Health

Wed
15
Feb

Diabetes Support Group will not meet in February

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Support Group will not hold a regular meeting in February. The group will begin holding its regular monthly meetings again in March.

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
15
Feb

Memorials received by Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Bernice Schrobeck by Frank and Sharon Hammel and in memory of Willis Johanningmeier by Lesa Moose.

Memorials were also received in memory of Earl Iverson by Vivian Iverson and in memory of Hazel Schlitter by Dave and Laurie Martin and Carl and Betty Christianson.

Memorials are greatly appreciated by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation. The Foundation is a 501C3 organization, making all donations to the Foundation tax deductible. Memorials and donations can be dropped off at the hospital or mailed to Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation, 40 First Street SE, Waukon, IA  52172.
 

Wed
08
Feb

VMH nurses receive visit from St. Patrick’s fourth grade ...

Veterans Memorial Hospital nurses received a surprise visit from Loretta Schafer’s fourth grade class from St. Patrick School Wednesday, February 1. The class delivered two generous “random acts of kindness” baskets with goodies to their local nursing ‘heroes’. Pictured above is the fourth grade class with the nursing staff that were working at the hospital when the students made their surprise delivery. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
08
Feb

Veterans Memorial Hospital soon to transition to a new electronic medical record system

Veterans Memorial Hospital has announced it plans to transition to a new electronic medical record system the end of February. This new system will now link to all departments, encompassing all areas of the hospital, including the billing department.

With this change, patients will see a new statement following any hospital service which will be a completely different look from what they are used to receiving due to the use of a new vendor. In addition, patients’ account balances will also be handled by a new system that will be unfamiliar to current patients. For example, a patient may have a test performed in February and it will be processed through the current company, MedPay, and after March 1, self pay statements and phone calls will come from the new vendor instead.

Wed
08
Feb

February is Heart Month: The facts on heart health

Over 950,000 Americans die each year from cardiovascular disease. Since February is National Heart Month, Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon provides the following facts and tips on heart health:
- 250,000 people die within one hour of onset of a heart attack.
- 60-70% of those individuals are male.
- Heart disease is the number-one killer of American women and men.
- 75-80% of cardiac arrests happen in the home.
- Bystander CPR does improve the outcome once someone has arrested.
- Traditional CPR courses are not reaching those who live with high-risk populations.
- Rapid defibrillation is the most important treatment for victims.
- For every minute delay in defibrillation there is a 10% loss for chance of survival.
- In the case of heart attack, “Time is Muscle.”
- In the case of stroke, “Time is Brain Tissue.”

Wed
08
Feb

Heart Disease in Women: Symptoms and Risk Factors

Sweating, nausea, dizziness and unusual fatigue may not sound like typical heart attack symptoms, but they are common for women. Pain, pressure or discomfort in the chest is not always severe or even the most prominent heart attack symptom, particularly in women. These symptoms may occur more often when women are resting or even asleep.

“That is why it’s important for women to understand their unique symptoms and work to reduce their risk of heart disease,” says Elizabeth Leschensky, family nurse practitioner at Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare in Waukon.

Certain factors play a bigger role in the development of heart disease in women than the traditional risks of high cholesterol, high blood pressure and obesity. “Women should control traditional risk factors as well as these to help prevent heart disease,” says Leschensky.

Wed
08
Feb

Memorials received by Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation

Memorials were received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Ida Duffy by Kent and Donna Schultz, Laura Duvel, Marilyn Bulman and Wendy Bucheit.

Memorials were also received in memory of Curt “CD” Kruger by Marv and Marge Strike, Dave and Laura Martin, Randy and Karen Loeb, JoAnn Peake, Jerry and Linda Siegrist, Orrin and Nan Grangaard, Ken and Jill Lampman, Mae Jean Bakke, John and Lorna Kerndt, Elsa Hager, Craig and Barb Lensing, Robert and Marilyn Bulman, Cyril and Shirley Larkin, Mary Ann Hager, Norb and Nola Palmer, Carol Krumme, Wayne and Nona Sawyer, Dan and Traci Byrnes, Dale and Ann Rademaker, Jackie Westby, Kate Wooden, Jim and Bev Larson-Needham, Lois Evans, Otto and Eleanor Thorstenson, Jim Moritz, Lesa Moose, Gladwin and Darlene Anderson, and Allan and Fern Rissman.

Tue
31
Jan

Grief Support Group to meet February 8

The local Grief Support Group will hold its monthly meeting at Veterans Memorial Hospital Wednesday, February 8 at 2 p.m. 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.
 

Tue
31
Jan

Hospital Auxiliary Euchre Marathon set for February 16

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital will be holding its monthly Euchre Marathon for all individuals of the community interested  Thursday, February 16. Men and women are welcome to attend, even if not a member of the Auxiliary. The Euchre marathons are held the third Thursday of each month at the Senior Citizens Room located in the Waukon Wellness Center. 

The Auxiliary’s Euchre Marathons begin at 11:30 a.m. with dinner if chosen. Contact Northland Agency on Aging at 877-838-8077 to eat dinner. 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. All proceeds go toward the Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital. Prizes will be awarded.

Tue
31
Jan

Memorials received by Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Evelyn Welper by Russ and Mary Jo Meyer, Jane Dietrich, Tharin and Bailey Meyer Benson, Patsy Kerndt, David and Suzanne Hahn, Rick and Cathy Larson, Jeff Mitchell and family and friends of Evelyn Welper.

Memorials were also received in memory of Donna Wiley by Marv and Marge Strike, Norb and Nola Palmer, Dave and Laurie Martin, Mae Jean Bakke, Dr. Bill and Libby Withers, Gayle Larkin, Carl and Betty Christianson and family of Donna Wiley.

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.
 

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