Health

Wed
23
Nov

November is Diabetes Awareness Month; What your body could be trying to tell you

by Angie Mettille, RN, BSN, CDCES

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Diabetes is a disease that affects millions of people in the United States. It is a result of insulin resistance and/or deficiency, causing blood sugars to be too high. You likely know someone that has diabetes, or maybe have been diagnosed with diabetes yourself. Even if you have never been told that you have diabetes, it is important to be aware of symptoms of elevated blood sugars, also called hyperglycemia.

Wed
23
Nov

Blood Donor Day set for December 5

During the winter months, blood donations are especially needed to help prevent a critical blood shortage. Local hospital patients rely on life-saving blood donations from volunteer blood donors. Help is needed to guarantee an adequate blood supply is available at all times.

The next LifeServe Blood Center blood drive will be held Monday, December 5, from 12-5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon. Blood drives are held monthly in Waukon to allow for more donors to give. The LifeServe Blood Center supplies Veterans Memorial Hospital with its blood and blood products. Here are some interesting blood facts from the LifeServe Blood Center:

Wed
16
Nov

New upgraded state-of-the-art 3D mammography machine at Veterans Memorial Hospital

State-of-the-art 3D mammography available at VMH ...
State-of-the-art 3D mammography available at VMH ... Veterans Memorial Hospital recently upgraded its current 3D mammography machine with a new state-of-the-art machine, making it the most up-to-date machine available in the tri-state region. It features an all-new, comfort-focused paddle that is curved to conform to the shape of the patient’s breast and has rounded corners for the most comfortable compression possible. Pictured above, left to right, with this new 3D mammography machine are Veterans Memorial Hospital Radiological Technicians Amanda Leiran, Supervisor; Keisha Coon and Danielle Ferring. Appointments are now being taken for this new system. Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) recently upgraded its current 3D mammography machine with a new state-of-the-art machine, making it the most updated machine available in the tri-state region. It features an all-new, comfort-focused paddle that is curved to conform to the shape of the patient’s breast and has rounded corners for the most comfortable compression possible.

“Our old 3D mammo machine was in need of replacement and we are happy to have this upgraded 3D machine,” states Amanda Leiran, Radiology Supervisor at Veterans Memorial Hospital. “The majority of patients that have experienced this new machine have agreed that there is a noticeable difference compared to previous exams, making the experience much more pleasant.”

Wed
16
Nov

November is National Home Care Month: Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care travels throughout Allamakee County


National Home Care Month ... November is National Home Care Month. Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care offers adults the assistance they need to remain living in their homes, as long as possible. Registered nurses and trained home care aides travel the entire Allamakee County area. RN staff is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week and Home Care Aide services are available seven days a week as need determines. Pictured at right is Linda Sanders of New Albin with Home Care Aide Peggy Woodbeck, who cared for her once she returned home from Veterans Memorial Hospital skilled care. Submitted photo.

The month of November is National Home Care Month. Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care (formerly called Allamakee County Public Health) travels the entire Allamakee County area offering adults the assistance they need to remain living in their homes, as long as possible.

Registered nurses and trained home care aides 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, personal cares, housework, laundry, meal preparation and errands. RN staff is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Home Care Aide services are available seven days a week as need determines.

Wed
16
Nov

Diabetes Support Group to meet at Veterans Memorial Hospital November 18

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Support Group will hold its next meeting Thursday, November 18, at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon in the Large Conference Room, which is 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, at Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.

Wed
16
Nov

One last Walk-In Flu Shot and COVID Vaccine Booster Clinic available

Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care/Allamakee County Public Health has added one additional walk-in flu and COVID vaccine booster clinic November 16. Flu shots are offered as well as the new COVID vaccine booster for the variant strains, along with the primary (first and second doses) of the COVID vaccine.  

This final walk-in clinic will be held Wednesday, November 16, from 9-11:30 a.m. in the ICN room located on the west side of the hospital, next to the Gundersen Clinic. Parking is available right outside that entrance, marked with orange cones.

Appointments can still be made in the Community and Home Care agency on the third floor of the hospital on all Wednesday afternoons.  Again, these vaccination clinics are by appointment only and can be made by calling 563-568-5660.

Wed
09
Nov

“Making the Future Bright” Theme for 31st Annual Christmas Fantasy


Christmas Fantasy is this weekend ... The Christmas Fantasy returns this weekend for the first time in three years. Pictured above and below are views from previous years of the Christmas Fantasy. The 2022 Fantasy, entitled “Making the Future Bright,” will be magically displayed throughout the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion November 11-14, at the Veterans Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation’s 31st annual event. Again this year, many Christmas gift options, as seen above, will be available on the silent auction, making it a great Christmas shopping opportunity. Submitted photos.

The Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation’s Christmas Fantasy 2022 will return this year for the first time in three years, bringing back all of the events. The event will be held Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, November 11, 12, 13 and 14, at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon. The theme will be “Making the Future Bright.”

2022 Fantasy Schedule of Events:

“Tingle ‘N Mingle” Happy Hour
This event is a special opportunity to meet socially with friends and co-workers. Many tables of hearty hors d’oeuvres, desserts, candies, breads and spirits will be served among the trees from 5-8 p.m. Friday night, November 11. Tickets include the food and two drink tickets. Tickets are available at Veterans Memorial Hospital and all local banks. This year, the event will be catered by “Smokin’ Monkey BBQ” (Jeff Monk), Rhonda Stock and Jan Baumler of Tastefully Simple, as well as many Health Care Foundation members.

Wed
09
Nov

Additional Walk-In Flu Shot and COVID Vaccine Booster Walk-In Clinic added; Will be final Walk-In Clinic to be offered

Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) Community and Home Care/Allamakee County Public Health has added one additional walk-in flu and COVID vaccine booster clinic now scheduled for Wednesday, November 16. Flu shots are offered as well as the new COVID vaccine booster for the variant strains, along with the primary (first and second doses) of the COVID vaccine.

The final walk-in clinics will be held the next two Wednesdays through November 16, from 9-11:30 a.m. in the ICN room located on the west side of the hospital, next to the Gundersen Clinic. Parking is available right outside that entrance, marked with orange cones.

In addition, appointments can be made in the Community and Home Care agency on the third floor of the hospital Wednesday afternoons.  Again, these vaccination clinics on the third floor are by appointment only.

Wed
09
Nov

Diabetes Support Group to meet at VMH November 18

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Support Group will hold its next meeting Thursday, November 18, at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon in the Large Conference Room, which is 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, at Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.

Wed
09
Nov

Memorials received by Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Norbert Palmer by Mary Ann Hager, JoAnn Peake, Linda Siegrist, Chuck and Lois Votsmier, Ron and Nancy Adam, Gladwin and Darlene Anderson, Scott and Joan Anderson, Sandy Bacon, Chuck and Maxine Bloxham, JoAnn Butikofer, Dan and Traci Byrnes, Brian and Monica Enyart, Nan Grangaard, Don and DiAnne Haler, Lollie Hirth, Gregg and Kris Hoins, Dixie Johnson, Patsy Kerndt, Ed and Chris Laurerman, Marlys Leiran, Richard and Joan Leiran, Cynthia Leiran Monroe, Harold and Shirley Marti, Robert and Jeannine Mathis, Lesa Moose, Eric and Stephanie Palmer, Ann Rademaker, Allan and Fern Rissman, Fred and Ardyne Rittershaus, Deb Rixen, Shirley Rose, Frank and Carol Sivesind, Grace Sorenson, Linda Thompson, Duane and Sue Vorseth, Betty White and Arlen and Karlene Wonderlich.

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