Health

Wed
08
Jan

Memorials received by Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Dr. Bill Clair by Julie Nordheim, RW Pladsen, Kerndt Brothers Bank, Dr. Steve and Judy Kurth, Neal and Nancy Daley, Hacker Nelson & Company, James and Sally Tieskoetter, Jim and Linda Ryan, Jim and Ele Klenske, Dave and Laurie Martin, Scott and Cheryl Livingston, Debbie Rixen, Justin and  Sondra Cue, Amy Paulus, Randy and Patty Nordheim, Mike and Kathy Clair, Jim and Ellen Mellick, Carl and Betty Christianson, Roger and Becky Mouchka, Ken and Gloria Krambeer, Bev Shafer, Jim and Mary Winters, Hugh and Nichole Steffens, Bill and Beth Shafer, Connie Hansmeier, Dr. David and Suzanne Hahn, Dave and Sandy Lyons, Meg Schaller, Lloyd Schulte, Chuck and Lois Votsmier, Kate Wooden, Gary and Marlene Houg, Eric and Stephanie Palmer, Ed and Karen Stamper, Dr.

Tue
31
Dec

INR Tests available at Veterans Memorial Hospital Laboratory; Steps to take


INR testing available at VMH ... INR testing is regularly completed by the Veterans Memorial Hospital Laboratory while offering flexible scheduling for those patients with busy schedules. Patients are encouraged to ask their provider if their other labs can be drawn and tested locally for their own convenience as well. Pictured above is the anticoagulation machine at Veterans Memorial Hospital routinely used to check INRs for patients. Submitted photo.

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Laboratory has the ability to draw and locally run many of the lab tests regularly ordered by physicians.  INR testing to test the thinkness of the blood is a very routine test that can easily be satisfied at the local Lab.

“It is important to work together with your healthcare provider to come up with the best plan for monitoring your INR and adjusting your dose,” states Beth Fitzpatrick, M.T., Laboratory Supervisor at Veterans Memorial Hospital. “To schedule an INR at Veterans Memorial Hospital, first have your physician complete a written referral. Your physician’s office will give you a copy of the referral to bring into us or they can fax it to our lab. It is important to schedule your INR for testing according to your healthcare provider’s instructions.”

Tue
31
Dec

Urgent Care available over the New Year’s holiday

Urgent Care will be available over the New Year’s holiday, Tuesday, December 31 and Wednesday, January 1, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days at Veterans Memorial Hospital. The hospital offers Urgent Care in addition to 24-hour a day emergency room (ER) services each and every day. Twenty-four hours a day, the hospital’s ER is staffed with an emergency provider to see ER patients with little waiting. Urgent Care is offered every day as well including every week night, on the weekends and on holidays when the local clinic is closed. Urgent Care is designed for treating injuries or illnesses requiring immediate care, but not serious enough to require an emergency department visit.

Tue
31
Dec

Make a New Year’s resolution to give blood during 2020

The next LifeServe Blood Center blood drive will be held Thursday, January 2, from 12-5 p.m., at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon. Blood drives are held every month in Waukon. The LifeServe Blood Center of Iowa supplies Veterans Memorial Hospital with their 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.

Tue
31
Dec

Winterize your body with healthy soups

by the American Institute for Cancer Research

Quick to prepare and warmly satisfying, soups are an ideal way to eat well in the winter. When you stoke soup with vegetables, whole grains and beans, you’re adding foods that brim with phytochemicals. The beauty of phytochemicals is that they are naturally occurring compounds that, along with vitamins and minerals, help boost immunity and fend off disease.

Favorite vegetable soups like tomato, lentil and onion are teeming with valuable nutrients. Vitamin C-rich tomato soup provides a serving of vegetables in the liquid itself, and more can come from added vegetables. Carrots, cauliflower, peppers, cabbage and broccoli are just a few more great soup veggies that provide natural compounds that may protect our cells from damage that can lead to cancer. Soups made with vegetables, beans and whole grains have many phytochemicals, which seem to work together with vitamins, fiber and minerals to protect our health.

Tue
31
Dec

Prepared Childbirth Education Class to be held at Veterans Memorial Hospital

Veterans Memorial Hospital will begin the next Prepared Childbirth Education classes (formerly called Lamaze) Monday, January 13, and will continue for two more consecutive Monday evenings beginning at 6 p.m. in the Large Conference Room.

The Prepared Childbirth Education classes at Veterans Memorial Hospital are offered in three sessions that allow the expectant parents to choose which topics they wish to learn more on. They may choose to attend one, two or all three sessions. Session 1 covers labor, delivery and the postpartum period following delivery; Session 2 includes relaxation, breathing and pain management; and Session 3 covers infant care. Tours of the OB Department are available with each session as well.

Tue
31
Dec

Memorials received by Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Helen Mathis by Gladwin and Darlene Anderson, Marlys Leiran, Diane Mathis Regan and John and Lorna Kerndt.

Memorials were also received in memory of Mildred Osterholz by Jerry and Linda Siegrist, Yvonne Brandt, Kay Carter, Jim and Mary Winters, Mary Ann Hager and family and friends of Mildred Osterholz.

In addition, memorials were received in memory of Florence Schlake by Lois Evans, Jerry and Linda Siegrist, Marian Smedsrud, Gladwin and Darlene Anderson and Brian and Denise Wullner.

Donations were also made to the Foundation in honor of Maxine Campbell’s 90th birthday by Jerry and  Linda Siegrist.

Tue
24
Dec

Successful 2018 Community Campaign; 2019 Campaign underway for new anesthesia machine


Fall annual campaign appeal ... Funds raised from the Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) Foundation’s successful 2018 fall annual appeal campaign allowed for the purchase of a new chassis so an existing ambulance box could be mounted onto this new and needed engine and running gear. Pictured above is VMH’s completed ambulance that was the result of this fundraising effort. In November 2019, the hospital’s Foundation again sent out annual campaign direct mail to the area communities served by the hospital. The funds raised in this annual campaign will be used to help purchase a new anesthesia machine for the Surgery Department at VMH. Donations are currently being accepted by the VMH Health Care Foundation for this new anesthesia machine. Submitted photo.

Thanks to the numerous responses to the 2018 community campaign, Veterans Memorial Hospital again has three ambulances ready for emergency calls and transfers. Last year, donations were accepted to fund the purchase of a new chassis so an existing ambulance box could be mounted onto this new, needed engine and running gear. With the help of the donations received from the 2018 fall annual appeal mailing, the Rural Ambulance Board and the City of Waukon, this became a reality in mid-2019.

Tue
24
Dec

Preventing weight gain during the holiday season

by Jill Fleming, MS, RD, Dietitian at Veterans Memorial Hospital

Let the holidays begin!  Starting with Thanksgiving, most of us will be invited to several social events and parties from now through New Year’s Day. It’s tempting to just throw in the towel on healthy eating and exercise until next year, but don’t do it!

Try to resist the temptation to put all of your good habits on hold for two months. Make Thanksgiving the kick-off to a holiday season of family, friends and great conversations. Could food be a side perk instead of the main attraction at your gatherings? You can still enjoy all of your favorite food and beverages, just approach events a little differently this year.

First, make it your goal to maintain your current weight, not to lose weight. Even if you think you should lose weight, December is not the best month for weight loss success. December is full of parties and extra treats, so you may be setting yourself up for failure.

Tue
24
Dec

Urgent Care available over the holidays

Urgent Care will be available over the holidays this year at Veterans Memorial Hospital. The hospital offers Urgent Care in addition to 24 hour a day Emergency Room (ER) services each and every day. Twenty-four hours a day, the hospital’s ER is staffed with an emergency provider to see ER patients with little waiting. Urgent Care is offered every day as well including every weeknight, on the weekends and on holidays when the local clinic is closed. Urgent Care is designed for treating injuries or illnesses requiring immediate care, but not serious enough to require an ER visit.

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