Health

Wed
29
Jun

Safe and healthy grilling

Most in the Midwest enjoy taking advantage of the warm summer temperatures to grill a meal or two a week outside. From traditional favorites such as hotdogs to side dishes and even desserts, grilling is a great way to add flavor to all types of foods.

But, according to Brigitte Weymiller, RD, Gundersen Health System registered dietitian, before the big cookout, it is important to use the same safety measures taken when cooking outside as indoors. “Clean your grill by scrubbing it with hot, soapy water. When you’re ready to cook, allow the grill to heat up sufficiently to eliminate potential bacteria problems,” Weymiller explains. “Make sure you have the right tools. Relying on color alone does not ensure the doneness of meat, poultry and fish. A food thermometer can ensure food has been cooked to a safe internal temperature.”

Wed
29
Jun

Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation’s 2016 Golf Tournament fields 27 teams


The winner of the Veterans Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation’s 23rd Annual Benefit Golf Tournament held June 20 was team “Waukon State Bank” with a score of 62.Pictured, left to right, are team members Dan Denk and Jeremy Curtin. Not pictured is team member Sam Mount. The Foundation Golf Tournament is an annual event held each year in June at the Waukon Golf and Country Club. Submitted photo.

The 23rd annual Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation Golf Tournament was held on Monday, June 20 at the Waukon Golf and Country Club. Twenty-seven teams of three participated in this tournament. Each team enjoyed 18 holes of golf plus lunch and dinner prepared by Rich Schulte, Marge and Bud Strike, and the Foundation Directors.

The Foundation gives credit for the success of this tournament to the many local businesses that provide great prizes so everyone participating wins. Plus many businesses serving this area contribute as hole sponsors to the tournament making it an enjoyable, community-wide event.

Wed
22
Jun

Be aware of ticks when enjoying the outdoors

by Sheryl Darling Mooney, RN, Veterans Memorial
Hospital Community and Home Care

It’s great to get out and enjoy the outdoors here in Allamakee County and Clayton counties, but remember to be vigilant about checking yourself and others with you for ticks. Examine your skin as best you can and use a handheld mirror, if available. Fine-toothed combs can also be used in helping to check your scalp. “ I’d Like to Check You for Ticks” isn’t just the catchy title to a country song, but a good idea to have someone else check the areas you can’t easily see.

Wed
22
Jun

Weekend Clinic available over Fourth of July holiday for non-emergencies

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon will again be holding its regular Weekend Clinic over the Fourth of July holiday. A special Weekend Clinic will be held Monday, July 4 from 1 to 5 p.m. 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
22
Jun

Memorials received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Beth Otting by Tom and Sandy Fink, Marv and Marge Strike, and Dan and Mary Ann Otting; in memory of Rose Irlbeck by Dave and Laurie Martin; and in memory of Helen Plein by Fred and Geralyn Smith, Craig and Barb Lensing and Lois Evans.

Memorials were also received 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” Shellhammer, 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.

Wed
15
Jun

Medicare supplement changes do not mean that people have to change plans

Let’s face it. Medicare is confusing. It’s even more confusing when changes in the law occur. Sometimes those changes are easy to understand. Other times laws are so hard to interpret that everyday Iowans throw their hands up in disgust without getting the answers they need.

Luckily, the Iowa Insurance Division’s Senior Health Insurance Information Program, better known as SHIIP, is available to provide free, unbiased information about how changes may affect people on Medicare.  Recently, SHIIP counselors have been getting many calls regarding a change in Medicare law that will take place in 2020 regarding Medicare Supplement plans C and F.

Medicare Supplement plans are sold by private insurance companies to fill the gaps in traditional Medicare plans (Parts A and B).  Medicare plans help pay for things like coinsurance, co-payments or deductibles on Medicare-covered services.

Wed
15
Jun

Memorials received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation

Memorials were received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Verdine Berns by Dave and Rita Newton, Marie Loven, Charlene Loven, Dave and Sandy Lyons, Evelyn Burke, Angie Schulte, Arden and Lois Shindoll, Bart and Marilyn Hamm, Bernard Welsh, Bob Nargang, Brian and Denise Wullner, Carol Miene, Dan and Linda Ryan, Darlene Kaeser, Dave and Brenda Dougherty, Dennis and Sandy Deal, Derrick and Kari Gibbs, Kyle and Erin Iverson, Fred and Geralyn Smith, Gene and Betty May,  Jerry and Machelle Bulman, Jeff and Amy Sommer, John and Lorna Kerndt, Judy Ferguson, Mae Jean Bakke, Meg Schaller, Nicholas and Shannen Mezera, Oliver Roderick, Pat and Karran Ryan, Patti Wild, Randy and Lori Hesse, Ray and Lorraine Mitchell, Robert and Peggy Woodbeck, Russ and Mary Jo Meyer, Sheryl Bieber, Steve and Paula Enyart, Teresa Schaefers, Tom and Lynn Thomson, Gladwin and Darlene Anderson, Kent and Donna Schultz, Ernie and Donnalee Osland, Ray and Mary Ann Burke, Dave and Karla Hammel

Wed
15
Jun

More than 30 complete VMH Baby-sitting Seminar

Congratulations to the numerous students who completed the Veterans Memorial Hospital baby-sitting class. The class, which was held Saturday, June 4, consisted of teaching the qualities of being a good baby-sitter including basic child care, accident prevention and first aid. These new baby-sitters learned CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and the Heimlach Maneuver, to be used in the case of a choking child, and also learned about personal safety thanks to assistance from the Waukon Police Department.

Wed
08
Jun

Memorials received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation

Memorials were received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Ruby Klocke by Kent and Donna Schultz, Dave and Laurie Martin, Patsy Kerndt, Gayle Larkin, Gladwin and Darlene Anderson, Cyril and Shirley Larkin, Bob and Marilyn Bulman, Charles and Kim Deering, Marlys Leiran, Russ and Mary Jo Meyer, Jerry and Linda Siegrist, Orrin and Nan Grangaard as well as an anonymous donation.

Donations were also received in memory or Rose Irlbeck by Rick and Cathy Larson, Lawrence and Marsha Benda, Jim and Linda Ryan, Dan and JoEllen Anderson and Donnie and Diane Haler; and in memory of Eleanor Ryan by Carol Krumme, Gary and Toni Kolsrud, Mike and Julie Snitker, Dan and Traci Byrnes, Dave and Rita Newton, Brian and Denise Wullner, Dave and Laurie Martin, and family and friends of Eleanor Ryan.  In addition, the Eleanor Ryan family also made a donation to the Veterans Memorial Hospital ambulance fund in her memory.

Wed
08
Jun

Home Care and In-Home Therapy through Veterans Memorial Hospital make a successful combination


May was “Older Americans Month.” Belva Becker of New Albin is pictured here with Amy Ghelf, Physical Therapist Assistant, at left, and Lindsey Deason, RN, Community and Home Care Nurse. Belva shares her story of how the Veterans Memorial Hospital home care and in-home therapy services saved her from having to drive a long distance for these services, allowing her to remain in her own home through it all. Submitted photo.

May was Older Americans month.  Veterans Memorial Hospital’s Community and Home Care and Rehabilitation departments work closely together helping many older Americans live life to their fullest potential.

Belva Becker of New Albin is a former patient who utilized home health services in conjunction with in-home rehabilitation twice in the past year.  She states, “Having home health care and therapy come right to my home has been very helpful for me.  I enjoyed the fact that they would come to me so I could stay home because it is hard for me to drive to Waukon.”

The purpose of home care is to keep people in their homes, near their families and in their communities for as long as possible. Home health care can provide a range of services including wound care, therapy, rehabilitative services following surgery and home infusion of drugs.

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