Health

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Prepared Childbirth Education Classes to be held at Veterans Memorial Hospital

Veterans Memorial Hospital will hold a Prepared Childbirth Education class (formerly called Lamaze) Saturday, June 26 from 8 - 11 a.m. in the Large Conference Room.

The Prepared Childbirth Education classes at Veterans Memorial Hospital are now 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 will be offered every three months at Veterans Memorial Hospital. Following the June 26 class, the next class is scheduled for September 25.

Pre-registration 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 at 563-568-3411.
 

Wed
26
May

Safety topics at VMH Safety Day June 10 will benefit all area children


Safety Day Camp scheduled for June 10 ... This year’s Safety Camp will encompass a wide range of safety topics educational for all children Thursday, June 10 at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds. A small fee per child will include lunch, snacks, a take-home goodie bag, first aid kit and a safety day camp t-shirt. Registration forms are available at the main entrance of Veterans Memorial Hospital, at the Iowa State University (ISU) Allamakee County Extension Office or online at www.veteransmemorialhospital.com. Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital will be hosting their bi-annual Safety Day Camp for children ages 6 to 14 Thursday, June 10, at the Allamakee Fairgrounds from 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. The camp is open to all children in the area.  It is a afety camp that instructs many areas of safety in every child’s life.

Each year, many children are killed or injured on America’s farms and at home. This summer, safety day camps, such as the one being hosted by Veterans Memorial Hospital, are being held to teach children how to prevent injuries and reduce the risk of accidents. During the camps, children participate in interactive activities that reinforce the importance of taking responsibility for their own safety, respecting parents’ safety rules and sharing safety tips with their family and friends.

Individual topics covered at this year’s safety camp will include the following:

Wed
26
May

Kerndt Brothers Bank makes donation to VMH Waukon Medical Clinic ...

Donations continue to be received for the Veterans Memorial Hospital Waukon Medical Clinic. Recently, a donation of $5,000 was received from Kerndt Brothers Bank. Pictured above, left to right, at the new outdoor sign at the entrance to the clinic parking lot, are Dr. Dave Schwartz, Clinic Physician; Patrick Dinan, Market President for Kerndt Brothers Bank; Laura Baxter, Clinic Director; Halie Ruff, Nurse Practitioner; Cathy Buhl, Kerndt Brothers Bank Waukon Branch Manager and Sue McMillan, Nurse Practitioner. Needed renovations to the clinic building are complete and the clinic has been open since May 3. Donations are still being accepted by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation. All gifts to the Foundation are tax deductible. Anyone with any questions about the campaign or Foundation is invited to call the hospital at 563-568-3411. Submitted photo.

Wed
26
May

Virginia Roe Family donates bench to VMH Medical Clinic ...

This bench was donated for the new Veterans Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic in Waukon by the Virginia Roe family in her memory.  Virginia was a dedicated RN who worked many years at Veterans Memorial Hospital and Allamakee County Public Health and utilized the hospital as a patient in her later years. She passed away in 2020. Pictured are her four children around her bench, from left to right, Chris (Roe) Anthony, Bill Roe, John Roe and Sue (Roe) Schulte. Submitted photo.

Wed
26
May

Start doing more when fully vaccinated; COVID-19 still spreading locally

The COVID-19 virus is still on the move through unvaccinated individuals in the county, but those that are vaccinated are now able to do more and limit time spent wearing masks. According to the CDC, once vaccinated for COVID-19, you can again gather indoors without masks with others who are fully vaccinated, and limit social distancing. This can begin two weeks following your second or final COVID-19 vaccination. Keep using all personal protective tools until that two week wait time has expired.

For those not yet vaccinated, Allamakee County Public Health does have a good supply of vaccine and is highly encouraging everyone to receive it.

Vaccine clinics are readily available every Friday afternoon for both prime and boost doses for Moderna. Currently, Johnson and Johnson one dose vaccine is also available. These are held at the main entrance to Veterans Memorial Hospital. Call 563-568-5660 to schedule.

Wed
26
May

May is Better Speech and Hearing Month: Let’s talk about speech therapy

by Steven Mazzafield, Speech-Language Pathologist at Veterans Memorial Hospital

“I don’t need a Speech Therapist. I talk fine!” You would be surprised how often I hear this when I go in to see a new patient in the hospital.

When most people think about a Speech Therapist, they typically imagine someone who works with young children in a school, teaching them to say specific sounds such as the “s” and “r” sounds. And you would be right to think this; 51% of Speech-Language Pathologists, or SLPs for short, work in a school compared to only 39% that work in a medical setting such as a hospital or nursing home.

Wed
26
May

28th Annual Foundation Golf Tournament set for June 21; Registration going on now for event

The Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation’s 28th Annual Benefit Golf Tournament will be held Monday, June 21, at the Waukon Golf and Country Club beginning with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. Teams of three will play 18 holes of golf. Breakfast rolls, lunch, dinner and prizes for everyone will all be provided for the donation of $75.

This is the 28th annual golf tournament the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation has sponsored.  All those interested are asked to pre-register their team by calling the Waukon Golf and Country Club at 563-568-9939. The Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation is a volunteer board who raise funds to help promote health care in the area communities served by Veterans Memorial Hospital.

Wed
26
May

Blood in special demand during the summer and during COVID-19

The next LifeServe Blood Center blood drive will be held Monday, June 7, from 12-5 p.m., at the First Baptist Church located in south Waukon. Blood drives are held once a month in Waukon, to allow for more donors to give. The LifeServe Blood Center supplies Veterans Memorial Hospital with their blood and blood products.

The local blood drives continue to be held during COVID-19 since the need for blood is in more demand than ever. Life Serve team members only report to work if they are healthy and only healthy donors are eligible to give blood. Blood drives are essential medical services and not considered mass gatherings. The number of donors is limited to ensure donor separation and staff has strict cleaning and disinfection schedules. Other measures are also in place to ensure the safety of the blood supply so these lifesaving donations can continue during COVID-19.

Wed
26
May

Prepared Childbirth Education Classes to be held at VMH

Veterans Memorial Hospital will hold a Prepared Childbirth Education class (formerly called Lamaze) Saturday, June 26, from 8 - 11 a.m. in the Large Conference Room.

The Prepared Childbirth Education classes at Veterans Memorial Hospital are now 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 will be offered every three months at Veterans Memorial Hospital. Following the June 26 class, the next class is scheduled for September 25.

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 at 563-568-3411.

Wed
19
May

COVID-19 still spreading locally; Vaccine still readily available and highly encouraged


COVID-19 vaccination clinics continue at several locations ... Allamakee County Public Health encourages those who have not yet received the COVID-19 vaccine to do so. Vaccination clinics for the first/prime dose and the second/booster dose are available at Veterans Memorial Hospital and other locations within the county. Vaccination partners including Hartig Drug, Gundersen, and the Prescription Shoppe will continue to provide vaccine as it is available to them. Submitted photo.

The COVID-19 virus is still on the move through unvaccinated individuals in the county. Allamakee County Public Health does have a good supply of vaccine and is highly encouraging everyone to receive it. Vaccine clinics are readily available every Friday afternoon for both prime and booster doses for Moderna. Currently, Johnson and Johnson one dose vaccine is also available. These are held at the main entrance to Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH). Call 563-568-5660 to schedule.

The COVID Vaccination Booster/Second Dose Schedule at Veterans Memorial Hospital is as follows:

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