Health

Wed
29
Aug

Cupping therapy now offered with massage therapy


Cupping therapy at VMH ... Pictured above is Shannen Mezera, licensed massage therapist at Veterans Memorial Hospital, demonstrating the new cupping therapy that is now being offered with 60 and 90 minute massages. Mezera states, “It has been said that five minutes of cupping is the equivalent of 30 minutes of deep tissue massage.” Cupping therapy uses air suction rather than tissue compression. By creating suction, cupping therapy lifts connective tissue, releases rigid tissue and loosens adhesions. When doing this, stagnation waste product and toxins are brought to skin level where they can be easily flushed out of the body via the lymphatic and circulatory system. Submitted photo.

by Shannen Mezera,
Massage Therapist,
Veterans Memorial Hospital

Cupping therapy is now offered in the Veterans Memorial Hospital Massage Therapy department. It has been said that five minutes of cupping is the equivalent of 30 minutes of deep tissue massage. Cupping Therapy uses air suction rather than tissue compression. By creating suction, cupping therapy lifts connective tissue, releases rigid tissue and loosens adhesions. When doing this, stagnation waste product and toxins are brought to skin level where it can be easily flushed out of the body via the lymphatic and circulatory system.

Many may remember the famous marks Michael Phelps had on his back during the Summer Olympic Games. This was from his cupping treatments.

Wed
29
Aug

VMH receives donation of children’s books ...

Veterans Memorial Hospital recently received a donation of children’s books from Jackson Moore, son of Andy and Emily Moore of Waukon. For his birthday, in lieu of presents for himself, he requested that his friends bring a book to be donated to the hospital for children of any age to enjoy. Moore is pictured above with many of the books his friends gave him in honor of his 10th birthday. These books have been scattered around into every department of the hospital by the Housekeeping staff to ensure each waiting room has a few new books for the young patients to enjoy while visiting the hospital. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
29
Aug

Grief Support Group to meet September 11

The local Grief Support Group will hold its monthly meeting at Veterans Memorial Hospital Tuesday, September 11 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 group now meets the second Tuesday of each month at Veterans Memorial Hospital.
 

Wed
29
Aug

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, September 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.

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 will go toward 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.

Wed
29
Aug

Nurse midwife joins Gundersen Palmer Lutheran West Union and Postville Clinics

A familiar face at the Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital in West Union is now caring for women as a nurse midwife. Kylie Jirak, CNM, who has been a registered nurse at the hospital for the past six years, is now offering comprehensive well-women care at the Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Hospital and Clinics in West Union and Postville.

Jirak will care for women from adolescence through menopause and offer a full-scope of pregnancy care - before, during and after a woman is pregnant. In addition, she will see women and teens for contraceptive management including IUD insertions and removals and will offer gynecologic care, yearly exams, Pap smears and sexual transmitted infection testing and treatment.

Wed
29
Aug

Diabetes Support Group to meet

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Support Group will hold its next meeting Thursday, September 20 at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held at Veterans Memorial Hospital in the Large Conference Room, located on the lower level of the hospital. 

This diabetes class is open to everyone who has diabetes or 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
29
Aug

Simple blood donation steps

Individuals can 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, September 6 from 12-5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in south 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
22
Aug

Sanitize cell phones at Veterans Memorial Hospital


VMH PhoneSoap machine ... A PhoneSoap machine is available at the receptionist desk at Veterans Memorial Hospital that will sanitize germs on phones using ultra violet light. The Veterans Memorial Hospital Laboratory swabbed a random cell phone, culturing it to find a variety of colonies of germs pictured at the left side of the above photo. The same phone was placed in the new PhoneSoap machine, then swabbed and cultured again to find the germs had been safely and effectively sanitized, as pictured at the right side of the photo. Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon is inviting the public to sanitize their own personal cell phones at the main entrance of the hospital. A PhoneSoap machine is available at the receptionist desk that will sanitize germs on phones using ultra violet light. The process is safe and effective. It takes about 10 minutes and is ideal for outpatients coming into the hospital for an appointment and also for visitors stopping by and customers who wish to shop in the hospital’s gift case while they wait.

Phones just need to be dropped off with the receptionist or volunteer. They will be placed in the PhoneSoap machine and approximately 10 minutes later, the ultra violet lights will be finished sanitizing the phone which can then be picked up again by the owner.  The general public is also welcome to drop in for this sanitizing process.

Wed
22
Aug

VMH’s “Get Your Walk On in Waukon” route remains available to public for walking or running anytime


VMH walking route still available ... The Healthiest State Initiative strongly encourages everyone to walk at least 30 minutes per day. The hospital would like to invite the public to still follow the Corn Days family fun 1.5-mile and the 5K (3.1-mile) route anytime over the next few weeks. Just stop by the front entrance of the hospital to pick up a route map. Then follow the orange painted arrows on the streets marking these routes around town. Submitted photo.

The route from the annual “Get Your Walk On in Waukon” annual family fun walk and run held Saturday, August 4 in conjunction with the Waukon Corn Days celebration is still marked and available for anyone to follow at any time.

The Healthiest State Initiative strongly encourages everyone to walk at least 30 minutes per day. That is the reason the hospital offered a 1.5-mile walk and the optional 5K (3.1-mile) route again this year. The hospital would like to invite the public to continue to enjoy the event routes anytime. Maps of the 1.5-mile and 5K (3.1-mile) routes are available to be picked up at the main entrance of the hospital. In addition, orange painted arrows on the streets outline the 1.5-mile course that ends at the east side of the hospital or individuals can choose to continue on to complete the 3.1-mile course that ends at the south side of the hospital.

Wed
22
Aug

Protecting your skin this season

From the American Cancer Society and Veterans Memorial Hospital

It’s summer and even though it’s the middle of August, we are still in skin protection season. The vast majority of skin cancers are preventable by routinely shielding your skin from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays and Americans aren’t doing enough to protect themselves.

The American Cancer Society suggests we bring our sun-protection habits up to date. Dermatologists recommend doing a skin check monthly, so you’ll be more likely to notice small changes or even find a skin cancer when it’s still small.  The best time to examine the skin is after a shower or bath and with good lighting. Look for changes in size, texture, shape and color of birthmarks, moles and blemishes.

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