Health

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05
Dec

Diabetes Support Group will not meet in December

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Support Group will not hold a regular meeting in December.

The group will begin holding its regular monthly meetings again in January.

For more information on the Diabetes Support Group, call Angie Mettille, RN, Diabetes Educator at Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.

 

Wed
05
Dec

VMH Auxiliary Euchre Marathon will not be held in December

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital will not be holding its monthly Euchre Marathon in December, due to the busy holiday season. The Euchre marathons are held the third Thursday of each month at the Senior Citizens Room at the Waukon Wellness Center and will resume in January.

For more information on the monthly Euchre marathons, call Veterans Memorial Hospital Auxiliary President Nona Sawyer at 563-568-3105.
 

Wed
28
Nov

Home Health and In-Home Rehabilitation: A great partnership through Veterans Memorial Hospital

November is National Home Care Month. The purpose of home care is to keep people in their homes, near their families and in their communities for as long as possible. Home health care can provide a range of services including wound care, therapy, rehabilitative services following surgery and home infusion of drugs.

Home medical care is far less expensive than assisted living or long-term care and is covered by most insurance plans. Private insurance providers, such as Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and government policies like Medicare and Medicaid cover home health care from certified agencies. Most insurance plans require a prior authorization/prior approval before care is given as well as a treatment plan signed off by a doctor.

The Rehabilitation Therapists from Veterans Memorial Hospital will also provide “in-home” therapy to people in need of this service.  Therapy in the home is covered under Medicare, Medicaid and other insurance, such as Humana.

Wed
28
Nov

November is National Diabetes Month: Continuous glucose monitoring option

November is National Diabetes Month. The Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Management Program offers Continuous Glucose Monitoring as an option to help medical providers fine-tune their patients’ diabetes treatment plan, giving patients optimal control of their diabetes and their life.
Continuous glucose monitoring is used to determine what a patient’s blood glucose levels are continuously, 24 hours a day, even while they sleep. When the data is downloaded at the end of the study, there are a total of 288 blood sugar readings available over a 24-hour time span. The information is able to be transferred into graphs which can show the healthcare providers how a patient’s blood sugar trends throughout each day.

Wed
28
Nov

Blood donors urged to give gift of life this holiday season

LifeServe Blood Center is urging eligible blood donors to roll up a sleeve and give the ultimate gift this holiday season: the gift of life. Blood cannot be manufactured in a lab and there is no substitute for it. In order to ensure blood will be available for local hospital patients in their critical time of need depends on generous donors to make that lifesaving gift.

The standard blood donation process only takes an hour start to finish, with the actual blood collection procedure only lasting about ten minutes. One donation can save the lives of up to three local hospital patients. Be a holiday hero, Schedule an appointment at an upcoming blood drive in the local community.

The Waukon Community Blood Drive is scheduled for Monday, December 10 from 12-5 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 614 Rossville Road. Schedule a blood donation appointment online at lifeservebloodcenter.org or call 800.287.4903.

Wed
28
Nov

Medicare open enrollment ends December 7

Don’t miss the Medicare annual open enrollment period for Part D drug plans which runs through December 7. Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon has SHIIP counselor Russ Hagen available by appointment to discuss Medicare Part D plans available for 2019 and Medicare Advantage.

Call Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411 to schedule an appointment and those enrolling need to bring their Medicare card, current Part D plan card and a list of medications from their pharmacy which includes drug name, quantity and dosage.

Those interested can also go to www.medicare.gov and do a comparison of 2019 Medicare drug plans. SHIIP has step-by-step instructions for a comparing plans at www.therightcalliowa.gov.
 

Wed
28
Nov

Grief Support Group to meet

The local Grief Support Group will hold its monthly meeting at Veterans Memorial Hospital Tuesday, December 4, which is earlier than normal this month due to the holidays. The group will meet at 5 p.m. in the Education Conference Room.

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 usually meets the second Tuesday of each month at Veterans Memorial Hospital but again has been moved up to December 4 due to the holidays.
 

Wed
28
Nov

Health Care Provider CPR offered December 19

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon will be offering the next course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for health care providers (those working in health related fields such as physicians, nurses, EMTs, etc.) Wednesday, December 19, beginning at 5 p.m. This “Health Care Professional” CPR class will be held in the Large Conference Room located on the lower level of the hospital.

The cost of the class, for certification or recertification, is the same and all registrants should bring along their own pocket mask. The online certificate received with the course does certify attendants in CPR for two years.

Pre-registration plus minimum of three participants is required. For more information and to register for the “Health Care Provider” CPR Course, call Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.
 

Wed
28
Nov

Memorials received by Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Janann Miene by Alice Schlacke, Robert and Judy Iseli and Gary and Lollie Hirth.

Memorials were also received in memory of Richard “Dick” Huinker by Larry and Nancy Straate, in memory of Wayne King by Carol Krumme, in memory of Raymond Bloem by Fred and Geralyn Smith, in memory of Duane Brandt by the Duane Brandt Family, in memory of William “Bill” Collins by Orrin and Nan Grangaard and Jean Huffey, and in memory of Duane Duvel by Fred and Geralyn Smith, Marlene Habhab, Mary Ann Hager and Mae Jean Bakke.

In addition, the Foundation also received a donation from Marlene “Mickey” Cook.

Memorials and donations are appreciated by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation. The Foundation is a 501C3 organization. All donations to the Foundation are tax deductible. Memorials and donations can be sent to 40 First Street SE, Waukon, IA  52172.
 

Wed
21
Nov

“Never Stop Believing” at the 27th Anniversary Christmas Fantasy 2018


Christmas trees at the 27th Annual Christmas Fantasy ... The Veterans Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation’s 27th Annual Christmas Fantasy hosted 51 decorated full-size Christmas trees at the event held November 9-12. These trees were all decorated by local individuals, businesses, organizations and classes and each had a local person or business sponsoring them as well. Many local entertainers also performed at each event during the course of the weekend. Submitted photo.

Christmas Fantasy silent auction ... A record of 114 silent auction items, like the ones pictured here, were donated to this year’s Christmas Fantasy. The Foundation expresses its appreciation to the hundreds of people who decorated or contributed in some way to make this community event so successful. Submitted photo.

The 2018 Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation’s Christmas Fantasy was held last weekend, November 9-12 at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon and was a huge success thanks to all of the overwhelming community involvement. A record number of auction items were donated to this year’s Fantasy by area businesses and individuals.  The 114 auction items were displayed and auctioned on a silent auction bid to the highest bidder Monday night at 7 p.m.

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