Health

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06
Jul

Additional COVID-19 booster are still available at Wednesday Immunization Clinics; Be sure to make an appointment

Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care/Allamakee County Public Health continues to offer all doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, plus the additional booster dose, at their weekly immunization clinics each Wednesday throughout the month of July. These vaccinations are by appointment only and are held each Wednesday afternoon, with extended hours available the first and third Wednesdays of each month.

These vaccinations are available at the main entrance of the hospital in the Meditation Healing Center.  To make an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination, in July and beyond, call Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care at 563-568-5660.

Wed
06
Jul

Be aware of ticks; Be vigilant in checking yourself and others

by Sheryl Darling Mooney, RN, Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care

It’s great to get out and enjoy the outdoors here in Allamakee and Clayton Counties, but remember to be vigilant about checking yourself and others with you for ticks. Examine your skin as best you can and use a hand-held mirror if available. Fine-toothed combs can also be used in helping to check your scalp. “I’d Like to Check You for Ticks”, isn’t just the catchy title to a country song, but a good idea to have someone else check the areas you can’t easily see. There are ways to help decrease the likelihood of a tick bite or attachment:

- Treat dogs and cats for ticks
- Wear insect repellent containing the ingredient DEET (not recommended for children under two months of age)
- Wear permethrin-treated clothing
- Check yourself for ticks after being outdoors, especially after being out in the woods
- Shower soon after coming indoors

Wed
06
Jul

Prepared Childbirth Education Class to be held at Veterans Memorial Hospital July 9

Veterans Memorial Hospital will hold a Prepared Childbirth Education class (formerly called Lamaze) Saturday, July 9, from 8 a.m. to Noon in the Large Conference Room.  

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

Preregistration is necessary, as seats are limited. To register for the class, email childbirth@vmhospital.com or contact Jayne McCormick, RN, Nursing and OB Manager at Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.
 

Wed
06
Jul

Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention Classes offered in Waukon July-August

For anyone who feels like their balance is not as good as it used to be, or who may be concerned about falling, one way to help prevent falls is to keep moving. A Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention class offers a gentle exercise option that can help reduce the risk of falling by improving strength, balance, coordination and flexibility.

Tai Chi focuses on the mental and spiritual aspects of Chinese martial arts integrated into movement. This low-impact, relaxing form of exercise is ideal for older individuals.

Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging (NEI3A) is offering Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention classes in Waukon July 11 through September 1. Classes will be held at the Waukon Wellness Center, which is located at 1220 3rd Avenue NW in Waukon, each Monday and Thursday during that timeframe from 11-11:45 a.m.

Wed
29
Jun

Veterans Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic in Postville opens next week

Michelle Crary ...  Submitted photo.
Michelle Crary ... Submitted photo.

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic-Postville will open next Tuesday, July 5. This clinic is in the former Postville Medical Clinic location at 124 West Green Street, in downtown Postville. Minor renovations to the clinic are now being completed.

The clinic will be open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The clinic will remain open over the noon lunch hour, then close from 1-2 p.m. each afternoon.

Michelle Crary, Nurse Practitioner, will be the full-time provider in the Postville Clinic working four days a week. “I am glad to be working closer to home and with an organization that focuses on enhancing the lives of their patients,” states Crary. “I wanted to become a nurse practitioner as I wanted to be able to make more of a difference in my patient’s lives. I am very excited to have the opportunity to be doing just that in my own county and close to home.”

Wed
29
Jun

Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation Golf Tournament results


Winners of the VMH Foundation Golf Tournament ... The winners of the Veterans Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation’s 29th Annual Benefit Golf Tournament held June 20 in Waukon are pictured above. Left to right are winning team members Dylan Hogan, Kevin Hanson and Jeremy Hogan. The Foundation Golf Tournament is an annual event held each year in June at the Waukon Golf and Country Club. Submitted photo.

The 29th annual Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation Golf Tournament was held Monday, June 20 at the Waukon Golf and Country Club. Twenty-seven teams of three participated in this tournament. Each team enjoyed 18 holes of golf and also enjoyed lunch and dinner prepared by Rich Schulte, Bud and Marge Strike and Family, and the Foundation Directors.

The Foundation gives credit for the success of this tournament to the many local businesses that provide prizes so everyone participating wins. Plus many businesses serving this area contribute as hole sponsors to the tournament making it an enjoyable, community-wide event.

Wed
29
Jun

Blood in special demand during summer months, donate at July 7 drive

Every two seconds someone needs blood. The next LifeServe Blood Center blood drive will be held Thursday, July 7 from 12-5 p.m. at First Baptist Church located in south Waukon. Blood drives are held once a month in Waukon, to allow for more donors to give. The LifeServe Blood Center supplies Veterans Memorial Hospital with its blood and blood products.

Blood centers across the United States see a decrease in blood donations during the busy summer months. During the summer, people become more active, have busier schedules, spend more time outdoors and take vacations.

While donations decline, hospitals see an increase in the need for blood. More driving can mean more automobile accidents. A person who has suffered severe injuries from an automobile accident can need up to 50 units of blood.

Wed
29
Jun

Grief Support Group to meet July 12 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon

The local Grief Support Group will be holding its monthly meeting at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon Tuesday, July 12 at 5 p.m. in the Meditation Healing Center, located just inside the main entrance of the hospital. Masks will be required.

This informal meeting is open to anyone suffering from any type of loss whether it be death, divorce, illness or some other grief.

Feel free to attend and bring a friend, and be sure to wear a mask. All attendees will be able to physically distance during the meeting. This grief support meets the second Tuesday of each month at Veterans Memorial Hospital.
 

Wed
22
Jun

Input still being accepted from area residents for Community Health Needs Assessment Survey

Input is still being accepted for the community health needs assessment survey.  This is required every three years of Veterans Memorial Hospital to survey the residents of Allamakee County and the surrounding areas served by the hospital. The intent is to collect a list of the health needs residents feel are most important.  Community Health Needs Assessments gather information to help guide and direct health planning activities.  The hospital is still conducting that survey from now through June 30 and more input is needed from all the area communities.

Information from this survey is compiled and used to update and improve the health plan for the entire service area of the hospital.   The hospital encourages everyone to take a few minutes to complete this important survey so the results can be used to develop a plan to address the outlined health needs.

Wed
22
Jun

Taryn Smith is new Behavioral Tele-Health Provider at Veterans Memorial Hospital Clinic in Waukon

Taryn Smith ...  Submitted photo.
Taryn Smith ... Submitted photo.

New behavioral tele-health services are available at the Veterans Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic in Waukon. Taryn Smith, MSN, RN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, is the new provider who is available, via tele-health, Monday and Wednesday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The contracted tele-health company, Array, provided the clinic with this provider who specializes in psychiatry and can help with medication management.

Smith is employed as a Nurse Practitioner providing scheduled care telepsychiatry services through Array Behavioral Care. She is double-board certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC), accredited nationally through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

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