Health

Wed
07
Oct

Know the benefits of digital mammography


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pictured is the Digital Mammography system at Veterans Memorial Hospital. The process of having a digital mammogram is very much the same as having a conventional screen-film mammogram, but the benefits of digital mammography are many. Digital mammography produces images that appear on the technologist’s monitor in a matter of seconds. The radiologist reviews the electronic images using special high-resolution monitors that can manipulate the images for more clarity to detect cancer even earlier. Digital mammography images can be easily stored in the computer for comparison with your next mammogram, and easily transmitted if needed. The Radiology Department at Veterans Memorial Hospital has now extended its hours into the evening to allow for more mammogram appointments to be scheduled after work. Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital’s state-certified, digital mammography machine was the first in the area when it was installed in 2009. This system allows the hospital to offer the latest, state-of-the-art technology to everyone needing a mammogram.  The advantages of digital mammography include the following:
• Digital mammography produces images that appear on the technologist’s monitor in a matter of seconds with no waiting for film to develop.
• With digital mammography, the radiologist reviews electronic images of the breast using special high-resolution monitors and can manipulate the images for more clarity to detect signs of cancer even earlier.
• Digital mammography images can be easily stored in the computer for comparison with your next mammogram, and if needed, easily transmitted to another medical facility without any loss of information, eliminating the dependence on only one set of original x-ray films.

Wed
30
Sep

Veterans Memorial Hospital prepared to treat all types of trauma patients

by Jeff Mitchell, PM
Paramedic/EMS Supervisor at Veterans Memorial Hospital

At Veterans Memorial Hospital we are prepared for any type of trauma that may walk or be brought into our Emergency Department. Whether it is small or large, minor or severe, there are always highly trained personnel ready to provide treatment and stabilization to that person or persons requiring help.

Wed
30
Sep

Participation sought for health needs assessment, health improvement plan

Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care, formerly Allamakee County Public Health, would like to invite anyone in the Allamakee County community to take a survey for Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and Health Improvement Plan (HIP) assessment.  This plan is a report documenting a community-wide effort to assess Allamakee County’s health needs and decide how to meet them.

Wed
30
Sep

Decorators needed for Christmas Fantasy


Pictured is a scene from the 2014 Christmas Fantasy. The planning of the 2015 Christmas Fantasy is underway and decorators are needed. The theme will be “Ring In the Holidays” for the November 13, 14, 15 and 16 event at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon. This is the 24th annual Christmas Fantasy event sponsored by the Veterans Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation. Submitted photo.

Christmas Fantasy decorators are needed to decorate trees, miniature trees, doors, gift baskets, centerpieces and tables at the 2015 Christmas Fantasy in Waukon. This year’s theme is “Ring In The Holidays” and will be held  Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, November 13, 14, 15 and 16 at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon.
The event will be organized by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation members including Kevin Hanson, President; Wayne Burk, Vice President; Amy Coté-Hill, Secretary; Nancy Schoh, Treasurer; Sue Blagsvedt, Jane Dietrich, Gloria Krambeer, Jackie Halverson, Ardie Kuhse, Craig Lensing, Dennis Lyons, Ann Roed, Nona Sawyer, Randy Hesse and Bill Shafer, with additional assistance from Pat Pettingill, Kim Sylvester, Julie Thompson and Karen Swenson.

Wed
30
Sep

VMH Radiology Department offering late afternoon appointments for mammograms


The Radiology Department at Veterans Memorial Hospital has extended daily office hours to accommodate more mammogram appointments to be scheduled after work, making the option of mammography more accessible. Pictured with the mammogram machine at the hospital, ready to “knock out breast cancer, one mammogram at a time” are Veterans Memorial Hospital X-ray Technologists Crystal Corwin, Amanda Leiran, Renee Stokman and Jennie Anderson. Submitted photo.

The Radiology Department at Veterans Memorial Hospital now has extended hours into the evening to allow for more mammogram appointments to be scheduled after work, making the option of mammography more accessible.
Mammography (an x-ray picture of the breast) is the single most effective method to detect breast changes that may be cancer, long before physical symptoms can be seen or felt. Early detection, followed by up-to-date treatment, provides women with better chances for long-term freedom from the disease. But mammography screening must be done routinely.

Wed
23
Sep

Decorators needed for 24th Annual Christmas Fantasy

The 2015 Christmas Fantasy theme is “Ring In the Holidays” and will be held  Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, November 13, 14, 15 and 16 at the Allamakee Fairgrounds Pavilionin Waukon. Decorators are asked to begin thinking about this year’s event. Many decorators are needed to decorate trees, miniature trees, doors and tables, centerpieces and gift baskets, as well as donate quilted items, for the 2015 Christmas Fantasy.
Christmas tree decorators decorate an artificial tree for display during the Fantasy and are able to take their items back home with them after the event. Many other decorated, crafted or quilted items are offered for sale by silent auction and may also include gift baskets.
This event is planned and sponsored by the Veterans Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation. Anyone interested in being a part of the 2015 Christmas Fantasy may call Gloria Krambeer at 563-568-3182.

Wed
09
Sep

VMH Auxiliary and Elliott Jewelers to host 11th Annual Women’s Health Day Sept. 29


The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital and Elliott Jewelers of Waukon will be holding the 11th annual Women’s Health Day Tuesday, September 29 at the Waukon Banquet Center. This year, every person attending the event will be entered into a drawing for a ladies’ 14kt two-tone gold “S” style fashion pendant with 1/4ct round brilliant cut diamonds on a 14kt white gold chain, (retail value $800), compliments of Elliott Jewelers of Waukon. Tickets for this year’s event will go on sale Monday, September 14 at Veterans Memorial Hospital and Elliott Jewelers. Submitted photo.

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital together with Elliott Jewelers of Waukon will be hosting the 11th annual Women’s Health Day wellness event and luncheon  Tuesday, September 29 at the Waukon Banquet Center. All ages are invited to attend any part of this educational event, beginning at 11 a.m. with a wellness fair offering a variety of free health tests and information and a salad luncheon and program held from noon to 1 p.m.

Wed
02
Sep

Weekend clinics available over Labor Day weekend

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon will again be holding its regular weekend clinics over the Labor Day holiday weekend. The special Labor Day weekend clinics will be held Saturday, Sunday and Monday, September 5, 6 and 7 from 1 to 5 p.m. each day for all non-emergencies.
Weekend Clinics are held every Saturday and Sunday at Veterans Memorial Hospital, all year round, from 1-5 p.m. each day for non-emergencies. Non-emergencies are considered ailments that could be seen by a physician in a clinic and do not require an emergency room visit, such as minor injuries, sore throats and/or ear aches that cannot wait until regular clinic business hours. These weekend clinics save families the cost of regular emergency room fees on the weekends when the other local clinics are closed.

Wed
26
Aug

VMH 5K Cardiac Classic winners

The Veterans Memorial Hospital 5K Cardiac Classic Run/Walk was held Saturday, August 15 in conjunction with Waukon’s Corn Days festivities. Pictured above are the overall winning males from Saturday’s race, including, front row, left to right: Cory Stika (23:34), Zach McCann (18:51), Brock Berns (21:43), Isaac Fink (20:01), Nate Helgerson (20:34), Austin Day (overall male winner in 18:42), Ben Stenseth (34:03) and Matt Stenseth (25:59). Back row, left to right: Tony Vondra (27:25), Kim Wander (23:35), Dan Byrnes (24:50), Mike Regan (29:06), Scott Houg (22:31), James Stenseth (24:37), Jeremy Stenseth (24:35) and Ryan Guyer (30:33).

Wed
19
Aug

Mayo’s discontinuation of water births has local effect

 Veterans Memorial Hospital Administrator Mike Myers, RN, was informed recently that the Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare has made the decision to discontinue water births. This decision also affects Veterans Memorial Hospital locally as the Waukon Mayo Clinic physicians are the ones who deliver babies in the birthing tub at the hospital.
In an August 12 news release, Mayo stated this decision follows a joint opinion issued by the American Academy of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), which, in brief, indicates underwater deliveries should only be done in the context of a clinical trial.  

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