Health

Wed
06
Apr

Calls from VMH will now register as such on caller ID; Watch for phone scams

Veterans Memorial Hospital recently upgraded their phone system to allow for the Veterans Memorial Hospital name to appear on a land-line phone caller ID whenever someone from the hospital is calling a patient or family member.  The hospital’s main number, 563-568-3411, will show on the screen.

The hospital encourages the public to enter that number into their cell phones as Veterans Memorial Hospital, or VMH, so the name will show correctly whenever a call from the hospital is coming through.

The hospital would like to warn everyone of the possibility of phone scams.  Calls have been reported recently of a caller ID showing EMS EMERGENCY with the hospital number of 563-568-3411. This is a scam. Only calls from a live person will be physically made from this number and they will always leave a voice mail to return a call.

For any questions, call Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.
 

Wed
30
Mar

Babysitting Seminar scheduled for April 9 at Veterans Memorial Hospital


Emergency actions to be taught at Babysitting Seminar ... Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon is sponsoring a Babysitting Seminar Saturday, April 9. Pictured above is Corinne Cook, RN, class instructor at a recent class teaching ‘hands only’ CPR. The morning session will be held from 9 a.m. to Noon 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. Pre-registration is required by April 6, as seats for the seminar are limited. Online registration is available at www.veteransmemorialhospital.com or call Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411. Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital will sponsor a Babysitting Seminar Saturday, April 9. This class will be broken down into two different sessions to allow for better spacing of the students. The morning session will be held from 9 a.m. to Noon 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 or the other. A total of 20 students will be allowed in each session.

Both classes will be held in the Large Conference Room located on the lower level of Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. The entrance for the class will be the hospital shipping/receiving entrance located on the east side of the building near the MRI truck, across from the golf course. Signs will be posted.

Wed
30
Mar

March 2022 is National Nutrition Month

by Jill Fleming, MS, RD
Veterans Memorial Hospital

Each year, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics celebrates the month of March as National Nutrition Month. The focus of this campaign is to help you make informed food choices and encourage healthy lifestyle habits. Ideally, you will be reducing your risk of chronic disease and enjoying optimal health.

Since there are so many different diets being talked about in the media, knowing which one is the best can be confusing. Should you avoid all carbohydrates? Do you need to count calories? Should you eat six small meals daily or eat only once per day?

Wed
30
Mar

Blood Donor Day set for April 4 in Waukon

The next LifeServe Blood Center blood drive will be held Monday, April 4 from 12-5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon.  The LifeServe Blood Center supplies Veterans Memorial Hospital with its blood and blood products.

Here are some interesting blood facts from the Blood Center of Iowa:

Wed
30
Mar

Make appointments for April Vaccination Clinics

Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care/Allamakee County Public Health will be offering all doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at their weekly immunization clinics each Wednesday throughout the month of April. These vaccinations are by appointment only.  To make an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination, in April and beyond, call Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care at 563-568-5660.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Be sure to wear a mask and bring an insurance card and vaccination card if coming for a second or booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Both Hartig Drug and Nightingale Pharmacy in Waukon have vaccine available for ages 12 and older. Parental/guardian consent is required. Be sure to call them ahead of time to schedule an appointment.

Since Veterans Memorial Hospital is a health care facility, the CDC does require that masks are still required to be worn by every patient and visitor to the hospital.

Wed
30
Mar

Grandparenting Classes at VMH

Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) in Waukon will be offering the Grandparenting Classes again this spring. Corinne Cook, RN, Babysitting Class instructor, will be instructing the next Grandparenting Class Saturday, April 2 from 9:30 a.m. until Noon. The class will be held in the hospital’s ICN Conference Room on the east side of the hospital, next to Gundersen Clinic.  Signs will be posted.

In these classes, new or soon-to-be grandparents will learn all the new protocols to use when caring for their new grandchild. Some topics covered will include basic baby care, car seat safety, Tylenol/Ibuprofen dosing charts, home safety, poison control information, infant/child CPR, choking and other emergency medical information, as well as tips to support parents such as handling the baby blues and postpartum depression.  Free-will donations will be accepted to cover the costs of the class.

Wed
30
Mar

Calls from VMH will now register as such on caller ID

Veterans Memorial Hospital recently upgraded its phone system to allow for the Veterans Memorial Hospital name to appear on a landline phone caller ID whenever someone from the hospital is calling a patient or family member. Up until this point, the hospital’s calls would only register as “unavailable” on caller ID with very few calls actually being answered for fear of a telemarketer. This would cause a great delay in delivering patient results, scheduling appointments and other follow-up.

For cell phones, the hospital’s main number, 563-568-3411, will show on the screen. The hospital encourages the public to enter that number into their cell phones as Veterans Memorial Hospital, or VMH, so the name will show correctly whenever a call from the hospital is coming through.

Wed
30
Mar

Memorials received by Health Care Foundation

Memorials were received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of  Margaret Ferring by Chuck and Lois Votsmier and Brad and Erin Berns; in memory of Richard “Lee” Hinkel by Corey and Trish Shelton, Chuck and Lois Votsmier and Brad and Erin Berns; in memory of Rhonda Snitker by Jill Cameron and Christi and John Regan; and in memory of Philip Dehli by Mr. and Mrs. Arlyn Fossum, Dave and Laurie Martin, Grace Sorenson and Betty Troendle.

Memorials were also received in memory of Jim Sweeney by Margo Sweeney; in memory of Micki Connor by Dave and Laurie Martin; in memory of Donna Gaunitz by Grace Sorenson; in memory of Loren Paus by Dave and Laurie Martin; in memory of Karlton Gresl by Betty Troendle and in memory of Donald Kuennen by Arlen and Karlene Wonderlich.

In addition, a donation was received in honor of Father Ed Lechtenberg by Audrey Angel.
 

Wed
23
Mar

Now is the time to become an EMT; Final chance to sign up for March 28 class


RN/EMT Tyler O’Neill ... Now is the time to become an EMT! Classes start March 28 and are held in-person, in Waukon at a reduced rate of only $400, which are all advantages to previous classes. Tyler O’Neill, RN/EMT took the EMT class during college to help his medical career and earn money at the same time. “I took the EMT class through NICC the summer after my first year of college. I decided I wanted to pursue a career in the medical field, and I figured this would be a good way for me to get experience and make a little money while going through college. This experience set me up really well for my career as a nurse. I really love working in EMS. It is a great way to give back to the community and help others in their time of need. Working as an EMT is a great part-time job as well because most small services are paid on-call. This means you can be at home and working on other things while also getting paid an on-call wage. I encourage everyone to take the EMT class as you never know when someone may need your expertise to help save a life.” Submitted photo.

EMT Ben Ghelf ... After becoming a dad, Ben Ghelf of Lansing decided to take the EMT course and has been an active EMT for almost five years. “I had done very minimal babysitting when I was younger and realized that I really wasn’t sure what to do if he would choke or get injured. After taking the course, it sure has helped with raising both boys. I would recommend anyone to take the class. Becoming an EMT isn’t about a paycheck, it’s about making a difference in people’s lives, no matter how small. I know it will make a difference in your own life. It has in mine.” Submitted photo.

EMTs are greatly needed in every community.  Northeast Iowa Community College Business and Community Solutions will be offering an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course in Waukon beginning March 28. This 138-hour course will conclude the end of July.

This will be an in-person class held right here locally in Waukon, which is a huge advantage to students attending versus taking an online class. NICC has received a grant to cover 70 percent of the tuition for this course so generous tuition assistance is available, keeping the class costs under $400, which is another huge advantage.

Wed
23
Mar

Blood Donor Day set for April 4 in Waukon

The next LifeServe Blood Center blood drive will be held Monday, April 4 from 12-5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon.  The LifeServe Blood Center supplies Veterans Memorial Hospital with its blood and blood products.

Here are some interesting blood facts from the Blood Center of Iowa:

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