Health

Wed
29
Nov

EMT class starts January 4, EMTs greatly needed locally

Veterans Memorial Hospital, in cooperation with Northeast Iowa Community College Business and Community Solutions, will be offering an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course in Waukon through video conferencing being broadcast from Calmar. This 138-hour course will begin Thursday, January 4 at the NICC Waukon Center, located at 1220 Third Avenue NW.

Areas of study include an introduction to emergency medical services systems, roles and responsibilities of EMTs, anatomy and physiology, medical emergencies, trauma, special considerations for working in the pre-hospital setting, and providing patient transportation.

Wed
29
Nov

Medicare open enrollment: Choosing the Part D plan best for your needs

The Iowa Insurance Division’s Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) is reminding Iowans of the Medicare Open Enrollment period which is currently underway and ends December 7.

“It’s important for Iowans eligible for Medicare to carefully review their options each year,” Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen said. “There is still time during this open enrollment to have trained members of our SHIIP team help Iowans sort through the many different options to make sure they are getting the right coverage for them and the best bang for their buck.”

Four things for Iowans to focus on during open enrollment are:

Wed
29
Nov

Health Care Provider CPR offered in January

Veterans Memorial Hospital will not be offering a CPR course in December. The next class available will be offered in January.

The cost 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 a two-year period.

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

Wed
29
Nov

VMH Grief Support Group to meet

The local Grief Support Group will hold its monthly meeting at Veterans Memorial Hospital Wednesday, December 13 at 2 p.m.

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 meets the second Wednesday of each month at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon.
 

Wed
29
Nov

Flu shots Wednesdays at VMH Community and Home Care

Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care continues to offer flu shots every Wednesday afternoon during regular immunization clinics. The next flu shot clinics will be held Wednesday, November 29 from 1-4 p.m. and then again Wednesday, December 6 from 1-6 p.m. and each Wednesday afternoon thereafter. The Community and Home Care Immunization Clinic is located on the upper level of Veterans Memorial Hospital.

Immunization clinics are held from 1-6 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month, and from 1-4 p.m. all other Wednesdays. Flu vaccine, pneumonia vaccine, and a combination of flu and pneumonia vaccine will all be available. Tetanus shots are always offered as well. 

Medicare does cover the cost. Billing for Medicare will be completed by the Community and Home Care staff, but participants will need to bring their physician’s name and their Medicare number with them.  Pneumonia shots and Tdap shots are also available.

Wed
29
Nov

Blood Donor Day set for December 11

The next LifeServe Blood Center blood drive will be held Monday, December 11 from 12-5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon. The LifeServe Blood Center supplies Veterans Memorial Hospital with its blood and blood products.

Here are some interesting blood facts from the Blood Center of Iowa:

Wed
29
Nov

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 Teresa Myers RN, Diabetes Educator, or Angie Mettille, RN, at Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.
 

Wed
22
Nov

“A Christmas to Remember” at the 26th Annual Christmas Fantasy


VMH Christmas Fantasy silent auction ... A record of 110 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.

Decorated Christmas trees ... The Veterans Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation’s 26th Annual Christmas Fantasy hosted 54 decorated full-size Christmas trees at the event held November 10-13. These trees were all decorated by local individuals, businesses, organizations and classes and each had a local person or business sponsoring them as well. Local entertainers performed at each event during the course of the weekend, such as local school children being watched by the group pictured above. Submitted photo.

The 2017 Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation’s Christmas Fantasy was held last weekend, November 10-13 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 110 auction items were displayed and auctioned on a silent auction bid to the highest bidder Monday night.

Trees on display during this 26th annual Foundation Fantasy included 54 full-size Christmas Trees. Five items were also donated to the Foundation for their use in a raffle. A one-year membership to the new Waukon Wellness Center was donated by the Wellness Center Board, a beef meat bundle was donated by Fareway, a framed print was donated by the Foundation board, and two raffle prizes of a half hog each were donated by Welsh Family Organic Farms with  the processing donated by Jet’s Meats and Wayne and Joan Burk.

Wed
22
Nov

Flu Clinics continue at VMH Community and Home Care

Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care will be continuing its community flu clinics this month during regular immunization clinic hours on the following dates: November 22 from 1-4 p.m. and November 29 from 1-4 p.m.

The Community and Home Care Immunization Clinic is located on the upper level of Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Flu vaccine, pneumonia vaccine, and a combination of flu and pneumonia vaccine will all be available. Tetanus shots will be offered as well.

Medicare does cover these costs. Billing for Medicare will be completed by the Community and Home Care staff, but participants will need to bring their physician’s name and their Medicare number with them.

Influenza, also called the flu, can cause fever, chills, headache, cough, sore throat, and muscle aches to people of any age, and can lead to pneumonia and even death. But most deaths caused by influenza are in elderly people.

Wed
22
Nov

Blood Donor Day set, Donations needed to help Iowans

The next LifeServe Blood Center Blood Drive will be held Monday, December 11 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.

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