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Apr

April is National Occupational Therapy Month: Prevent strains and over-use injuries at work


Occupational Therapy at VMH ... April is National Occupational Therapy Month. Pictured above is Occupational Therapist Tami Gebel with Robert Timmerman of Waukon. Submitted photo.

by Tami Gebel, O.T.,
Veterans Memorial Hospital

April is National Occupational Therapy Month. Occupational therapists work in outpatient clinics to assist people in recovery from work-related injuries. Many times careless mistakes lead to injuries. Other times injuries occur due to an obscure accident or just repetition of the same movement over and over.

However an injury occurs, it often leads to pain, time off from work, a change in work duties, and inability to complete all activities (even non-work related activities). Employers do not like work-related injuries because they often result in a loss in wages, production and manpower.

Wed
17
Apr

“Welcome to Medicare” Seminar at Veterans Memorial Hospital April 22

Russ Hagen
Russ Hagen ... Submitted photo.

“Welcome to Medicare” is a free, two-hour seminar offered by the Veterans Memorial Hospital Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) counselors.  This program will be held Monday, April 22 from 5-7 p.m. in the Large Conference Room located on the lower level of Veterans Memorial Hospital.

“We’re excited to be offering another free seminar to the community,” says Russ Hagen, SHIIP volunteer.  “Medicare is such an important program and understanding what it offers helps assure that anyone eligible gets the health benefits they deserve.”

“Welcome to Medicare” will cover Medicare Part A and Part B benefits, the prescription drug benefit (Part D), Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare supplement insurance.

Wed
17
Apr

Pain control presentation again offered at Veterans Memorial Hospital

Dr. Dave Schwartz
Dr. Dave Schwartz ... Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital will again be offering a pain control presentation for the public April 24 and 25.   Dr. Dave Schwartz will again be hosting these informative pain control presentations which will both detail the two new pain control options he offers at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Both presentations will include the same information but are being offered on two different days at different times to try to suit more schedules.

The Wednesday, April 24 presentation will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will be held in the Large Conference Room located on the lower level of Veterans Memorial Hospital. The Thursday, April 25 presentation will begin at 10 a.m. and will also be held in the hospital’s Large Conference Room.

Wed
17
Apr

Care for Children Foundation makes overwhelming donation to VMH


VMH receives donation for pediatric patients ... Pictured above, left to right, front row: Abby Criswell, VMH; Callie Thorson, VMH; Terry Jones, Foundation; Peggy Wood, Foundation; Jenni Pope, Foundation; Kelsey Weymiller, VMH; Marie Loven, VMH; Cari Ahearn, VMH; Tami O’Connell, VMH; and Chuck Votsmier, VMH. Middle row: Christy Cory, Foundation; Marlene Dahlstrom, VMH; Lois Votsmier, VMH; and Michelle Mikkelsen, Foundation. Back row: David Mikkelsen, Cara Mikkelsen and Lisa Dotseth, all of the Foundation; and Jared Donahue, VMH. Submitted photo.

The Care for Children Foundation, based out of Altoona, made an incredible donation to Veterans Memorial Hospital in April for the benefit of all the pediatric patients served by the hospital. Educational toys, therapy items, art supplies, an iPad, play mats, tie blankets, and even a child recliner were all dropped off by these friends of the Foundation pictured in the accompanying photo below.

Wed
17
Apr

April 16 is National Health Care Decisions Day; Veterans Memorial Hospital has information available on Advance Medical Directives

It is the right of the patient to choose the medical care they wish in any situation, even when the patient is too sick or hurt to tell their family members or their physician. The way to ensure the correct healthcare wishes are carried out is to complete an Advance Directive. Advance Directives include: Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare and/or a Living will.

1. In order to have an Advance Directive the patient will need to discuss their wishes with their family and physician. An Advance Directive should be done by discussing your wishes with your family and physician and then completing our Power of Attorney for Healthcare form.

Wed
17
Apr

Diabetes Support Group to meet

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Support Group will hold its next meeting Thursday, April 18 at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held at Veterans Memorial Hospital in the Large Conference Room, located on the lower level of the hospital.

This diabetes class is open to everyone who has diabetes or has a friend or loved one with diabetes.  For more information on the Diabetes Support Group, call  Angie Mettille, RN at Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.
 

Wed
17
Apr

Health Care Provider CPR offered

Veterans Memorial Hospital will be offering the next course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for health care providers (those working in health related fields such as physicians, nurses, EMTs, etc.) Wednesday, April 17, beginning at 5 p.m. This “Health Care Professional” CPR class will be held in the Large Conference Room located on the lower level of the hospital.

The cost of the class, for certification or recertification, is the same and all registrants should bring along their own pocket mask. The online certificate received certifies attendants in CPR for two years.

Pre-registration plus a minimum of three participants is required. For more information and to register for the “Health Care Provider” CPR Course, call Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.
 

Wed
17
Apr

Hospital Auxiliary Euchre Marathon set for April 18

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital will be holding its monthly Euchre Marathon for all individuals of the community interested Thursday, April 18. 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, if chosen. Call Northland Agency on Aging at 877-838-8077 if choosing to eat dinner. 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. All proceeds go towards the Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital. Prizes will be awarded.

Anyone interested in attending but preferring to play Bridge is also welcome to join in. It is asked that they come with their own table of four players, however.

Wed
17
Apr

Birth announcement: Smith

Cory Smith and Katrina Trappe of Waukon announce the birth of their daughter, Evie Rose Smith, born April 5, 2019 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. She weighed 8 lbs. 9 ozs. and measured 21 inches in length at the time of her birth. She joins a big sister, Nora (3).

Dawn Smith of Waterville is a grandparent. Great-grandparents are Diane Kurelo of Monona and Aldean Dietrich of Frankville. Della Cowell of Luana is a great-great-grandparent.
 

Wed
17
Apr

Waukon High School Class of 1969 Reunion set for October 19

The Waukon High School Class of 1969 will hold its 50-year reunion Saturday, October 19 at Empty Nest Winery, 1352 Apple Road, Waukon. Social hour will be at 6 p.m., dinner will be at 7 p.m. and a professional class photo will be taken by Riverside Photography Studio, Lansing at 8 p.m.

Invitations have been mailed out through the U.S. Postal System to all classmates found. Anyone who has not received an invitation should call Gloria Sander Payne, committee chairperson at 563-586-2045 to receive an invitation to fill out and to be returned to the reunion committee.
 

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