Health

Wed
03
Jan

Grief Support Group to meet at Veterans Memorial Hospital

The local Grief Support Group will be holding their monthly meeting at Veterans Memorial Hospital Tuesday, January 9 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 meets the second Tuesday of each month at VMH.
 

Wed
03
Jan

First Baby of the Year Contest at Veterans Memorial Hospital

Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) physicians and staff will be awaiting the arrival of the first baby born at the hospital in the New Year 2024. This fortunate child and his or her family will receive a large number of generous gifts compliments of area merchants.

Wed
03
Jan

Top Wellness Resolutions for 2024

According to a report published by Statista in Nov. 2022, the top three New Year’s resolutions made each year are living healthier (23%),  personal improvement or happiness (21%), and losing weight (20%).

In order to succeed, try to follow these seven strategies for success in the New Year.

1. Make sure you’re ready to change and that you address any obstacles that may get in your way. A good support system is a must.

2. Find what motivates you. No one can do it for you, you have to do it for yourself.

3. Enjoy healthier foods:
• Eat more fruits and veggies.
• Replace refined grains with whole grains, and processed foods with whole foods.
• Cut back on high fat and high sugar foods/beverages, along with salt.

Wed
27
Dec

Veterans Memorial Hospital Waukon Medical Clinic to begin extended hours January 8


Extended hours begin January 8 at VMH Waukon Clinic ... January 8, the Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) Medical Clinic in Waukon will begin to offer extended hours every Monday through Thursday evening until 7 p.m. to offer better access for parents and students following the work and/or school day. Dr. Dave Schwartz and Clinic Director Laura Baxter both credit the providers and staff, many pictured here, for reworking their schedules to better serve the community’s needs. Submitted photo.

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic in Waukon will begin to offer extended hours every Monday through Thursday evening until 7 p.m. to offer better access for parents and students following the work and/or school day.

Patients are welcome to walk-in to the clinic between the hours of 4:30-6:30 p.m. any Monday through Thursday evening, without an appointment, for acute, non-emergent needs such as the following:  abdominal pain, broken bones (other than hips or femurs), cough/cold, diarrhea, ear aches, fever, flu, mental health concerns, 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.

Wed
27
Dec

First Baby of the Year Contest at Veterans Memorial Hospital

Katie Maker, Nurse Midwife ...
Katie Maker, Nurse Midwife ... Veterans Memorial Hospital physicians and staff will be awaiting the arrival of the first baby born at the hospital in the New Year 2024. This fortunate child and his or her family will receive a large number of generous gifts compliments of area merchants. Pictured is Katy Maker, Nurse Midwife and Nurse Practitioner, who delivers babies at Veterans Memorial Hospital, and sees patients in both the Waukon and Postville Clinics. Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) physicians and staff will be awaiting the arrival of the first baby born at the hospital in the New Year 2024. This fortunate child and his or her family will receive a large number of generous gifts compliments of area merchants.

Wed
27
Dec

Make a New Year’s Resolution to give blood in 2024; Next blood drive will be held Thursday, January 4

The next LifeServe Blood Center blood drive will be held Thursday, January 4, from 12-5 p.m., at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon. Blood drives are held every month in Waukon. The LifeServe Blood Center of Iowa supplies Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) with its blood and blood products.

The LifeServe Blood Center of Iowa 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. Many Iowans are encouraged to make donating blood on a regular basis their New Year’s resolution this year.

Over half of the United States population is eligible to donate blood, yet less than four percent donate on a regular basis.

Wed
27
Dec

Spots are still available to be part of EMT Class in January

The deadline is drawing near for the EMT class that will begin January 8, 2024.  Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) is offering this face-to-face EMT Class locally this year, so the fact it will be held in Waukon is a convenience for those wishing to take the course with little travel time. This 138-hour course will conclude in May.  Registration for the class must be completed prior to the orientation night January 8.  

The number of Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) in this area has dwindled over the years as licensed EMTs have retired.   Allamakee and northern Clayton Counties are fortunate to have many emergency response services, but nearly all of them are in need of more EMTs on their service to share the call time, ensuring local emergency services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Wed
27
Dec

“Baby and Me - The Basics” Class at VMH

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon, together with Helping Services of Northeast Iowa, will be offering the “Baby and Me - The Basics” class Tuesday evening, January 2, from 4-8:30 p.m. in the hospital’s Large Conference Room.

Helping Services’ Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians, Barb Fjelstul and Rachel Weber, will teach the basics of how to correctly secure children in their car seat and getting the seat secured in the vehicle. Barb Fjelstul, also a breast-feeding educator, will guide participants through the challenges and rewards of breast-feeding and provide techniques to ensure baby is getting the most benefit from nursing.

Rachel Stone, RN, is a labor and delivery nurse and will give expecting mothers education on breathing techniques and coping with pain during labor.

Wed
20
Dec

Veterans Memorial Hospital Waukon and Postville Clinics welcome new provider

Minji Na ... Submitted photo.
Minji Na ... Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital Waukon and Postville Clinics welcome Nurse Practitioner Minji Na, who will be joining the practice January 8. Minji has been practicing as a family nurse practitioner for Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Albert Lea and Austin, MN in family medicine and urgent care the last two years.

When Minji was in Nurse Practitioner school, she did her clinical rotations with Dr. Dave Schwartz. She states, “I really appreciated him and the staff, and especially the atmosphere at Veterans Memorial Hospital. I knew I wanted to be a part of their team someday!”

Minji was born in South Korea, moving to the United States when she was five years old. After living in New Jersey and Virginia, her family settled in Decorah. Minji attended NICC for her RN degree, Western Governors University for her Bachelors in Nursing and the Family Nurse Practitioner Program with Purdue University Global.

Wed
20
Dec

There’s still time to get flu, COVID vaccines at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon


VMH Community and Home Care/Allamakee Public Health ... There’s still time to receive the flu and COVID vaccines. The Flu and COVID vaccines continue to be offered each Wednesday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care/Allamakee Public Health. Flu shots are recommended for all those who have not yet received the vaccine, and they will be effective throughout the rest of the flu season. Pictured above are members of the Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care/Allamakee Public Health immunization team. Submitted photo.

There’s still time to receive the flu and COVID vaccines. A flu vaccine is the best way to help protect yourself and your loved ones against flu and its potentially serious outcomes.  A flu shot can safely help prevent the flu and lessen flu symptoms if you do get sick. A flu shot also can help protect your baby from flu for several months after birth.

Every year flu puts thousands of children in the hospital. Getting your child a flu vaccine can lessen flu’s more serious symptoms - reducing the risk of serious illness and flu-related hospitalization if they do get sick.

The flu and COVID vaccines continue to be offered each Wednesday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) Community and Home Care/Allamakee Public Health. Flu shots are recommended for all those who have not yet received the vaccine, and they will be effective throughout the rest of the flu season.

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