Health

Wed
26
Apr

April is National Occupational Therapy Month: What is Occupational Therapy?

by Tami Gebel,
Occupational Therapist
Veterans Memorial Hospital

Wed
26
Apr

Health Care Provider CPR Offered in May

Veterans Memorial Hospital will be offering a course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for health care providers (those working in health related fields such as physicians, nurses, EMTs, etc.) Monday, May 8, beginning at 5:30 p.m. This “Health Care Professional” CPR class will be held in the Large Conference Room located on the lower level of the hospital.

The cost of the class, for certification or recertification, is the same and all registrants should bring along their own pocket mask. The card received with the course does certify attendants in CPR for two years.

Pre-registration plus a minimum of three participants is required. For more information and to register for the “Health Care Provider” CPR Course, call Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.
 

Wed
26
Apr

Blood in special demand during the summer

The next LifeServe Blood Center blood drive will be held Thursday, May 4, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the First Baptist Church located in south Waukon. Blood drives are held once a month in Waukon, to allow for more donors to give. The LifeServe Blood Center supplies Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon with its blood and blood products.

Blood centers across the United States see a decrease in blood donations during the busy summer months.  During the summer, people become more active, have busier schedules, spend more time outdoors and take vacations. While donations decline, hospitals see an increase in the need for blood. More driving can mean more automobile accidents. A person who has suffered severe injuries from an automobile accident can need up to 50 units of blood.

Wed
26
Apr

Northeast Iowa Agency on Aging seeks volunteers to serve on NEI3A Board

Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging (NEI3A) is a non-profit organization that serves 18 counties in northeast Iowa. The mission of NEI3A is to create and provide services for older individuals, caregivers and persons with disabilities to empower them to maintain their independence.

NEI3A is currently seeking new board members to help fulfill its mission. Potential board members must be a resident of NEI3A’s 18-county service area. The NEI3A Board meets six times each year at various locations throughout the service area.

Those who are interested in becoming a part of NEI3A’s board are asked to visit http://www.nei3a.org/join-us/volunteer/default.aspx to fill out an application. Anyone with further questions about the board may contact Janna Diehl at 319-874-6843.

Wed
26
Apr

Memorials received by Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Ruth Nolting by Les and Ada Marie Kerndt, Robert and Irene Stock, Marian Smedsrud, Bob and Marilyn Bulman, Alice Schlake, Mae Jean Bakke, Patsy Kerndt,  Ken and Gloria Krambeer, and family and friends of Ruth Nolting.

Memorials are greatly appreciated by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation. The Foundation is a 501C3 organization. All donations to the Foundation are considered to be tax deductible for the donor. Memorials and donations can be sent to Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation, 40 First Street SE, Waukon, IA  52172.
 

Wed
19
Apr

April is National Occupational Therapy Month: Suggestions to help manage chronic pains

by Tami Gebel,
Occupational Therapist
Veterans Memorial Hospital

Have you ever sprained your ankle, hurt your back, bumped your elbow, and months later you think, “why does that still hurt?” Over 130 million Americans report chronic pain, which means that chronic pain is more prevalent than cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

Wed
19
Apr

NEIA Food & Fitness Initiative honored as public health leader

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) recognized leaders in nutrition and physical activity at a ceremony held April 11 at the 2017 Iowa Governor’s Conference on Public Health in Des Moines. Among those honored organizations was the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative.

The honorees emulate the IDPH Bureau of Nutrition and Health Promotion vision of “an Iowa where healthy living is accessible, valued and supported by all.” The winners must strive to make the bureau’s mission a reality by “ensuring that Iowans have the opportunity to live a healthy lifestyle by providing education and resources, building partnerships and supporting communities.”

Wed
19
Apr

“Live Healthy Iowa” participation prizes to be awarded by VMH

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon will again be awarding prizes to all those in Allamakee and northern Clayton counties that participated in the Live Healthy Iowa 10-week Wellness Challenge in 2017. Prizes will be awarded during the hospital’s annual Family Wellness Fair which will be held Wednesday, May 10 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the hospital.

In order to claim a participation prize at the Veterans Memorial Hospital Family Wellness Fair, Live Healthy Iowa participants are asked to present their access card at the receptionist desk during the fair. Personalized participant access cards can be found by going to the Live Healthy Iowa website at www.livehealthyiowa.org and under the participant’s “my dashboard” tab, clicking on the “access card” graphic at the bottom right of that dashboard page. The card can then be printed and brought in to the Wellness Fair to redeem the prize.

Wed
19
Apr

Memorials recently received by Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Darrell Snitker by Jerry and Linda Siegrist, Harold and Shirley Marti, Gayle Larkin, Robert and Judy Iseli, Patsy Kerndt, Rosanne and Darrel Wicks, John and Sheryl Prestemon, and family and friends of Darrell Snitker.

Memorials were also received in memory of Arden Hanson by Ardys Kuhse, Randy and Lori Hesse, Al and Fern Rissman, Harold and Shirley Marti, Mary Fink, Mavis Berns, Marcella Selberg, Bob and Marilyn Bulman, Jerry and Linda Siegrist, Bill and Karen Regan and Joyce Hanson.

Memorials and donations are greatly appreciated by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation.  The Foundation is a 501C3 organization. All donations to the Foundation are tax deductible. Memorials and donations can be sent to 40 First Street SE, Waukon, IA  52172.
 

Wed
12
Apr

Technology today can be a pain in the neck, or the hand; April is National Occupational Therapy Month


Tami Gebel ...

by Tami Gebel,
Occupational Therapist

Have you heard someone over the age of 60 years old say.... “In my day, we didn’t have computers to do all of these things for us.” When they were young, writer’s cramp was a pain in the hand caused by holding a pencil for too long while writing on paper. These days, writer’s cramp is rare because everything is typed, texted, emailed or faxed. Today the pain experienced from technology use is not limited to our hands; we have pains in our eyes, back, neck, wrists, elbows and shoulders.  There is even new terminology, such as ‘texting thumb,’ ‘text claw,’ and ‘text neck’ to describe the pains we are experiencing with use of cell phones, computers, tablets, laptops, and even video gaming systems.

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