Health

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11
Mar

March is National Nutrition Month; Eat to beat the cold and flu season

by Jill Fleming, MS, RD/LD, Dietitian at Veterans Memorial Hospital

As you try to stay healthy this winter, don’t forget about the magic found in the grocery store. Eating specific nutrient-packed foods will keep your immune system strong, which helps your body fight off viruses and bacteria. Treat yourself to these six immune-boosting foods to stay well during this season of sickness.

1. Citrus Fruits: Don’t wait until you have a cold to turn to vitamin C. Vitamin C helps build up your immune system to fight off infections before they invade your body. Some of the best sources of this flu-fighting vitamin are the citrus fruits; like oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, lemons and limes. Add one of these fruits to your breakfast and another one at a snack later in the day.

Wed
11
Mar

Advice for residents on spring break travel

Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care public health department continues to work with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local partners to monitor and respond to novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The virus was first detected in Wuhan, China in December 2019, and has since been detected in other parts of the world, including the U.S.

As Spring Break nears, many Iowans are making travel preparations. IDPH and Community and Home Care remind vacationers to make protecting their health part of their plans. Whether traveling to a sunny beach, a ski resort or enjoying a staycation, take time to learn about and prepare for health concerns.

Across the country, the greatest health risk to northeast Iowa residents is from influenza; however, it is appropriate to take precautions against the COVID-19 virus.

Wed
11
Mar

Caregiver Support Group to meet March 16

The next Caregiver Support Group meeting will be held Monday, March  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 real concern in the local community.

Wed
11
Mar

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, April 13, and the 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. Tours of the OB Department at Veterans Memorial Hospital are available with each session as well.

Wed
11
Mar

Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) volunteers needed

For many Iowans, understanding Medicare and related health insurance can be confusing and overwhelming. Where do I start? What are my options? Am I making the right decision? What will it cost me?  Is there help if I can’t afford my insurance? If I’m still working, do I have to sign up for Medicare?

Trained Iowa Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) volunteers can help answer these and other questions about navigating health care insurance options for Iowans on Medicare. SHIIP is a free health insurance counseling service of the State of Iowa Insurance Division sponsored locally by Veterans Memorial Hospital.

Wed
11
Mar

VMH Auxiliary Euchre Marathon is March 19

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital will be holding its monthly Euchre Marathon for all individuals of the community interested Thursday, March 19. 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 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.

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11
Mar

Health Care Provider CPR Class scheduled for March 18

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

Wed
11
Mar

Diabetes Support Group to meet

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Support Group will hold its next meeting Thursday, March 19 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 who 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.
 

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11
Mar

Urgent Care continues strong start; Local health care options are readily available

Veterans Memorial Hospital Urgent Care is available seven days a week and designed for treating injuries or illnesses requiring immediate care, but not serious enough to require an emergency department visit.

Examples of what a patient may seek Urgent Care for could include back pain; bladder or urinary tract infection; cough; cuts, scrapes and bruises; diarrhea; fever, colds and flu; ear pain, swimmer’s ear, ear infection, or wax removal; insect or tick bite; joint pain; minor burn; nausea/vomiting; pink eye; rash; seasonal allergies; sinus and upper respiratory infection; sore or strep throat; strains/sprains; sudden back or neck pain; urinary problems or vaginal irritation/discharge.  Most insurance does cover urgent care visits. Patients can usually expect to pay a copay or deductible for visits to Urgent Care treatment centers.

Wed
04
Mar

Nuclear cardiac stress testing popular at Veterans Memorial Hospital


Nuclear cardiac stress testing offered at VMH ... February was National Heart Month, and the number-one cause of death in the United States is heart disease. The Veterans Memorial Hospital Cardiac Rehab Unit has been offering nuclear cardiac stress tests to help detect heart disease for over a decade. Pictured above in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit is patient Charolette Christianson of Waukon as she prepares for her nuclear cardiac stress test, assisted by, left to right, Dr. Dave Schwartz; Amy Rolfs, RN, Cardiac Rehab Nurse; and Katie Hackman, Nuclear Medicine Technologist with Shared Medical Technology. Local nuclear cardiac stress testing and cardiac rehabilitation allows Veterans Memorial Hospital to provide cardiac care with state-of-the-art technology, right here at home. Submitted photo.

Two sets of images for nuclear cardiac stress testing ... An advantage to nuclear cardiac stress testing is that the test involves taking two sets of images of the heart - one at rest and one after the heart is stressed by exercise or medication. Pictured above is patient Charolette Christianson with Nuclear Medicine Technologist Katie Hackman taking a second image of the heart following exercise on the treadmill. Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon began nuclear cardiac stress testing within its Cardiac Rehab unit over a decade ago, in 2008. The convenience of having these nuclear tests offered on a local level has been well received in the community since it began.

Nuclear cardiac stress testing offers two different methods, both highly effective in detecting heart disease. These two forms of nuclear stress testing are called the Exercise Nuclear Stress Test and Lexiscan Nuclear Imaging. Both methods can increase the likelihood of finding heart disease by 20% when compared to traditional treadmill stress tests.

The number-one cause of death in the United States continues to be heart disease. The term heart disease is used to describe several different conditions. The data collected from a nuclear stress test is very useful in detecting these conditions. This data includes:

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