Health

Wed
12
Feb

Memorials received by Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Arlene Welch by Chuck and Lois Votsmier, Marv and Marge Strike, Mary and Tina Schulte, Sharon Pratt, Herb and Julie Snitker, Brian and Denise Wullner, Craig and Barb Lensing, Clint and Dacia Johnson, Jim and Jill Kiesau, Jerry and Linda Siegrist, Kirk and Lisa Snitker, Norb and Nola Palmer, Darrel and Rosanne Wicks, Gordy and Darlene Kaeser, Jr., Randy and Lori Hesse, Orrin and Nan Grangaard, Dave and Sandy Lyons, Kate Wooden, Bernard and Eileen Berns, Mary Fink, Joel and Teresa Sommer, Mary Ann Hager and friends and family of Arlene Welch.

Memorials were also received in memory of Emmet Jones by Patsy Kerndt, Sigurd and Barb Ness, Chuck and Lois Votsmier, Ernie and Donnalee Osland, Julie Nordheim, JC and Natalie Kelly and Dorothy and Dave Sandry.

A memorial was also received by the Ralph and Wanda Anderson family in memory of Ralph and Wanda Anderson.

Wed
05
Feb

February is Heart Month; Learn Hands Only CPR to save the life of a loved one

February is Heart Month.  Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon continues to encourage the public to learn the American Heart Association’s “Hands Only CPR.”  This simple way of performing CPR is very easy to do and effective for the victim.

According to the American Heart Association, sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death with nearly 400,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occurring annually in the United States.  An average of 89% of people who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest die because they don’t receive immediate CPR from someone on scene.

The American Heart Association has found Hands Only CPR to be as effective as conventional CPR for sudden cardiac arrest at home, at work, or in the public - doubling or even tripling a victim’s chance of survival.

Since 80% of cardiac arrests happen in private or residential settings, learn these simple steps for performing Hands Only CPR to help save the life of someone you love:

Wed
05
Feb

“Welcome to Medicare” Seminar offered again at Veterans Memorial Hospital March 2

Russ Hagen ...  Submitted photo.
Russ Hagen ... Submitted photo.

“Welcome to Medicare” is a free, two-hour seminar offered by the Veterans Memorial Hospital Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) counselors.  This program will be held Monday, March 2 from 5-7 p.m. in the Large Conference Room located on the lower level of Veterans Memorial Hospital.

“Due to the great turnout we continually have for these meetings last spring, we have decided to offer another free seminar to the community this spring,” says Russ Hagen, SHIIP volunteer. “I am happy they are so well attended. Medicare is such an important program and understanding what it offers helps assure that anyone eligible gets the health benefits they deserve.”

“Welcome to Medicare” will cover Medicare Part A and Part B benefits, the prescription drug benefit (Part D), Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare supplement insurance.

Wed
05
Feb

Diabetes Support Group to meet at VMH February 20

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Support Group will hold its next meeting Thursday, February 20 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 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.
 

Wed
05
Feb

No CPR classes offered this month at VMH

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon will not be offering a CPR course in February. The next class available will be offered Wednesday, March 18, and it will be offered for health care professionals.

The cost for all CPR classes, for certification or recertification, at Veterans Memorial Hospital is the same and all registrants should bring along their own pocket mask. The card received with the course does certify attendants in CPR for two years.

Pre-registration plus a minimum of four participants is required. For more information and to register for the next CPR Course, call Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.
 

Wed
05
Feb

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

The next Caregiver Support Group meeting will be held Monday, February 17 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
05
Feb

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, February 20. Men and women are welcome to attend, even if 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
05
Feb

Memorials received by Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Willard Bieber by Carl and Betty Christianson, Dave and Laurie Martin, Leslie and Ada Marie Kerndt, Gladwin and Darlene Anderson, Carol Krumme, and Earl and Bev Haas.

Memorial donations were also made in memory of Jacque Radloff by Joan and  Romandus Gisleson and Alex and Teresa Schaefers, and in memory of Edna Huinker by Tom and Karen Regan and Sharon Pratt.

In addition, a donation was received in memory of Ethan Troy Livingston by his parents, Scott and Cheryl Livingston.

Memorials and donations 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 40 First Street SE, Waukon, IA  52172.
 

Wed
29
Jan

Veterans Memorial Hospital launches new web and mobile sites


New website launched by Veterans Memorial Hospital ... Pictured above is a screenshot of the home page of Veterans Memorial Hospital’s new website. The hospital encourages area communities to visit this new website and sign up to receive regular notices from the hospital. The website is easier to navigate and offers greater detail of all the services provided by the hospital. Submitted photo.

Earlier this month, Veterans Memorial Hospital’s new, updated website went live. The new website can be found at www.veteransmemorialhospital.com. Work on this project began last summer with all hospital staff and departments involved with updating departmental information and capturing staff and patient photos for the new site.

Advantages with this new website include a direct link to the patient portal for patients who wish to follow their personal health record.  The website also features a short biography and photo of all providers who serve the patients at Veterans Memorial Hospital.  In addition, each department of the hospital has its own page with many details about the services it provides the area communities, plus the fundraising and volunteer branches of the hospital are also highlighted.

Wed
29
Jan

Coupon book given to each baby born at VMH in 2020


VMH 2020 Baby Coupon Book ... All babies born at Veterans Memorial Hospital in the year 2020 will receive a special Baby Coupon Book coordinated by the hospital. This book is made possible thanks to the generous coupon donations made by the over 50 participating businesses located throughout the hospital’s service area including businesses in Harpers Ferry, Lansing, Luana, Monona, New Albin, Postville and Waukon. Pictured above is the front cover of the coupon book, which contains a value of over $600 in coupons. Any businesses that are interested in joining this promotional coupon book are encouraged to call the Public Relations Department at Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411, Ext. 443. Submitted photo.

All babies born at Veterans Memorial Hospital in the year 2020 will receive a special Baby Coupon Book coordinated by the hospital.  This book will be presented to each and every family that delivers their child at Veterans Memorial Hospital in 2020.

This book is made possible thanks to the generous coupon donations made by the over 50 participating businesses located throughout the hospital’s service area including businesses in Harpers Ferry, Lansing, Luana, Monona, New Albin, Postville, and Waukon. Each business receives their own specially designed coupon with logo in the book free of charge. The business only has an expense if the family redeems the coupon at their business. The coupons range from a discount on an item in the store to complimentary give-aways with a total estimated value of over $600 in the entire book.

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