Health

Wed
28
Sep

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. The hospital turned in a petition with more than enough signatures to earn a spot on the ballot November 8 for voters to vote on this conversion in the upcoming general election.

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

Wed
28
Sep

Prepared Childbirth Education Class scheduled for October 8


Childbirth Preparation Education Class at VMH... Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon will hold the next Prepared Childbirth Education class (formerly called Lamaze) Saturday, October 8 from 8 a.m. to Noon. Pictured at right is Katy Maker, the new nurse midwife and family nurse practitioner who is now seeing patients in the Waukon and Postville clinics and delivering babies at Veterans Memorial Hospital. Prepared Childbirth Education classes are offered every three months at Veterans Memorial Hospital. Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital will hold a Prepared Childbirth Education class (formerly called Lamaze) Saturday, October 8 from 8 a.m. to Noon in the Large Conference Room.

The Prepared Childbirth Education classes at Veterans Memorial Hospital are 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 and are offered every three months at Veterans Memorial Hospital.

Pre-registration is necessary, as seats are limited. Register online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/preparedchildbirthregistration or contact Jayne McCormick, RN, Nursing and OB Manager at Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.
 

Wed
28
Sep

Grandparenting Class is October 1

Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) in Waukon will be offering Grandparenting classes again this fall. Corinne Cook, RN, Babysitting Class instructor, will teach the next Grandparenting Class scheduled for Saturday, October 1 from 9:30 a.m. until Noon. The class will be held in the hospital’s Large Conference Room. Signs will be posted.

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 costs.

Wed
28
Sep

Blood Donor Day is October 3: Donations needed to help Iowans

How many people know that one in seven people entering the hospital will need blood?

Attend the next LifeServe Blood Center Blood Drive to be held Monday, October 3 from 12-5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon. Blood drives are held once per month. The LifeServe Blood Center supplies Veterans Memorial Hospital with its blood and blood products.

The LifeServe Blood Center is seeking donors to ensure a safe and plentiful blood supply in Iowa. Because there is no substitute for human blood, the need for donors is continuous.

Over half of the United States population is eligible to donate blood, yet less than four percent donate on a regular basis. A single donation of blood can be used to save up to three lives and help in treatment of cancer patients, accident victims, hemophiliacs and surgery patients. The LifeServe Blood Center is committed to serving the needs of Iowans by saving lives through blood donation.

Wed
28
Sep

Annual flu shots and COVID-19 vaccine booster walk-in clinics begin October 5

October 5, Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care/Allamakee County Public Health will begin to offer their annual Flu Shot Clinics. The new COVID-19 vaccine booster for the variant strains will also be offered, as well as the primary (first and second doses) of the COVID-19 vaccine.

These walk-in clinics will begin Wednesday, October 5 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. Additional flu shot and COVID-19 vaccine clinics will follow at the same time each Wednesday including October 12, October 19, October 26 and November 2.

Vaccination clinics have also been added all around Allamakee County this fall in addition to the walk-in clinics at the hospital. The schedule for these walk-in clinics is as follows:

Wed
28
Sep

Babysitting Seminar for local youth scheduled for October 22 at Veterans Memorial Hospital

Veterans Memorial Hospital will sponsor a Babysitting Seminar Saturday, October 22. This class will be broken down into two different sessions to allow for better spacing of students. The morning session will be held from 9 a.m.-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 taken 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 indicating the location.

Wed
28
Sep

Memorials received by Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of John Regan, Jr. by Linda Flatland, Mary Ann Hager, Dennis and Julie Herman, Patsy Kerndt, Jim and Jill Kiesau, Robert and Jeanine Mathis, Wayne and Nona Sawyer, Chuck and Lois Votsmier and Ann Roed.

Memorials were also received in memory of Deputy John Grampovnik by Brad and Judy Herman, Jim and Jill Kiesau, Linda Flatland, Diane Regan, and Chuck and Lois Votsmier.

Additional memorials were received in memory of Dwayne Moon by Mary Ann Hager; in memory of Ronald Roese by Barb White, Mary Ann Hager, Jim and Jill Kiesau and Chuck and Lois Votsmier; in memory of Arlene King by Mary Ann Hager; and in memory of Elaine Martin by Dr. David and Suzanne Hahn, Mary Ann Hager, John and Lorna Kerndt, Russ and Mary Jo Meyer, Wayne and Nona Sawyer and Linda Siegrist.

Wed
21
Sep

VMH Auxiliary and Elliott Jewelers to host 17th Annual Women’s Health Day September 27; Returns to full event

17th Annual Women’s Health Day to be held next week ...
17th Annual Women’s Health Day to be held next week ... The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital, together with Elliott Jewelers of Waukon, are excited to announce they will be hosting their 17th annual Women’s Health Day wellness event, which will now be back to a full ‘normal’ event. It will be held Tuesday, September 27 at the Waukon Banquet Center. Pictured above is a view from last year’s event. All vendors will return to this year’s event, plus a new menu of sandwiches, fresh garden salad, dessert and beverage will be served. Everyone purchasing a ticket will be entered into a drawing for a Ladies’ 14kt white gold chocolate and white diamond fashion pendant (retail price $849) compliments of Elliott Jewelers of Waukon. Tickets are on sale now at Elliott Jewelers and Veterans Memorial Hospital. Submitted photo.

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital, together with Elliott Jewelers of Waukon, are excited to announce they will be hosting their 17th annual Women’s Health Day wellness event, which will now be back to a full “normal” event. It will be held Tuesday, September 27 at the Waukon Banquet Center. All ages are invited to attend any part of this educational event, beginning at 11 a.m. with a wellness fair offering a variety of free health tests and information, and a luncheon and program held from Noon to 1 p.m.

Wed
21
Sep

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. The hospital turned in a petition with more than enough signatures to earn a spot on the ballot November 8 for voters to vote on this conversion in the upcoming general election.

Wed
21
Sep

Success when following dietitian’s advice


Dietitians provide weight loss guidance at VMH ... Often individuals are informed at their annual physicals they may be overweight and are advised by their health care provider to try to drop a few pounds, but that is not as easy as it sounds. Bob Swenson of Waukon was recently given that advice and knew he needed some guidance. He sought out the help of one of the dietitians at Veterans Memorial Hospital, Brandy Strub, who now calls him a “poster child” for following her advice and making remarkable progress in just one month. Registered Dietitians Jill Fleming and Brandy Strub are both available to meet with individuals personally who want to improve their diet and get to a healthy weight. A free weight loss class is also offered the first Tuesday of the month at Veterans Memorial Hospital at Noon or 5 p.m. that same day. Submitted photo.

Often individuals are informed at their annual physicals they may be overweight and are advised by their health care provider to try to drop a few pounds, but that is not as easy as it sounds. Many stop eating and go on a crash diet, only to regain the weight plus more since they have probably just slowed their metabolism by not fueling their body properly.

Bob Swenson of Waukon recently visited Dr. Schwartz in the Veterans Memorial Hospital Waukon Medical Clinic for his annual Medicare physical, and it was recommended that he lose 25 pounds to help improve his cholesterol numbers and overall health.

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