Health

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29
Sep

Next blood drive set for October 4

Did you know one in seven people entering the hospital will need blood?

With the new local interest in donating blood, Veterans Memorial Hospital invites the community to attend the next LifeServe Blood Center Blood Drive to be held Monday, October 4, from 12-5 p.m., at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon. Blood drives are held once per month in Waukon. The LifeServe Blood Center supplies Veterans Memorial Hospital with its blood and blood products.

The LifeServe Blood Center 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.

Wed
29
Sep

Babysitting Seminar at VMH

Veterans Memorial Hospital will sponsor a Babysitting Seminar Saturday, October 23 for a total of 40 students. This year, the class will be broken down into two different sessions to allow for better spacing of the students. The morning session will be held from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and the afternoon session from 1-4 p.m. The same information will be taught at both sessions, so students can sign up for one session or the other. A total of 20 students will be allowed in each session. Both will be held in the Large Conference Room located on the lower level of Veterans Memorial Hospital.

Wed
29
Sep

Health Care Provider CPR

Veterans Memorial Hospital will be offering the next recertification course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for health care providers (those working in health related fields such as physicians, nurses, EMS, etc.) Thursday, September 30, beginning at 5 p.m. This “Health Care Professional” CPR class will be held in the Large Conference Room located on the lower level of the hospital.

There is a small fee to attend and all registrants should bring along their own pocket mask, if they have one. Upon successful completion of the class, the participant will receive an electronic card certifying them as a BLS Healthcare Provider for a two year period.

Pre-registration plus a minimum of three participants is required for the class to be held. All participants will be required to physically distance during the class and wear a mask. They will also be screened at the hospital main entrance when they enter the building.

Wed
22
Sep

EMT class starts October 5; Tuition assistance available

More EMTs greatly needed in area

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions will be offering an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course in Waukon through video conferencing broadcast from Calmar. This 138-hour course will begin Tuesday, October 5.

Areas of study include an introduction to emergency medical services systems, roles and responsibilities of EMTs, anatomy and physiology, medical emergencies, trauma, special considerations for working in the pre-hospital setting, and patient transportation.

Wed
22
Sep

Tickets still available for VMH Auxiliary and Elliott Jewelers 16th Annual Women’s Health Day Tuesday, September 28

Ladies’ 14kt gold oval shaped diamond pendant ...
Ladies’ 14kt gold oval shaped diamond pendant ... The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital and Elliott Jewelers of Waukon will be holding the 16th annual Women’s Health Day Tuesday, September 28 at the Waukon Banquet and Reception Center. This year, everyone purchasing a ticket will be entered into a drawing for a Ladies’ 14kt yellow gold oval shaped diamond pendant on a 14kt yellow gold 17” diamond cut cable link neck chain, containing 86 prong set round single cut diamonds (retail price $860) compliments of Elliott Jewelers of Waukon. In addition, many more door prizes will be given away at the event. Tickets are on sale now at Veterans Memorial Hospital and Elliott Jewelers.

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital together with Elliott Jewelers of Waukon will be hosting their 16th annual Women’s Health Day wellness event and luncheon Tuesday, September 28 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.  Due to COVID-19, attendees will be asked to wear masks at the event until they sit down for the meal and again when finished eating. Fewer vendors will be on site this year in order to more safely distance the tables with fewer attendees sitting at each table.

Wed
22
Sep

Current local COVID-19 testing options available

COVID-19 test kits available locally ...
COVID-19 test kits available locally ... Currently, Veterans Memorial Hospital is experiencing a very limited supply of COVID-19 testing kits and asks that anyone experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms either pick up a Test Iowa Kit, pictured above, which is available free of charge at the main reception desk at Veterans Memorial Hospital, or purchase an over the counter test kit at a local pharmacy. Submitted photo.

Currently, Veterans Memorial Hospital is experiencing a very limited supply of COVID-19 testing kits and asks that anyone experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms seek one of the following testing options:

• Test Iowa Kits are available free of charge at the main reception desk at Veterans Memorial Hospital. With these kits you collect your saliva and send the test in free of charge via UPS.  All instructions are clearly included in the kit with a phone number to call if you have any questions. There is currently just a 24 hour turn-around time for results. The Test Iowa Kits are available at the hospital from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends and holidays.   
• Over the counter test kits can be purchased at all local pharmacies. These have immediate, rapid results; however this is an unverified form of testing and no work excuses can be given based on these results.

Wed
22
Sep

An additional email scam emerges using VMH’s name

Veterans Memorial Hospital was again made aware last week of another phone scam involving the hospital name. This time the caller is offering a Medicare insurance package. Veterans Memorial Hospital does not have any association with these calls and wishes to warn anyone who receives them to hang up.

For any questions on any emails or phone calls that may have been suspiciously received from the hospital, feel free to call Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411 for more information.
 

Wed
22
Sep

Next blood drive set for October 4

How much blood is needed by certain patients? Here are some facts from the LifeServe Blood Center:

• Cancer patients can use up to eight units of blood a month.
• Bone Marrow Transplant patients can use up to two units a day.
• Cardiovascular Surgery patients can use between two and 25 units.
• Liver Transplant patients can use up to 100 units.
• Auto/Trauma Accident patients can use up to five to 100 units.
• Premature infants can use up to one to four units.
• Burn victims can use up to 20 units of platelets.
• Heart surgery patients can use up to three to eight units of red cells and from one to 10 units of platelets.
• Organ transplant patients can use 10-30 units of blood.

The next LifeServe Blood Center blood drive will be held Monday, October 4 from 12-5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon.

Wed
15
Sep

Free Health Testing at VMH Auxiliary and Elliott Jewelers 16th Annual Women’s Health Day to be held September 28


16th Annual Women’s Health Day scheduled for September 28 ... The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital and Elliott Jewelers of Waukon will be holding the 16th annual Women’s Health Day Tuesday, September 28 at the Waukon Banquet Center. This year, everyone purchasing a ticket will be entered into a drawing for a Ladies’ 14kt yellow gold oval-shaped diamond pendant on a 14Kt yellow gold 17” diamond cut cable link neck chain, containing 86 prong-set round single-cut diamonds (retail price $860) compliments of Elliott Jewelers of Waukon. Pictured is a scene from the 2019 event. Tickets for the event are now on sale at Veterans Memorial Hospital and Elliott Jewelers. Submitted photo.

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital, together with Elliott Jewelers of Waukon, will be hosting their 16th annual Women’s Health Day wellness event and luncheon Tuesday, September 28 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.

Due to COVID-19, attendees will be asked to wear masks at the event until they sit down for the meal and again when finished eating. Fewer vendors will be on site this year in order to more safely distance the tables with fewer attendees sitting at each table.

Wed
15
Sep

“Welcome to Medicare” Seminar offered at Veterans Memorial Hospital September 20

“Welcome to Medicare” is a free, two-hour seminar offered by the Veterans Memorial Hospital Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) counselors. This program will be held Monday, September 20 from 5-7 p.m. in the Large Conference Room located on the lower level of Veterans Memorial Hospital.

“Welcome to Medicare” will cover Medicare Part A and Part B benefits, the prescription drug benefit (Part D), Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare supplement insurance.

SHIIP, the Senior Health Insurance Information Program, is a service of the State of Iowa. Local SHIIP counselor Russ Hagen is trained by the State and does not sell or promote any insurance companies, policies or agents. New volunteer Nancy Schoh is now also available for SHIIP counseling at Veterans Memorial Hospital, which is a local sponsor for SHIIP in Allamakee County.

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