Health

Wed
01
Sep

Face masks continue to be a must at Veterans Memorial Hospital ...

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. Pictured above is a number of hospital staff who can still be found wearing masks around the facilities. Masks are extremely effective against the COVID-19 virus and should be worn by everyone not vaccinated at all other locations that are non-health care related. Call Allamakee County Public Health at 563-568-5660 to schedule a vaccination. Submitted photo.

Wed
01
Sep

VMH’s “Get Your Walk On in Waukon” Family Fun Run/Walk was a success; Public welcome to continue to use route


Submitted photos.

The “Get Your Walk On In Waukon” annual family fun walk and 5K was held Saturday, August 21 in conjunction with the Waukon Corn Days celebration. The event offered not only a 5K route but also a shorter walking route of 1.5 miles. The near 75 participants took advantage of both of these options.

Again this year, the event sported a costume contest that was open to all adults and youth entering the event. Some of these creative costumes are pictured below. Prizes were given to all costume participants.  All participants received complimentary hospital goodies bags. Free diabetes/blood sugar tests were also offered.

Wed
01
Sep

More phone scams emerge using Veterans Memorial Hospital’s name

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon was made aware last week that a few people in the community had received a phone call, from a hospital phone number, stating they are selling emergency devices for the hospital.

The hospital would like to alert the public that they are in no way involved with any type of sales such as this. This is a scam. All calls made from Veterans Memorial Hospital actually show as “Unknown” on a caller ID system.

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

Wed
01
Sep

Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital membership drive is fully underway

The members of the Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital are actively recruiting new and returning members to join them during their annual membership drive.

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital is devoted to providing the hospital and its patients and visitors with many services. The Auxiliary also holds annual fundraisers, such as the Women’s Health Day Luncheon each fall, the Pillow-Perk and the Masquerade sales each October and their annual membership drive each July. All the money the Auxiliary receives goes back to the hospital for equipment.

Wed
01
Sep

Blood donation matters; Blood drives is Thursday

Does anyone know just how much blood is needed by certain patients? Here are some facts from the LifeServe Blood Center:

• Cancer patients can use up to eight units of blood a month.
• Bone Marrow Transplant patients can use up to two units a day.
• Cardiovascular Surgery patients can use between two and 25 units.
• Liver Transplant patients can use up to 100 units.
• Auto/Trauma Accident patients can use between five and 100 units.
• Premature infants can use up between one and four units.
• Burn victims case use up to 20 units of platelets.
• Heart surgery patients can use up to between three and eight units of red cells and between one and 10 units of platelets.
• Organ transplant patients can use 10-30 units of blood.

The next LifeServe Blood Center blood drive will be held Thursday, September 2 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The blood drive will be held at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon.

Wed
01
Sep

Prepared Childbirth Education Classes to be held at VMH

Veterans Memorial Hospital will hold a Prepared Childbirth Education class (formerly called Lamaze) Saturday, September 25 from 8-11 a.m. in the Large Conference Room.

The Prepared Childbirth Education classes at Veterans Memorial Hospital are offered in one half-day session. Tours of the OB Department are available with these sessions as well. These Prepared Childbirth Education classes are available for a small fee per session and are offered every three months at Veterans Memorial Hospital. Following this September 25 class, the next class is scheduled for December 18.

Preregistration is necessary, as seats are limited. To register, email childbirth@vmhospital.com or contact Jayne McCormick, RN, Nursing and OB Manager at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon at 563-568-3411.

Wed
25
Aug

Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital membership drive now on


Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital membership drive ... The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital is now holding their annual membership drive. The Auxiliary is devoted to providing the hospital and its patients and visitors with many services and needed equipment. In the above picture are current Auxiliary officers with the blanket warmer they recently purchased for the hospital’s Maternity Services Birthing Center. Pictured left to right is Jayne McCormick, RN, Supervisor, with Bev-Larson-Needham, President, Donnalee Osland, Treasurer, and Ann Roed, Secretary. The Auxiliary holds annual fundraisers, such as the Women’s Health Day Salad Luncheon, the Pillow-Perk, and the Masquerade sales each fall, plus their annual membership drive each summer. All the money the Auxiliary receives goes back to the hospital for equipment. Membership enrollment forms are available at the main entrance of the hospital. Submitted photo.

The members of the Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital are actively recruiting new and returning members to join them during their annual membership drive.

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital is devoted to providing the hospital and its patients and visitors with many services. The Auxiliary also holds annual fundraisers, such as the Women’s Health Day Luncheon each fall, the Pillow-Perk in early November, the Masquerade sales and their annual membership drive each July. All the money the Auxiliary receives goes back to the hospital for equipment.

Wed
25
Aug

Current local COVID-19 testing and vaccine options

The number of requests for COVID testing is again on the rise locally. The state of Iowa closed the Test Iowa drive-up locations earlier this summer and replaced it with the Test Iowa self-administered kits which are available for pick-up at Veterans Memorial Hospital or may be sent to a home at no cost. Each test kit includes step-by-step instructions including how to activate the test kit, collect the test sample, return the sample to the State Hygienic Lab and when to expect the results.  Kits are available at the main entrance of the hospital, from the receptionist desk, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekends and holidays.     

Wed
25
Aug

Gundersen to offer free blood pressure checks August 30

Gundersen’s Waukon Clinic will offer free blood pressure checks at Fareway Grocery in Waukon from 10 a.m. to noon August 30.

Patients and non-patients will receive immediate results. Gundersen nurses will recommend a visit to a doctor if results show elevated levels.

“Checking your blood pressure can prevent heart disease, stroke, and kidney disease, which will improve your quality of life and increase your life span,” said Raquel Ristau, PA-C, who sees patients in Waukon and Lansing.
 

Wed
25
Aug

Blood donation opportunity offered every month

Simple blood donation steps save lives

You can make a difference by making a life-saving blood donation at the next Waukon Community Blood Drive.  The next blood drive will take place Thursday, September 2, from Noon to 5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon.

Donating blood is safe, simple and it saves lives.  Blood donors have a unique opportunity to contribute to their community by making a life-saving blood donation.

Everyone who registers to donate blood goes through four simple steps during the donation process:  registration, donor history and mini-physical, blood donation and snacks.

New blood donors who are not familiar with the blood donation process are encouraged to ask questions before, during and after their blood donation.  Below are a few tips for ensuring a successful donation:

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