Health

Wed
27
Jan

New 4D ultrasound available at VMH


The Radiology Department at Veterans Memorial Hospital now has new High-Definition Ultrasound Equipment with 4D capabilities. This is especially exciting for expecting families in the community, as they will be able to view their baby in a whole new way. Pictured are some images of a baby on this new machine. 4D ultrasounds create a live video effect, like a movie, so parents can watch their baby smile, yawn, or suck their thumb. The standard 2D imaging looks through the baby to show the internal organs, but with the 3D and 4D scans, parents can see their baby's skin.

The radiology department at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon now has new High-Definition Ultrasound Equipment with four-dimensional (4D) capabilities. This is especially exciting for expecting families in the community, as they will be able to view their baby in a whole new way. In addition to the black and white images that are sometimes hard to visualize, there will also be 3D and 4D images taken.
“Having an ultrasound for new moms is exciting as it is, and now we are excited to announce this new feature,” shared Veterans Memorial Hospital Radiology Supervisor Amanda Leiran.“Not only can you see the baby’s profile, but you can see his or her entire face.”
Like regular ultrasounds, 3D and 4D ultrasounds use sound waves to create an image of the baby in the womb. What’s different is that 3D ultrasounds create a three-dimensional image of the baby, while 4D ultrasounds show moving 3D images of your baby, with time being the fourth dimension.

Wed
27
Jan

Blood Donor Day set for Feb. 4 in Waukon

The next LifeServe Blood Center Blood Drive will be held Thursday, February 4, from 12:30 to 5 p.m., at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon. Blood drives are held the first Thursday of every 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 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
27
Jan

Don’t skip your lunch break and avoid the afternoon slump

Americans are working harder than ever. Many toil ten hours or more a day, sometimes without breaks. Does this sound like you? Breaks, especially lunch breaks, are vital to being successful on the job and maintaining your health. Many people feel that they do not have time for a lunch break or that it is time that would be better spent working. In actuality, breaks help workers achieve higher rate of productivity.
Benjamin Ross, M.D., family physician at Mayo Clinic Health System - Franciscan Healthcare in Waukon, says, “Using your lunch break wisely will allow you to better focus on your afternoon work and enjoy physical and mental health benefits.”

Tue
19
Jan

Blankets donated to first babies born at VMH

Pictured here, in back, is Dawn Rae Blocker with Ashley and Brittany Liddiard, all of Waukon. Together, these neighbors have joined forces working together on making fleece blankets in an effort to give back to the community. Recently, they made and donated these fleece blankets for the first baby girl and first baby boy of 2016 born at Veterans Memorial Hospital following the first baby of the year. Submitted photo.

Tue
19
Jan

Live Healthy Iowa begins in one week

Veterans Memorial Hospital is encouraging individuals in the area communities to sign up to participate in Live Healthy Iowa for the next 10 weeks, beginning Monday, January 25, and running through April 1. Veterans Memorial Hospital will then be awarding all those in the 10-week challenge with a participation prize at their annual wellness fair held Wednesday, May 11.
Three years ago, the hospital discontinued the In-Step with VMH eight-week community wellness program and encouraged participation in the Live Healthy Iowa state-wide wellness program instead.

Tue
19
Jan

Bring your workout indoors for the winter

You did it! After years of trying, you finally established a workout routine. Everyone is happy: You love the way you look and feel, and your healthcare provider is pleased. But now it’s the middle of winter. The days are short and temperatures are dropping.
But don’t let winter freeze your workout routine. Erica Krause-Wagner, FNP, a nurse practitioner at the Gundersen Lansing Clinic has the following tips to help you stay active all year round:
The rower at the gym can give you an amazing workout. Even though you are seated, each stroke of the rowing machine gives you a full-body workout that can send your heart rate zooming. Concerned that a long solo row is boring? Try a rowing class and really see the results soar.

Tue
19
Jan

Veterans Memorial Hospital staff strives to keep community safe from the flu with a 95% immunization rate this year

The staff at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon has achieved a 95% flu immunization rate again this year. Nearly every staff member has been vaccinated against the flu by either a flu shot or the flu mist, in an effort to keep themselves and the patients they serve safe from spreading the flu virus this winter.
Sheryl Darling-Mooney, R.N., Public Health Supervisor of Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care, has worked together with hospital staff to achieve this high vaccination rate, which is one of the highest in the state.
“We highly encourage all staff members to receive the flu immunization each year for the safety of everyone around them, including themselves,” states Mooney.  “We feel it is our social responsibility to not only give the best care to our patients, but to care for our patients in the safest, healthiest environment as well, and we feel we are achieving just that.”

Wed
13
Jan

Live Healthy Iowa begins in two weeks

Veterans Memorial Hospital is encouraging individuals in area communities to sign up to participate in Live Healthy Iowa for the next 10 weeks, beginning Monday, January 25 and running through April 1. Veterans Memorial Hospital will then be awarding all those in the 10-week challenge with a participation prize at their annual wellness fair Wednesday, May 11.
Live Healthy Iowa offers many wellness advantages for its members including a 10-week long program, a flexible team size, an on-line option with good technical support, plus professional support and encouragement including weekly wellness tips, exercise videos and a wide array of nutritious recipes.

Wed
13
Jan

Healthy Resolutions: Reflect, Plan, Focus and Enjoy

The new year is a time to reflect on the changes you want to make. Whether you’re kicking a bad habit or trying to pick up a good one, getting the courage to make a healthy change this new year is the first step.
Let’s be honest, making significant changes is hard. Habits are easy to fall back into because they provide us with a sense of comfort. So, before you give up on this year’s resolutions, take some of these tips from Elizabeth Leschensky, nurse practitioner at Mayo Clinic Health System - Franciscan Healthcare in Waukon, into consideration for a successful year.

Wed
13
Jan

It’s simple - wash your hands

You've probably heard it before: washing your hands is one of the most important steps you can take to keep from getting sick or spreading germs to others. While it may seem like common sense, you might be surprised to learn that research found, on average, only 82 percent of adults were observed washing their hands after using a public restroom.
Just a quick rinse under water won't do. According to Jessica Everman, PA-C, physician assistant at the Gundersen Waukon Clinic, “To really get the germs off your hands, you should wet your hands with warm running water, and then lather them up with soap - front and back and between your fingers. Continue rubbing your hands for 20 seconds. (Sing "Happy Birthday" twice in your head - or out loud if you like. That's about 20 seconds). Rinse your hands and dry them off, preferably with a paper towel or hand dryer.”

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