Health

Wed
06
Mar

Veterans Memorial Hospital and Clinics to begin up-front collection of co-pays starting April 1

Beginning April 1, Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) and Clinics will begin to collect the co-pay from patients at the time of their appointments. This will only apply to patients who have a health insurance plan that includes a co-pay option.  Patients are encouraged to review their health plans to know if their plan has a co-pay option or not.

“Most all health care facilities have been requiring payment of co-pays at the time of services for many years, so it is time for us to make this change as well,” explains Michael Coyle, Hospital CEO. “This will streamline our billing process and will actually make the billing more understandable for our patients. We are just trying to get the word out that this will begin April 1 so everyone is aware and has a chance to review their health insurance plans before their next visit.”

Wed
06
Mar

Grandparenting Classes to be offered at VMH

Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) will be offering Grandparenting Classes again this spring.  Corinne Cook, RN, Babysitting Class instructor, will teach the next Grandparenting Class Saturday, April 6 from 9:30 a.m. until noon. The class will be held in the hospital’s Large Conference Room.

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
06
Mar

Grief Support Group to meet at Veterans Memorial Hospital

The local Grief Support Group will be holding its monthly meeting at Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) Tuesday, March 12, at 5 p.m. in the Meditation Healing Center, located just inside the main entrance of the hospital.

This informal meeting is open to anyone suffering from any type of loss, whether it be death, divorce, illness or some other grief.

Feel free to attend and bring a friend. This grief support group meets the second Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Hospital.
 

Wed
06
Mar

Diabetes Support Group to meet March 14 at VMH

The Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) Diabetes Support Group will hold its next meeting Thursday, March 14 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 in Waukon.

This diabetes class is open to everyone who has diabetes or who 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
28
Feb

February is Heart Month at VMH: The seriousness of chest pain


February Heart Month observed at Veterans Memorial Hospital ... February is Heart Month. Anyone experiencing any signs or symptoms of a heart attack should immediately go to the Emergency Entrance or call 911 for medical transport. Time is muscle, so the quicker specialized medicine can be administered, the less heart muscle is damaged. Pictured above is some of the ER staff at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Emergency Room I, including, from left to right, Teresa Schaefers, RN; Dylan Farning, ER Tech; Jacob Dougherty, Paramedic/EMS Supervisor; Seth Bulman, Paramedic and Cheryl Livingston, Paramedic. Submitted photo.

Chest pain is a common presenting complaint in any emergency room, including the emergency room at Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH). There is always the possibility of heart disease in every complaint of chest pain or upper abdominal pain, and it must be taken very seriously.

The common signs and symptoms of an acute myocardial infarction, commonly called a heart attack, are:
1. Chest pain (crushing, squeezing or heaviness).
2. Sudden onset of weakness, nausea, fainting and sweating without an obvious cause.
3. Pain that radiates to the shoulders, neck or arms.

These symptoms occur when the blood flow to a part of the heart is blocked, often by a blood clot. This happens because coronary arteries that supply the heart with blood slowly become clogged from a build-up of cells, fat and cholesterol called plaque.

Wed
28
Feb

VMH Rehabilitation; In-home occupational therapy care now more readily available


In-home occupational therapy care offered by VMH ... Veterans Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation is now able to offer more in-home occupational therapy care, thanks to the addition of Amy Evanson, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. She is pictured above at left with Judy Shogren of rural Lansing, at center, and Melissa Clarke, Occupational Therapist, at right. Amy works closely with the Community and Home Care Department patients, providing assistance with the day-to-day tasks of living at home following an illness, injury or surgery, helping to regain function and independence. Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) Rehabilitation is now able to offer more in-home occupational therapy care, thanks to the addition of Amy Evanson, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. Amy works closely with the hospital’s Community and Home Care Department patients, providing patients assistance with the day-to-day tasks of living at home following an illness, injury or surgery, helping them regain function and independence.

Currently, Amy travels to Village Creek to visit Judy Shogren three times per week, following her recent nursing home stay. Amy takes time to work with Judy on her routine in-home duties to build her function and independence.

“I don’t know what I’d do without this service, now that I have it,” states Judy. “I’m so glad to be able to be back in my home.”

Wed
28
Feb

Blood Donor Day set for March 4

The next LifeServe Blood Center blood drive will be held Monday, March 4, from 12-5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon. The LifeServe Blood Center supplies Veterans Memorial Hospital with its blood and blood products.

Wed
28
Feb

Heart Disease in Allamakee County

by Brandy Strub, Dietitian, Veterans Memorial Hospital

As most of you know, February is American Heart Health Month. But are you aware that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 382-541 per 100,000 people (age 35+) from Allamakee County died from heart disease from 2018-2020. That’s higher than the state average of 310-368 per 100,000 and the national average of 319.5 per 100,000!

In order not to be a statistic and to prevent dying from heart disease, it is recommended that you keep your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugars within a healthy range. What’s considered a healthy range? It’s not necessarily the same for everyone, so work with your health care professionals to see what is right for you. Eating healthy, getting active, lowering stress and not smoking is also recommended.

Wed
28
Feb

Stroke Support Group to meet Thursday, March 7

Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) Speech-Language Pathologist Steven Mazzafield offers a Stroke Support Group for individuals who have experienced a stroke, as well as caregivers and family members affected by stroke.

Monthly meetings are held the first Thursday of every month at 2 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Hospital. The next Stroke Support Group meeting will be held Thursday, March 7 at 2 p.m. This month the meeting will be held in the Large Conference Room.

The Stroke Support Group provides opportunities to share tips, tricks, or trials among participants, offer support for caregivers, and provide an opportunity for socialization.

While strokes can happen at any age, risk of stroke is greatest as people get older with the majority of strokes occurring after the age of 70. Risk factors for stroke include obesity, sedentary lifestyle, binge drinking, diabetes, smoking, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.

Wed
28
Feb

Babysitting Seminar to be held March 29 at VMH

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon will sponsor the next Babysitting Seminar Friday, March 29, from 9 a.m. to Noon. The class will be held in the Large Conference Room located on the lower level of Veterans Memorial Hospital.

Intended participants are individuals 10 years of age and older who are responsible for their own care after school until their parents come home from work, and individuals who care for other children in or outside of their own home. Girls and boys are all welcome and encouraged to attend.

Topics to be covered include fire and personal safety, accident prevention and emergency actions, nutritious snacks and basic care of children.

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