Health

Wed
07
Feb

Grief Support Group to meet at Veterans Memorial Hospital

The local Grief Support Group will be holding its monthly meeting at Veterans Memorial Hospital Tuesday, February 13 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 form of grief.

Feel free to attend and bring a friend. This grief support meets the second Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Hospital.
 

Wed
07
Feb

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group and Family Support Group available as local resources if needed

It can be hard to know how to best cope when individuals themselves or a loved one is living with a mental health condition. But NAMI can help. One function of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is support. NAMI provides two different support groups: one for those experiencing a mental health condition and one for their loved ones.

A NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is a peer-led support group for any adult living in recovery from a mental health condition.  A National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Family Support Group is a peer-led support group for any adult with a loved one who has experienced symptoms of a mental health condition. In both groups, participants gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar experiences.

Wed
31
Jan

Choose swing bed skilled care for returning home safely; Services offered at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon


Recover close to home with swing bed skilled care at Veterans Memorial Hospital ... Pictured above is Joan Bieber of Waukon, surrounded by some of the members of her swing bed skilled care team at Veterans Memorial Hospital prior to her discharge back home. Patients recovering from an illness or surgery, in Waukon or at another facility out of town, often need swing bed skilled care for physical/occupational/speech therapy or longer-term IV antibiotics, prior to being able to return home safely. Like many health care services and tests, Veterans Memorial Hospital encourages all patients to ask if their care can be delivered locally. For more information, call the hospital at 563-568-3411. Submitted photo.

Skilled care is readily available for most Medicare patients if they require rehabilitation services and have a qualifying acute care stay in the hospital of three days or more. The “swing” in care from acute to a skilled level of care allows them to remain in the hospital until they are feeling more able to take care of themselves at home.

Joan Bieber of Waukon was experiencing a terrible pain in her side last July and came into the emergency room (ER) at Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH).  She had a CT scan right away which showed colon cancer. Having used the hospital’s swing bed program once before, she knew she would request to spend time on swing bed skilled care at Veterans Memorial Hospital following her surgery.

Wed
31
Jan

New High-Definition 4D Ultrasound Machine at VMH


4D High-Definition Ultrasound available ... The Radiology Department at Veterans Memorial Hospital has upgraded its 4D High-Definition Ultrasound Equipment with a new 4D machine. Now expecting families in the community will be able to view their baby’s face and profile even more clearly than before. The standard 2D imaging looks through the baby to show the internal organs, but with the 3D and 4D scans, parents can see their baby’s skin. Pictured above is Rachel Wagner, Ultrasonographer, next to this new 4D-capable machine. Submitted photo.

The Radiology Department at Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) has upgraded its High-Definition 4D Ultrasound with a new machine. The first 4D ultrasound machine at VMH was adopted in 2016, but with technology and software updates continuously changing, a newer machine was purchased to help obtain even clearer and more precise images for the Radiologists to view.

Also, ergonomics are huge in Ultrasound to prevent musculoskeletal injuries. The new machine allows for much more adjustability and comfort while scanning patients.  The newer version of the Ultrasound also makes it easier to travel into different patient rooms, since sometimes patient conditions and room conditions don’t allow for optimal body mechanics and mobility. In addition, different machine functions help decrease exam times to get results to the physician in a timely fashion.

Wed
31
Jan

VMH Waukon Medical Clinic extended hours popular; Wait time may occur on busy nights

The Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) Medical Clinic in Waukon began offering extended hours every Monday through Thursday evening until 7 p.m. in early January.  This has been a popular option after work and school, allowing families to seek medical attention at a convenient time.

Patients are welcome to walk-in to the clinic between the hours of 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. any Monday through Thursday evening, without an appointment, for acute, non-emergent needs such as the following: broken bones (other than hips or femurs), cough/cold, diarrhea, ear aches, fever, flu, minor burns, minor cuts, muscle strain, pink eye, rash/hives, removal of foreign body, sinus infection, skin infection, sore throat, urinary tract infection and vomiting.

Since this is a walk-in clinic without any scheduled appointments and some nights are busier than others, the wait time to see the provider may be longer.

Wed
31
Jan

Blood Donor Day set for February 5 at First Baptist Church in Waukon; “Tackling” blood shortages

The next LifeServe Blood Center blood drive will be held Monday, February 5 from 12-5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon.

Wed
31
Jan

Grief Support Group to meet at Veterans Memorial Hospital

The local Grief Support Group will be holding its monthly meeting at Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) Tuesday, February 13 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 group meets the second Tuesday of each month at Veterans Memorial Hospital.
 

Wed
31
Jan

Stroke Support Group to meet

Veterans Memorial Hospital Speech-Language Pathologist Steven Mazzafield offers a Stroke Support Group for individuals who have experienced a stroke, as well as caregivers and family members affected by stroke.

Monthly meetings are held the first Thursday of every month at 2 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. The next Stroke Support Group meeting will be held Thursday, February 1 at 2 p.m. in the Large Conference Room.

The Stroke Support Group provides opportunities to share tips, tricks, or trials among participants, offer support for caregivers, and provide an opportunity for socialization.

While strokes can happen at any age, risk of stroke is greatest as individuals get older with the majority of strokes occurring after the age of 70. Risk factors for stroke include obesity, sedentary lifestyle, binge drinking, diabetes, smoking, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.

Wed
31
Jan

Reducing stress could cut allergy and asthma symptoms

Cutting down on stress just might cut down a person’s allergy and asthma symptoms. “Studies show stress can cause a number of negative health effects, including causing more symptoms for allergy and asthma sufferers,” says Gundersen Health System allergist Jared Darveaux, MD. “It makes sense that if you want to make your life more fun and less challenging, you might focus on ways to bring peace and wellness to your household.” Dr. Darveaux has four tips to help people stay calm, and thus reduce symptoms this winter season.
 
Exercise  
Exercise helps maintain an emotional balance but with caution. Exercising in cold weather may make asthma symptoms worse. If symptoms like coughing, wheezing, tightness in the chest or shortness of breath occur when exercising in cold weather, they may indicate undiagnosed asthma. Darveaux suggests seeing an allergist for a potential asthma diagnosis in an effort to work to help control symptoms.

Wed
24
Jan

Ness family makes sizable contribution to hospital’s new 3D mammography machine thanks to successful 7th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk


7th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk ... Ness Pumping and Porta Potty Rentals hosted its seventh annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk Saturday, October 21 in the Waukon City Park to raise funds for breast cancer awareness and detection. The family business recently awarded $3,310 in proceeds raised from this annual walk to Veterans Memorial Hospital to be used towards the hospital’s new 3D mammography machine installed a year ago. Pictured above, left to right: Front row - Liam and Clayton Ness; Back row - Carter and Rachel Ness, Leslie Ness, Evan Ness, Chad and Diana Ness, Carmen McCormick, Kayla and Colin Ness, Waylon Ness, and Pat Ryan. Submitted photo.

Ness Pumping and Porta Potty Rentals hosted its seventh annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk Saturday, October 21 in the Waukon City Park to raise funds for breast cancer awareness and detection. Breast Cancer survivors were asked to sign a pink porta potty displaying the breast cancer ribbon, sweatshirts were distributed and refreshments served.

The family awarded the proceeds raised from that walk to Veterans Memorial Hospital to be used towards the new 3D mammography machine at the hospital that was just installed a year ago in October. The $3,310 donation helps Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) finance this 3D mammography machine. This machine is clinically proven to significantly increase the detection of breast cancers, while simultaneously decreasing the number of women asked to return for additional testing.

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