Health

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Registration going on now for 31st Annual Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation Golf Tournament


Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation Golf Tournament ... The Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation’s 31st Annual Benefit Golf Tournament will be held Monday, June 17, at the Waukon Golf and Country Club beginning with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. All those interested are asked to pre-register their team by calling the Waukon Golf and Country Club at 563-568-9939. Submitted photo.

The Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation’s 31st Annual Benefit Golf Tournament will be held Monday, June 17, at the Waukon Golf and Country Club beginning with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m.

Teams of three will play 18 holes of golf. Breakfast rolls, lunch, dinner and prizes for everyone will all be provided for the donation of $75.

This is the 31st annual golf tournament the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation has sponsored.  All those interested are asked to pre-register their team by calling the Waukon Golf and Country Club at 563-568-9939.

The Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation is a volunteer board that raises funds to help promote health care in the area communities served by Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH).

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Stroke Support Group to meet June 6

Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) Speech-Language Pathologist Steven Mazzafield offers a Stroke Support Group for individuals who have experienced a stroke, as well as caregivers and family members affected by stroke.

Monthly meetings are held the first Thursday of every month at 2 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Hospital. The next Stroke Support Group meeting will be held Thursday, June 6 at 2 p.m.

The Stroke Support Group provides opportunities to share tips, tricks, or trials among participants, offer support for caregivers, and provide an opportunity for socialization.

While strokes can happen at any age, risk of stroke is greatest as people get older with the majority of strokes occurring after the age of 70. Risk factors for stroke include obesity, sedentary lifestyle, binge drinking, diabetes, smoking, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.

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Auxiliary of VMH to hold Garage Sale June 6-7

Members of the Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) will be holding their second annual garage sale at Freedom Bank in Waukon in conjunction with Waukon City-Wide Garage Sales. The Auxiliary garage sale will be open Thursday, June 6, from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and Friday, June 7, from 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

All the money the Auxiliary receives goes back to the hospital for equipment which has included  an OB birthing bed, an ER cart, an EKG machine, a mammography viewbox, the Maternity Services Birthing Tub, flat screen TVs for patient rooms, a fetal heart monitor and infant warmer, blanket warmers, outpatient treatment room renovations, carbon monoxide testing machines, patient weigh beds, infant hearing screening machine, and the Auxiliary has also helped fund the new 3D digital mammography machine and surgery sterilizer. This year the funds will be used to purchase an additional NuStep machine for the Rehabilitation Department at Veterans Memorial Hospital.

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05
Jun

Be aware of ticks when enjoying the outdoors

by Sheryl Darling Mooney, RN, Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care Public Health Supervisor

It’s great to get out and enjoy the outdoors here in Allamakee and Clayton Counties, but remember to be vigilant about checking yourself and others with you for ticks. Examine your skin as best you can and use a hand held mirror if available. Fine-toothed combs can also be used in helping to check your scalp. “I’d Like to Check You for Ticks”, isn’t just the catchy title to a country song, but a good idea to have someone else check the areas you can’t easily see.

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Jun

Diabetes Support Group Meeting set for June 20 at Veterans Memorial Hospital

The Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) Diabetes Support Group will hold its next meeting Thursday, June 20, 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.

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, Certified Diabetes Educator at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon at 563-568-3411.

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Jun

Grief Support Group to meet at Veterans Memorial Hospital

The local Grief Support Group will be holding its monthly meeting at Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) Tuesday, June 11 at 5 p.m. in the Meditation Healing Center, located just inside the main entrance of the hospital.

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 Tuesday of each month at Veterans Memorial Hospital.
 

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May

The role of home health care in helping older Americans


VMH Community and Home Care - Allamakee Public Health ... May is Older Americans Month. Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care has a mission of aiding older Americans to remain in their homes, living independently for as long as possible. Pictured is the Community and Home Care-Allamakee Public Health staff located near their offices on the upper level of Veterans Memorial Hospital. Submitted photo.

May is Older Americans Month. Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care-Allamakee Public Health has a mission of aiding older Americans to remain in their homes, living independently for as long as possible. Sometimes the role of the home caregivers is long-term, other times just for a short, transitional period of time.

Registered nurses and trained home care aides travel the Allamakee County and surrounding area offering nursing care and in-home assistance to people of all ages. They offer a variety of services including nursing visits, medication set-up and administration, dressing cares, IVs, catheter and colostomy cares, overseeing rehabilitation in-home programs, and all personal cares.  RN staff is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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May

May is Mental Health Awareness Month; It’s OK to not be OK


Tara Fink, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner ... May is Mental Health Awareness Month. It’s ok to have a mental illness and it’s important those with a mental illness know it’s ok to not be ok to help reduce the stigma and encourage them to seek the care and treatment they need. Tara Fink, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, offers local behavioral health care. Tara is achieving her goal of improving the community she grew up in through the lives she has already helped just in the nearly two years she has been serving the community. She provides consultations at both the Waukon and Postville clinic locations with no referral needed and all ages accepted. To make an appointment to see Tara in Postville call 563-864-7221 or in Waukon call 563-568-5530. Submitted photo.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. It’s ok to have a mental illness and it’s important those with a mental illness know it’s ok to not be ok in order to help reduce the stigma and encourage them to seek the care and treatment they need.

Tara Fink, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, joined the Veterans Memorial Hospital Clinic staff nearly two years ago to offer behavioral health care to help meet the great need for mental health care in northeast Iowa. Tara provides consultations at both the Waukon and Postville clinic locations and offers medication and non-medication management options for all mental illnesses.

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May

May is American Stroke Month; April showers bring May flowers


VMH Stroke Support Group to meet Thursday, June 6 ... May is American Stroke Month. No two strokes are the same. They can affect either the left or right side of the body and can range from mild to severe. Some strokes may only take a few months to recover while others could take a lifetime. If you, or someone you know, have experienced a stroke and wish to find others with similar experiences, consider stopping into the Stroke Support Group at Veterans Memorial Hospital the first Thursday of every month at 2 p.m. Pictured are a few members of the group, planting seeds to represent the good things that come from the showers in life; hence, April showers bring May flowers. Submitted photo.

May is American Stroke Month.  There’s an old saying: April showers bring May flowers. “The showers are the bad things that happen to us in life and the flowers are the good things that come from it,” reflected Danny Schlitter at the most recent stroke support group. Last month the group learned about the importance of drinking water to keep bodies healthy. This month the group planted seeds to represent the good things that come from those showers in life; hence, April showers bring May flowers.

No two strokes are the same. They can affect either the left or right side of the body and can range from mild to severe. Someone with a mild stroke may only have trouble remembering words at times, whereas, someone with a severe stroke may have difficulty walking, talking, or swallowing safely.

Some strokes may only take a few months to recover while others could take a lifetime.

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May

Orthopedic Surgeon Val Lyons retires from private practice after serving Waukon for 32 years

Dr. Val Lyons of Charles City recently announced his retirement, effective May 31, 2024. He traveled to Waukon and many other communities providing orthopedic consultations and surgeries. He had been practicing in Veterans Memorial Hospital since 1992, serving hundreds of area patients in those 32 years. He recently made the decision to move to a new chapter in his life.

“I am honored to have served the Waukon and surrounding community for over 32 years and will certainly miss my interactions with my patients over the years. I have enjoyed working with the staff and in particular the specialty clinic and operating room staff,” states Dr. Lyons. “I am truly thankful to Veterans Memorial Hospital for accommodating and facilitating my practice over the years and wish them continued success.”

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