Health

Wed
07
Sep

Grief Support Group to meet

The local Grief Support Group will be holding its monthly meeting at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon Tuesday, September 13 at 5 p.m. in the Meditation Healing Center, located just inside the main entrance of the hospital. Masks will be required.

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 and be sure to wear a mask. All attendees will be able to physically distance during the meeting. This grief support group meets the second Tuesday of each month at Veterans Memorial Hospital.

Wed
31
Aug

Importance of asking for skilled care in hospital before returning home


Skilled care at Veterans Memorial Hospital ... Skilled care is a level of hospital care offered at Veterans Memorial Hospital often found to be a very helpful option to the spouse or caregiver of a patient not quite able to go home following a surgery or accident. Pictured above, at front, is Ron Fox of Postville leaving his skilled care stay at Veterans Memorial Hospital with his two daughters, left to right, Debbie and Diana, assisted by hospital nursing staff, left to right, Chaya Klein, RN and Denise Beisker, C.N.A. Ron is a grateful patient for the skilled care he received at the hospital last winter. Submitted photo.

Skilled care is a level of hospital care offered at Veterans Memorial Hospital often found to be a very helpful option to the spouse or caregiver of a patient not quite able to go home following a surgery or accident. Medications are given, pain is controlled and the patient qualifies for more rehabilitation than if they are discharged directly to their home.

All skilled level patients are taken to their rehabilitation therapy sessions twice per day, Monday through Friday, plus once on the weekends. Patients who are discharged directly to their home only qualify to receive therapy three times per week, plus the caregiver has to load them up and bring them in for their therapy each time, which can be very exhausting for both the patient and caregiver.

Wed
31
Aug

Decorators needed for 31st Annual Christmas Fantasy: This year’s theme will be “Making the Future Bright”


VMH Christmas Fantasy plans in place for 2022 ... Pictured above is a scene from the 2019 Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation Christmas Fantasy. The Foundation is excited to return to a normal event this year like the one pictured here, with all of the special events and displays held inside the Allamakee Fairgrounds Pavilion. The theme will be “Making the Future Bright.” Decorators are needed to decorate the numerous trees for display as well as donors needed for the silent auction items such as miniature trees, wall hangings, quilted items, gift baskets, centerpieces and more. This is the 31st annual Christmas Fantasy hosted by the Foundation and will be held November 11, 12, 13 and 14 at the Allamakee Fairgrounds Pavilion. Submitted photo.

The Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation has announced the 2022 Christmas Fantasy will be back to a normal event this year, holding it back inside the Allamakee Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon with all of the special events included. This will be the 31st annual Fantasy event the Foundation has hosted.

The theme will be “Making the Future Bright.”  Christmas Fantasy decorators are needed to decorate the numerous trees for display as well as donors needed for the silent auction items such as miniature trees, wall hangings, quilted items, gift baskets, centerpieces and more.

The 2022 event will be held Friday through Monday, November 11-14. Plans will again return to include the usual Friday night happy hour event, Saturday and Monday luncheons, Saturday night wine, cheese and dessert event, and general admission Sunday and Monday afternoons.

Wed
31
Aug

Congresswoman Ashley Hinson visits VMH ...

Congresswoman Ashley Hinson visited Waukon Wednesday, August 24, beginning her visit at Veterans Memorial Hospital. She toured the hospital and clinic facility while learning the rural health struggles the hospital experiences locally, such as the availability of family practice providers, medical specialists and health care reimbursements. Pictured above, left to right, is Congresswoman Hinson in the Emergency Room (ER) with VMH Administrator Michael Coyle and Teresa Schaefers, RN viewing the tele-health system which allows local ER providers to consult with specialists during difficult emergency cases. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
31
Aug

Healthcare Faces of the Future for 6th-8th grades at Veterans Memorial Hospital September 14

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) and Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) have teamed up to provide a day for sixth-eighth graders to explore the many health care careers that are available to them.  The event will be held Wednesday, September 14, which is a teacher in-service day with no school. The event will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Hospital.

All attending will be visiting numerous health care departments around the hospital and hearing from staff in those roles. They will share their education, job duties and what a typical day in their work life is, all in an effort to introduce more youth to the vast career opportunities in health care.

Corinne Cook, RN, will be the class instructor. This class is held free of charge and a lunch will be served. All those attending should enter the hospital through the ICN entrance located at the southeast side of the hospital along the golf course.

Wed
31
Aug

Grief Support Group to meet at Veterans Memorial Hospital

The local Grief Support Group will be holding its monthly meeting at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon Tuesday, September 13 at 5 p.m. in the Meditation Healing Center, located just inside the main entrance of the hospital. Masks will be required.

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 and be sure to wear a mask. All attendees will be able to physically distance during the meeting. This grief support group meets the second Tuesday of each month at Veterans Memorial Hospital.
 

Wed
31
Aug

Diabetes Support Group to meet at VMH September 15

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Support Group will hold its next meeting Thursday, September 15, 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. Masks will be required to be worn.

This diabetes class is open to everyone who has diabetes or who has a friend or loved one with diabetes.  For more information on the Diabetes Support Group, call  Angie Mettille, RN at Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.
 

Wed
24
Aug

New nurse midwife joins hospital clinics and Birthing Center team


New nurse midwife and nurse practitioner at VMH ... Veterans Memorial Hospital welcomes Katy Maker, Nurse Midwife and Nurse Practitioner, to its health care team serving clinic patients in both the Waukon and Postville Clinic locations, as well as assisting in births in the hospital’s birthing center. Maker has over 30 years of experience as a nurse midwife and has assisted in nearly 2,000 deliveries and is also proficient in water births. In addition, she will be offering well-child visits and well-woman visits, as well as primary care and annual Medicare physicals, plus caring for behavioral health patients with anxiety and depression. She will also have same-day appointments available for all acute patients, both male and female. Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital welcomes Katy Maker, Nurse Midwife and Nurse Practitioner, to its health care team serving clinic patients in both the Waukon and Postville Clinic locations, as well as assisting in births in the hospital’s birthing center.

Maker has over 30 years of experience as a nurse midwife and has assisted in nearly 2,000 deliveries.  She will continue to add to that number, assisting moms with their baby’s birth in the Veterans Memorial Hospital Birthing Center. Maker is also proficient in water births.

“I am happy to be bringing my experience here, to work at Veterans Memorial Hospital and back in rural Iowa,” says Maker.  “I have always preferred the rural practice where families have access to quality care and do not have to travel to have their babies.  We are the only hospital in the region that offers water birth and I enjoy those very much.”

Wed
24
Aug

Healthcare Faces of the Future for 6th-8th grades at VMH September 14


"Healthcare Faces of the Future" at VMH ... In less than a month, NICC and Veterans Memorial Hospital will team up to provide “Healthcare Faces of the Future” which is a day for sixth through eighth graders to explore the many health care careers that are available to them. The event will be held at Veterans Memorial Hospital Wednesday, September 14, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., which is a teacher in-service day with no school. Pictured are some “faces of the future” in healthcare who visited the hospital’s health care career photo booth recently at the Allamakee County Fair. To register a child for Healthcare Faces of the Future, go to www.nicc.edu/waukon and scroll down to Youth Courses to find the Healthcare Faces of the Future registration link. Submitted photo.

In less than one month, Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) and Veterans Memorial Hospital will team up to provide a day for sixth-eighth grade students to explore the many health care careers that are available to them. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Hospital Wednesday, September 14, which is a teacher in-service day with no school.

All attending will be visiting numerous health care departments around the hospital and hearing from staff in those roles. Many of the departments visited will include Nursing, Emergency Room (ER), Ambulance, Laboratory, X-ray, Nutrition and Diabetes Education, Health Information/Medical Records, Physical and Occupational Therapy, Respiratory Therapy, Home Health Care, etc.

The local professionals in those departments will share their educational requirements and discuss what a typical day in their work life is, all in an effort to introduce more youth to career opportunities in health care.

Wed
17
Aug

Auxiliary Membership Drive continues; Special events scheduled


Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital ... The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital is devoted to providing the hospital and its patients and visitors with many services. The Auxiliary meets monthly the second Monday of each month, at 1 p.m., in the ICN Conference Room at Veterans Memorial Hospital. In addition to its annual membership drive, the Auxiliary hosts several events each year including the Women’s Health Day scheduled for Tuesday, September 27; the feather pillow Pillow Perk and the Masquerade jewelry and accessories sale which will both be held Monday, October 24 this year, all in addition to the gift case items located just inside the main entrance to the hospital. The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital’s annual membership drive is on now. Auxiliary membership dues are just $10 for active members and $15 for inactive members. Pictured above is a group photo from a monthly Auxiliary Meeting and below, a photo from the annual feather Pillow Perk. Submitted photos.

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital is devoted to providing the hospital and its patients and visitors with many services. Their annual membership drive is on now.  Auxiliary membership dues are just $10 for active members and $15 for inactive members.

The Auxiliary meets monthly the second Monday of each month, at 1 p.m., in the ICN Conference Room at Veterans Memorial Hospital.  In addition to their annual membership drive, they host several events each year including the Women’s Health Day which will be held Tuesday, September 27; the feather pillow Pillow Perk and the Masquerade jewelry and accessories sale, which will both be held Monday, October 24 this year, all in addition to the gift case items located just inside the main entrance to the hospital.

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