Health

Wed
30
Jun

Blood Donor Day held every month

Not many know that one pint of whole blood can save up to three lives. The next local LifeServe Blood Center blood drive will be held Thursday, July 8 from 12-5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon.   Blood drives are held every month in Waukon, allowing for more donors to give.  LifeServe Blood Center supplies Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon with its blood and blood products.

Anyone who lives to the age of 72 will have a 95% probability of needing blood or blood products at sometime in their life, so blood donors are greatly needed.

Wed
30
Jun

Recall alert on Philips CPAP, BIPAP and ASV machines

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Respiratory Therapy Department was recently informed that Philips Respironics has issued a recall on their CPAP, BIPAP and ASV machines.

Patients who are currently using a CPAP, BIPAP or ASV machine are asked to call 1-877-907-7508 to check the status of their device or visit www.philips.com/src-update for more information on the recall.

For further assistance, feel free to call the hospital at 563-568-3411 and ask for the Respiratory Therapy Department.
 

Wed
30
Jun

Memorials received by Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory Walter “Wally” Johnson by Marvin and Marjorie Strike, Chuck and Lois Votsmier, and George Pickett; in memory of Marilyn Moose by Jane Dietrich; in memory of Ronald Goeke by Jane Dietrich; in memory of Larry White by Jim and Jill Kiesau; in memory of Delores “Jean” Kroack by Jane Dietrich; in memory of Abby Balque by Dr. Bill Withers; in memory of Lois Beneke by Jane Dietrich; and in memory of Elizabeth Ellickson by Eric and Stephanie Palmer.

Memorials were also received in memory of Sharon “Deal” Henschel by Dennis and Sandy Deal, Greg and Jan Gordon and Todd and Dawn Mulbauer, and in memory of Edward Lauerman by Audrey Angel, Ann Rademaker and Jane Dietrich.

Wed
23
Jun

COVID-19 vaccine is readily available in Allamakee County

For those not yet vaccinated, Allamakee County Public Health does have a good supply of vaccine and is highly encouraging everyone to receive it. Vaccine clinics are readily available every Friday afternoon for both prime and boost doses for Moderna. Currently, Johnson and Johnson one-dose vaccine is also available. These clinics are held at the main entrance to Veterans Memorial Hospital. Call 563-568-5660 to schedule an appointment.

The risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 far outweighs any benefits of natural immunity. The COVID-19 vaccine, which is readily available locally, creates an antibody (immune system) response without having to experience sickness.

Wed
23
Jun

Norplex-Micarta makes donation to Medical Clinic ...

Another generous donation to the new Veterans Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic was recently received by Norplex-Micarta of Postville. Pictured at right, left to right, are employees of Norplex-Micarta including Wilbeth Thomas, Erin Schultz, Scott Hagen (Director of Operations), Doreen Doerring and Teresa Loftsgard.

Appointments are now being scheduled by calling the new clinic phone number of 563-568-5530. Donations are still being accepted by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation. All gifts to the Foundation are tax deductible.

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic has been open since May 3. The total raised to date for the clinic renovation project is very near $500,000, with a goal of a total of $600,000. Donations are still being accepted by the Veterans Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation and are tax deductible.

Wed
23
Jun

VMH and IDPH recommend simple steps to keep summer picnics healthy

by the Iowa Department of Public Health and Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care

The summer cookout season is officially underway in Iowa. Along with it comes the danger of under-cooked meat or meat that has been improperly prepared and the illnesses it can bring. Each year, many get sick either directly of indirectly from food items that haven’t been properly prepared. One of the major dangers when meat is improperly prepared is E. coli 0157. Iowa State Epidemiologist Dr. Patricia Quinlisk said there is one simple rule that can cut down on the number of E. coli 0157 illnesses. “Cook all ground meat patties and poultry until the center is gray or brown. All juices running from the meat should be clear, with no trace of pink or cloudiness.”

Wed
23
Jun

Safety Day Camp goodie bags help children take safety home

Veterans Memorial Hospital hosted its biennial Safety Day Camp Thursday, June 10, drawing a record crowd of 151 children ages seven to 14. The children were divided into 10 different groups and spent 20 minutes at each of the 10 safety stations throughout the day.

The campers each assembled their own first aid kits at the camp, receiving instruction on how to manage a bleed, perform CPR, as well as caring for other types of injuries. In addition, each camper was sent home with a goodie bag following the event, filled with additional safety and first aid supplies for the home, such as safety goggles, ace wraps, tourniquets, ear plugs, sun block and insect repellent.  Most all of these items were provided by grant dollars awarded to the Iowa State University (ISU) Allamakee County Extension Office from Iowa’s Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH).

Wed
23
Jun

Blood in special demand during the summer months

The next LifeServe Blood Center blood drive will be held Thursday, July 8 from 12-5 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 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
16
Jun

Veterans Memorial Hospital’s Safety Day Camp has huge attendance in Waukon


Touring the Gundersen Air Med-Link helicopter at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds ... The Safety Day Camp had a record attendance this year with 151 children attending. Pictured above is most of the entire group who attended this year’s Safety Day Camp, touring the Med-Link helicopter which flew in just for this event. The Safety Day Camp is hosted every other year by Veterans Memorial Hospital with the help of Allamakee County Iowa State University Extension, Farmers Business Network - Dawn Burroughs, and the Allamakee County Fair Board. Submitted photo.

Drone safety with Allamakee County Sheriff’s Department ... Drone safety was instructed by the Allamakee County Sheriff’s Department at the June 10 Safety Day Camp. Department officials demonstrated all of the high-tech equipment associated with the drone, which is especially helpful in search and rescue situations. Submitted photo.

Electric hazards explained during Safety Day Camp ... This life-like display of possible electric hazards was a huge point of interest with all the Safety Day Camp attendees June10. Electrical Hazards were explained in detail by Allamakee-Clayton R.E.C. staff. Submitted photo.

Decorah Fire Department’s ladder truck ... The Decorah Fire Department ladder truck made a special trip to Waukon to show the size and height of the truck and explain its important use to all participants in the June 10 Safety Day Camp in Waukon. Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital hosted its biennial Safety Day Camp Thursday, June 10 at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds in Waukon. This day camp drew a record crowd of 151 children ages seven to 14 from area communities for a day-long session on how to take responsibility for their own safety, respect parents’ safety rules and share safety tips with their family and friends.

The children were divided into 10 different groups and spent 20 minutes at each of the 10 safety stations. These 10 stations and their instructor(s) included:

Wed
16
Jun

Fidelity Bank makes donation to VMH Medical Clinic ...

Donations continue to be received for the Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) Medical Clinic in Waukon. Recently, a donation of $5,000 was received from Fidelity Bank. Pictured above, left to right, at the Fidelity Bank location in Postville are staff members Linzie Sebastian, Heather Bissell, Jared Funk and Ashley Kisling.

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic has been open at its West Main Street location in Waukon since May 3 with over 600 patients cared for since that time. The total amount of money raised to date for the clinic renovation project is very near $500,000, with a total goal of $600,000 to be raised.

Donations are still being accepted by the Veterans Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation and are tax deductible. Anyone with any questions about the campaign or the VMH Foundation is invited to call the hospital at 563-568-3411. Submitted photo.
 

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