Health

Wed
18
Oct

Babysitting Seminar

VMH will sponsor a Babysitting Seminar Saturday, October 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. The class will be held in the Large Conference Room located on the lower level of Veterans Memorial Hospital. Intended participants are individuals 10 years of age and older who are responsible for their own care after school until their parents come home from work, and individuals who care for other children in or outside of their own home. Girls are not the sole babysitters in this society. Boys are also welcome and encouraged to attend.

Wed
18
Oct

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: VMH Radiology Department offers late afternoon appointments for mammogram patients


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Radiology Department at Veterans Memorial Hospital holds extended daily office hours to accommodate more mammogram appointments to be scheduled after work, making the option of mammography more accessible. Pictured is the brand new, state-of the art 3D mammography machine at Veterans Memorial Hospital. It is the first 3D machine available in northeast Iowa. This new machine has many advantages including a 41% increase in the detection of invasive breast cancers, a 29% increase in the detection of all breast cancers, and a 15% decrease in women recalled for additional imaging. Appointments are being taken for this new system. Submitted photo.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  The Radiology Department at Veterans Memorial Hospital holds extended hours into the evening to allow for more mammogram appointments to be scheduled after work, making the option of mammography more accessible.

Mammography (an x-ray picture of the breast) is the single most effective method to detect breast changes that may be cancer, long before physical symptoms can be seen or felt. Early detection, followed by up-to-date treatment, provides women with better chances for long-term freedom from the disease.

But mammography screening must be done routinely.

Wed
18
Oct

Health Care Provider CPR

Veterans Memorial Hospital will not be offering a CPR course in October. The next class available will be offered Monday, November 13.

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 three participants is required for the class to occur. For more information and to register for the next CPR Course, call Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.

Wed
18
Oct

VMH Diabetes Support Group

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Support Group will hold its next meeting Thursday, October 19 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 Teresa Myers, RN, C.D.E., Diabetes Educator, or Angie Mettille, RN, at Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.

Wed
18
Oct

VMH Auxiliary Euchre Marathon

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital will be holding its monthly Euchre Marathon for all individuals of the community interested Thursday, October 19. 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. The cost is $3 per person with all proceeds going towards 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
18
Oct

VMH Auxiliary to hold Pillow Perk and Masquerade Sales

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital will be holding its annual Pillow Perk Monday, October 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Lower Level of Veterans Memorial Hospital. Kraft Pillow Service will be on site to make old pillows look like new.

Everyone is encouraged to bring in their feather pillows to the Pillow Perk to be cleaned, sanitized and given new ticking. Foam and Dacron pillows may also be renovated by this process. People are also encouraged to bring in their feather beds and have them made into new pillows.

Wed
11
Oct

Healthiest State Initiative Walk ...

This year’s annual Healthiest State Initiative Walk was held October 4 across the state of Iowa. Community and staff members participated in the local Allamakee County event hosted by Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. The Healthiest State office believes walking is one of the best ways to stay healthy and also one of the best ways to connect with others, so they encourage everyone to walk for 30 minutes every day, and not just on the annual walk. For more local routes to enjoy in all area communities in Allamakee and northern Clayton counties, log on to the Walk More/Connect More site at www.walkneiowa.org. Submitted photo.
 

Wed
11
Oct

October is National Physical Therapy Month


VMH Rehabilitation Department... October is National Physical Therapy Month. Pictured is the Rehabilitation Department at Veterans Memorial Hospital. This staff works with people of all ages, helping them to reduce pain and regain strength, independence and health, assisting patients within the hospital, patients in the hospital on a skilled level of care, as well as outpatients and in the patient homes. Pictured left to right, front row: Alana Gavin, D.P.T.; Amy Ghelf, P.T.A.; Steven Breitenfield, S.L.P; Dana Wells, D.P.T., and Tami Gebel, O.T. Back row: Laurel Hagensick, P.T.; Melissa Clarke, O.T.; Dacia Johnson, Office Manager and Rehab Technician; Brad Krambeer, Athletic Trainer; Sara White, P.T.A.; and Amy Robinson, P.T., Rehab Director. Submitted photo.

October is National Physical Therapy Month. The rehabilitation staff at Veterans Memorial Hospital works with people of all ages, helping them to reduce pain and regain strength, independence and health. The Healthy Lifestyles Rehabilitation Center at Veterans Memorial Hospital is fully equipped for all rehabilitation patients with 17 weight machine stations, tread mills, exercise bikes, NuStep and eliptical machines. The five private treatment rooms allow one-on-one evaluation and treatment with the therapist.

Wed
11
Oct

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month: “Four Key Steps for Early Detection of Breast Cancer”

From the American Institute of Cancer Research and VMH

Early detection can prove to be lifesaving when it comes to detecting and fighting breast cancer. There are four important ways to play a crucial part in finding breast cancer early on, which could significantly increase one’s chances of recovery should one be diagnosed with the disease.

1. Perform a monthly breast self-exam (BSE.) Because 65 to 70 percent of all breast cancers are found by women themselves, there’s no substitute for doing a BSE. Examine the breasts the week following a menstrual period for anyone age 20 and over. For women who are no longer menstruating, they should perform a BSE the first day of every month.

Wed
11
Oct

VMH Auxiliary Euchre Marathon October 19

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital will be holding its monthly Euchre Marathon for all individuals of the community interested Thursday, October 19. Men and women are welcome to attend, even if not an Auxiliary member.

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 welcome to do so.

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.

For more information, call Auxiliary President Nona Sawyer, at 563-568-3105.

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