Health

Wed
26
Feb

Urgent Care continues; Local health care options are readily available

Veterans Memorial Hospital Urgent Care is available seven days a week and designed for treating injuries or illnesses requiring immediate care, but not serious enough to require an emergency department visit.

Examples of what a patient may seek Urgent Care for could include back pain; bladder or urinary tract infection; cough; cuts, scrapes and bruises; diarrhea; fever, colds and flu; ear pain, swimmer’s ear, ear infection or wax removal; insect or tick bite; joint pain; minor burn; nausea/vomiting; pink eye; rash; seasonal allergies; sinus and upper respiratory infection; sore or strep throat; strains/sprains; sudden back or neck pain; urinary problems or vaginal irritation/discharge.  Most insurance does cover urgent care visits. Patients can usually expect to pay a copay or deductible for visits to Urgent Care treatment centers.

Wed
26
Feb

Memorials received by Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of LaVonne Kruger by James L. Moritz, Al and Fern Rissman, Norb and Nola Palmer, Mary Ann Hager, Marilyn Anderson, Cyril and Shirley Larkin, Scott and Karen Ness, Jerry and Linda Siegrist, Russ and Mary Jo Meyer, Orrin and Nan Grangaard, Kevin and Ann Quillin, Marlys Leiran, Kay Zimmerman, Dave and Sandy Lyons, Bob and Marilyn Bulman, Donna Wood, Betty White, Audrey Angel, Lois Evans, Lollie Hirth, Don and Joyce Bakke, Nyles and Ruby Herman, Maury and Kay Mooney, Dave and Barb Hanson, and Pat and Kathy McMillan.

Memorials were also received in memory of Joan Berns by Scott and Kim Bollman, in memory of Ronda Thorstenson by Curtis and Cheryl Roe and Jane Dietrich, in memory of Kathleen Schulte by Mary L. Schulte, and in memory of Joan Dietrich by Fred and Geralyn Smith.

Wed
19
Feb

February is Heart Month: The seriousness of chest pain


Seek help for any heart attack signs or symptoms ... February is Heart Month. Pictured above is the Emergency Entrance at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. In the case of a heart attack, time is muscle. Anyone experiencing any signs or symptoms of a heart attack should immediately go to the Emergency Entrance or call 911 for medical transport. Submitted photo.

Chest pain is a common complaint presented in any emergency room, including the emergency room at Veterans Memorial Hospital. 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
19
Feb

Urgent Care continues; Ask for other local health care options

Veterans Memorial Hospital Urgent Care is available seven days a week and designed for treating injuries or illnesses requiring immediate care, but not serious enough to require an emergency department visit.

Examples of what a patient may seek Urgent Care for could include back pain; bladder or urinary tract infection; cough; cuts, scrapes and bruises; diarrhea; fever, colds and flu; ear pain, swimmer’s ear, ear infection, or wax removal; insect or tick bite; joint pain; minor burn; nausea/vomiting; pink eye; rash; seasonal allergies; sinus and upper respiratory infection; sore or strep throat; strains/sprains; sudden back or neck pain; urinary problems or vaginal irritation/discharge.  Most insurance does cover urgent care visits. Patients can usually expect to pay a copay or deductible for visits to Urgent Care treatment centers.

Wed
19
Feb

“Welcome to Medicare” Seminar offered again at VMH March 2

“Welcome to Medicare” is a free, two-hour seminar offered by the Veterans Memorial Hospital Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) counselors.  This program will be held Monday, March 2 from 5-7 p.m. in the Large Conference Room located on the lower level of Veterans Memorial Hospital.

“Due to the great turn-out we continually have for these meetings, we have decided to offer another free seminar to the community this spring,” says Russ Hagen, SHIIP volunteer. “I am happy they are so well attended. Medicare is such an important program and understanding what it offers helps assure that anyone eligible gets the health benefits they deserve.”

“Welcome to Medicare” will cover Medicare Part A and Part B benefits, the prescription drug benefit (Part D), Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare supplement insurance.

Wed
19
Feb

No CPR classes offered this month at VMH

Veterans Memorial Hospital will not be offering a CPR course in February. The next class available will be offered Wednesday, March 18, and it will be offered for health care professionals.

The cost for all CPR classes, for certification or recertification, at Veterans Memorial Hospital is the same and all registrants should bring along their own pocket mask. The card received with the course does certify attendants in CPR for two years.

Pre-registration plus a minimum of four participants is required for the class to take place. For more information and to register for the next CPR Course, call Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.
 

Wed
19
Feb

Babysitting Seminar to be offered at VMH

Veterans Memorial Hospital will sponsor a Babysitting Seminar Saturday, March 14 from 8:30 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 are not the sole babysitters in this society. Boys are also 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.

Wed
19
Feb

Diabetes Support Group to meet at VMH February 20

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Support Group will hold its next meeting Thursday, February 20, beginning at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held at Veterans Memorial Hospital in the Large Conference Room, which is 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
19
Feb

It’s not too late to get protected from the flu

Surveillance by the Iowa Department of Public Health and Allamakee County Public Health, and testing by the State Hygienic Laboratory indicate flu activity continues to be widespread in Iowa. The flu season typically peaks in February and can last as late as May. “As long as flu viruses are circulating, it’s not too late to get the vaccine,” said Allamakee County Public Health Director Lisa Moose.

There has been much focus on the novel coronavirus first detected in China and while public health officials take the novel coronavirus outbreak seriously, the risk of influenza is much more significant to Allamakee County residents. It’s not too late to receive the flu vaccine and in order to prevent flu and other viruses from spreading, remember the three Cs:

· Clean hands frequently with soap and water.
· Cover coughs and sneezes with the elbow or upper arm.
· Contain germs by staying home when ill.

Wed
19
Feb

VMH Auxiliary Euchre Marathon to be held

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital will be holding its monthly Euchre Marathon for all individuals of the community interested Thursday, February 20. Men and women are welcome to attend, even if not an Auxiliary member. The Euchre marathons are held the third Thursday of each month at the Senior Citizens Room at the Waukon Wellness Center in northwest Waukon. 

The Auxiliary’s Euchre Marathons begin at 11:30 a.m. with dinner, if chosen. Call Northland Agency on Aging at 877-838-8077 if choosing to eat dinner. Card playing will follow at 12:30 p.m. until approximately 2:30 p.m. Anyone wishing to stay and play cards following the Senior Citizens meal is more than welcome to do so. All proceeds go towards the Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital. Prizes will be awarded.

Anyone interested in attending, but preferring to play Bridge is also welcome to join in. It is asked that they come with their own table of four players, however.

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