Health

Wed
26
Oct

Annual Flu Shots and COVID Vaccine Booster Walk-In Clinics underway

Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care/Allamakee County Public Health’s annual flu shot clinics are underway.  The new COVID-19 vaccine booster for variant strains is also being offered, as well as the primary (first and second doses) of the COVID-19 vaccine. These walk-in clinics are currently being held every Wednesday 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 will be available right outside that entrance, marked with orange cones.

Wed
19
Oct

October is Physical Therapy Month: Returning patient tells about his history and trust for VMH’s Rehabilitation Department and the area’s need for the hospital

Physical therapy patient Jim Waters of rural New Albin ...
Physical therapy patient Jim Waters of rural New Albin ... October is National Physical Therapy Month. Returning therapy patient Jim Waters of rural New Albin, pictured above at left, with physical therapist Laurel Hagensick, PT at right, explains his many years of experience and trust in the Veterans Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation staff and beyond. Submitted photo.

October is National Physical Therapy Month. The Veterans Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation staff works with people of all ages, helping them to reduce pain and regain strength, independence and health, assisting patients within the hospital, patients on a skilled level of care, as well as outpatients and in the patient homes.

Jim Waters of rural New Albin had a knee replacement a couple of months ago and chose to come to Veterans Memorial Hospital for his therapy following his surgery. In his own words, he explains his experiences and trust in the hospital services and staff.

Wed
19
Oct

VMH Auxiliary to hold Pillow Perk and Masquerade Sales Monday, October 24

Annual Masquerade Sales and Pillow Perk October 24 ...
Annual Masquerade Sales and Pillow Perk October 24 ... The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital will hold its annual Masquerade Sale and Pillow Perk Monday, October 24. The Masquerade Sale offers a wide variety of stocking stuffers such as jewelry, scarves, hair accessories, leggings, lunch bags, mittens, hats, flashlights, billfolds, etc., all for only $5 each. The Pillow Perk cleans, sanitizes and gives feather pillows new ticking. Both events will be held on the lower level of Veterans Memorial Hospital. Everyone should enter through the lower level doors to attend these events. Submitted photo.

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) will be holding its annual Pillow Perk this year Monday, October 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. located on the Lower Level of Veterans Memorial Hospital. Kraft Pillow Service will be on site to make old pillows look like new.

Everyone is encouraged to bring in their feather pillows to the Pillow Perk to be cleaned, sanitized and given new ticking. Foam and Dacron pillows may also be renovated by this process. People are also encouraged to bring in their feather beds and have them made into new pillows.

Everyone is instructed to enter the hospital through the lower level loading dock entrance and to have their pillows in plastic bags marked with their name when they drop them off.   Directional signage will be located on the street right outside that door.

Wed
19
Oct

Alex Berns joins VMH Clinic-Waukon as family practice provider

Alex Berns ...
Alex Berns ...

Alex Berns has joined the Veterans Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic-Waukon as the new Family Practice Nurse Practitioner and is accepting patients of all ages.  He will be working in the clinic full-time, joining Dr. Dave Schwartz; Sue McMillan, NP; Halie Ruff, NP, Katy Maker, Nurse Midwife; and Jon Hawes, PA in providing accessible health care locally.

Berns recently received his Doctorate Family Nurse Practitioner degree from Clarke University in Dubuque. He began his career at Veterans Memorial Hospital as a C.N.A., then continued as a full-time nurse after receiving his RN degree. Now after branching out and gaining experience in Hospice, Emergency, the ICU in Rochester and general inpatient care, he has returned to Veterans Memorial Hospital as a family nurse practitioner.

Wed
19
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 these 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 meetings:
 

Wed
19
Oct

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month; Be diligent for early detection

An estimated 252,710 new invasive cases of breast cancer are expected to occur among women in the United States during 2022 and about 2,470 new cases of breast cancer are expected in men. In total, an estimated 40,610 deaths (40,170 women and 440 men) are anticipated from breast cancer.

These numbers have steadily decreased since 1990. The American Cancer Society states the decrease represents progress in both earlier detection and improved treatment.

Wed
19
Oct

Annual Flu Shots and COVID Vaccine Booster Walk-In Clinics underway

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

These walk-in clinics are currently being held every Wednesday 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 will be available right outside that entrance, marked with orange cones.

Wed
19
Oct

Diabetes Support Group to meet at VMH October 20

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Support Group will hold its next meeting Thursday, October 20 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.

The two newest VMH Medical Clinic providers will be presenting at this meeting. Alex Berns is a family medicine nurse practitioner and Tara Fink is also a nurse practitioner specializing in behavioral health. Alex Berns will be seeing patients of all ages for anything and everything, including treatment of diabetes. He plans on discussing health concerns that are associated with diabetes, such as neuropathy and heart disease.

Wed
19
Oct

Blood donation opportunity offered monthly in Waukon; November Blood Drive to be held at Waukon High School

Anyone 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, November 3 from Noon to 5 p.m. at Waukon High School.

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:

Wed
12
Oct

Introducing Tara Fink; Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at VMH Clinics

Tara Fink ...
Tara Fink ...

Tara Fink of Harpers Ferry, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, has joined the Veterans Memorial Hospital clinics to offer behavioral health care and counseling. She will be providing consultations at both the Waukon and Postville clinic locations. She shares her passion for mental health care and the need in these underserved communities in northeast Iowa.

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