Health

Tue
24
Jan

Flu shots continue each Wednesday at VMH Community and Home Care

The flu has hit Iowa, but there is still time for immunization. Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care continues to offer flu shots every Wednesday afternoon during its regular immunization clinics. The next flu shot clinics will be held Wednesday, January 25 from 1-4 p.m. and then again Wednesday, February 1 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.

Tue
24
Jan

There’s still time to join Live Healthy Iowa

Veterans Memorial Hospital is encouraging individuals in the area communities to sign up to participate in Live Healthy Iowa for the next 10 weeks. The Live Healthy Iowa web-based program offers many advantages over the hospital’s previous In-Step program, including personal online fitness tracking, weekly motivational emails and unlimited access to recipes, workouts and other health information, all easily accessible on the Live Healthy Iowa website.

Registration for Live Healthy Iowa is going on now. The cost to participate in Live Healthy Iowa includes a Live Healthy Iowa t-shirt and a free magazine subscription to one of many popular magazines. To get a team signed up, go to www.livehealthyiowa.org and click the sign-up button.

Tue
24
Jan

Community CPR course for child care providers and lay people offered at VMH

Veterans Memorial Hospital in cooperation with the American Heart Association is offering a course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation for lay people (those not working in healthcare), which includes child care providers, Monday, February 13 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

The CPR class, which will cover adult, child and infant CPR, will be held in the Large Conference Room located on the lower level of the hospital. The cost of the class is the same for certification or recertification. The card received with the course does certify attendants in CPR for two years.

CPR is administered when someone’s breathing, pulse, or both, stop. When both of them stop, the victim has suffered sudden death, which can be caused by poisoning, drowning, choking, suffocation, electrocution, smoke inhalation, or the most common cause, heart attack.

Tue
24
Jan

Medicare questions answered by SHIIP volunteers at Veterans Memorial Hospital

Are mammograms covered by Medicare Part B? What coverage can I get with Medicare supplement insurance? Do long-term care policies cover people with Alzheimer’s disease? Does every Medicare beneficiary have to make a decision about Medicare Part D?

Answers to these questions can be found by meeting with the Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) volunteers at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. Russ Hagen of Waterville and Stan and Mary Straate of Postville are trained volunteers and are available by appointment to meet with any person or family with Medicare questions and concerns. Anyone wishing to schedule an appointment should call Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.

Tue
24
Jan

NEICAC Family Service offices still taking applications for LIHEAP

Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation (NEICAC) Family Service Offices will continue taking all applications throughout the winter season for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Any household that applied for LIHEAP in the 2015-2016 LIHEAP program year can complete their applications online at http://www.neicac.org/energy.html. Again this year, the household income eligibility has been raised from 150% of federal poverty level to 175%.

This program is funded through the Iowa Department of Human Rights and has been established to help qualifying low-income Iowa homeowners and renters pay a portion of their primary heating costs. All low-income northeast Iowans are encouraged to apply, including senior citizens and individuals with disabilities. Households burning wood or where heating is included as part of the rent may also be eligible for assistance.

Tue
24
Jan

Memorials received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Kris Sweeney by Robert and Kristi Campbell, Jerry and Linda Siegrist, Dave and Laurie Martin, Elsa Hager and Carl and Betty Christianson.

Memorials were also received in memory of James Moe by Oliver Roderick, Mae Jean Bakke, John and Lorna Kerndt, Carl and Betty Christianson and Carol Moe.

Additional memorials were received by Robert and Judy Iseli, Otto and Eleanor Thorstenson, Mae Jean Bakke and Jananne Miene, all in memory of LaVerne Sorum.

A donation was also made to the “Think Pink” campaign by The Standard Newspaper/New Publishing Co, Inc., for the future purchase of a new mammography machine at Veterans Memorial Hospital.

Wed
18
Jan

Robey Memorial Library and Library Foundation partner with Veterans Memorial Hospital to benefit newborns


Robey Memorial Library and its Library Foundation are partnering with Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon to gift a literacy package to each baby born at the hospital. Pictured above, left to right, are: Diane Allison, OB Supervisor at Veterans Memorial Hospital; Amy Bowden, OB Manager at Veterans Memorial Hospital; Ellie Krousie, Robey Memorial Library Children's Programming Coordinator; Cate St. Clair, Robey Memorial Library Director; Kristin Kopperud-Stinn, Library Foundation Board Trustee; Carolyn Vogel, Library Foundation Board Trustee. Submitted photo.

In an effort to promote Robey Memorial Library’s early literacy program, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, the library and Library Foundation have partnered with Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) in Waukon to reach out to families delivering babies at the hospital.

Starting January 1, a literacy care package will be gifted to each newborn at Veterans Memorial Hospital, including the board book, "Read to Your Bunny" by Rosemary Wells that was generously purchased by the Robey Memorial Library Foundation Board.

“This is a great gift from the library to give to each of our families delivering at VMH,” states Diane Allison, Obstetrics (OB) Supervisor at VMH. “The books are beautiful, hard cover books and include some nice coupons for a library tote bag and even the monthly library book sale. I am sure each family will really enjoy them.”

Wed
18
Jan

Tips for a happier, healthier ER experience in 2017


Pictured left to right: Bill Specht, NP-C, John Hawes, PA-C, and Antoinette Thompson, NP-C. Submitted Photos.

by Machelle Bulman, RN, Director of Nursing, Veterans Memorial Hospital

Happy New Year from VMH! It is a great time to start new with a healthier you! Here are a few tips to get you on your way.

1. Don’t wait until you’re sick to choose a primary provider.
2. See your primary provider for regular check-ups.
3. Develop a relationship with your primary care provider.

These three steps listed above will help you with all of the following:
• Better management of chronic diseases.
• Transparency of your entire health history.
• Getting your routine screening completed.
• Catching health issues earlier.
• Referrals made to medical specialists when needed.

By following these steps, you will see a decrease in hospitalizations and emergency (ER) visits while enjoying better patient/provider communication.

Wed
18
Jan

Flu shots still available at VMH Community and Home Care

Flu Shots are still available at Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care. Flu shots are recommended for all those who have not yet received the vaccine and will be effective throughout the rest of the flu season.

Flu shots are available without appointment each Wednesday afternoon during the weekly immunization clinic in the Community and Home Care Department located on the upper level of Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. These immunization clinics are held from 1-6 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of each month, and from 1-4 p.m. all other Wednesdays.

Flu shots are also available by appointment from a Community and Home Care Nurse Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Anyone interested is asked to call the Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care Office at 563-568-5660 to schedule a time.

Wed
18
Jan

Veterans Memorial Hospital’s new year-long weight loss program for 2017 still available

Veterans Memorial Hospital’s new 2017 Health & Happiness Weight Loss Accountability Calendar and Class is still available to anyone in the area communities that is interested in participating. This is a 12-month long program designed to help one feel happier and more confident, and it also serves as a daily accountability partner to help reach weight loss goals. The Health & Happiness Accountability Calendars are available for purchase from the front desk at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon.

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