Health

Wed
16
Nov

Veterans Memorial Hospital receives 2016 Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award® for Outstanding Performance in Inpatient Services


Veterans Memorial Hospital has again received national recognition at the annual National Press Ganey Conference for achieving the Guardian of Excellence Award for Outstanding Performance in Inpatient Services. Pictured above are members of the hospital staff who accepted this award on behalf of the hospital. Left to right: Mike Myers, CEO; Mary Jo Meyer, Medical Lab Technician; Machelle Bulman, RN, Director of Nursing; Dave Lyons, RN; Patrick Ryan, Press Ganey CEO; Amanda Leiran, Radiology Supervisor; Carol Gaunitz, RN; and Matt Wagner, RN, Quality Assurance. The Guardian of Excellence Award recognizes top-performing facilities that consistently achieved the 95th percentile, or top five percent of hospitals nationwide, of performance in Inpatient Services. Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) in Waukon is pleased to announce it has been named a 2016 Guardian of Excellence Award® winner by Press Ganey. The Guardian of Excellence Award recognizes top-performing health care organizations that have consistently achieved the 95th percentile or above of performance in Patient Experience/Inpatient Services.
The Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award is a nationally-recognized symbol of achievement in health care. Presented annually, the award honors clients who consistently sustained performance in the top five percent of all Press Ganey clients for each reporting period during the course of one year.

Wed
16
Nov

Gundersen welcomes new physician at Waukon Clinic

Coley Barbee, MD
Coley Barbee, MD

Gundersen Waukon Clinic welcomes family medicine physician Coley Barbee, MD to its team caring for people in northeast Iowa. Dr. Barbee provides the full scope of family care for patients of all ages, including well-woman care, contraception management, preventative care and chronic disease management. Dr. Barbee’s practice includes obstetrics, and she will help patients deliver their babies in town, at Veterans Memorial Hospital.

She has lived, worked and studied in some of the United States’ largest cities, such as New York City and Boston, but was born and raised in the small town of Cherryfield, ME. The town has roughly a third of Waukon’s population.

“I grew up in a small rural community and always knew I wanted to provide primary care to rural residents” says Dr. Barbee. “The Midwest is a great place to practice family medicine and though I miss my home state of Maine (especially the ocean) I am excited to join this community.”

Wed
16
Nov

November is National Diabetes Month: Continuous Glucose Monitoring

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Management Program began offering the Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) system to their patients with diabetes in 2008. Since its inception, the results have been extremely useful to the physicians as well as the patients, giving them optimal control of their diabetes and their life.

What is Continuous Glucose Monitoring?
Continuous glucose monitoring is used to determine what blood glucose levels are continuously, 24 hours a day, and not just after a meal when a person regularly tests their own blood sugar level. Up until this point, the only way to obtain all of this information would be for a person with diabetes to take their own blood sugar test by pricking their finger about 288 times a day.

Wed
16
Nov

Flu clinics continue to take place at VMH Community and Home Care

Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care will be continuing its community flu clinics this month during regular immunization clinic hours on the following dates: November 16 from 1-6 p.m., November 23 from 1-4 p.m., and November 30 from 1-4 p.m.

The Community and Home Care Immunization Clinic is located on the upper level of Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Flu vaccine, pneumonia vaccine, and a combination of flu and pneumonia vaccine will all be available. Tetanus shots will be offered as well.

Medicare does cover these costs. Billing for Medicare will be completed by the Community and Home Care staff, but participants will need to bring their physician’s name and their Medicare number with them.

Influenza, also called the flu, can cause fever, chills, headache, cough, sore throat, and muscle aches to people of any age, and can lead to pneumonia and even death. But most deaths caused by influenza are in elderly people.

Wed
09
Nov

November is Diabetes Awareness Month: Playing defense against diabetes

by Teresa Myers, RN, CDE Diabetes Educator, Veterans Memorial Hospital

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Are you aware that the rate of diabetes has nearly doubled in the past ten years; that type 2 diabetes has even started showing up in teenagers; that 40% of those aged 40 to 70 have pre-diabetes; and most importantly, that diabetes and its complications can be almost totally avoidable?

A study released in September 2008 by the Center For Disease Control and the American Diabetes Association show that about 90% of the newly diagnosed cases of type 2 diabetes are related to life style and eating habits.

“Weight is the strongest risk factor by far for diabetes,” says Walter Willett of the Harvard School of Public Health. “Given that most people are not going to get down to an optimal weight, diet quality is almost as important as weight control. Exercise plays a major role in reducing these risks even further.”

Wed
09
Nov

Medicare drug plan changes are coming

Don’t miss the Medicare annual open enrollment period for Part D drug plans which runs through December 7. Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon has SHIIP counselors Russ Hagen and Stan and Mary Straate available to discuss Medicare Part D plans available for 2017 and Medicare Advantage. Appointments are required.

Call Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411 to schedule an appointment. Those with appointments will need to bring their Medicare card, current Part D plan card and a list of medications from their pharmacy which includes drug name, quantity and dosage.

These SHIIP volunteers are available throughout the year at Veterans Memorial Hospital. To make an appointment with a SHIIP volunteer, call the hospital at 563-568-3411.

Wed
09
Nov

Auxiliary Euchre Marathon Nov. 17

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital will be holding its monthly Euchre Marathon for all individuals of the community interested Thursday, November 17. 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. Those choosing to eat dinner should call Northland Agency on Aging at 877-838-8077. 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. The cost is $3 per person with all proceeds going 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 table of four players, however.

Wed
02
Nov

Entertainment for the 25th Annual Christmas Fantasy announced, make reservations now


Reservations are now being accepted for the Christmas Fantasy Saturday and Monday Noon Luncheons and the Saturday Wine, Cheese and Dessert event. Pictured is a scene from last year’s Friday Night “Tingle ‘n Mingle” event. The “25 Years of Caring and Sharing” Christmas Fantasy will be held at the Allamakee Fairgrounds Pavilion the weekend of November 11, 12, 13 and 14 and is sponsored by the Veterans Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation. Submitted photo.

The Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation’s Christmas Fantasy 2016 will be held Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, November 11, 12, 13 and 14 at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon. The theme will be “25 Years of Caring and Sharing” in honor of the 25th anniversary of the event.

In addition to the nearly 60 decorated Christmas trees on display, this year’s event will again offer many, many shopping opportunities on the silent auction.
Reservations are now being taken for the popular Saturday evening Wine, Cheese and Dessert Event, and the Noon luncheons. 

Wed
02
Nov

Diabetes Support Group to meet November 10 at VMH

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Support Group will hold its next meeting Thursday, November 10 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 Teresa Myers, RN, C.D.E., Diabetes Educator, or Angie Mettille, RN, at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon at 563-568-3411.

Wed
02
Nov

Grief Support Group to meet November 9 at VMH

The local Grief Support Group will hold its monthly meeting at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon Wednesday, November 9 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.

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