Health

Wed
22
Jan

“Make a Splash” with water births at Veterans Memorial Hospital


Water birth at Veterans Memorial Hospital ... Amanda Reinhardt of Waukon recently chose water birth for her third delivery at Veterans Memorial Hospital and states, “It was the best birthing experience I have had.” Dave and Amanda Reinhardt of Waukon are pictured above with daughter Charlie, son Nolan, and newborn daughter Veda. Photo courtesy of Micah Lynn Photography.

Birthing tub room at Veterans Memorial Hospital ... In recent years, water births have gained popularity among hospitals and mothers looking for a natural birthing option in a controlled environment. Veterans Memorial Hospital has offered this popular service for over the past 17 years. Pictured above is the birthing tub room and a view of the birthing tub. Water birth is the process of giving birth in a tub of warm water. Some women choose to labor in the water then move to a bed for the delivery, while other women will stay in the water for the delivery as well. Submitted photo.

by Brianne Leikvold, RN, Maternity Services Supervisor, VMH

At Veterans Memorial Hospital Birthing Center, we offer a variety of services that can provide our patients with a more natural and enjoyable experience throughout their labor. Our patients are given options for the type of labor and delivery they would like; and our staff attempt to carry out our patients’ wishes in the safest way possible.

In recent years, water births have gained popularity amongst hospitals and mothers looking for a natural birthing option in a controlled environment. With water birth popularity growing the past three years throughout other facilities, we take pride in ourselves for having offered this service for over the past 17 years. For low-risk women seeking a more natural experience throughout the birthing process, water birth is a great option.

Wed
22
Jan

Fulfill that New Year’s resolution to give blood in 2020; Next blood drive to be held Monday, February 3

The next LifeServe Blood Center blood drive will be held Monday, February 3 from 12-5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon. Blood drives are held every month in Waukon.   The LifeServe Blood Center of Iowa supplies Veterans Memorial Hospital with its blood and blood products.

The LifeServe Blood Center of Iowa is seeking donors to ensure a safe and plentiful blood supply in Iowa. Because there is no substitute for human blood, the need for donors is continuous.  Many Iowans are encouraged to make donating blood on a regular basis their New Year’s resolution this year.

Wed
22
Jan

Keeping it safe when exercising outdoors in cold weather

Exercising is important to do all year-round. One should not feel that they need to stay indoors to exercise during cold weather. A good workout outdoors in the winter can be very exhilarating. Just follow the steps below for keeping it a safe outdoor winter workout:

- Warm up longer than usual before heading outdoors in cold weather.
- Keep skin dry. This in turn will keep the exerciser warmer.
- Dress accordingly using many layers. Be sure that the outer layer will break the wind. Add a fluffy layer, like fleece or wool, to trap heat in. Long underwear is good to keep the skin dry.
- Always wear a hat to prevent heat loss through the top of the head.
- Wear mittens instead of gloves to allow air to circulate better between the fingers, keeping the hands warmer.

Always be sure to exercise in a safe, well-lit area. Stay clear of any icy spots and proceed with care in snow. One never knows what may lie under those snow-covered spots.

Wed
22
Jan

Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging offering rent rebate application assistance to older or disabled individuals

Each year, older Iowans or individuals with disabilities may benefit from rent reimbursement. Those individuals can file for rent reimbursement if they met all the below requirements during 2019:

• Age 65 or older or disabled
• Income was less than $23,216
• Lived in Iowa and still live in Iowa now
• Paid rent in Iowa at a property that pays property tax.

Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging (NEI3A) is providing older individuals assistance filling out the rent reimbursement application. Make an appointment for that assistance by calling 563-277-6021.

Wed
22
Jan

Memorials received by Health Care Foundation

Memorials were received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Tanya Benda Schnuelle by Jerry and Linda Siegrist, Ken and Diane Butikofer, Leotia Flage, Elsie Sanderson, Walter and Sherry Halvorson, Jim and Ele Klenske, Dan and Traci Byrnes, Sheila Clair, Marlys Leiran, Norb and Nola Palmer, Russ and Mary Jo Meyer, Dave and Rita Newton, Gladwin and Darlene Anderson, Brian and Denise Wullner, Dave and Laurie Martin, Fred and Geralyn Smith, Sharon Pratt, Dennis and Marlene Blocker, Jim and Jill Kiesau, and family and friends of Tanya Benda Schnuelle.

Memorials were also received in memory of Jerry Bollman by Larry and Nancy Straate, Dan and Sue Schlitter, Kay Carter, Patsy Kerndt and Brian and Denise Wullner. In addition, memorials were received in memory of Linda Lou Sorum by Walter and Sherry Halvorson, Bob and Judy Iseli, and family and friends of Linda Lou Sorum.

Wed
15
Jan

Make a New Year’s resolution to give blood in 2020

The next LifeServe Blood Center blood drive will be held Monday, February 3, from 12-5 p.m., at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon. Blood drives are held every month in Waukon.   The LifeServe Blood Center of Iowa supplies Veterans Memorial Hospital with its blood and blood products.

The LifeServe Blood Center of Iowa is seeking donors to ensure a safe and plentiful blood supply in Iowa. Because there is no substitute for human blood, the need for donors is continuous.  Many Iowans are encouraged to make donating blood on a regular basis their New Year’s resolution this year.

Wed
15
Jan

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

The next Caregiver Support Group meeting will be held Monday, January 20 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 person’s life. With more and more Iowans aging, this is a real concern in the local community.

Wed
15
Jan

VMH Auxiliary Euchre Marathon to be held

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital will be holding its monthly Euchre Marathon for all individuals of the community interested Thursday, January 16. Men and women are welcome to attend, even if they are 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
15
Jan

Memorials received by Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Marge Reisner by Marv and Marge Strike, Jerry and Linda Siegrist, Chuck and Lois Votsmier, Shirley Schneeberger and Randy and Lori Hesse.

Memorials were also received in memory of Marty Melcher by Roger, Karen, and Lisa Melcher and families; in memory of John Conway by Jean Huffey and Randy and Lori Hesse; in memory of Kevin Haas by Gayle Larkin, Marlene Habhab and Fred and Geralyn Smith; and in memory of James Hanson (Clermont) by Chuck and Lois Votsmier.

A donation was also received in honor of Bob and Julia Rotach’s 50th wedding anniversary by Russ and Mary Jo Meyer.

Memorials are 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 Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation, 40 First Street SE, Waukon, IA  52172.
 

Wed
15
Jan

Community CPR for Child Care Providers and Lay People to be offered at VMH

Veterans Memorial Hospital, in cooperation with the American Heart Association, is offering a course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for lay people (those not working in healthcare), which includes child care providers, Wednesday, January 15 from 5-8 p.m.

The CPR class, which will cover adult, child and infant CPR, 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. Upon successful completion of the class, the participant will receive an electronic card certifying them in Heartsaver CPR AED for a two-year time period. This class does not include a first aid certification.

CPR is administered when someone’s breathing, pulse, or both, stop. When both of them stop simultaneously, the victim has suffered sudden death, which can be caused by poisoning, drowning, choking, suffocation, electrocution, smoke inhalation, or the most common cause, heart attack.

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