Health

Wed
17
Mar

Memorials received by Health Care Foundation

Memorials were received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Maureen Becker by Norb and Nola Palmer, Brian and Denise Wullner, Ron and Nancy Adam, Robert and Marilyn Bulman, Linda Flatland, Jim and Jill Kiesau, Dave and Laurie Martin, Terry and Diane Oesterle, Ernie and Donnalee Osland, Pat Pettingill, John and Sheryl Prestemon, Meg Schaller, Jerry and  Linda Siegrist, Chuck and Lois Votsmier, Mary Jo Nordheim and Carl and Betty Christianson.

Memorials were also received in memory of Robert “Bobbie” Becker by Steve and Denise Duffy, Patsy Kerndt, Gladwin and Darlene Anderson, Dave and Gail Prestemon and Waukon State Bank.

Wed
10
Mar

Veterans Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic Fundraiser underway

Two weeks ago, a direct mailing was sent out to the entire Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) service area outlining the current renovation project for the new Medical Clinic the hospital will be opening in May. The former Mayo Clinic building, which is adjoined to and is now owned by Veterans Memorial Hospital, is the site for this clinic.  With the loss of the Mayo Health System Waukon Clinic a year ago, accessibility to local family practice providers has been dangerously limited.

Wed
10
Mar

Scheduling booster/second dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Veterans Memorial Hospital and Allamakee County Public Health would like to alert the public that they will receive a phone call to schedule an appointment for their second dose approximately two to seven days before it is due; do not sign up online for that second shot.

For those 65 years of age and older who want to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, Veterans Memorial Hospital encourages use of the online sign-up option to join a waiting list. When vaccine is available, those on the list will be called to schedule an appointment.

Specific directions will be given as to the location of the vaccination clinic, as well as an appointment time.

Note that Veterans Memorial Hospital’s and Allamakee County Public Health’s phone numbers come up as “Unknown” on a Caller-ID system. We are asking those who are waiting to be contacted regarding their COVID-19 vaccination to answer their phones if they receive an “Unknown” telephone call.

Wed
10
Mar

March is National Nutrition Month: 10 reasons why you will want to drink a green smoothie everyday

Jill Fleming, MS, RD/LD ...
Jill Fleming, MS, RD/LD ...

by Jill Fleming, MS, RD/LD, Veterans Memorial Hospital

You may have heard about Green Smoothies, but have you ever tasted one?  If not, you may want to reconsider.  Here is a short list of why you will gladly add a Green Smoothie to your daily diet. We have provided two recipes for you to try.  Feel free to substitute any of your favorite fruits or vegetables.

To Lose Weight: When I work with weight loss patients, one of the easiest ways for them to start losing weight is to add more fruit,  vegetables and water to their daily diets. My most successful weight loss clients are now eating a total of eight to 10 servings of fruit or vegetables daily. To easily reach this goal; eat more vegetable-based soups, make omelets loaded with vegetables and drink green smoothies often.

Wed
10
Mar

Email scam emerges using VMH’s name

Veterans Memorial Hospital was made aware last week of an email scam involving the hospital name.  The email subject line states, “Your credit card has expired” and has the name, Veterans Memorial Hospital, at the top of the email.  Veterans Memorial Hospital does not have any association with this email and wishes to warn anyone who receives it to delete it immediately.   In fact, spam emails such as this should never be opened or forwarded to anyone.  They should just be deleted.

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

Wed
10
Mar

Caregiver Support Group continues 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# to be connected to the support group conference call, joining other caregivers.

Wed
03
Mar

Online COVID-19 vaccination sign-up continues in Allamakee County


VMH offers online sign up for COVID-19 vaccinations ... Veterans Memorial Hospital’s online sign up option for those wishing to get on a waiting list for the COVID-19 vaccine has been working well. When vaccine is available, those on the list will be called to schedule an appointment for the vaccine. Specific directions will be given as to the location of the vaccination clinic as well as appointment time. Pictured above with COVID Clinic volunteer Joan Fish are Kermit and Ann Klees of rural Waukon, who both recently received the COVID-19 vaccine at Veterans Memorial Hospital. Submitted photo.

Again this week, Allamakee County Public Health received 300 doses of COVID-19 vaccine from the State of Iowa that was administered to those in Tier 1B within one week.  These doses continue to be divided between the collaborating vaccine partners including Hartig Drug,

The Prescription Shoppe, Gundersen Clinic and Veterans Memorial Hospital Clinic who all administer them to individuals age 65 and older.

Allamakee County Public Health department continues to focus on vaccinating the additional tier groups in Phase 1B (such as teachers, school staff, fire departments, social workers, day care providers, etc.)

Veterans Memorial Hospital’s online sign up option for those wishing to get on a waiting list for the vaccine has been working well. When vaccine is available, those on the list will be called to schedule an appointment for the vaccine. Specific directions will be given as to the location of the vaccination clinic as well as appointment time.

Wed
03
Mar

Donating convalescent plasma locally to help COVID-19 victims


Convalescent plasma can be donated locally ... LifeServe Blood Center hosts a blood drive in Waukon monthly. Each blood donation they collect is now routinely checked for antibodies to COVID-19, which shows if the donor actually had the COVID-19 virus. Many donors are finding they do have antibodies to COVID-19 which could make them eligible for donating convalescent plasma as pictured above. Plasma donations are welcome at the monthly Waukon blood drives. Submitted photo.

LifeServe Blood Center hosts a blood drive in Waukon monthly. Each blood donation they collect is now routinely checked for antibodies to COVID-19, which shows if the donor actually had the COVID-19 virus.  Many donors are finding they do have antibodies to COVID-19 which could make them eligible for donating convalescent plasma.

Convalescent plasma (CCP) is the liquid portion of the blood that is rich in antibodies that are used to treat or prevent serious infection.  Anyone that was confirmed to have COVID-19 may be producing these specific COVID-19 antibodies.   Convalescent plasma is greatly needed to be administered to those suffering from serious COVID-19 complications.

Wed
03
Mar

Mindful eating for good health and easy weight loss

by Jill Fleming, MS, RD/LD

With people eating on the run and not planning ahead, eating has become a mindless act.  Distractions have shifted our attention away from the actual act of eating towards televisions, computers and smart-phones.  This can be problematic, since it takes your brain up to 20 minutes to realize you’re full.

When we are dividing our attention, we usually eat faster and often overeat.  If you eat too fast, the fullness signal may not arrive until you have already eaten too much.  This is one of the contributing factors to our obesity crisis today.

Mindful eating is a technique that helps you gain control over your environment and eating habits.  Mindful eating is about using mindfulness to reach a state of full attention to your experiences, cravings, and physical cues while eating.  Using mindful eating has been shows to promote weight loss, reduce binge eating and help you feel healthier.

Wed
03
Mar

Memorials received by Health Care Foundation

Memorials were received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Julie Christensen by Jim ad Karen McCormick, in memory of David Shindoll by Jan Ellingson, in memory of Louis Kemp by Tom and Judy Kemp, in memory of William “Bill” Ferring by Francis and Muggs Berns, in memory of Delores Schellhammer by Ardie Kuhse, in memory of Dorothy McCormick by Norb and Nola Palmer, in memory of Robert J. Anderson by Dennis and Emmarene Smock and Carol Krumme, and in memory of Tom Collins by Jeff Moe and Dennis and Carn Murphy.

Additional memorials were also given in memory of Jack Marsden by Gladwin and Darlene Anderson, Jeff Moe, Karen Durnan, Shirley Rose and David Marsden.

Memorials were also received in memory of Bob Oden by Chuck and Lois Votsmier, Carol Krumme, Dave and Laurie Martin and Pat Pettingill.

In addition, general donations were received by Roger and Jeanette Ruegnitz, Judy Lonning and Mark Lovelace of A&J Petersburg Agency.

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