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Wed
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Apr

New providers at Veterans Memorial Hospital Waukon Clinic; Clinic opens May 3


Dave Schwartz, M.D.

Sue McMillan, ARNP

Halie Ruff, ARNP

Jon Hawes, P.A.

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon will be opening the new Waukon Clinic Monday, May 3. Those wishing to make an appointment are invited to call the new clinic number of 563-568-5530 to schedule an appointment for May or beyond.

Dr. Dave Schwartz will be the medical physician provider in this new clinic. He has been serving this community since 1995 and will continue by seeing patients in the new Waukon clinic while also continuing to provide care at Veterans Memorial Hospital, especially in one of his favorite departments, Maternity Services.

Wed
21
Apr

April is National Occupational Therapy Month: How to prevent strains and inflammatory or over-use injuries while at work


Occupational Therapy Month at VMH ... April is National Occupational Therapy Month. Pictured is Occupational Therapist Tami Gebel with Daniel Cahoon of Monona. See the accompanying article for some simple techniques to help prevent workplace injuries. Submitted photo.

by Tami Gebel, Occupational Therapist,
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 cause a loss in wages, production and manpower.

Wed
21
Apr

Elliott Jewelers donates to VMH Clinic ...

Elliott Jewelers of Waukon has made a very generous donation to the renovation of the new Veterans Memorial Hospital Waukon Clinic. Owners, John and Shelly Elliott, pictured above inside their store in downtown Waukon, have personally pledged $10,000 in support of this clinic project.

Appointments are now being scheduled at the new Waukon Clinic which will open Monday, May 3. Those interested in setting an appointment with one of the clinic providers for a date in May or beyond are invited to call the new clinic phone number at 563-568-5530 to schedule. Donations are still being accepted by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation. All gifts to the Foundation are tax deductible. Anyone with any questions about the campaign or Foundation is invited to call the hospital at 563-568-3411. Submitted photo.

Wed
21
Apr

Over 50 complete VMH Babysitting Seminars

Congratulations to the numerous students who completed the recent Veterans Memorial Hospital Babysitting classes Saturday, April 10. The classes were instructed by Corinne Cook, RN, assisted by Kim Gossling, RN, and consisted of teaching the qualities of a good babysitter including basic child care, accident prevention and first aid.

These new babysitters learned CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and the Heimlach Maneuver thanks to hospital staff members Kelly Baxter, Laura Baxter, Elizabeth Hoins and Mary Jo Meyer, who taught the Baby Shark Hands Only CPR program. Police Chief Paul Wagner from the Waukon Police Department also attended and discussed personal safety. Chris Dahlstrom from the Fire Department instructed the students on fire safety.

Wed
21
Apr

Great Blood Drive in April; Now taking appointments for May Blood Drive

The LifeServe Blood Center reported a great number of donors at the April blood drive with 45 total units collected. In addition, there were five first-time donors who attended.

The local blood drives continue to be held during COVID-19 since the need for blood does not stop. Life Serve team members only report to work if they are healthy and only healthy donors are eligible to give blood. Blood drives are essential medical services and not considered mass gatherings. The number of donors is limited to ensure donor separation and staff has strict cleaning and disinfection schedules. Other measures are also in place to ensure the safety of the blood supply so these lifesaving donations can continue during COVID-19.

Wed
21
Apr

Memorials received by Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Nyles Herman by Dwight Bacon, Don and Joyce Bakke, John and Marian Bauercamper, Mary Ann Burke, Jeff and Pam Christianson, Robert and Karen Fossum, Nan Grangaard, Earl and Bev Haas, Marlene Habhab, Patsy Kerndt, Jim and Jill Kiesau, Bev Krambeer, Joyce Kuhse, Lillian Larson, Jim and Bev Larson-Needham, Lyle and Cindy Leikvold, Sigurd and Barb Ness, Norbert and Nola Palmer, Vicky Phipps, Dave and Gail Prestemon, Linda Thompson, Waukon State Bank, Betty White, Arlen and Karlene Wonderlich and Brad and Erin Berns.

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
Apr

What's Up at the USDA Office?

Upcoming Deadlines/Dates
May 15: August 1: Primary Nesting Season
July 15: Crop Certification

New Research Shows up to 30% of crop Nitrogen may come from Soil Biology
by LuAnn Rolling, District Conservationist

The role of biological nitrogen fixation in crops such as cereals as an alternate source to chemical fertilizers has been a longtime goal in science and industry. Efforts in research and development of biological fixation in cereals still have not resulted in high enough Nitrogen (N) generation to be a total replacement for chemical fertilizers. However, recent research indicates biological nitrogen fixation can contribute up to 30 percent of N requirement of a corn crop.

Wed
21
Apr

Women Landowners are the focus of new outreach project

Owning nearly half of the farmland in Iowa, women landowners play an influential role in decisions that impact agriculture and natural resources. To better understand this demographic, a team of specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is beginning a three-year project to study the needs, challenges and opportunities of women landowners.

The project is called “Enhancing Conservation, Access and Generational Transition of Iowa Farmland through Women Landowners” and is being funded through a $300,000 grant by the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

According to the 2017 Iowa Farmland Ownership and Tenure survey, 47% of all acres and 55% of all leased acres in Iowa were owned by women. In addition, most owners were over the age of 65 and 13% of female farmland owners in Iowa were over 80.

Wed
21
Apr

Letter to the Editor: Understanding Social Democracy

To the Editor:

In his April 7 letter to the editor, the author Jeff Johnson states that “To become a true Socialist/Communist country you need to get rid of the middle class and individualism.” He implies that the Democratic Party wants the U.S. to practice Socialism/Communism and thus would get rid of the middle class and individualism.  This is not correct.

Socialism and Communism are different economic or political theories. There are some similarities, but there are major differences.  And to make it more complicated, there is Social Democracy, which is different from Socialism and Communism.

Wed
21
Apr

Letter to the Editor: Why the truth matters

To the Editor:

Mr. Johnson in his letter to the editor (The Standard, April 7, 2021) asked who cares if President Trump made thousands of lies and misleading statements when he was President since he is no longer in office. We should all care.

Trump’s lies demeaned his office, led to public distrust in government, and continue to influence his followers today. A recent poll found that 67 percent of Republicans still view the 2020 election as invalid.

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