Health

Wed
31
Jul

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, August 21 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.

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. For more information and to register for the “Health Care Provider” CPR Course, call the hospital at 563-568-3411.
 

Wed
31
Jul

Memorials received by Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Gilbert Kurth by Dan and Traci Byrnes, Betty White, Cyril and Shirley Larkin, Chuck and Lois Votsmier, Gladwin and Darlene Anderson, John and Lorna Kerndt, Marcie Hansmeier, Randy and Karen Loeb and Jean Gander.

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
31
Jul

Hospital 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, August 15. 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 located 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
31
Jul

Caregiver Support Group to meet; The need for caregiver support

The next Caregiver Support Group meeting will be held Monday, August 19 at 1:30 p.m. in the Meditation Room in the front entrance of Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. When a person is diagnosed with a chronic illness, a lot of focus and attention from others is put on how to keep that person as independent and as healthy as possible.

When a person loses some of their abilities to care for themselves, the burden of care is often assumed by the spouse, a child (or children), or sometimes friends and neighbors. While everyone who becomes a caregiver handles the added responsibility with different skill sets, attitudes and understanding levels, there is no question that there is a very real strain associated with care giving.

Wed
31
Jul

Alzheimer’s and dementia final presentation canceled

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon, together with the Alzheimer’s Association®, offered two education sessions earlier this summer concerning Alzheimer’s and Dementia for both the general public and for caregivers of anyone with these conditions. The third session of this three-part series, which was scheduled for August 7, has been canceled due to a shortage of staff at the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Alzheimer’s Association is always looking for more volunteers. If interested in volunteering, contact them through their website at www.alz.org. For more information, call Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.
 

Wed
24
Jul

Two hometown students receive IHERF Scholarship; Program awards 52 health care careers scholarships


IHERF Scholarships awarded to local college students ... Two local college students, Morgan Van Ruler and Austin Troendle, both of Waukon, have each been awarded a $3,500 scholarship from the Iowa Hospital Association Education and Research Foundation (IHERF), which is supported by the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA). Van Ruler is currently studying nursing at Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI, and Troendle will soon be completing his doctorate degree in Physical Therapy at Clarke University in Dubuque. These two are among 52 outstanding students from all over Iowa who have received assistance this year from the IHERF Health Care Careers Scholarship Program. They are pictured above with Veterans Memorial Hospital Administrator Mike Myers. Submitted photo.

Morgan Van Ruler and Austin Troendle, both of Waukon, have each been awarded a $3,500 scholarship from the Iowa Hospital Association Education and Research Foundation (IHERF,) which is supported by the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA).

Van Ruler is currently studying nursing at Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI, and Troendle will soon be completing his doctorate degree in Physical Therapy at Clarke University in Dubuque.

IHA established the IHERF Health Care Careers Scholarship Program in 2004 to help address the ongoing shortage of health care professionals and encourage young Iowans to establish or continue their careers with Iowa hospitals. The first scholarships were awarded in 2005 and now more than 450 students have benefited from the program.

Wed
24
Jul

VMH Auxiliary membership drive underway ...

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital is devoted to providing the hospital and its patients and visitors with many services. The Auxiliary’s annual membership drive is on now. A gift case (pictured above) is located in the main lobby of Veterans Memorial Hospital and is filled with a variety of gifts for patients, friends and family. The gift case is sponsored by the Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital, members of which also make many of the handmade items that are located in the case. Pictured at right is Janet Palmer of Waukon, who is the Auxiliary Gift Case Coordinator. Patients, visitors and the general public are all welcome to shop at the hospital’s gift case. Auxiliary registration forms are available at the front desk of Veterans Memorial Hospital. For more information, call Nona Sawyer at 563-568-3105. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
24
Jul

Memorials received by Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Donna Gilbertson by Chuck and Lois Votsmier,  Ernie and Donnalee Osland, Jim and Jill Kiesau, Mary Ann Hager, George Pickett, Carol Moe, Jane Dietrich, Lillian Larson, Greg and Jan Gordon, Rick and Cathy Larson, Tom and Karen Regan, Dennis and Sandy Deal, and by the family of Donna Gilbertson.

Memorials were also received in memory of Marcella Selberg by Sigurd and Barb Ness, Chuck and Lois Votsmier, George Pickett, Betty White, Wesley Goeke, Dan and Traci Byrnes and Gayle Larkin.

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
24
Jul

Blood in special demand during the summer

The next LifeServe Blood Center blood drive will be held Monday, August 5, from 12-5 p.m., at the First Baptist Church located in south Waukon. Blood drives are held once a month in Waukon, to allow for more donors to give. The LifeServe Blood Center supplies Veterans Memorial Hospital with their blood and blood products.  The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital will be hosting this blood drive.

Blood centers across the United States see a decrease in blood donations during the busy summer months.  During the summer, people become more active, have busier schedules, spend more time outdoors and take vacations. While donations decline, hospitals see an increase in the need for blood.  More driving can mean more automobile accidents. A person who has suffered severe injuries from an automobile accident can need up to 50 units of blood.

Wed
24
Jul

Alzheimer’s and dementia final presentation canceled

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon, together with the Alzheimer’s Association®, offered two education sessions earlier this summer concerning Alzheimer’s and Dementia for both the general public and for caregivers of anyone with these conditions. The third session of this three-part series, which was scheduled for August 7, has been canceled due to a shortage of staff at the Alzheimer’s Association.

The Alzheimer’s Association is always looking for more volunteers. If interested in volunteering, contact them through their website at www.alz.org. For more information, call Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.
 

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