Health

Wed
26
Feb

Telemedicine services now available at Veterans Memorial Hospital


VMH now offers telemedicine services ... Veterans Memorial Hospital has now begun offering telemedicine services thanks to the help of Gundersen Healthcare in La Crosse, WI. Now emergency stroke and critical neonate patients will benefit from these new telemedicine services right in the local Emergency Room. Pictured above, left to right, are a few Emergency Nurses who underwent training with Gundersen telemedicine specialists February 12, including Brianne Leikvold, RN; Geralyn Smith, RN and Trish Shelton, RN. This technology is readily available on a video cart, pictured above, that can be brought right to the patient’s bedside where the Gundersen specialist can see the patient and perform an assessment when requested by the Emergency provider. Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital has now begun offering telemedicine services thanks to the help of Gundersen Healthcare in La Crosse, WI.  Now emergency stroke and neonate patients will benefit from these new telemedicine services right in the local Emergency Room.

Gundersen specialists traveled to Waukon February 12 to install the live interactive video technology and train staff on its use.  Now all Veterans Memorial Hospital providers and staff can connect with specialists through this high-tech system whenever needed in the case of a stroke or critical infant.  Specialists at Gundersen will provide needed support and clinical care from a distance in the first crucial minutes.

Wed
26
Feb

February is Heart Month; Remember to take any type of chest pain seriously


Seek help for any heart attack signs or symptoms ... Pictured above is one of Veterans Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Rooms. February is National Heart Month. Anyone that is experiencing any type of chest discomfort, weakness or shortness of breath should consult medical assistance immediately. Because time is muscle, the quicker the heart attack can be stopped, the less muscle will be lost, and the better one’s chances for recovery. Submitted photo.

by Diane Butikofer, RN, ER Supervisor at VMH

Individuals who experience any type of chest pain need to take that pain very seriously and seek medical assistance. There is always the possibility that pain may be caused by a heart attack or some other form of heart disease and must not be ignored. Immediate medical attention is the only way to stop or decrease the damage to the heart.

The common signs and symptoms of a heart attack include the following:

1. Any type of chest pain. It may be a crushing pain, a feeling of heaviness such as an elephant standing on one’s chest, or even a squeezing of the chest.
2. Pain that radiates down the arm, or other areas of the body such as the neck, jaw or shoulders.
3. Weakness or shortness of breath, nausea, light headedness and/or possible sweating.

Wed
26
Feb

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

Russ Hagen ...
Russ Hagen ...

“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
26
Feb

Blood donation opportunity offered every month in Waukon; Simple blood donation steps save lives

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, March 5 from Noon to 5 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Waukon. 

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
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.
 

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