Health

Tue
07
Nov

The 32nd Annual VMH Health Care Foundation’s Christmas Fantasy scheduled for this weekend


32nd Annual VMH Foundation Christmas Fantasy ... The 2023 “Wishing You a Merry Grinchmas” Christmas Fantasy will be displayed throughout the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion November 10-13 at the Veterans Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation’s 32nd annual event. Christmas Fantasy opens this Friday Night, November 10 at 5 p.m. with the “Tingle and Mingle” happy hour event. Reservations for the Fantasy Noon Luncheons and Wine, Cheese and Dessert evening are still being accepted. Again this year, many Christmas gift options will be available on the silent auction, making it a convenient Christmas shopping opportunity. Submitted photo.

The Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation’s Christmas Fantasy 2023 will be held Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, November 10, 11, 12 and 13, at the Allamakee Fairgrounds Pavilion. The theme will be, “Wishing You a Merry Grinchmas.”

The 2023 Fantasy Schedule of Events for this weekend includes:

“Tingle ‘N Mingle” Happy Hour
The Friday evening “Tingle ‘N Mingle” happy hour will be held November 10, from 5-8 p.m. This annual Friday night happy hour event is a special opportunity to meet socially with friends and co-workers after work. Many new hot and hearty hors d’oeuvres will be added this year, plus desserts, candies, and spirits will be served among the trees.

Each ticket includes all of the food plus two drink tickets. Tickets can be purchased now in advance at the main entrance of Veterans Memorial Hospital or at all local banks in Allamakee County. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

Tue
07
Nov

Enthusiastic volunteers needed to fill EMT Class starting in January

Sherry Jensen ... Submitted photo.
Sherry Jensen ... Submitted photo.

The number of Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) in this area has dwindled over the years as licensed EMTs have retired. Allamakee and northern Clayton Counties are fortunate to have many emergency response services, but nearly all of them are in need of more EMTs on their service to share the call time, ensuring local emergency services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

NICC will be offering a face-to-face EMT Class in Waukon beginning in January. This class is not offered locally each year, so the fact it will be held in Waukon is a convenience for those wishing to take the course with little travel time. This is a 138-hour course which will conclude in May. Registration for the class must be completed prior to the orientation night January 8.

Tue
07
Nov

Radiologic Technologist Week - A very diversified role


Radiologic Technologist Week ... This is National Radiologic Technologist Week. The Veterans Memorial Hospital Radiology Department technologists are all cross-trained in a wide variety of x-ray services and are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. X-rays are read by a radiologist 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Teleradiology, for quick interpretation, especially helpful in the case of emergencies. Pictured above is the Veterans Memorial Hospital Radiology Department team, from left to right, including Heidi Ryan, Renee Stokman, Siobhan Kurth, Amanda Leiran, Keisha Coon, Kelly Baxter and Danielle Ferring. Pictured below with the ultrasound machine is Rachel Wagner, Ultrasonographer. Submitted photos.

November 5-11 is observed as National Radiologic Technologist Week. The Veterans Memorial Hospital Radiology Department radiologic technologists are all cross-trained in a wide variety of x-ray services.  One of them is on-call, 24 hours a day.

The department offers Mammography, CT scanning, MRI, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, Echocardiograms and Bone Densitometry, as well as all basic x-ray services. The x-ray equipment provides detailed pictures of all bones, plus fluoroscopy for pictures of organs inside the body.

X-rays taken at Veterans Memorial Hospital are able to be read by a radiologist 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Teleradiology, for quick interpretation, which can be especially helpful in the case of emergencies.

Tue
07
Nov

Don’t wait until the last minute to check out 2024 Medicare Drug Plans

Those eligible and interested have until December 7 to enroll in or change Medicare drug plans for 2024 and are advised to not wait until the last minute. Remember, those who are on Medicare and don’t have drug coverage, or if the coverage they have is not as good as Medicare’s, they will face a penalty for each month they delay enrolling.

Those who have questions about Medicare drug coverage should call their local SHIIP counselor at Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411. SHIIP volunteers are available to meet individually with anyone in the community who wishes to compare the Medicare Part D plans available for 2024.

Appointments are required. Call Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411 to schedule an appointment. Anyone meeting with a SHIIP counselor will need to bring their Medicare card, current Part D plan card and a list of their medications from their pharmacy. SHIIP is a free, confidential service of the State of Iowa.

Tue
07
Nov

Flu and COVID vaccinations available every Wednesday at VMH Community, Home Care-Allamakee Public Health by appointment

 The COVID vaccine is being offered in conjunction with flu shots at Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care/Allamakee Public Health. Flu shots are recommended for all those who have not yet received the vaccine, and they will be effective throughout the rest of the flu season.

According to the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services, flu vaccines are proven to help prevent millions of illnesses and have been shown to reduce the risk of having to go to the doctor by 40-60%. COVID-19 vaccines help protect by creating an antibody response without having to experience potentially severe illness or post-COVID conditions.  Although it is still possible to get sick after being vaccinated, flu and COVID immunizations are proven to help prevent severe illness, which can be lifesaving.

Tue
31
Oct

Entertainment for the 32nd Annual Christmas Fantasy announced; Make reservations now


32nd Annual VMH Foundation Christmas Fantasy ... Reservations are now being accepted for the Christmas Fantasy Saturday and Monday Noon Luncheons and the Saturday Wine, Cheese and Dessert event. The “Wishing You a Merry Grinchmas” Christmas Fantasy will be held at the Allamakee Fairgrounds Pavilion November 10, 11, 12 and 13 and is sponsored by the Veterans Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation. Submitted photo.

The Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation’s Christmas Fantasy 2023 will  be held Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, November 10, 11, 12 and 13 at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon. The theme will be “Wishing You a Merry Grinchmas!”

Numerous decorated Christmas trees will be on display and this year’s event will again offer over 100 shopping opportunities on the silent auction.

The Friday evening “Tingle ‘N Mingle” will be held Friday, November 10 from 5-8 p.m. This event is a special opportunity to meet socially with friends and co-workers after work.  This year, much more hearty hors d’oeuvres, desserts, candies, breads and spirits will be served among the trees throughout the evening and will be catered by a variety of local businesses including Rhonda Stock, Tastefully Simple - Jan Baumler, Port Side in Harpers Ferry, Uptown Grill, Lid’s Restaurant and Fiesta Vallarta.

Tue
31
Oct

VMH Public Forums continue in Allamakee County

Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) administration staff continues to visit each Allamakee County community to offer a public forum to update the communities on hospital progress and offer a chance for public input.  

Last fall, residents of Allamakee County overwhelmingly voted to convert the hospital to a county facility. As the hospital was preparing for that county-wide vote, similar public forums were held. At those meetings, it was stated the hospital would do this every year in an effort to offer personal contact with the communities and offer an opportunity for feedback from the general public. These public forums last approximately one hour with a 45-minute presentation, then time for questions, feedback and input from those attending.

Tue
31
Oct

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Questions and Answers about Mammography


3D mammography available at VMH ... October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pictured is Laurie Moody (left) showing her appreciation to Mammography Technician Renee Stokman (right) next to the 3D mammography machine at Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH). Over a year ago, Moody had a routine mammogram at the hospital that found she had breast cancer. She went on to the Gundersen Center for Breast Care in La Crosse, WI for further testing and surgery. A year later, Moody is healthy, happy and thankful for the skilled technicians who work locally in the VMH Radiology Department. “I give major kudos to VMH for finding my cancer early with their state-of-the art mammogram machine and skilled technicians. The person who reads the exam is always the one who gets the credit, but it’s the person with the skills to take the good pictures who is really most important,” states Moody. “I encourage all women to not be afraid and get your mammogram and do it annually!” Submitted photo.

From the American Cancer Society and Veterans Memorial Hospital

Breast cancer is the leading cancer diagnosed in women in America. This year, more than 250,000 women will learn for the first time that they have this disease and more than 40,000 women will lose their lives. However, when breast cancer is detected early and treated promptly, suffering and ultimately the loss of life can be significantly reduced.

Women are encouraged to ask their doctors and other health care providers about mammography screening. Mammography (an x-ray picture of the breast) is the single most effective method to detect breast changes that may be cancer, long before physical symptoms of the disease can be seen or felt. Early detection, followed by up-to-date treatment, can provide women with better chances for long-term freedom from the disease. But mammography screening must be done routinely.

Tue
31
Oct

Blood Donor Day held monthly, scheduled next for November 2; Results of successful October drive

Did you know that one pint of whole blood can save up to three lives? The next blood drive will take place Thursday, November 2 from 12-5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon.

Blood drives are held every month in Waukon, allowing for more donors to give. Last month, 52 units of blood were collected in Waukon saving 156 lives.  LifeServe Blood Center supplies Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) with its blood and blood products.

Anyone who lives to the age of 72 will have a 95% probability of needing blood or blood products at sometime in their life, so blood donors are greatly needed.

Tue
31
Oct

Grief Support Group to meet November 7 at VMH

The local Grief Support Group will be holding its monthly meeting at Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) Tuesday, November 7 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 usually meets the second Tuesday of each month at VMH in Waukon, except when they meet this first Tuesday of November.
 

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