Testing and Obstacle Course by the Rehab Department at Veterans Memorial Hospital.
Saturday, July 18, 4-8 p.m. - Free cholesterol testing by Machelle Bulman, R.N., Education Coordinator.
Sunday, July 19, 12 noon - 4 p.m. -Free blood pressure checks by the Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care Nurses.  
Veterans Memorial Hospital will also be offering a hand washing challenge to all adults and children attending the fair.  Participation prizes will be awarded.
 

Wed
08
Jul

“Burk’s Bunch” wins Veterans Memorial Hospital Foundation’s annual best-shot tournament


The winner of the Veterans Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation’s 22nd Annual Benefit Golf Tournament held Monday, June 29 was “Burk’s Bunch” with a score of 63. Pictured left to right are golfers Russ Young, Wayne Burk and Duane Vorseth. Submitted photo.

 The 22nd annual Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation Golf Tournament was held Monday, June 29, one week later than scheduled due to inclement weather, at the Waukon Golf and Country Club. Twenty-four teams of three participated in this tournament. Each team enjoyed 18 holes of golf plus lunch and dinner prepared by Rich Schulte, Marge and Bud Strike, and the Foundation Directors.
The 24 teams participating in the tournament consisted of three people each who played a best-shot tournament. The winner of the tournament with a score of 63 was “Burk’s Bunch” consisting of Wayne Burk, Russ Young and Duane Vorseth.
The Foundation gives credit for the success of this tournament to the many local businesses that provide prizes so everyone participating wins. Many businesses serving the area contribute as hole sponsors to the tournament as well.            

Wed
01
Jul

VMH to offer free health tests, demonstrations during Allamakee County Fair

 Veterans Memorial Hospital will be offering a variety of free health tests and education at the 2015 Allamakee County Fair being held in Waukon. Testing and educational materials will change daily, according to the following schedule:
• Wednesday, July 15:  6-10 p.m. - Massages by certified massage therapist, Edna Wyninger.
• Thursday, July 16: 4-7 p.m. - Free blood sugar and diabetes testing by Teresa Myers, R.N., Certified Diabetes Educator.
• Friday, July 17, 4-8 p.m. - Fine Motor Skill Testing and Obstacle Course by the Rehab Department at Veterans Memorial Hospital.
• Saturday, July 18, 4-8 p.m. - Free cholesterol testing by Machelle Bulman, R.N., Education Coordinator.
• Sunday, July 19, 12-4 p.m. - Free blood pressure checks by Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care Nurses.

Wed
24
Jun

Don’t let ticks keep you from enjoying the great outdoors

by Sheryl Darling Mooney, RN, Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care

Wed
17
Jun

VMH hosts successful Safety Day Camp


Veterans Memorial Hospital’s Safety Day Camp was very well attended this year with 125 children registering for the day-long event held at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds in Waukon June 11. Pictured above are Nolan Hagen and Austin Day of the Waukon High School FFA chapter explaining the hazards associated with tractors of all sizes and giving advice on how to stay safe around power take-off units and mowers attached to tractors. This Safety Day Camp is hosted every other year by Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon with the help of Allamakee Iowa State University Extension and the Allamakee County Fair Board. Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital hosted its semi-annual Safety Day Camp Thursday, June 11 at the Allamakee Fairgrounds in Waukon. This day camp drew a large crowd of 125 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 Jeff Mitchell, EMS Coordinator at Veterans Memorials Hospital and coordinator of this event, the camp was a huge success. “All of the children that attended really listened and watched all of the demonstrations and speakers at the event. We told them to remember all of the safety lessons they learned and follow them. We even told them to help teach others the safety rules they learned today, including their parents and siblings.”

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