Health

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30
Nov

Ruth’s Gift Lip Balm makes breast cancer awareness donation

VMH Radiology Department receives donation ...
VMH Radiology Department receives donation ... The Veterans Memorial Hospital Radiology Department received a generous donation from Ruth Boden, owner and creator of Ruth’s Gift LLC, a Faith Stick (lip balm) company, in honor of breast cancer survivors. Pictured at left is Boden handing the check to X-ray Technologists Heidi Ryan and Renee Stokman, who is holding the product. This special pink Faith Stick, along with many other flavors, are available at local stores such as Say Now! and the Copy Shoppe in Waukon and at Touch of Class Styling Salon in Lansing. Each container has a special Bible verse that goes along with the product. Boden created this special Faith Stick for breast cancer awareness in an effort to encourage everyone to remind the women in their lives to get this very important health screening. Submitted photo.

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Radiology Department received a generous donation from Ruth Boden, owner and creator of Ruth’s Gift LLC, a Faith Stick (lip balm) company, in honor of breast cancer survivors. Boden created a special Faith Stick just for Breast Cancer Awareness and donated a portion of the proceeds to the hospital for its new mammography machine.

“I made this special Faith Stick for the month of October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” explains Boden. “I am going to continue to offer it through the end of the year as a reminder for women to get their mammograms.”

This special pink Faith Stick, along with many other flavors, is available at local stores such as Say Now! and the Copy Shoppe in Waukon, and at Touch of Class Styling Salon in Lansing. Each container has a special Bible verse that goes along with the product.

Wed
30
Nov

November is National Home Health Month: Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care travels throughout Allamakee County


National Home Care Month ... The Veterans Memorial Hospital’s Community and Home Care Department’s registered nurses (RNs) and trained home care aides travel the entire Allamakee County area helping their patients to remain living independently in their own homes. Referrals for their services can be made by family members, physicians, neighbors, friends, and other health care facilities. Patients can also request their care themselves when being discharged from another health care facility. Pictured above, left to right, in a selfie is Toni Kolsrud of rural Waterville with Home Care RN, Juli Viet, who cares for her. Submitted photo.

The month of November is National Home Care Month. Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care (formerly called Allamakee County Public Health) travels the entire Allamakee County area offering adults the assistance they need to remain living in their homes, for as long as possible.

Registered nurses and trained home care aides offer a variety of services including nursing visits, medication set-up and administration, dressing cares, IVs, catheter and colostomy cares, overseeing rehabilitation in-home programs and assistance with personal cares.  RN staff is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“The home care people go out of their way to accommodate anyone that they help in their homes and they are always willing to work around our schedules,” states Toni Kolsrud of rural Waterville.  “They are outstanding.  If they are ever running behind they always call so I know that. That’s the difference between this hometown hospital and the big world.

Wed
30
Nov

Youth complete Babysitting Seminar at Veterans Memorial Hospital

Congratulations to the numerous students who completed the recent Veterans Memorial Hospital Babysitting classes held Saturday, October 22 at the hospital in Waukon. The classes were instructed by Corinne Cook, RN, and consisted of teaching the qualities of being a good babysitter including basic child care, accident prevention, fire prevention, and first aid. These new babysitters also learned CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and the Heimlach Maneuver in the case of a choking child.

The students who completed the Veterans Memorial Hospital Babysitting seminar included Claire Hankes, Brooke Hankes, Taylin Dehli, Easton Mohn, Lesly Vivero, Guadalupe Vivero, Eddie Miller, Mason Jones, Mya Jones, Henley Benson, Sutton Jones and Makendri Burington.
 

Wed
30
Nov

Blood Donor Day scheduled for December 5 in Waukon

Did you know one in seven people entering the hospital will need blood?

Attend the next LifeServe Blood Center Blood Drive to be held Monday, December 5 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 volunteer blood donation.

Wed
23
Nov

November is National Home Care Month


VMH Community and Home Care ... November is Home Care Month. Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care is a locally-based, home health care agency serving Allamakee and the surrounding counties. Registered nurses and certified home care aides travel the Allamakee County area and beyond to offer assistance to individuals who wish to remain in their homes for as long as possible or need some assistance while they are recovering from an illness or recent surgery, oftentimes after being hospitalized. Cheri White of Waukon, pictured above at right with Katie Rathbun, Home Care RN, has been receiving home health services since 2013 following a significant health event. Submitted photo.

As the elderly population continues to grow and individuals desire to remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible, home health care will continue to be a driving force in health care delivery in the next century.

Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) Community and Home Care is a locally-based home health care agency serving Allamakee and the surrounding counties. Registered nurses and certified home care aides travel the Allamakee County area and beyond to offer assistance to individuals who wish to remain in their homes for as long as possible, or need some assistance while they are recovering from an illness or recent surgery, oftentimes after being hospitalized.

Cheri White of Waukon has been receiving home health services since 2013 following a significant health event.

Wed
23
Nov

November is Diabetes Awareness Month; What your body could be trying to tell you

by Angie Mettille, RN, BSN, CDCES

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Diabetes is a disease that affects millions of people in the United States. It is a result of insulin resistance and/or deficiency, causing blood sugars to be too high. You likely know someone that has diabetes, or maybe have been diagnosed with diabetes yourself. Even if you have never been told that you have diabetes, it is important to be aware of symptoms of elevated blood sugars, also called hyperglycemia.

Wed
23
Nov

Blood Donor Day set for December 5

During the winter months, blood donations are especially needed to help prevent a critical blood shortage. Local hospital patients rely on life-saving blood donations from volunteer blood donors. Help is needed to guarantee an adequate blood supply is available at all times.

The next LifeServe Blood Center blood drive will be held Monday, December 5, from 12-5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon. Blood drives are held monthly in Waukon to allow for more donors to give. The LifeServe Blood Center supplies Veterans Memorial Hospital with its blood and blood products. Here are some interesting blood facts from the LifeServe Blood Center:

Wed
16
Nov

New upgraded state-of-the-art 3D mammography machine at Veterans Memorial Hospital

State-of-the-art 3D mammography available at VMH ...
State-of-the-art 3D mammography available at VMH ... Veterans Memorial Hospital recently upgraded its current 3D mammography machine with a new state-of-the-art machine, making it the most up-to-date machine available in the tri-state region. It features an all-new, comfort-focused paddle that is curved to conform to the shape of the patient’s breast and has rounded corners for the most comfortable compression possible. Pictured above, left to right, with this new 3D mammography machine are Veterans Memorial Hospital Radiological Technicians Amanda Leiran, Supervisor; Keisha Coon and Danielle Ferring. Appointments are now being taken for this new system. Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) recently upgraded its current 3D mammography machine with a new state-of-the-art machine, making it the most updated machine available in the tri-state region. It features an all-new, comfort-focused paddle that is curved to conform to the shape of the patient’s breast and has rounded corners for the most comfortable compression possible.

“Our old 3D mammo machine was in need of replacement and we are happy to have this upgraded 3D machine,” states Amanda Leiran, Radiology Supervisor at Veterans Memorial Hospital. “The majority of patients that have experienced this new machine have agreed that there is a noticeable difference compared to previous exams, making the experience much more pleasant.”

Wed
16
Nov

November is National Home Care Month: Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care travels throughout Allamakee County


National Home Care Month ... November is National Home Care Month. Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care offers adults the assistance they need to remain living in their homes, as long as possible. Registered nurses and trained home care aides travel the entire Allamakee County area. RN staff is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week and Home Care Aide services are available seven days a week as need determines. Pictured at right is Linda Sanders of New Albin with Home Care Aide Peggy Woodbeck, who cared for her once she returned home from Veterans Memorial Hospital skilled care. Submitted photo.

The month of November is National Home Care Month. Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care (formerly called Allamakee County Public Health) travels the entire Allamakee County area offering adults the assistance they need to remain living in their homes, as long as possible.

Registered nurses and trained home care aides offer a variety of services including nursing visits, medication set-up and administration, dressing cares, IVs, catheter and colostomy cares, overseeing rehabilitation in-home programs, personal cares, housework, laundry, meal preparation and errands. RN staff is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Home Care Aide services are available seven days a week as need determines.

Wed
16
Nov

Diabetes Support Group to meet at Veterans Memorial Hospital November 18

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Support Group will hold its next meeting Thursday, November 18, at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon in the Large Conference Room, which is located on the lower level of the hospital.

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.

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