Health

Wed
02
Oct

VMH Caregiver Support Group to meet

The next Caregiver Support Group meeting will be held Monday, October 21 at 1:30 p.m. in the Meditation Room in the front entrance of Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. 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.

Veterans Memorial Hospital offers a caregiver coffee and conversation group that meets monthly at the hospital. This group is facilitated by a licensed social worker from Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging (NEI3A), and is open to all caregivers of elderly or disabled persons.

Wed
02
Oct

Diabetes Support Group

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Support Group will hold its next meeting Thursday, October 17 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 anyone who may have a friend or loved one with diabetes. For more information on the Diabetes Support Group, call  Angie Mettille, RN at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon at 563-568-3411.

Wed
02
Oct

Prepared Childbirth Education Classes at VMH

Veterans Memorial Hospital will begin the next Prepared Childbirth Education classes (formerly called Lamaze) Monday, October 7, and those classes will continue for two more consecutive Monday evenings beginning at 6 p.m. 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 on.  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
02
Oct

VMH Auxiliary Euchre Marathon to be held

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital will be holding its monthly Euchre Marathon for all individuals of the community interested Thursday, October 17. 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 table of four players, however.

Wed
02
Oct

Health Care Provider CPR

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon 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, October 16 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.

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

Wed
02
Oct

Memorials received by Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Todd Pladsen by Brian and Denise Wullner, in memory of Marcella Quillin by Maury and Kay Mooney, in memory of Dave Hogendorn by Greg and Rose Piggott, and in memory of Donny Vine by Brian and Denise Wullner.

Memorials were also received in memory of Merlin Kruger by Carol Krumme, Jane Dietrich, Craig and Barb Lensing, Dr. Bill and Libby Withers, Lillian Larson, Marv and Marge Strike, Chuck and Lois Votsmier, Dave and Laurie Martin and family and friends of Merlin Kruger.

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
25
Sep

The importance of local Cardiac Rehab and ER services


Cardiac Rehab at Veterans Memorial Hospital ... The heart needs to exercise in order to regain much of its strength following any cardiac event, but patients need close supervision due to the heart’s delicate condition. In Cardiac Rehabilitation, the patient’s heart is continually monitored by a telemetry unit that watches the heart’s activity. Pictured is Duwayne Rude of Lansing on the NuStep machine in Cardiac Rehab, along with his wife, Raffaela, and Dietsy Weymiller, RN, Cardiac Rehab nurse. In Duwayne’s case, this constant supervision and an ER just down the hall was life-saving. The Cardiac Rehab nurses continually supervise each session documenting all activity, doing blood pressure checks, measuring improvement and patient’s response to activity. Without this local Cardiac Rehabilitation program at Veterans Memorial Hospital, many heart patients would need to travel a great distance three times per week to attend another program, or go without proper rehabilitation. Submitted photo.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Half a million people die each year due to this disease. Many people develop symptoms of heart disease when they are in their 40s or 50s, interrupting a most productive time of life. Cardiac Rehabilitation is an important tool in the fight against heart disease. Rehabilitation involves monitored exercise, nutritional counseling, emotional support and education about lifestyle changes to reduce risks of heart problems.

Duwayne Rude of Lansing had his first heart attack September 14, 2018. He did the right thing and immediately called 911. The Lansing ambulance brought him to the emergency room at Veterans Memorial Hospital, where he was stabilized. He was then rushed by ambulance to La Crosse, WI where he was scheduled for open heart surgery the next day.

Wed
25
Sep

Flu shots available at VMH Community and Home Care

Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care is offering flu shots every Wednesday afternoon during their regular immunization clinics. The next flu shot clinic will be held Wednesday, October 2, from 1-6 p.m. and again Wednesday, October 9, from 1-4 p.m.  The Community and Home Care Immunization Clinic is located on the upper level of Veterans Memorial Hospital.

Immunization clinics are held from 1-6 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month, and from 1-4 p.m. all other Wednesdays. Flu vaccine, pneumonia vaccines and tetanus vaccines will be available.

Wed
25
Sep

VMH Auxiliary to hold Pillow Perk and Masquerade Sales

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital will be holding their annual Pillow Perk Monday, October 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lower Level of Veterans Memorial Hospital. Kraft Pillow Service will be on site to make old pillows look like new.

Everyone is encouraged to bring in their feather pillows to the Pillow Perk to be cleaned, sanitized and given new ticking. Foam and Dacron pillows may also be renovated by this process. People are also encouraged to bring in their feather beds and have them made into new pillows.

Wed
25
Sep

Prepared Childbirth Education Classes to be held at VMH

Veterans Memorial Hospital will begin the next Prepared Childbirth Education classes (formerly called Lamaze) Monday, October 7, and those classes will continue for two more consecutive Monday evenings beginning at 6 p.m. 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 on. 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.

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