Health

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21
Oct

October is National Physical Therapy Month


National Physical Therapy Month at Veterans Memorial Hospital ... October is National Physical Therapy Month. Pictured above is the Rehabilitation Department at Veterans Memorial Hospital. This staff works with people of all ages, helping them to reduce pain and regain strength, independence and health, assisting patients within the hospital, patients in the hospital on a skilled level of care, as well as outpatients and in the patient homes. Pictured, left to right, is Amy Robinson, PT, Rehab Director; Sara White, PTA; Alana Gavin, DPT; Amy Ghelf, PTA; Tami Gebel, OT; Brad Krambeer, Athletic Trainer; Shelly Valley, PTA and Athletic Trainer; Steven Mazzafield, SLP; Laurel Hagensick, PT; Melissa Clarke, OT; Austin Troendle, DPT and Athletic Trainer; and Dacia Johnson, Office Manager and Rehab Technician. Submitted photo.

October is National Physical Therapy Month. The Rehabilitation staff at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon works with people of all ages, helping them to reduce pain and regain strength, independence and health. The Healthy Lifestyles Rehabilitation Center at Veterans Memorial Hospital is fully equipped for all rehabilitation patients with 17 weight machine stations, tread mills, exercise bikes, NuStep and elliptical machines. The five private treatment rooms allow one-on-one evaluation and treatment with the therapist.

Wed
21
Oct

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month; Be diligent for early detection


3D digital mammography offered at VMH ... October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Just three years ago, Veterans Memorial Hospital introduced the first 3D digital mammography machine in northeast Iowa, pictured above, and the hospital is now in its fourth year of offering this innovative technology. Submitted photo.

An estimated 252,710 new invasive cases of breast cancer are expected to occur among women in the United States during 2020 and about 2,470 new cases of breast cancer are expected in men in 2020. In total, an estimated 40,610 deaths (40,170 women and 440 men) are anticipated from breast cancer in 2020.  These numbers have steadily decreased since 1990. The American Cancer Society states the decrease represents progress in both earlier detection and improved treatment.

Wed
21
Oct

Auxiliary of VMH to hold online Masquerade sales October 26-30


VMH Auxiliary Masquerade sales to be held online ... Due to COVID-19, the Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital’s 7th Annual Masquerade Sale will be held online this year, and not in-house as pictured above in previous years. The sale will be held Monday, October 26 through Friday, October 30. Items can be found at store.masqueradefundraising.com. Items are displayed just like any online sales site. In order to benefit the Veterans Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, all shoppers are asked to enter 5836 at checkout. The proceeds the Auxiliary receives from the sales will be used to purchase new equipment for the hospital. Submitted photo.

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital is still holding its seventh annual Masquerade jewelry and accessories sale, but the sale will be offered online this year due to COVID-19.    Masquerade is a company that hosts these sales only for hospital auxiliaries as a fundraiser. All items are offered for just $5 each. They do prefer to hold the sales at the hospitals themselves, but this year the company has expanded to offer online sales due to the pandemic.

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital online sale will be offered Monday, October 26 through Friday, October 30. Items can be found at store.masqueradefundraising.com. Items are displayed just like any online sales site.

In order to benefit the Veterans Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, all shoppers are asked to enter 5836 at checkout. The proceeds the Auxiliary receives from the sales will be used to purchase new equipment for the hospital.

Wed
21
Oct

Blood in high need during COVID-19; Blood drive planned for November 5

The need for blood has not stopped during COVID-19 and is always in even higher demand over the summer months, so the local blood drives continue to be held. 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.

The next blood drive will be held Thursday, November 5 from Noon to 5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon.   

Wed
21
Oct

Caregiver Support Group to hold conference calls during COVID-19

The Caregiver Support Group meetings that were held monthly at Veterans Memorial Hospital continue to be held through conference calls during COVID-19.  Northeast Iowa Agency on Aging is offering weekly Caregiver Support Group conference calls every Monday from 10-11 a.m.

To join a call, just dial 1-800-264-8432. Then enter the participant code 961847# to be connected to the support group conference call, joining other caregivers.

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.

Wed
21
Oct

Flu shots now available by appointment only at VMH Community and Home Care

Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care is now offering flu shots on an appointment-only basis. Appointments can be made by calling 563-568-5660. When the appointment is made, instructions are given for the private location the immunizations will be administered.

Those with an appointment to receive their flu shot should remain in their vehicle until the nurse comes to get them and should bring along their insurance or Medicare card.
Influenza, also called “the flu”, can cause fever, chills, headache, cough, sore throat, and muscle aches to people of any age, and can lead to pneumonia and even death. Most deaths caused by influenza occur in the elderly, the very young or people who have a compromised immune system.

The Center for Disease Control now recommends that everyone age six months of age and older get vaccinated against the flu every year. Flu shots are especially important  for the following people:

Wed
21
Oct

Prepared Childbirth Education Class to be offered at VMH

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon will hold a Prepared Childbirth Education class (formerly called Lamaze) Saturday, October 24 from 8-11 a.m. in the Large Conference Room at the hospital.

The Prepared Childbirth Education classes at Veterans Memorial Hospital are now offered in one half-day session. Tours of the OB Department are available with these sessions as well.  These Prepared Childbirth Education classes are available for a small fee per session and will be offered every three months at Veterans Memorial Hospital.

Pre-registration is necessary, as seats are limited. To register, email childbirth@vmhospital.com or contact Brianne Leikvold, RN, OB Supervisor. Veterans Memorial Hospital’s next Prepared Childbirth Education course is scheduled for January.
 

Wed
14
Oct

October is Physical Therapy Month; Services at VMH in full swing during COVID-19 while keeping a safe environment


National Physical Therapy Month ... October is National Physical Therapy Month. The entire Rehabilitation Department is very busy once again since the onset of COVID-19, helping to physically catch patients up from the down time they had last spring. Pictured above is Shelly Valley, Physical Therapist Assistant and Certified Athletic Trainer, assisting a patient with arm pull exercises. The Rehab Department is pleased with the safe system they have established to treat so many in the community that need and benefit greatly from physical, occupational, cardiac and speech therapy. Submitted photo.

New Doctor of Physical Therapy at VMH ... The Physical Therapy department at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon recently grew by one physical therapist. Pictured above is Austin Troendle, DPT/ATC, new Doctor of Physical Therapy in the Veterans Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation Department. Austin recently graduated with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy and chose to return to Waukon where he grew up to practice his profession. He states, “I really enjoyed working in the Rehab Department with the other staff members during a school internship. I also enjoy giving back to the community that gave me great opportunities growing up here.” Submitted photo.

October is National Physical Therapy Month. The entire Rehabilitation Department at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon is very busy once again since the onset of COVID-19. The physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and cardiac rehabilitation staff all take the highest precautions with each and every patient, including leaving appropriate time between procedures and using all personal protective equipment and protocols.

The Rehabilitation staff at Veterans Memorial Hospital works with people of all ages, helping them to reduce pain and regain strength, independence and health. The Healthy Lifestyles Rehabilitation Center at Veterans Memorial Hospital is fully equipped for all rehabilitation patients with 17 weight machine stations, tread mills, exercise bikes, NuStep and elliptical machines. The five private treatment rooms allow one-on-one evaluation and treatment with the therapist.

Wed
14
Oct

The advantages of 3D mammograms at VMH


3D mammography at VMH ... Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon is beginning its fourth year of offering 3D mammography. Pictured above is Renee Stokman, Mammographer, with a patient at the 3D mammography machine at the hospital. Submitted photo.

by Renee Stokman, Mammographer, Veterans Memorial Hospital

I’ve heard about 3D Mammograms. Why are they better?
Veterans Memorial Hospital is proud to be offering, starting our fourth year, this wonderful new equipment to the members of our community. When you come in for your 3D mammogram, you really won’t notice much of a difference compared to the 2D (regular) mammogram. We still start with two images of each breast, and we still use compression to get adequate visualization of the breast.

When we take your images, we get an additional set of thin slices of your breast. The images we get are similar to a CT scan, where the doctor is able to scroll through your breast slice by slice. When we view the breast this way, we can detect smaller cancers earlier. There is also a lower chance that you will get called in for additional images due to overlapping dense breast tissue.

Wed
14
Oct

Auxiliary of VMH to hold online Masquerade sales October 26-30

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital is still holding its seventh annual Masquerade jewelry and accessories sale, but the sale will be offered online this year due to COVID-19.   Masquerade is a company that hosts these sales only for hospital Auxiliaries as a fundraiser. All items are offered for just $5 each. They do prefer to hold the sales at the hospitals themselves, but this year they have expanded to offer online sales due to the pandemic.

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital online sale will be offered Monday, October 26 through Friday, October 30. Items can be found at https://store.masqueradefundraising.com/. Items are displayed just like any on-line sales site. In order to benefit the Veterans Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, all shoppers are asked to enter 5836 at checkout. The proceeds the Auxiliary receives from the sales will be used to purchase new equipment for the hospital.

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