Health

Wed
12
Oct

Don’t wait until the last minute to check out 2017 Medicare drug plans

You have until December 7, 2016 to enroll in or change Medicare drug plans for 2017. Do not wait until the last minute. Remember, if you are on Medicare and don’t have drug coverage, or the coverage you have is not as good as Medicare’s, you will face a penalty for each month you delay enrolling.

If you have questions about Medicare drug coverage, call your local SHIIP counselor at Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411. SHIIP volunteers are available to meet individually with anyone in the community who wishes to compare the Medicare Part D plans available for 2017. Appointments are required. Call Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411 to schedule your appointment. You will need to bring your Medicare card, current Part D plan card and a list of your medications from your pharmacy. SHIIP is a free, confidential service of the State of Iowa.

Wed
05
Oct

Record crowd for 12th Annual Women’s Health Day Luncheon hosted by VMH Auxiliary, Elliott Jewelers

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital and Elliott Jewelers of Waukon hosted another record crowd for their 12th Annual Women’s Health Day Luncheon Tuesday, September 27 at the Waukon Banquet Center. Over 225 ladies attended the salad luncheon hosted by the Auxiliary members, plus many free health and wellness tests were available.

The theme for this year’s event was “Treasure Your Health.” Featured speakers included Janet Palmer of the Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital, who explained her own experience as a cancer survivor. Dr. Dave Schwartz of the Mayo Health System delivered advice in his presentation “The B.E.S.T. Workout for Life.”

Wed
05
Oct

VMH Grief Support Group to meet October 12

The local Grief Support Group will hold its monthly meeting at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon Wednesday, October 12 at 2 p.m. in the ICN Conference Room of the hospital, which is located on the lower level.

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 group meets the second Wednesday of each month at Veterans Memorial Hospital.
 

Wed
05
Oct

VMH Diabetes Support Group meeting October 20

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Support Group will hold its next meeting Thursday, October 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 Teresa Myers, RN, C.D.E., Diabetes Educator, or Angie Mettille, RN, at Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.
 

Wed
28
Sep

VMH Community Flu Clinics to begin October 5

Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care will be offering their first flu clinic Wednesday, October 5 from 1-6 p.m. in the Community and Home Care Immunization Clinic located on the upper level of Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon.

The next flu shot clinics will be held Wednesday, October 12 from 1-4 p.m. and again Wednesday, October 19 from 1-6 p.m.  The Community and Home Care Immunization Clinic is located on the upper level of Veterans Memorial Hospital.  Flu clinics will then continue each week Wednesday afternoons.

Immunization clinics are held from 1-6 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month, and from 1-6 p.m. all other Wednesdays. Flu vaccine, pneumonia vaccine, and a combination of flu and pneumonia vaccine will all be available. Tetanus shots will be offered as well.

Wed
28
Sep

VMH Auxiliary to hold Pillow Perk October 24

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital will be holding its annual Pillow Perk Monday, October 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 3  p.m. in the Lower Level of Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. 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
28
Sep

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, October 20.  Men and women are welcome to attend, even if they are 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 for those who choose to eat. Those choosing to stay for the meal should call Northland Agency on Aging at 877-838-8077.  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. The cost is $3 per person with all proceeds going towards the Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital. Prizes will be awarded.

Wed
21
Sep

Medicare... Know the answers? SHIIP volunteers at Veterans Memorial Hospital do

Are mammograms covered by Medicare Part B?

What coverage can I get with Medicare supplement insurance?

Do long-term care policies cover people with Alzheimer’s disease?

Does every Medicare beneficiary have to make a decision about Medicare Part D?

Answers to these questions can be found by meeting with the Senior Health Insurance  Information Program (SHIIP) volunteers, Russ Hagen and Stan and Mary Straate, at Veterans Memorial Hospital.

Volunteer Hagen is available many Monday afternoons and Stan and Mary Straate Thursday afternoons at Veterans Memorial Hospital, to meet individually with anyone having Medicare questions or concerns. Appointments are required. To make an appointment, call Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.

Wed
21
Sep

Community CPR for Child Care Providers and Lay People offered at VMH

Veterans Memorial Hospital, in cooperation with the American Heart Association, is offering a course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation for lay people (those not working in healthcare), which includes child care providers, Monday, October 3 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The CPR class, which will cover adult, child and infant CPR, 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 $45. The card received with the course does certify attendants in CPR for two years.

CPR is administered when someone’s breathing, pulse, or both, stop. When both of them stop, the victim has suffered sudden death, which can be caused by poisoning, drowning, choking, suffocation, electrocution, smoke inhalation, or the most common cause, heart attack.

Wed
21
Sep

Prepared Childbirth Education Class at VMH scheduled for October 10

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon will begin the next Prepared Childbirth Education classes (formerly called Lamaze) Monday, October 10, and 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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