Health

Wed
07
Sep

Veterans Memorial Hospital still offering FREE Fun Run/Walk route and prizes


Due to the inclement weather for the recent Veterans Memorial Hospital Free 5k Run/Walk, the hospital would like to invite the public to still complete the 5K anytime over the next few weeks. Participants are asked to stop by the front entrance of the hospital to pick up a 5K map and goodie bag, as well as a pair of complimentary reflective wristbands. They can then follow the orange painted arrows on the streets marking this 5K, 3.1-mile, course. The start and finish lines are located at the southeast corner of the hospital campus. Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon sponsored its 23rd annual 5K Cardiac Classic Run/Walk Saturday, August 20 in conjunction with the Waukon Corn Days celebration. Despite the rainy weather, the event was considered a success with over 70 runners and walkers participating.

Due to the inclement weather that day, the hospital would like to invite the public to still complete the 5K run/walk anytime during the next few weeks. Just stop by the reception desk at the front entrance of the hospital any day between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. to pick up a 5K map and goodie bag, as well as a pair of complimentary reflective wristbands. Then follow the orange painted arrows on the streets marking this 5K, or 3.1 mile, course. The start and finish lines are located at the southeast corner of the hospital campus.

For more information, call Erin Berns, Public Relations Director at Veterans Memorial Hospital, at 563-568-3411.
 

Wed
07
Sep

Hospital Auxiliary Euchre Marathon September 15

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital will be holding its monthly Euchre Marathon for all individuals of the community interested Thursday, September 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 at the Waukon Wellness Center.

The Auxiliary’s Euchre Marathons begin at 11:30 a.m. with dinner. Those who choose to eat dinner 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 $3.00 per person with all proceeds going towards the Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital.  Prizes will be awarded.

Wed
31
Aug

VMH’s 5K Cardiac Classic Free Fun Run/Walk during Waukon Corn Days deemed a success; Public welcome to run 5K route


Pictured in the photo above, Tyler O’Neill, left, and Jeremy Peake, right, both of Waukon, were the first two runners to cross the finish line at the hospital’s free 5K run/walk Saturday August 20, and did so simultaneously. Pictured in the photo at right, Katie Brennan of Lansing was the first female to cross the finish line in the race.

More than 70 runners and walkers attended the Veterans Memorial Hospital annual 5K Run/Walk Saturday, August 20 during Waukon’s Corn Days. The race began and ended at the southeast end of the hospital campus. Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital sponsored its 23rd annual 5K Cardiac Classic Run/Walk Saturday, August 20 in conjunction with the Waukon Corn Days celebration. Despite the rainy weather, over 70 runners and walkers participated.

Tyler O’Neill and Jeremy Peake, both of Waukon, were the first to cross the finish line, doing so simultaneously. Katie Brennan of Lansing was the first female to cross the line. All those participating in Saturday’s event received complimentary reflective wrist bands for safely walking and running early mornings and later evenings.  Free diabetes/blood sugar tests, hemoglobin tests and massages were also offered to all participants.

Wed
31
Aug

Blood Donor Day set for Thursday, September 1

The next LifeServe Blood Center Blood Drive will be held Thursday, September 1, from 12:30-5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon. Blood drives are held the first Thursday of every month in Waukon, falling on the odd months, to allow for more donors to give.  The LifeServe Blood Center supplies Veterans Memorial Hospital with its blood and blood products.
The LifeServe Blood Center is seeking donors to ensure a safe and plentiful blood supply in Iowa. Because there is no substitute for human blood, the need for donors is continuous.

Over half of the United States population is eligible to donate blood, yet less than four percent donate on a regular basis. A single donation of blood can be used to save up to three lives and help in treatment of cancer patients, accident victims, hemophiliacs and surgery patients.  The LifeServe Blood Center is committed to serving the needs of Iowans by saving lives through volunteer blood donation.

Wed
31
Aug

Prepared Childbirth Education Class to be held at VMH

Veterans Memorial Hospital will begin the next Prepared Childbirth Education classes (formerly called Lamaze) Monday, October 10, and that class will continue for two more consecutive Monday evenings beginning at 6 p.m. in the Large Conference Room at the hospital.

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 about. 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
24
Aug

Weekend clinics available Labor Day weekend

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon will again be holding its regular Weekend Clinics over the Labor Day holiday weekend. The Labor Day Weekend Clinics will be held Saturday, Sunday and Monday, September 3, 4 and 5 from 1 to 5 p.m. each day for all non-emergencies.

Weekend Clinics are held every Saturday and Sunday at Veterans Memorial Hospital, all year round, from 1-5 p.m. each day for non-emergencies. Non-emergencies are considered ailments that could be seen by a physician in a clinic and do not require an emergency room visit, such as minor injuries, sore throats and/or earaches that cannot wait until regular clinic business hours. These Weekend Clinics save families the cost of regular emergency room fees on the weekends when the other local clinics are closed.

Wed
24
Aug

Decorators needed for 25th Annual Christmas Fantasy: This year’s theme is “25 Years of Caring and Sharing”


Pictured above is a scene from the 2015 Christmas Fantasy from last November. The planning of the upcoming 2016 Christmas Fantasy is underway and decorators are needed. The theme “25 Years of Caring and Sharing” will commemorate the 25th anniversary of this community event, which will be held November 11-14 at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon. Submitted photo.

Christmas Fantasy decorators are needed to decorate trees, miniature trees, doors, gift baskets, centerpieces and tables at the 2016 Christmas Fantasy in Waukon. This year’s theme is “25 Years of Caring and Sharing” in honor of the 25th anniversary of this community event, which will be held Friday-Monday, November 11-14 at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon.

The event will be organized by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation members, including Kevin Hanson, President; Jackie Halverson, Vice President; Amy Cote’, Secretary; Nancy Schoh, Treasurer; Sue Blagsvedt, Dan Denk, Jane Dietrich, Ardie Kuhse, Craig Lensing, Dennis Lyons, Gail Prestemon, Ann Roed, Jeannette Ruegnitz, Nona Sawyer and Matt Teslow, with additional assistance from Pat Pettingill, Kim Sylvester, Julie Thompson and Karen Swenson.

Wed
24
Aug

Memorials received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Sheryl Kamm by Fred and Geralyn Smith.

Wed
17
Aug

Memorials received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Earl Iverson by Dave and Laurie Martin, Jane Dietrich, Orrin and Nan Grangaard, Sigurd and Barb Ness, Jeff and Pam Christianson, Rodney and Mary Fink, Joyce Kuhse and Vivian Iverson.

Memorials were also received in memory of Don Pothast by Marv and Marg Strike, Dave and Laurie Martin, Dale and Ann Rademaker, Jim and Carol Moe, Dennis and Linda DeBuhr, Gary and Toni Kolsrud, Jerry and Linda Siegrist, Ruth Nolting, Ed and Karen Stamper, Fred and Geralyn Smith, Les and Ada Marie Kerndt, and Bob and Linda Thompson.

Memorials and donations are greatly appreciated by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation.  The Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization. All donations made to the Foundation are considered to be tax deductible. Memorials and donations can be mailed to the Foundation at 40 First Street SE, Waukon, IA  52172.
 

Wed
17
Aug

Discontinuation of Loan Closet at Community and Home Care

The Allamakee County Board of Health and Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care (Allamakee Public Health) have announced they will be dissolving the loan closet, effective September 1. The loan closet is housed in the Community and Home Care Department at Veterans Memorial Hospital and is comprised of a variety of pieces of durable medical equipment such as shower chairs, raised toilet seats, wheel chairs, and other pieces of home medical equipment that were available on loan for just a small $10 fee.

All those involved in this decision were very reluctant to dissolve the loan closet, but all agreed the decision did need to be made for a variety of reasons.

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