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Wed
21
Dec

Waukon State Bank donates to ambulance fund ...


Waukon State Bank donates to ambulance fund ...

Waukon State Bank recently made a generous $5,000 donation toward this new ambulance serving Waukon and the surrounding area, bringing the fleet to three fully equipped ambulances at Veterans Memorial Hospital. Pictured above, left to right, are Waukon State Bank Senior Vice President Dawn Farley, Veterans Memorial Hospital Administrator Mike Myers, Waukon State Bank President Gail Prestemon and Veterans Memorial Hospital EMS Supervisor and EMT-P Jeff Mitchell. The City of Waukon recently made an addition on to the current city ambulance garage to house this unit. Veterans Memorial Hospital, the Veterans Memorial Hospital Foundation, the City of Waukon and the Waukon Rural Ambulance Board together approved and purchased a new ambulance for the Waukon area service. The hospital’s ambulance runs have increased by over 75 % in the last five years, averaging 1.7 runs per day and eight to 10 transfers per week.

Wed
21
Dec

Weekend clinics available over the holidays

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon will be offering special Christmas  Weekend Clinics Saturday, December 24, Sunday, December 25, and Monday, December 26, from 1-5 p.m. each day.

The following weekend for the New Year’s holiday, the weekend clinics will also be available Saturday, December 31, Sunday, January 1, and Monday, January 2, from 1-5 p.m. each day.
Weekend Clinics are held every Saturday and Sunday year-round at Veterans Memorial Hospital for non-emergencies and help save families the cost of regular emergency room fees on the weekends when the other local clinics are closed.

Anyone needing to utilize these special weekend clinics over the holiday is asked to enter the hospital through the main entrance and register with the receptionist. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, call Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.
 

Wed
21
Dec

Veterans Memorial Hospital’s New Year-Long Weight Loss Program for 2017

Veterans Memorial Hospital is offering a new one-year weight loss program for anyone wanting to lose weight. This newly structured program includes a 12-month accountability calendar and monthly support classes. All enrollees will also have access to the weekly weight loss video blog hosted by Veterans Memorial Hospital.

This new weight loss program is designed for those who have a hard time getting to weekly classes or feel that they may need more accountability to lose weight.

It will begin Wednesday, January 4. The same program will be offered at noon and again at 6 p.m. that same day so any interested individuals can choose which meeting time works best for their schedule.

The special price for this program is only $25. Call Registered Dietitian Jill Fleming at Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411, ext. 567 to reserve a space for this weight loss class.
 

Wed
21
Dec

Memorials received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Don Lyon by Dave and Laurie Martin, Irene Allison, Jim and Sue Bieber and Carol Lyon, and in memory of LaVerne Peterson by Bob and Judy Iseli, Jim and Bev Needham, Bob and Marilyn Bulman, and family and friends of LaVerne Peterson.

Memorials were also received in memory of Pat Kerndt by Patsy Kerndt and Kerndt Brothers Savings Bank, and in memory of Fran Busness by Fred and Geralyn Smith, Mae Jean Bakke, Jack and Sally Hagensick, Byron and Darlene Schultz, Lyle and Marilyn Larson, Dave and Laurie Martin, and Jerry and Linda Siegrist.

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
21
Dec

Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging to support national campaign on problem of isolation and loneliness in older adults

Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging (NEI3A) has announced that it is supporting a national campaign led by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), in collaboration with the AARP Foundation, to raise awareness of the growing problem of social isolation and loneliness in older Americans. It is estimated that one in five adults over age 50 are affected by isolation, a problem that has been associated with higher rates of chronic disease, depression, dementia and death.

This topic is the focus of the annual Eldercare Locator Home for the Holidays Campaign, developed to encourage discussion of important issues affecting older Americans at a time of the year when family and friends often gather together. The campaign features a consumer brochure, “Expand Your Circles: Prevent Isolation and Loneliness As You Age,” which offers information and resources to help older adults reduce their risk of becoming isolated or lonely.

Wed
14
Dec

New digital radiology equipment upgrade for X-ray


Earlier this year, the Radiology Department installed 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 with the new machine is Veterans Memorial Hospital Ultrasound technicians Rachel Wager, at left, and Mike Larson, at right. 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 internal organs, but with the 3D and 4D scans, parents can see their baby’s skin. Submitted photo.

Pictured above is VMH’s fluoroscopy X-ray room which has been newly remodeled with new equipment recently installed as part of an entire digital department upgrade. Pictured left to right are X-ray Technologists Kathy Hager and Siobhan Kurth. Fluoroscopy is an imaging technique that uses X-rays to obtain real-time moving images of the interior of an object. The live images are viewed immediately for the Radiologist to evaluate and are commonly used to evaluate swallowing or gastric reflux problems. Submitted photo.

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Radiology Department has announced they have completed an upgrade to a new, fully digital radiography system which included a complete equipment upgrade and remodel of the radiology rooms.

One of the new machines that has recently been installed is a digital radiography room. Now when an X-ray exposure is taken, the image comes up instantly on the computer monitor, just like a digital camera at home. Previously, the image would be exposed onto a cassette, and run through a reader, which took about 90 seconds. The advantage of this new system is to be able to get patients done with their radiography exams quickly so they can get results faster. The new digital system not only allows for quicker exam time, but also reduces radiation dose to the patient.

Wed
14
Dec

Gundersen clears take off for second MedLink AIR helicopter


Pictured above are the two Medlink AIR helicopters currenty in use by Gundersen Health System. One of the two helicopters is being leased temporarily until a second helicopter is purchased. Having two helicopters based outside of La Crosse allows greater coverage with service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Submitted photo.

MedLink AIR, Gundersen Health System’s emergency and critical care air transport service, will permanently add a second helicopter to provide the best emergency care for the local region.

The Gundersen Board of Trustees has approved the purchase of a second helicopter. Gundersen has been leasing a second helicopter since June on a trial basis.

Stephanie Hill, program director for MedLink AIR, says Gundersen will continue to lease until the new helicopter is purchased and ready for service and additional crew members are hired and trained.

When the new, second helicopter and crews are ready by the end of 2017, the two helicopters will be permanently based outside La Crosse, one at the Decorah Airport and one at the Sparta-Fort McCoy Airport.

Wed
14
Dec

Diabetes Support Group will not meet in December

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Support Group will not hold a regular meeting this month in December. The group will begin holding its regular monthly meetings again in January.

For more information on the Diabetes Support Group, call Teresa Myers, RN, Diabetes Educator, or Angie Mettille, RN, at Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.
 

Wed
14
Dec

No Euchre Marathon held in December

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon will not be holding its monthly Euchre Marathons in December, due to the busy holiday season. The Euchre marathons are typically held the third Thursday of each month at the Senior Citizens Room at the Waukon Wellness Center and will resume in January.

For more information on the monthly Euchre marathons or the Auxiliary itself, call Auxiliary President Nona Sawyer at 563-568-3105.
 

Wed
07
Dec

Gundersen Waukon Clinic among top Steppin’ Out in Pink fundraiser


Pictured above are members of Gundersen Waukon Clinic’s “Wauk On Breast Cancer” team that led the entire Gundersen fundraising effort by raising $2,431 for this year’s Steppin’ Out in Pink breast cancer fundraiser. Pictured above, left to right, are: Front row-Tara Zuercher, registered nurse (RN); Dani Fink, medical assistant (MA); Becky Lickiss, RN; Joan Fritz, RN; Shelle Fogt, licensed practical nurse (LPN); Jean Rea, patient liaison (PL). Back row-Renee Honn, PL; Hallie Linderbaum, regional business office coordinator; Barb Tieskoetter, RN; Kelli Hammel, MA; Lori Benzing, PL; Rachel Welch, lab/radiologic technician; Crystal Goltz, clinic manager. Submitted photo.

Gundersen Medical Foundation’s 11th annual Steppin’ Out in Pink proved pink is powerful. More than 6,100 walkers and 314 teams stepped out September 10 to help raise $395,000 for local breast cancer research.

Top Steppin’ Out in Pink fundraisers were recently announced. Leading the way was Gundersen Waukon Clinic’s “Wauk On Breast Cancer” team that brought in $2,431 and placed first in the Gundersen team competition. Last year, the team took second place in the same category.

“Our message this year was HOPE. We thank the Wauk On Breast Cancer team for embracing Steppin’ Out in Pink and giving hope to all those in the community that their gift will touch,” states Steppin’ Out in Pink chair Debbie Kroner, Gundersen Medical Foundation.

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