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Wed
11
Dec

Weekly INR tests available at Veterans Memorial Hospital Laboratory


INR testing available at VMH ... Weekly INR testing can be completed by the Veterans Memorial Hospital Laboratory. The lab is always open very early in the morning for fasting labs. Lab technicians are conveniently on site for a blood draw before a patient goes to work. Pictured above is George Pickett of Waukon, who regularly utilizes the hospital’s laboratory for his weekly testing. He is pictured with Lab Technician Cati Bruening. Patients are encouraged to ask their provider if their labs can be drawn and tested locally for their own convenience. Submitted photo.

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Laboratory has the ability to draw and locally run many of the lab tests regularly ordered by physicians. If a test is ordered that can’t be run at the local hospital, the lab can draw the blood and send the sample for more advanced testing, saving the patient valuable time and money.

Veterans Memorial Hospital Laboratory in Waukon is open in the very early morning for those fasting labs. Lab technicians are on site for a blood draw before a patient goes to work.

Wed
11
Dec

Health Care Provider CPR offered December 18

Veterans Memorial Hospital will be offering the next recertification course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for health care providers (those working in health-related fields such as physicians, nurses, EMS, etc.) Wednesday, December 18, 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.

All registrants should bring along their own pocket mask, if they have one. Upon successful completion of the class, the participant will receive an electronic card certifying them as a BLS Healthcare Provider for a two-year period.

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

Wed
11
Dec

Prepared Childbirth Education Class to be held at Veterans Memorial Hospital

Veterans Memorial Hospital will begin the next Prepared Childbirth Education classes (formerly called Lamaze) Monday, January 13, and those classes will continue for two more consecutive Monday evenings, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Large Conference Room.

The Prepared Childbirth Education classes at Veterans Memorial Hospital are offered in three sessions that allow the expectant parents to choose which topics they wish to learn more on. They may choose to attend one, two or all three sessions.  Session 1 covers labor, delivery and the postpartum period following delivery; Session 2 includes relaxation, breathing and pain management; and Session 3 covers infant care.

These Prepared Childbirth Education classes are free to any expectant parents delivering at Veterans Memorial Hospital, and for a small fee per session for those delivering at another facility. These classes will be offered every three months at Veterans Memorial Hospital.

Wed
11
Dec

Grief Support Group will meet again in 2020

The local Grief Support Group will not be meeting at Veterans Memorial Hospital until after the first of the year, 2020. When the January date is set, notice of the next meeting will be published.

The Grief Support Group is open to anyone suffering from any type of loss, whether it be death, divorce, illness or some other grief.

Watch for the announcement for the date of the next Grief Support Group or call Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411 with questions.
 

Wed
11
Dec

Hospital Auxiliary Euchre Marathon will not be held

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital will not be holding its monthly Euchre Marathon in December, due to the busy holiday season. The Euchre marathons are 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, call Auxiliary President Nona Sawyer at 563-568-3105.

Wed
11
Dec

Diabetes Support Group will not meet in December

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

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

Wed
11
Dec

Memorials received by Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Terry Johnson by Sheila and Bruce Snitker, Vicky, Tim and Vanessa Phipps, Elaine Knuppe, Matthew, Ciara and Dax Snitker, Audrey Angel and Jane Grotegut, Ron and Nancy Adam, Carrie and Shane Sievers, and Deb Johnson.

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
11
Dec

EMT shortage in area: Take advantage of local EMT class in Waukon starting in January

The number of Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) in this area has dwindled over the years as licensed EMTs have retired but a similar number of new EMTs have not emerged. Allamakee and northern Clayton counties are fortunate to have many emergency response services, but nearly all of them are in need of more EMTs on their service to share the call time, ensuring local emergency services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) will be offering a face-to-face EMT Class in Waukon beginning in January. This class is not offered locally each year, so the fact it will be held in Waukon is a convenience for those wishing to take the course with little travel time.

Enthusiastic, willing volunteers wanting to truly help people are needed to fill this class. Call NICC at 800-728-2256 to register for this January EMT Class in Waukon or for more information, call the Emergency Department at Veterans Memorial Hospital.
 

Wed
11
Dec

Caregiver Support Group to meet at VMH; The need for caregiver support

The next Caregiver Support Group meeting will be held Monday, December 16 at 1:30 p.m. in the Meditation Room in the front entrance of Veterans Memorial Hospital. When a person is diagnosed with a chronic illness, a lot of focus and attention is put on how to keep that person as independent and as healthy as possible. When a person loses some of their abilities to care for themselves the burden of care is often assumed by the spouse, a child (or children), or sometimes friends and neighbors. While everyone who becomes a caregiver handles the added responsibility with different skill sets, attitudes and understanding levels, there is no question that there is a very real strain associated with care giving.

Recent studies have estimated that the stress caused just by becoming the caregiver of an adult with a chronic illness or disability will take seven years off of a persons’ life. With more and more Iowans aging, this is a concern in the local community.

Wed
11
Dec

Jack and Bonnie Sweeney 50th wedding anniversary

Bonnie and Jack Sweeney - then and now
Bonnie and Jack Sweeney - then and now
Bonnie and Jack Sweeney - then and now

Jack (John) and Bonnie (Blake) Sweeney celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary December 6. They were married at Hanover Church in rural Waukon in 1969. They have six children, Selena (Jon Hager) of Lonsdale, MN, Sheree (Gabe Suarez) of Chicago, IL, Stacie (Jim Cooper) of Waukon, Sonya (Jeremy Schneider) of Maple Grove, MN, Sacha (Ty Newman) of Minnetonka, MN, and John of Waukon.

The couple has also been blessed with 17 grandchildren and they enjoy spending time with them and attending their events, no matter which city they live in. The family will be spending time together to celebrate and renew marriage vows during the Christmas holiday.

Cards and well wishes may be sent to 2116 Allamakee Street, Waukon, IA 52172.
 

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