Health

Wed
14
Dec

Gundersen clears take off for second MedLink AIR helicopter


Pictured above are the two Medlink AIR helicopters currenty in use by Gundersen Health System. One of the two helicopters is being leased temporarily until a second helicopter is purchased. Having two helicopters based outside of La Crosse allows greater coverage with service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Submitted photo.

MedLink AIR, Gundersen Health System’s emergency and critical care air transport service, will permanently add a second helicopter to provide the best emergency care for the local region.

The Gundersen Board of Trustees has approved the purchase of a second helicopter. Gundersen has been leasing a second helicopter since June on a trial basis.

Stephanie Hill, program director for MedLink AIR, says Gundersen will continue to lease until the new helicopter is purchased and ready for service and additional crew members are hired and trained.

When the new, second helicopter and crews are ready by the end of 2017, the two helicopters will be permanently based outside La Crosse, one at the Decorah Airport and one at the Sparta-Fort McCoy Airport.

Wed
14
Dec

Diabetes Support Group will not meet in December

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Support Group will not hold a regular meeting this month in December. The group will begin holding its regular monthly meetings again in January.

For more information on the Diabetes Support Group, call Teresa Myers, RN, Diabetes Educator, or Angie Mettille, RN, at Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.
 

Wed
14
Dec

No Euchre Marathon held in December

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon will not be holding its monthly Euchre Marathons in December, due to the busy holiday season. The Euchre marathons are typically held the third Thursday of each month at the Senior Citizens Room at the Waukon Wellness Center and will resume in January.

For more information on the monthly Euchre marathons or the Auxiliary itself, call Auxiliary President Nona Sawyer at 563-568-3105.
 

Wed
07
Dec

Gundersen Waukon Clinic among top Steppin’ Out in Pink fundraiser


Pictured above are members of Gundersen Waukon Clinic’s “Wauk On Breast Cancer” team that led the entire Gundersen fundraising effort by raising $2,431 for this year’s Steppin’ Out in Pink breast cancer fundraiser. Pictured above, left to right, are: Front row-Tara Zuercher, registered nurse (RN); Dani Fink, medical assistant (MA); Becky Lickiss, RN; Joan Fritz, RN; Shelle Fogt, licensed practical nurse (LPN); Jean Rea, patient liaison (PL). Back row-Renee Honn, PL; Hallie Linderbaum, regional business office coordinator; Barb Tieskoetter, RN; Kelli Hammel, MA; Lori Benzing, PL; Rachel Welch, lab/radiologic technician; Crystal Goltz, clinic manager. Submitted photo.

Gundersen Medical Foundation’s 11th annual Steppin’ Out in Pink proved pink is powerful. More than 6,100 walkers and 314 teams stepped out September 10 to help raise $395,000 for local breast cancer research.

Top Steppin’ Out in Pink fundraisers were recently announced. Leading the way was Gundersen Waukon Clinic’s “Wauk On Breast Cancer” team that brought in $2,431 and placed first in the Gundersen team competition. Last year, the team took second place in the same category.

“Our message this year was HOPE. We thank the Wauk On Breast Cancer team for embracing Steppin’ Out in Pink and giving hope to all those in the community that their gift will touch,” states Steppin’ Out in Pink chair Debbie Kroner, Gundersen Medical Foundation.

Wed
07
Dec

Fleece tie blankets for children ...

Many of the St. Patrick Church youth in Waukon came together for a community service project to benefit Veterans Memorial Hospital. Twenty-five students worked in small groups to make these fleece tie blankets. Some of these youth, pictured here, presented the blankets to hospital surgery staff members Tara Reisinger, RN and Julie Viet, RN, both pictured at far right. These blankets will be given to any children undergoing surgery in the near future at Veterans Memorial Hospital. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
07
Dec

Grief Support Group December 14

The local Grief Support Group will hold its monthly meeting at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon Wednesday, December 14 at 2 p.m. in the Medication Room of the hospital, which is located on the main level.

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 Wednesday of each month at Veterans Memorial Hospital.
 

Wed
07
Dec

Prevent holiday weight gain

By Jill Fleming, MS, RD

Let the holidays begin!  Starting with Thanksgiving, many of us will attend several social events and parties up through New Year’s Day.  It is tempting to just throw in the towel on our healthy eating and exercise plans until next year, but don’t do it!  Avoid eating to the point of feeling “stuffed” at any of these events.

The key is to avoid the “all-or-nothing” way of thinking. If you tell yourself that you can eat, drink and be merry with reckless abandon for six weeks, you will pay for it later. Starting a new healthy eating plan January 1 sounds like a good idea, but why would you want to start it with an extra 10 pounds?

The New England Journal of Medicine published findings from a Tuff’s University study on weight gain during the holidays. It found that those who were already overweight were likely to gain more weight during the six-week holiday period than those who were considered average weight.

Wed
30
Nov

Prepared Childbirth Education Class held at Veterans Memorial Hospital

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon will begin the next Prepared Childbirth Education classes (formerly called Lamaze) Monday, January 9, and will continue them for two more consecutive Monday evenings beginning at 6 p.m. in the Large Conference Room.

The Prepared Childbirth Education classes at Veterans Memorial Hospital are offered in three sessions that allow the expectant parents to choose which topics they wish to learn more on. They may choose to attend one, two or all three sessions. Session 1 covers labor, delivery and the postpartum period following delivery; Session 2 includes relaxation, breathing and pain management; and Session 3 covers infant care. Tours of the OB Department are available with each session as well.

Wed
30
Nov

Home Health and in-home rehabilitation, a great partnership through Veterans Memorial Hospital

November is National Home Care Month. The purpose of home care is to keep people in their homes, near their families and in their communities for as long as possible. Home health care can provide a range of services including wound care, therapy, rehabilitative services following surgery and home infusion of drugs.

Home medical care is far less expensive than assisted living or long-term care and is covered by most insurance plans. Private insurance providers, such as Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and government policies, like Medicare and Medicaid, cover home health care from certified agencies. Most insurance plans require a prior authorization or prior approval before care is given as well as a treatment plan signed off by a doctor.

Wed
30
Nov

Only a few weeks remain to check out 2017 Medicare drug plans

You have until December 7, 2016 to enroll in or change Medicare drug plans for 2017. Don’t wait until the last minute. Remember, if you’re on Medicare and don’t have drug coverage, or the coverage you have is not as good as Medicare’s, you will face a penalty for each month you delay enrolling.

If you have questions about Medicare drug coverage call your local SHIIP counselor at Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411. SHIIP volunteers are available to meet individually with anyone in the community who wishes to compare the Medicare Part D plans available for 2017. Appointments are required and can be scheduled by calling Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon at 563-568-3411. You will need to bring your Medicare card, current Part D plan card and a list of your medications from your pharmacy. SHIIP is a free, confidential service of the State of Iowa.

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