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Wed
02
Nov

Veterans Memorial Hospital City to County Conversion Meetings; A few meetings remain

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Veterans Memorial Hospital staff and board members have visited each Allamakee County community during the past six weeks to present and discuss the need to convert from a city owned hospital to a county owned hospital. Just a few additional sessions now remain available for those who may have missed the previous meetings. These sessions last less than an hour and will answer any questions anyone may have about the proposed conversion of Veterans Memorial Hospital from a city-owned to a county-owned hospital.  

The schedule for these final county meetings, by date, is as follows:

• Postville Tuesday, November 1: 6 p.m. NE IA Wellness Center Meeting Room
• Waukon Wednesday, November 2: 7 p.m. Freedom Bank Community Room
• Waukon Thursday, November 3: 7 a.m. Freedom Bank Community Room

Wed
02
Nov

VMH capital improvement needs; New roof and revamping of ER visualized showing necessity for City to County conversion


Proposed capital improvements to include revamped ER space at VMH ... Converting Veterans Memorial Hospital to a county hospital will allow for county tax appropriations to help ensure long-term sustainability of the hospital to make some much needed capital improvements. Pictured here are five members of the hospital ER staff pictured in one of the two ER rooms at the hospital, showing the small size of the rooms which are lacking privacy and room for equipment, storage and to perform needed procedures. Pictured above, left to right, is Teresa Schaefers, RN, ER Nurse; Dylan Farning, EMT, ER Tech; Jacob Dougherty, Paramedic, EMS Supervisor; Seth Bulman, Paramedic; and Cheryl Livingston, Paramedic. Submitted photo.

The Allamakee County vote to determine if Veterans Memorial Hospital converts from a city-owned hospital to a county-owned hospital is included in the general election November 8. Converting to a county hospital will allow for County tax appropriations to help ensure long-term sustainability of the hospital to make some much needed capital improvements.

“The main goal of this conversion is to make sure Veterans Memorial is here for the community for the long term,” stated Michael Coyle, CEO of Veterans Memorial Hospital. “To do that, we need additional resources not only to retain our inpatient services, but to expand them and have the funds to keep the 70-plus year old building up to code.”

The hospital’s roofs are in great need of being replaced and will be a top priority with County tax appropriations if the vote is passed.

Wed
02
Nov

Entertainment for the 31st Annual Christmas Fantasy announced; Make reservations now


Christmas Fantasy November 11-14 ... Reservations are now being accepted for the Christmas Fantasy Saturday and Monday Noon Luncheons and the Saturday Wine, Cheese and Dessert event. For the first time in three years, the Christmas Fantasy returns in its entirety, with the photo at left showing a scenes from a previous event. The “Making the Future Bright” Christmas Fantasy will be held at the Allamakee Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon November 11, 12, 13 and 14. Submitted photo.

The Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation’s Christmas Fantasy 2022 will return in its entirety after three years, being held Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, November 11, 12, 13 and 14, at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion. The theme will be “Making the Future Bright” following COVID and the future of Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH), which is hoping to become a county hospital to ensure its future.

Over 50 decorated Christmas trees will be on display and this year’s event will again offer nearly 100 shopping opportunities on the silent auction.

Reservations are now being taken for the popular Saturday evening Wine, Cheese and Dessert Event, and the Saturday and Monday Noon luncheons.

Wed
02
Nov

Flu Shot and COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Walk-In Clinics scheduled at Veterans Memorial Hospital and Postville

Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) Community and Home Care/Allamakee County Public Health’s annual flu shot clinics are underway. The new COVID-19 vaccine booster for the variant strains is also being offered, as well as the primary (first and second doses) of COVID vaccine.  

These walk-in clinics will continue to be held the next two Wednesdays through November 9, 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.

The Allamakee County Public Health Staff has been traveling the county offering vaccination clinics at numerous locations all around Allamakee County in addition to the walk-in clinics at the hospital. One clinic remains Monday, November 7 from 1-4 p.m. at the Postville Northeast Iowa Wellness Center.

Wed
26
Oct

VMH hosting meetings in Allamakee County to discuss proposed City to County conversion

Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) staff and board members continue to visit each Allamakee County community to present and discuss the need to convert from a city-owned hospital to a county-owned hospital.  These sessions last less than an hour and will answer questions anyone may have about the proposed conversion of VMH from a city-owned to a county-owned hospital.  

The schedule for the remaining county meetings, by date, is as follows:
• Waukon - Tuesday, October 25 at 6 p.m. in the Freedom Bank Community Room
• Postville - Tuesday, November 1 at 6 p.m. in the NEIA Wellness Center Meeting Room.

Anyone is welcome to attend these presentations and question and answer sessions will follow each one. Questions such as the following will be covered at these informational meetings:

Wed
26
Oct

Ness Pumping Service and Monroe Auction Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk


Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk scheduled for Saturday, October 29 ... Ness Pumping and Porta Potty Rentals, along with Monroe Auction Service, will host their annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk Saturday, October 29 in the Waukon City Park to raise funds for breast cancer awareness and detection. Pictured above is the Ness family at last year’s event with one of the pink porta-potties that will be on site the day of the walk, marking the registration location. Walk-ins are welcome to attend. Submitted photo.

Ness Pumping and Porta Potty Rentals, along with Monroe Auction, will host their annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk Saturday, October 29 in the Waukon City Park to raise funds for breast cancer awareness and detection.  

The event will begin at 10 a.m. and go until Noon and will be COVID friendly. Participants may come and go as they please that morning and can choose to walk with friends, family or on their own. Walk-ins are welcome.

Breast Cancer survivors will be asked to sign a pink porta potty sporting the breast cancer ribbon. Event t-shirts will be available for sale and light refreshments will also be offered for a free-will donation. Sweatshirts will also be available for sale at the event.

Wed
26
Oct

October is National Physical Therapy Month; Dona Peck of Postville thankful for rehab close to home


National Physical Therapy Month ... October is National Physical Therapy Month. Dona Peck of Postville is pictured above, at right, with Sara White, Physical Therapist Assistant, who helped encourage Dona through her recovery. Dona tells her success story after working with the Physical Therapy Department at Veterans Memorial Hospital. Submitted photo.

October is National Physical Therapy Month. The Rehabilitation staff at Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) works with people of all ages, helping them to reduce pain and regain strength, independence and health. Individual Physical Therapy services provided include athletic training, home health, work hardening/conditioning, wellness programs, headache management, lymphodema therapy and wound care.

Dona Peck of Postville tells her success story after working with the Physical Therapy Department at Veterans Memorial Hospital.

Wed
26
Oct

Christmas Fantasy returns; Make reservations now for 31st annual event


31st Annual VMH Foundation Christmas Fantasy ... The theme of the 31st annual Veterans Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation’s Christmas Fantasy is “Making the Future Bright” referring to everyone’s future following COVID-19 and the future of the hospital which is hoping to become county-owned to remain viable for many years to come. The Christmas Fantasy will be held November 11-14, at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion. Reservations are now being taken at 563-568-6262 for the popular Saturday and Monday Christmas Fantasy Luncheons sponsored by the Allamakee County Cattlemen’s Association. The luncheons, pictured here, include a delicious meal served among the trees, plus entertainment and ample time to view all of the breathtaking decorations. Submitted photo.

The Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation Christmas Fantasy returns this year in its entirety. Reservations are being taken now for the Foundation’s 31st annual Christmas Fantasy which will be held Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, November 11, 12, 13 and 14, at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion. The theme will be “Making the Future Bright” which refers to everyone’s future following COVID-19 and the future of Veterans Memorial Hospital, which is hoping to become a county hospital and remain viable for many years to come.

All events are returning to this community-wide celebration for the first time in three years. Reservations are now being taken for the popular Saturday and Monday Noon luncheons and the Saturday evening Wine, Cheese and Dessert Event.

Wed
26
Oct

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Questions and answers about mammography


X-ray Technologists at Veterans Memorial Hospital ... October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pictured above are the Veterans Memorial Hospital X-ray Technologists who are encouraging women to “Treasure Their Chests” and take time for a mammogram during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Veterans Memorial Hospital was the first to offer 3D mammography in northeast Iowa and a new machine was just installed earlier this month. Digital mammography has many advantages including a 41% increase in the detection of invasive breast cancers, a 29% increase in the detection of all breast cancers, and a 15% decrease in women recalled for additional imaging. Submitted photo.

From the American Cancer Society and Veterans Memorial Hospital

Breast cancer is the leading cancer diagnosed in women in America. This year, more than 250,000 women will learn for the first time that they have this disease and more than 40,000 women will lose their lives. However, when breast cancer is detected early and treated promptly, suffering and ultimately the loss of life can be significantly reduced.

Women are encouraged to ask their doctors and other health care providers about mammography screening. Mammography (an x-ray picture of the breast) is the single most effective method to detect breast changes that may be cancer, long before physical symptoms can be seen or felt. Early detection, followed by up-to-date treatment, provides women with better chances for long-term freedom from the disease. But mammography screening must be done routinely.

Wed
26
Oct

Blood Donation Matters; November Blood Drive to be held at Waukon High School

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

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