Health

Wed
28
Nov

Medicare open enrollment ends December 7

Don’t miss the Medicare annual open enrollment period for Part D drug plans which runs through December 7. Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon has SHIIP counselor Russ Hagen available by appointment to discuss Medicare Part D plans available for 2019 and Medicare Advantage.

Call Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411 to schedule an appointment and those enrolling need to bring their Medicare card, current Part D plan card and a list of medications from their pharmacy which includes drug name, quantity and dosage.

Those interested can also go to www.medicare.gov and do a comparison of 2019 Medicare drug plans. SHIIP has step-by-step instructions for a comparing plans at www.therightcalliowa.gov.
 

Wed
28
Nov

Grief Support Group to meet

The local Grief Support Group will hold its monthly meeting at Veterans Memorial Hospital Tuesday, December 4, which is earlier than normal this month due to the holidays. The group will meet at 5 p.m. in the Education Conference Room.

This informal meeting is open to anyone suffering from any type of loss whether it be death, divorce, illness or some other grief. Feel free to attend and bring a friend. This grief support usually meets the second Tuesday of each month at Veterans Memorial Hospital but again has been moved up to December 4 due to the holidays.
 

Wed
28
Nov

Health Care Provider CPR offered December 19

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon will be offering the next course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for health care providers (those working in health related fields such as physicians, nurses, EMTs, etc.) Wednesday, December 19, 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.

The cost of the class, for certification or recertification, is the same and all registrants should bring along their own pocket mask. The online certificate received with the course does certify attendants in CPR for two years.

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

Wed
28
Nov

Memorials received by Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Janann Miene by Alice Schlacke, Robert and Judy Iseli and Gary and Lollie Hirth.

Memorials were also received in memory of Richard “Dick” Huinker by Larry and Nancy Straate, in memory of Wayne King by Carol Krumme, in memory of Raymond Bloem by Fred and Geralyn Smith, in memory of Duane Brandt by the Duane Brandt Family, in memory of William “Bill” Collins by Orrin and Nan Grangaard and Jean Huffey, and in memory of Duane Duvel by Fred and Geralyn Smith, Marlene Habhab, Mary Ann Hager and Mae Jean Bakke.

In addition, the Foundation also received a donation from Marlene “Mickey” Cook.

Memorials and donations are 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
21
Nov

“Never Stop Believing” at the 27th Anniversary Christmas Fantasy 2018


Christmas trees at the 27th Annual Christmas Fantasy ... The Veterans Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation’s 27th Annual Christmas Fantasy hosted 51 decorated full-size Christmas trees at the event held November 9-12. These trees were all decorated by local individuals, businesses, organizations and classes and each had a local person or business sponsoring them as well. Many local entertainers also performed at each event during the course of the weekend. Submitted photo.

Christmas Fantasy silent auction ... A record of 114 silent auction items, like the ones pictured here, were donated to this year’s Christmas Fantasy. The Foundation expresses its appreciation to the hundreds of people who decorated or contributed in some way to make this community event so successful. Submitted photo.

The 2018 Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation’s Christmas Fantasy was held last weekend, November 9-12 at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon and was a huge success thanks to all of the overwhelming community involvement. A record number of auction items were donated to this year’s Fantasy by area businesses and individuals.  The 114 auction items were displayed and auctioned on a silent auction bid to the highest bidder Monday night at 7 p.m.

Wed
21
Nov

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month; Fatigue and dry mouth: what your body could be trying to tell you

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

Type 2 Diabetes is a disease that affects millions of people in the United States. It is caused by insulin resistance and/or deficiency, causing blood sugars to be too high. You likely know someone that has diabetes, or maybe have been diagnosed with diabetes yourself. Even if you have never been told that you have diabetes, it is important to be aware of symptoms of elevated blood sugars, also called hyperglycemia.

So how do you know if you have hyperglycemia? Whether you have been diagnosed with diabetes or not, it is important to listen to your body and be proactive if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, as they could be related to diabetes:

- Increased thirst
- Frequent urination
- Recurrent infections
- Injuries that heal more slowly than usual
- Blurry vision
- Unexplained weight loss
- Fatigue.

Wed
21
Nov

Grief Support Group to meet

The local Grief Support Group will hold its monthly meeting at Veterans Memorial Hospital Tuesday, December 4, which is earlier than normal this month due to the holidays. The group will meet at 5 p.m. in the Education Conference Room.

This informal meeting is open to anyone suffering from any type of loss whether it be death, divorce, illness or some other grief.

Feel free to attend and bring a friend. This grief support usually meets the second Tuesday of each month at Veterans Memorial Hospital but again has been moved up to December 4 due to the holidays.
 

Wed
21
Nov

Memorials received by Health Care Foundation

Memorials were received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Rita Votsmier by Dave and Laurie Martin, Dennis and Sandy Deal, Tom and Karen Regan, Vernis Haberichter, David and Suzanne Hahn, Jerry and Malinda Berns, Kate Wooden, Jim and Jill Kiesau, Dave and Rita Newton, Jim and Linda Ryan, Meg Schaller, Orrin and Nan Grangaard, Frank and Carol Sivesind, Jack and Denise Hager, Scott and Cheryl Livingston, Gary and Toni Kolsrud, Brian and Mandy O’Neill, Grace Murphy, Jane Tepesch, Jane Dietrich, Mike and Julie Snitker, Bob and Joyce Schorg, Wendy Bucheit, Gladwin and Darlene Anderson, Joan Bieber, Vincent Haas and family and friends of Rita Votsmier.

Memorials were also received in memory of Lavone “Bonnie” Johnson by Rick and Cathy Larson, John and Lorna Kerndt, Sr., Mae Jean Bakke, Betty White and Jerry and Linda Siegrist.

Wed
14
Nov

November is National Home Care Month


Lisa Moose, RN ... Submitted photo.

by Lisa Moose, RN, VMH Community and Home Care Director
 
As our elderly population continues to grow and individuals desire to remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible, home health care will continue to be a driving force in health care delivery in the next century.

Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care is a locally-based, home health care agency serving Allamakee and the surrounding counties. Nine registered nurses and five home care aides travel the county and beyond the county borders to offer assistance to individuals who wish to remain in their homes for as long as possible, or who need some assistance while they are recovering from an illness or recent surgery, often times after being hospitalized.

Wed
14
Nov

Flu shots continue each Wednesday

Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care continues to offer flu shots every Wednesday afternoon during its regular immunization clinics. The next flu shot clinics will be held Wednesday, November 14 from 1-4 p.m. and again Wednesday, November 21 from 1-6 p.m., and each Wednesday afternoon thereafter. 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 vaccine, and a combination of flu and pneumonia vaccine will all be available. Tetanus shots are always offered as well.

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