Health

Wed
16
Mar

Walk-in Vaccination Clinics continue every friday in March; Masks still required in all healthcare facilities

Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care/Allamakee County Public Health will continue to offer walk-in clinics for all doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, each friday afternoon, continuing through the entire month of March, from 1:30-3:45 p.m. in the ICN Conference Room located on the southeast side of the hospital.  Both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be available.

Parking is available by the orange cones along the golf course for easy access to the vaccine location.  Flu shots will also be available and can be safely administered at the same time as the COVID-19 vaccine.   Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Be sure to wear a mask and bring your insurance card and vaccination card if you are coming for your second or booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Wed
09
Mar

Now is the time to become an EMT; A most rewarding career - Classes start March 28 at reduced cost

EMT Bethany Stock ...
EMT Bethany Stock ... Bethany Stock of Waukon just obtained her EMT license and is joining the Veterans Memorial Hospital ambulance service. She explains why she decided to take this recent class and encourages others to sign up for the next class starting March 28. “When I was working at VMH, I started to realize the high demand there was for EMTs. Since NICC was given a grant to cover a majority of the costs for the EMT class, I decided that now was the time to take it in order to help my community and local ambulance crew,” explains Bethany. “While completing my clinical experience for my EMT class, most of the ambulance calls I went on were for someone that I knew or recognized from the community. Knowing the person is what makes the job 10 times more rewarding for me. When it’s someone you know, you try everything in your power to help them and make sure they are okay. Even if it’s a complete stranger, when I can help save just one life someday, I know that the hours spent in class and studying will be worth it.” Submitted photo.

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions will be offering an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course in Waukon beginning March 28. This 138-hour course will conclude the end of July. This will be an in-person class held locally in Waukon, which is a huge advantage to students attending versus taking an online class.  NICC has received a grant to cover 70% of the tuition for this course so generous tuition assistance is available, keeping the class costs under $400.

Bethany Stock of Waukon is a new graduate and obtained her EMT license just this month. She works in Decorah during the day, but plans to help with ambulance call some evenings and weekends.

Wed
09
Mar

March is National Nutrition Month: 10 reasons to drink a green smoothie every day

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 8-10 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
09
Mar

Walk-in Vaccination Clinics continue every Friday in March; Masks still required in all healthcare facilities

Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care/Allamakee County Public Health will continue to offer walk-in clinics for all doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, each Friday afternoon, continuing through the entire month of March, from 1:30-3:45 p.m. in the ICN Conference Room located on the southeast side of the hospital. Both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be available.

Parking is available by the orange cones along the golf course for easy access to the vaccine location. Flu shots will also be available and can be safely administered at the same time as the COVID-19 vaccine.   Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Be sure to wear a mask and bring your insurance card and vaccination card if you are coming for your second or booster shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Both Hartig Drug and Nightingale Pharmacy in Waukon have vaccine available for ages 12 and older. Parental/guardian consent is required. Call them ahead to schedule an appointment.

Wed
09
Mar

Grandparenting Classes to be held again at VMH

Veterans Memorial Hospital will be offering the Grandparenting Classes again this spring.  Corinne Cook, RN, Babysitting Class instructor, will be instructing the next Grandparenting Class Saturday, April 2 from 9:30 a.m. until Noon. The class will be held in the hospital’s ICN Conference Room on the east side of the hospital, next to Gundersen Clinic.  Signs will be posted to mark the location.

In these classes, new or soon-to-be grandparents will learn all the new protocols to use when caring for their new grandchild. Some topics covered will include basic baby care, car seat safety, Tylenol/Ibuprofen dosing charts, home safety, poison control information, infant/child CPR, choking and other emergency medical information, as well as tips to support parents such as handling the baby blues and postpartum depression.  Free-will donations will be accepted to cover the costs of the class.

Wed
09
Mar

Babysitting Seminar at VMH

Veterans Memorial Hospital will sponsor a Babysitting Seminar Saturday, April 9. This class will be broken down into two different sessions to allow for better spacing of the students. The morning session will be held from 9 a.m. to Noon and the afternoon session from 1-4 p.m. The same information will be taught at both sessions, so students can sign- up for one session or the other.  A total of 20 students will be allowed in each session.

Both classes will be held in the Large Conference Room located on the lower level of Veterans Memorial Hospital. The entrance for the class will be the hospital shipping/receiving entrance located on the east side of the building near the MRI truck, across from the golf course. Signs will be posted.

Wed
09
Mar

Diabetes Support Group to meet

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Support Group will hold its next meeting Thursday, March 17, at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held at Veterans Memorial Hospital in the Large Conference Room, located on the lower level of the hospital. Masks will be required to be worn.

This diabetes class is open to everyone who has diabetes or 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
Mar

Memorials received by Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Gloria Jacobson by Betty White, in memory of Greg Thiele by Chuck and Lois Votsmier, in memory of Tanya Benda Schnuelle by Greg and Rosie Piggott, and in memory of Doris Walsh by Chuck and Lois Votsmier and Norb and Nola Palmer.

Memorials were also received in memory of Shirley Elliott by Leonard and Mary Althouse, Mary Ann Burke, Mary Cunningham, John and Denise Hager, Lollie Hirth, Gil and Sharon Hunstad, Clint and Dacia Johnson, Ardie Kuhse, Joyce Kuhse, Russ and Mary Jo Meyer, Maurice Mooney, Sigurd and Barb Ness, Ernie and Donnalee Osland, George Pickett, Dr. Dave and Joan Schwartz, Bill and Beth Shafer, Donelle Sherman, Linda Siegrist, Virgil and Debbie Thorstenson, Betty White, Arlen and Karlene Wonderlich, and John and Shelly Elliott.

Wed
02
Mar

Now is the time to become an EMT; Not just to help the community but for one’s own emergency


VMH EMT Sara Berges ... Sara Berges of Waukon has been an EMT at Veterans Memorial Hospital since 2011, and encourages others to take this upcoming class which will be held in Waukon starting March 28. Sara explains, “I chose to be an EMT because I’ve always been interested in medicine and this allowed me to have my full-time day job, which is not in the medical field, and still serve my community as an EMT on-call a few nights a week or on the weekend. I have a busy life with a busy family, but I still find the time to participate with the VMH ambulance service. While the skills and knowledge learned in the EMT class help prepare you to work as an EMT, they may prove useful in your own life, too as you never know when emergency situations might arise.” Submitted photo.

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions will be offering an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course in Waukon beginning at the end of March. This 138-hour course will conclude near the end of July.

This will be an in-person class held right here locally in Waukon, which is a huge advantage to students attending in comparison to taking an online class.  NICC has received a grant to cover 70% of the tuition for this course, so generous tuition assistance is available, keeping the class costs under $400.

Wed
02
Mar

Chronic stress and heart disease

by Amy Rolfs, RN, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Veterans Memorial Hospital

Stress is a natural part of life. Short-term stress is useful for accomplishing difficult tasks, meeting deadlines, dealing with major life events, and is necessary for survival in life-threatening situations.

Chronic stress is not healthy. This kind of stress is the underlying level of stress that we feel throughout our day. Chronic stress can be caused by work pressures, family issues, financial difficulties, overextending ourselves, and the pressures of our fast-paced lives.

In a state of stress, our bodies release hormones that increase blood pressure, heart rate, and blood sugar levels. These hormones disrupt our immune system, digestion and reproductive system. They alter our mood, motivation and put us in a constant state of high alert.

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Health