Health

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Oct

Becky Drees Memorial Foundation makes ‘Tummy Time Mirror’ donation to VMH Clinics in Waukon and in Postville


Becky Drees Memorial Foundation donates to VMH ... Family members of Becky Drees, on behalf of the Becky Drees Memorial Foundation, recently donated ‘Tummy Time Mirrors’ to the Veterans Memorial Hospital Clinics in Postville and Waukon. These mirrors are designed for babies to lay on their tummies and hold their heads up to look at themselves in the mirror, which in turn encourages gross motor (large muscle) development. The mirrors will be given out to all newborns at their first well-baby check at either the Waukon or Postville clinic. Pictured above, left to right, are Ann Hagensick, who is the local coordinator of this project, along with Nancy Drees, mother of Becky Drees, and Katy Maker, Nurse Midwife. Submitted photo.

Family members of Becky Drees, on behalf of the Becky Drees Memorial Foundation, recently donated ‘Tummy Time Mirrors’ to the Veterans Memorial Hospital Clinics in Postville and Waukon. These mirrors are designed for babies to lay on their tummies and hold their heads up to look at themselves in the mirror, which in turn encourages gross motor (large muscle) development. Tummy time like this has proven to provide for better strength and coordination of the baby’s hands, arms and shoulders for playing with toys, and it also gives a visual stimulation for the babies.

Wed
18
Oct

Flu shots and COVID shots now available every Wednesday at Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care-Allamakee Public Health

VMH Community and Home Care - Allamakee Public Health ...
VMH Community and Home Care - Allamakee Public Health ... The COVID vaccine has arrived and is now being offered in conjunction with flu shots at Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care/Allamakee Public Health. These vaccines will be held all Wednesdays in October at Veterans Memorial Hospital. Walk-in clinics will be held from 9-11:30 a.m. and appointments can be made for immunizations Wednesday afternoons by calling 563-568-5660. According to the CDC, it is safe and effective to receive multiple immunizations, such as the flu and COVID-19 vaccines, during the same vaccination appointment. Pictured above are members of the Public Health Immunization Team during the first COVID and Flu vaccine clinic held October 11. Submitted photo.

The COVID vaccine has arrived and is now being offered in conjunction with the flu shots at Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) Community and Home Care/Allamakee Public Health. Flu shots are recommended for all those who have not yet received the vaccine, and they will be effective throughout the rest of the flu season.

Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care will be offering both COVID and flu shot clinics each Wednesday in October.  Walk-in clinics will be held from 9-11:30 a.m. and appointments can be made for immunizations Wednesday afternoons by calling 563-568-5660.

Medicare does cover the cost for the flu shot. Billing for vaccinations will be completed by the Community and Home Care staff, but participants will need to bring their Medicare number or private insurance card with them. If insurance does not cover these immunizations, they can be purchased instead.

Wed
18
Oct

Diabetes Support Group to meet at VMH Thursday

Brittney Snitker ...  Submitted photo.
Brittney Snitker ... Submitted photo.

The Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) Diabetes Support Group will hold its next meeting Thursday, October 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.

Brittney Snitker, VMH Pharmacist will be discussing the topic of cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and vascular disease. With diabetes there is a higher risk for these conditions, so learning to prevent or decrease the risk is very important and will be covered at this meeting.

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
18
Oct

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


3D mammography offered at VMH ... October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Seven years ago, Veterans Memorial Hospital introduced the first 3D digital mammography machine in northeast Iowa. One year ago, VMH upgraded to a brand new 3D digital machine, continuing to offer state-of-the art technology for early detection. Submitted photo.

An estimated 252,710 new invasive cases of breast cancer are expected to occur among women in the United States during 2023 and about 2,470 new cases of breast cancer are expected in men. In total, an estimated 40,610 deaths (40,170 women and 440 men) are anticipated from breast cancer.

These numbers have steadily decreased since 1990. The American Cancer Society states the decrease represents progress in both earlier detection and improved treatment.

Wed
18
Oct

VMH to host Public Forums in Allamakee County communities this fall

Over the next few weeks, Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) administration staff will be visiting each Allamakee County community to offer a public forum to update the communities on hospital progress and offer a chance for public input.

Last fall, residents of Allamakee County overwhelmingly voted to convert the hospital to a county facility. As the hospital was preparing for that county-wide vote, similar public forums were held. At those meetings, it was stated the hospital would do this every year in an effort to offer personal contact with the communities and an opportunity for feedback.

Michael Coyle, Veterans Memorial Hospital CEO, will be leading these discussions and states, “I’m excited to get back out to the communities of Allamakee County to talk about VMH, our current services, and new services that will help our patients and their families stay close to home for their healthcare needs.”

Wed
18
Oct

Enthusiastic volunteers needed to fill EMT Class starting in January

The number of Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) in this area has dwindled over the years as licensed EMTs have retired.   Allamakee and northern Clayton Counties are fortunate to have many emergency response services, but nearly all of them are in need of more EMTs on their service to share the call time, ensuring local emergency services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

NICC will be offering a face-to-face EMT Class in Waukon beginning in January. This class is not offered locally each year, so the fact it will be held in Waukon is a convenience for those wishing to take the course with little travel time. This 138-hour course will conclude in May. Registration for the class must be completed prior to the orientation night of January 8.  

Wed
18
Oct

Grief Support Group to meet

The local Grief Support Group will be holding its monthly meeting at Veterans Memorial Hospital Tuesday, November 7, at 5 p.m. in the Meditation Healing Center, located just inside the main entrance of the hospital. 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. This grief support usually meets the second Tuesday of each month at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon, except when they meet this first Tuesday of November.
 

Wed
11
Oct

More EMTs greatly needed in Allamakee County; Local EMT Class scheduled to start in January and will meet in person and in Waukon

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions will be offering an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course in Waukon beginning January 8, 2024. This 138-hour course, which will conclude in May, will be an in-person class held right here locally in Waukon, which is a huge advantage to students attending. Registration for the class must be completed prior to the orientation night January 8.

The EMT class prepares the students to provide pre-hospital assessment and care for patients of all ages with a variety of medical conditions and traumatic injuries. Areas of study include an introduction to emergency medical services systems, roles and responsibilities of EMTs, anatomy and physiology, medical emergencies, trauma, special considerations for working in the pre-hospital setting, and providing patient transportation.

Wed
11
Oct

Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital Pillow Perk October 16


Pillow Perk scheduled for October 16 ... The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital Pillow Perk will be held Monday, October 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the hospital. Kraft Pillow Service, as pictured above, will be on-site to make old pillows look like new. Submitted photo.

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) will be holding a Pillow Perk Monday, October 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lower Level of Veterans Memorial Hospital.  Kraft Pillow Service will be on site to make old pillows look like new.

Everyone is encouraged to bring in their feather pillows to the Pillow Perk to be cleaned, sanitized and given new ticking. Foam and Dacron pillows may also be renovated by this process. People are also encouraged to bring in their feather beds and have them made into new pillows.

For more information, call Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.
 

Wed
11
Oct

The advantages of 3D mammograms


3D mammography offered at VMH ... Veterans Memorial Hospital is beginning its seventh 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 seventh 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.

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