Health

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04
Jan

Hospital staff donates over $13,000 to Foundation’s Annual Appeal Campaign


The VMH Staff made over $13,000 in personal donations last year to the hospital’s Foundation in order to purchase equipment identified by the staff that is needed to better serve the community. Pictured, left to right, standing in the new patient courtyard area outside of the main entrance to the hospital which was donated by staff are staff members Chuck Votsmier, Cindy Heffern, Wendy Bucheit, Jeanne Stein and Gene Leiran, who are all members of the hospital’s Culture Committee. Submitted photo.

This new meal prep area in the hospital’s Dining Room was one of the many donations made by the staff during their campaign last fall. Pictured are staff members Jeanne Stein, Jennifer Palmer and Lisa Christianson with the new counter and cupboards that were recently installed. This fund drive is held each fall for all staff at Veterans Memorial Hospital and consistently raises thousands of dollars for upgrades in equipment and furnishings recommended by the staff. Submitted photo.

The staff of Veterans Memorial Hospital pledged over $13,000 this last year to the VMH Health Care Foundation’s annual appeal campaign. The total raised in personal staff contributions was used to purchase equipment and furnishings identified by the staff that is needed in the hospital to better serve the community.

“I am impressed and pleased by the staff’s generosity and participation again this last year,” states Mike Myers, hospital administrator. “Our Culture Committee took a leadership role in identifying hospital-wide needs, setting a financial goal, and organizing this employee campaign which was extremely successful. This process is an indication of the great dedication the hospital staff has to the service of our patients.”

This fund drive is held each fall for all staff at Veterans Memorial Hospital and consistently raises over $13,000 each year for upgrades in equipment and furnishings recommended by the staff.

Wed
04
Jan

Blood drive set for January 5 at First Baptist Church

During the winter months, blood donations are especially needed to help prevent a critical blood shortage. Local hospital patients rely on life-saving blood donations from volunteer blood donors. Local help is needed to guarantee an adequate blood supply is available at all times.

The next LifeServe Blood Center blood drive will be held Thursday, January 5 from 12:30-5:30 p.m. The blood drive will be held at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon.

Blood drives are held the first Thursday of every other month in Waukon to allow for more donors to give. The LifeServe Blood Center supplies Veterans Memorial Hospital with its blood and blood products. Here are some interesting blood facts from the LifeServe Blood Center:

Wed
04
Jan

Hospital Auxiliary Euchre Marathon to be held

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital will be holding its monthly Euchre Marathon for all individuals of the community interested Thursday, January 19. Men and women are welcome to attend, even if not an Auxiliary member. The Euchre marathons are held the third Thursday of each month at the Senior Citizens Room at the Waukon Wellness Center.

The Auxiliary’s Euchre Marathons begin at 11:30 a.m. with dinner if chosen. Call 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. The cost is $3.00 per person with all proceeds going towards the Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital. Prizes will be awarded.

Anyone interested in attending, but preferring to play Bridge is also welcome to join in. It is asked that they come with their own table of four players, however.

Wed
04
Jan

Grief Support Group to meet January 11 at VMH in Waukon

The local Grief Support Group will hold its monthly meeting at Veterans Memorial Hospital Wednesday, January 11 at 2 p.m. in the ICN Room of the hospital, which is located on the main level.

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 in Waukon.
 

Wed
04
Jan

Gundersen taking donations for its Blanket Drive

Gundersen Health System and Gundersen Partners, the Health System Auxiliary, have kicked off their annual blanket drive, “Wrapping the Community in Warmth.” The blanket drive runs through January 13 and helps local organizations during the winter season, including the Allamakee County Relief Office.

Donations can be made by dropping off new or gently used blankets at Gundersen Clinics in Waukon and Lansing. Gundersen’s goal is to collect 1,000 blankets in its entire service area.
 

Wed
04
Jan

Memorials received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Keith Fahey by Mae Jean Bakke, Ray and Mary Ann Burke, Bernard Welsh, Robert and Kristi Campbell, and Family and Friends of Keith Fahey.

Memorials were also received in memory of John Kloster by Dave and Laurie Martin and Dan and Mary Ann Otting, in memory of Rev. Laura Odegard by Dave and Laurie Martin, in memory of Lynn Wachter by Bill and Libby Withers, M.D., and in memory of Dorothy Gress by Jerry and Marilyn Troendle, Pat and Debbie McGeough and JC and Natalie Kelly.

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.
 

Wed
28
Dec

First Baby of the Year Contest at VMH


In honor of VMH’s First Baby of the Year Contest, several OB Nurses are pictured with a group of their own children. Submitted photo.

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

Wed
28
Dec

Make a New Year’s Resolution to give blood in 2017; next Blood Drive set to be held January 5

The next LifeServe Blood Center blood drive will be held Thursday, January 5 from 12:30-5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon. Blood drives are held the first Thursday of every other month in Waukon, falling on the odd months. The LifeServe Blood Center of Iowa supplies Veterans Memorial Hospital 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.

Wed
28
Dec

Weekend Clinic available over the New Year holiday weekend for non-emergencies

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon will again be holding its regular Weekend Clinic over the New Year holiday weekend. The Weekend Clinic will be available Saturday, December 31, Sunday, January 1 and Monday, January 2, from 1-5 p.m. each day for all non-emergencies.

Weekend Clinics are held every Saturday and Sunday at Veterans Memorial Hospital, all year long, 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.

Anyone needing to utilize these special weekend clinics over the holiday is asked to enter the hospital through the main entrance and register with the receptionist. Walk-ins are welcome.

Wed
28
Dec

Memorials received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Bob Butler by the 9:00 a.m. Coffee Guys, in memory of Arlene Ahlstrom by Elsa Hager and Richard and Dorothy Sandry, and in memory of Marty Osier by Wayne and Nona Sawyer, Audrey Angel, Kay Zimmerman, Jane Butler, Wayne and Janet Kreitzer, and Dave and Laurie Martin.

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