Health

Wed
16
Dec

Flu shots still available by appointment only at VMH Community and Home Care

Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care is still offering flu shots on an appointment-only basis. The Hi Dose flu vaccine is also still available.  Appointments can be made by calling 563-568-5660.  When the appointment is made, instructions are given for the private location the immunizations will be administered.

Those with an appointment to receive their flu shot should remain in their vehicle until the nurse comes to get them and should bring along their insurance or Medicare card.

Influenza, also called “the flu”, can cause fever, chills, headache, cough, sore throat, and muscle aches to people of any age, and can lead to pneumonia and even death. Most deaths caused by influenza occur in the elderly, the very young or people who have a compromised immune system.

Wed
16
Dec

Phone scams emerge using Veterans Memorial Hospital’s name

Veterans Memorial Hospital was made aware last week that a few people in the community had received a phone call, from a 563-568 phone number, stating they were a Medicare Specialist calling from Veterans Memorial Hospital.

The hospital would like to alert the public that they are not making any such calls and that this is a scam.  All calls made from Veterans Memorial Hospital actually show as “Unknown” on a caller ID system.

For any questions on any 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
16
Dec

Many new donors for successful Waukon Blood Drive in December during COVID-19; New donors are always welcome

The LifeServe Blood Center reported a very successful blood drive was held in Waukon Monday, December 7. A total of 37 units were collected, with 10 new donors joining the donor list. These 37 units of collected blood will save 113 lives!

The local blood drives continue to be held during COVID-19 since the need for blood does not stop. LifeServe team members only report to work if they are healthy and only healthy donors are eligible to give blood. Blood drives are essential medical services and not considered mass gatherings. The number of donors is limited to ensure donor separation and staff has strict cleaning and disinfection schedules. Other measures are also in place to ensure the safety of the blood supply so these lifesaving donations can continue during COVID-19.

Wed
16
Dec

Memorials received by Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Jim Johnson by Joann Peake, Jim Klenske, Chuck and Lois Votsmier, Dave and Laurie Martin, Marvin and  Marjorie Strike, Pat Pettingill, Ann Rademaker, Craig and Barb Lensing, Arlen and Karlene Wonderlich, Jane Dietrich, Wayne and Bonnie Johnson, Jerry and Linda Siegrist, Mary Jo Nordheim, Ardys Kuhse, Marlys Leiran, Ed and Karen Stamper, James and Jill Kiesau, Orrin and Nan Grangaard, Patsy Kerndt, Charlotte and Lori Reeder, Charles and Marcella Fritz, Mary Ann Hager, Gwen Brainard and Don and Mary Jane McGraw.

Memorials were also received in memory of Vernis Haberichter by Audrey Angel, Brian and Denise Wullner, Dave and Laurie Martin, Marvin and Marjorie Strike and Betty White.

Wed
09
Dec

Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation gifts new microscope to hospital laboratory


New microscope at VMH funded by Health Care Foundation gift ... The Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation recently donated nearly $8,000 to the hospital for the purchase of this new microscope for the hospital’s Laboratory. The microscope, pictured above, is a crucial piece of equipment to the Laboratory. Laboratory staff, pictured left to right, include Mary Jo Meyer, MLT; Donna Wood, MLT; Caty Bruening, MT; Kelsey Weymiller, MLT; and Jenna Rosendahl, MLT. Submitted photos.

The Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation recently agreed to donate nearly $8,000 to the hospital for the purchase of a new microscope for the hospital’s laboratory. The current microscope had been in use in the lab for many years and had been updated, making repairs or parts difficult to obtain.

The microscope is a crucial piece of equipment to the laboratory. This new microscope is used to observe different types of blood cells which can be counted, categorized and checked for abnormalities. The microscope also aids in detecting cells, bacteria, fungi and crystals in urine or other body fluids. The Laboratory staff performs a stain on bacteria. After the stain, the microscope is an aid to the tech for determining the type of bacteria. The antibiotic choice used by the physician will depend on the type of bacteria causing the infection.

Wed
09
Dec

Flu shots still available by appointment only at VMH Community and Home Care

Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care is still offering flu shots on an appointment-only basis. The Hi Dose flu vaccine is also still available. Appointments can be made by calling 563-568-5660.   When the appointment is made, instructions are given for the private location the immunizations will be administered.

Those with an appointment to receive their flu shot should remain in their vehicle until the nurse comes to get them and should bring along their insurance or Medicare card.

Influenza, also called “the flu”, can cause fever, chills, headache, cough, sore throat, and muscle aches to people of any age, and can lead to pneumonia and even death. Most deaths caused by influenza occur in the elderly, the very young or people who have a compromised immune system.

Wed
09
Dec

Caregiver Support Group to hold conference calls during COVID-19

The Caregiver Support Group meetings that were held monthly at Veterans Memorial Hospital, continue to be held through conference calls during COVID-19. Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging (NEI3A) is offering weekly Caregiver Support Group conference calls every Monday from 10-11 a.m.

To join a call, just dial 1-800-264-8432. Then enter the participant code 961847#. You will then be connected to the support group conference call, joining other caregivers.

Wed
09
Dec

New CDC guidelines for quarantine and COVID testing; How they affect the local community

December 2, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines were updated once again, stating that anyone exposed to a positive COVID-19 person can have their quarantine end after Day 10 without testing and if no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring. For those who are currently in quarantine, that means your quarantine time is decreased by four days as long as you are not showing any symptoms of COVID-19. Anyone with any symptoms must remain in quarantine and should then be tested.

If you choose, you can take a test on Day 5 or after following your exposure, and if negative, you can be off quarantine after day 7 following your exposure, again if no symptoms have developed. Once learning of your exposure to a COVID-19 positive person, you can look ahead and schedule your test for Day 5;  however it does take up to 72 hours to receive test results, so again you must remain on quarantine until that negative result is received.

Wed
09
Dec

Memorials received by Health Care Foundation

Memorials were received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Jim Johnson by Joann Peake, James Klenske, Chuck and Lois Votsmier, Dave and Laurie Martin, and Marvin and Marjorie Strike.

Memorials were also received in memory of Vernis Haberichter by Audrey Angel, Brian and Denise Wullner, Dave and Laurie Martin, Marvin and Marjorie Strike and Betty White.

Fred and Geralyn Smith, Russ and Mary Jo Meyer, and Chuck and  Lois Votsmier all made a memorial donation in memory Sharon Brown.

In addition, memorials were received in memory of Richard Baumgartner by Chuck and Lois Votsmier; in memory of Jean Lydon by Karen and Cletus Mathis; in memory of Ann Gallagher by Dave and Laurie Martin and in memory of Barbara Leppert by Patsy Kerndt.

Wed
09
Dec

Domestic Abuse Survivor Chat Line is still available

Helping Services for Youth & Families’ Domestic Abuse Resource Center has implemented a Domestic Abuse survivor chat line, which can be reached at HelpingServices.org/chat. There is also the option to call a 24/7 resource phone line at 800-383-2988, but during social distancing Helping Services advocates noticed a decline in calls.

The agency responded by implementing a secure chat option for anyone in need of reaching a local advocate. Whether chatting or calling, a trained Advocate will respond 24 hours a day.

Helping Services’ Domestic Abuse Advocates work alongside survivors to achieve their best outcome. All services provided are at no cost to the survivor and are confidential. For more info about Helping Services’ Domestic Abuse Resource Center call 800-383-2988 or chat with someone at HelpingServices.org/chat to reach an advocate.
 

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