Health

Wed
20
Jul

VMH to offer free health tests at the 2016 Allamakee County Fair

Veterans Memorial Hospital will be offering a variety of free health tests and education at the 2016 Allamakee County Fair. Testing and educational materials will change daily and will include the following schedule:

· Wednesday, July 20, 6:00-10:00 p.m.— Massages by certified hospital massage therapists Edna Wyninger and Shannen Mezera.
· Thursday, July 21, 4:00-8:00 p.m.— Free blood sugar and diabetes testing by Angie Mettille, R.N.
· Friday, July 22, 4:00-8:00 p.m.— Food Demonstration and Samples by the Nutrition Department at Veterans Memorial Hospital.
· Saturday, July 23, 4:00-8:00 p.m.— Free hemoglobin testing by the Veterans Memorial Hospital Laboratory Department.
· Sunday, July 24, Noon-4:00 p.m.—Free blood pressure checks by the Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care Nurses.

Wed
20
Jul

Memorials received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Marilyn Winter by Irene Allison, Kay Carter, Neil and Darlene Barth, Janice Winter, Alice Schlacke, Mae Jean Bakke, Patsy Kerndt and Leotia Flage.

Memorials were also received in memory of Thelma (Kolsrud) Reetz by JoAnn Peake, Mae Jean Bakke, Gladwin and Darlene Anderson and Peter Bieber; in memory of Charles Moser by Rev. John Moser and the family of Charles W. Moser; and in memory of Don Olson by Jerry and Linda Siegrist and Dale and Ann Rademaker.

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
20
Jul

Summer food safety tips from VMH Nutrition Services

It’s finally summer! The beautiful weather brings ample opportunities for grilling and get-togethers; and what turns a party from so-so to spectacular? Food, of course!

The warmer temperatures pose higher risks for foodborne illnesses, and getting sick from something eaten makes for an unforgettable (and undesirable) experience. The “Temperature Danger Zone” is between 40°F-140°F. In that range bacteria multiply rapidly and can make a person sick.  How can it be avoided? It’s simple; keep cold foods cold and hot foods hot. Here are a few pointers to keep safe all summer long:

Wed
13
Jul

Brooklyn’s Gift donates infant gowns ...

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Maternity Services Department recently received a special donation of four infant gowns from the Brooklyn’s Gift organization. Brooklyn’s Gift makes infant gowns created out of donated wedding dresses and gifts them to area hospitals. These gowns are made and donated to support families who have lost a baby while in the hospital to provide comfort for the families. Pictured at left are the Brooklyn’s Gift Coordinators, Karen Andrie and Leslie Jerde, presenting these four infant gowns and wraps to Veterans Memorial Hospital nursing staff, Bailey Estebo, RN and Diane Allison, RN, OB Supervisor. Submitted photo.

Wed
13
Jul

VMH to offer a variety of free health tests at the 2016 Allamakee County Fair

Veterans Memorial Hospital will be offering a variety of free health tests and education at the 2016 Allamakee County Fair. Testing and educational materials will change daily and will include the following schedule:

• Wednesday, July 20, 6-10 p.m. - Massages by certified hospital massage therapists Edna Wyninger and Shannen Mezera.
• Thursday, July 21, 4-8 p.m. - Free blood sugar and diabetes testing by Angie Mettille, R.N.
• Friday, July 22, 4-8 p.m. - Food Demonstration and Samples by the Nutrition Department at Veterans Memorial Hospital.
• Saturday, July 23, 4-8 p.m. - Free hemoglobin testing by the Veterans Memorial Hospital Laboratory Department.
• Sunday, July 24, Noon-4 p.m. - Free blood pressure checks by the Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care Nurses.

Wed
13
Jul

Memorials received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation

Memorials were received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Lyle Westby by Marv and Marge Strike, Patsy Kerndt, Dave and Brenda Dougherty, Cyril and Shirley Larkin, Jerry and Linda Siegrist, Bernard Welsh, Walmart and Family and Friends of Lyle Westby.

Memorials were also received in memory of Maurice Hahn by Marv and Marge Strike, Chuck and Lois Votsmier, Ken and Gloria Krambeer and Tom and Lynn Thomson; in memory of Elmer Alderdyce by Dave and Laurie Martin and Dan and Mary Ann Otting; and in memory of Jane Hausman by Marian Smedsrud and Dave and Laurie Martin.

Additional memorials were also received for Keith and Jean Mason by John and Lorna Kerndt, Jerry and Linda Siegrist, Dan and Mary Ann Otting, Dave and Laurie Martin, and Pat Pettingill; and for Willis “Buster” Mathis by Dave and Laurie Martin, Bob and Linda Thompson, Mae Jean Bakke, Peter Bieber, and Angie Schulte.

Wed
06
Jul

New eye surgeon begins practice at Veterans Memorial Hospital

Dr. Cindy Calderon
Dr. Cindy Calderon

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon has welcomed Ophthalmologist Dr. Cindy Calderon to its medical specialty staff. She visits Waukon twice per month to meet with patients at Gundersen Clinic as well as perform cataract surgery at Veterans Memorial Hospital once per month.

“We are so happy to have Dr. Calderon join our team,” states Suzette Mahoney, BSN, RN, Veterans Memorial Hospital Surgery Supervisor. “Being able to offer this kind of service is really important to the patient population Veterans Memorial serves.”

Dr. Calderon is a fellowship-trained retinal specialist and the newest member of Gundersen Eye Institute, La Crosse. “I found the practice environment at Gundersen to be very attractive - a place where I could work within a modern, larger clinic system, treat a variety of patients with up-to-date technology and discuss interesting cases with other ophthalmology subspecialists, with the added benefit of living in a smaller town,” says Dr. Calderon.

Wed
06
Jul

Blood donation matters

For those who may not know how much blood is needed by certain patients, here are some facts from the LifeServe Blood Center.

• Cancer patients can use up to eight units of blood a month.
• Bone Marrow Transplant patients can use up to two units a day.
• Cardiovascular Surgery patient can use between two and 25 units.
• Liver Transplant patients can use up to 100 units.
• Auto/Trauma Accident patients can use from five to 100 units.
• Premature infants can use up to one to four units.
• Burn victims case use up to 20 units of platelets.
• Heart surgery patients can use up to three to eight units of red cells and one to 10 units of platelets.
• Organ transplant patients can use 10-30 units of blood.

The next LifeServe Blood Center blood drive will be held Thursday, July 7 from 12:30-5 p.m. The blood drive will be held at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon. 

Wed
06
Jul

Memorials received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation

Memorials were received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Oliver “Ollie” Emerson by Scott and Karen Ness, Alice Schlacke, Marlys Leiran, Joan Bieber, Russ and Mary Jo Meyer, Larry and Carolyn Homewood, Gladwin and Darlene Anderson, Chuck and Ranae Gipp, Lesa Moose, Orrin and Nan Grangaard, Brad and Erin Berns and friends and family of Oliver Emerson.

Donations were also received in memory of Roland “Rollie” Grotegut by Mae Jean Bakke, Alice Schlacker and Nyles and Ruby Herman.

In addition, memorials were received in memory of Marlys Jacobs by Dave and Laurie Martin, Al and Deb Tweedy, Norb and Nola Palmer, Kay Carter, Merrill Jacobs, Patsy Kerndt and Sigurd and Bard Ness.

Wed
29
Jun

Memorials received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Troy Thompson by Dave and Laurie Martin, Chuck and Lois Votsmier, Bill and Libby Withers, Larry and Nancy Klocke, John and Sheryl Prestemon, Dean “Beanzy” Schellhammer, Barry and Lisa Fruechte, Curtis and Betty Gilbertson, Ken and Gloria Krambeer, Lois Evans, George and Jean Huffey, Bob and Jeanine Mathis, Gladwin and Darlene Anderson, Jerry and Linda Siegrist, Orrin and Nan Grangaard, Jane Dietrich, JC and Natalie Kelly, Rudolph and Marian Hesla, Norb and Nola Palmer and family and friends of Troy Thompson.

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