Health

Wed
22
Jun

Massage Therapy hours expanded at VMH


Massage Therapy at VMH ... Veterans Memorial Hospital has expanded its massage therapy hours with a full-time therapist, Shannon Bernatz, who is pictured above at right, in one of the massage therapy treatment rooms. She joins part-time therapist Vicki Klepper, pictured above at left, in making massage therapy available to the area communities five days a week with more expanded hours, including more evening hours. Scheduling can now be done online at www.veteransmemorialhospital.com. Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital has expanded its massage therapy hours with a full-time therapist, allowing services and scheduling to be more readily available. With the addition of full-time therapist Shannon Bernatz, LMT, the hours of availability for scheduling a massage have greatly expanded. Hours for scheduling a massage now include: Mondays 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Tuesdays 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Wednesdays 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Thursdays 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and Fridays 8 a.m.-5 p.m.  Massages are available in 30-minute, 60-minute and 90-minute increments.

The benefits of massage therapy include decreasing anxiety, enhancing sleep, increasing energy, improving circulation, improving concentration and reducing fatigue, among others.

Wed
22
Jun

Excessive heat can cause serious health complications

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reminds Iowans to take measures to avoid serious health problems associated with summer heat. Serious health complications from heat include exhaustion, stroke and dehydration.

Heat exhaustion occurs when sweating, the body’s cooling system fails to eliminate heat fast enough. The first signs of heat exhaustion are faintness, rapid pulse, flushing or reddening of the skin, and often accompanied by stomachache or headache. When heat exhaustion symptoms occur, stop all activity and drink liquids such as water or re-hydrating fluids (Gatorade, Powerade, or for children, Pedialyte). Do not drink alcohol, coffee or caffeinated soft drinks. If possible, take a cool shower.

Wed
22
Jun

Blood Donor Day set for July 7 at First Baptist Church in Waukon

How many know that one in seven people entering the hospital will need blood?

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon invites the community to attend the next LifeServe Blood Center Blood Drive to be held Thursday, July 7 from 12-5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon. Blood drives are held once per month in Waukon. The LifeServe Blood Center supplies Veterans Memorial Hospital with its blood and blood products.

The LifeServe Blood Center is seeking donors to ensure a safe and plentiful blood supply in Iowa. Because there is no substitute for human blood, the need for donors is continuous.

Wed
22
Jun

Additional COVID-19 booster available by appointment at Wednesday Immunization Clinics

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 June. 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 June and beyond, call Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care at 563-568-5660.

Wed
15
Jun

New Pharmacy Meds-to-Beds Program eases patient discharge process


Meds-to-Beds Program offered by VMH ... Veterans Memorial Hospital now offers a Meds-to-Beds program to all patients admitted to the facility. This program was developed in coordination with Hartig Drug and Nightingale Drug to help ease the discharge process, which can be very stressful for patients and family members. Pictured above beside a hospital patient bed, left to right, are hospital pharmacist Brittney Snitker, Pharm.D.; Mara Knutson, RN; Kelly Bollman, RN; and Penny Wheeler, C.N.A. Submitted photo.

by Brittney Snitker, Pharm. D., BCPS

Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) now offers a Meds-to-Beds program to all patients admitted to our facility. This program was developed in coordination with Hartig Drug and Nightingale Drug to help ease the discharge process, which can be very stressful for patients and family members. There are many items to organize at discharge including equipment needs, new medications, arranging home caretakers, and countless other accommodations.

Meds-to-Beds helps facilitate a smooth transition home. Rather than rushing to the pharmacy before closing or planning how to maneuver into the pharmacy to pick up medications after an illness or painful surgery, patients no longer have to present to the pharmacy. Both Waukon pharmacies will deliver medications to the patient’s hospital bed prior to going home.

Wed
15
Jun

Input still needed from area residents for Community Health Needs Assessment Survey

Every three years, Veterans Memorial Hospital is required to survey the residents of Allamakee County and the surrounding area served by the hospital 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. The survey can be accessed through the QR code at right, or on the home page of the Veterans Memorial Hospital website at www.veteransmemorialhospital.com.

Wed
15
Jun

29th Annual Foundation Golf Tournament hole sponsors to date

The Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation annual Three Person Best-Shot Golf Tournament will be held Monday, June 20 at the Waukon Golf and Country Club. Teams of three will begin the day with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. and play 18 holes of golf. Breakfast rolls, lunch, dinner and prizes for everyone will all be provided for a donation of $75.

The 29th annual tournament will be sponsored by the following businesses who have committed to being hole sponsors: Brickl Brothers, Casper Plumbing and Heating, Eide Bailey, Fidelity Bank, Finholt Construction, FreedomBank, Gundersen Waukon Clinic and Vision Center, Hacker Nelson & Co. CPAs, Kerndt Brothers Bank, LTI Water, LaMair-Mulock-Condon Company, New Albin Savings Bank, Nightingale Drug, People’s State Bank, RW Pladsen, Inc., Systems Equipment, Torkelson Motors of Waukon, Waukon Dental and Waukon State Bank.

Wed
15
Jun

“Welcome to Medicare” Seminar offered at Veterans Memorial Hospital Tuesday, June 21

“Welcome to Medicare” is a free, two-hour seminar offered by the Veterans Memorial Hospital Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) counselors for those nearing Medicare age. This program will be held Tuesday, June 21 from 5-7 p.m. in the Large Conference Room located on the lower level of Veterans Memorial Hospital.

“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.

SHIIP, the Senior Health Insurance Information Program, is a service of the State of Iowa. Local SHIIP counselors Russ Hagen and Nancy Schoh are trained by the State and do not sell or promote any insurance companies, policies or agents.   Veterans Memorial Hospital is a local sponsor for SHIIP in Allamakee County.

Wed
15
Jun

Diabetes Support Group to meet at VMH June 16

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Support Group will hold its next meeting Thursday, June 16 at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held at Veterans Memorial Hospital in the Large Conference Room. Masks will be required to be worn.

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
08
Jun

29th Annual Foundation Golf Tournament; Hole-in-one prizes announced


29th Annual Foundation Golf Tournament scheduled for Monday, June 20 at Waukon Golf & Country Club ... Thanks to Farm Bureau Financial Services agents, pictured in the photo above, left to right, Caitlin Johnson, Andy Moore and Wade Bucknell, the first person hitting a hole-in-one on the first round of golf at the 29th Annual Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation Golf Tournament will be awarded a new Harley Davidson motorcycle as pictured above. A new John Deere riding lawn mower, pictured below, will be the hole in one prize for the second round of golf at the tournament, thanks to Waukon Implement. The tournament is scheduled to be held Monday, June 20 at the Waukon Golf and Country Club. Call the Waukon Golf and Country Club at 563-568-9939 to register to play in the tournament. Submitted photos.

The Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation’s 29th Annual Three-Person Best-Shot Golf Tournament will be held Monday, June 20. The tournament will be held at the Waukon Golf and Country Club with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m.

Thanks to Wade Bucknell, Andy Moore and Caitlin Johnson, agents of Farm Bureau Financial Services, Waukon, the first person hitting a hole-in-one during the first round at the tournament will be awarded a new Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Also, thanks to Waukon Implement, anyone hitting a hole-in-one during the second round at the tournament will be awarded a new John Deere riding lawn mower. As always, many other gifts and prizes will be awarded to all the golfers participating.

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