Health

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VMH Prepared Childbirth Education Class July 10

Veterans Memorial Hospital will begin the next Prepared Childbirth Education classes (formerly called Lamaze) Monday, July 10, and will continue those classes for two more consecutive Monday evenings, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Large Conference Room.

The Prepared Childbirth Education classes at Veterans Memorial Hospital are offered in three sessions that allow the expectant parents to choose which topics they wish to learn more on. They may choose to attend one, two or all three sessions. Session 1 covers labor, delivery and the postpartum period following delivery; Session 2 includes relaxation, breathing and pain management; and Session 3 covers infant care. Tours of the OB Department are available with each session as well.

Wed
14
Jun

Simple steps to keep the summer picnic healthy

by the Iowa Department of Public Health

The summer cookout season is officially underway in Iowa. Along with it comes the danger of under-cooked meat or meat that has been improperly prepared and the illnesses it can bring. Last year, over 1,000 Iowans got sick either directly or indirectly from food items that hadn’t been properly prepared.

One of the major dangers when meat is improperly prepared is E. coli 0157. Iowa State Epidemiologist Dr. Patricia Quinlisk said there is one simple rule that can cut down on the number of E. coli 0157 illnesses. “Cook all ground meat patties and poultry until the center is gray or brown. All juices running from the meat should be clear, with no trace of pink or cloudiness.”

Other tips included the following:

Wed
07
Jun

24th Annual Foundation Golf Tournament: Hole-In-One Prizes


Thanks to Farm Bureau Financial Services agents, pictured left to right, Andy Moore and Wade Bucknell, the first person hitting a hole-in-one on the first round of golf at the 24th annual Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation Golf Tournament will be awarded a new Harley Davidson motorcycle (pictured above). A new John Deere riding lawn mower (pictured below) will be the hole-in-one prize for the second round of golf at the tournament, thanks to Waukon Implement. The tournament will be held Monday, June 19 at the Waukon Golf and Country Club. Contact the Waukon Golf and Country Club at 563-568-9939 to register. Submitted photos.

The Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation’s 24th annual Three-Person Best-Shot Golf Tournament will be held Monday, June 19. The tournament will be held at Waukon Golf and Country Club, beginning with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m.

Thanks to Wade Bucknell and Andy Moore, agents of Farm Bureau Financial Services, Waukon, the first person hitting a hole-in-one during the first round at the tournament will be awarded a new Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Also, thanks to Waukon Implement, anyone hitting a hole-in-one during the second round at the tournament will be awarded a new John Deere riding lawn mower.  As always, many other gifts and prizes will be awarded to all the golfers participating.

Teams of three will play 18 holes of golf. Breakfast rolls, lunch and dinner and prizes for everyone are all provided for the donation of just $75.  All those interested are asked to pre-register their team by calling the Waukon Golf and Country Club at 563-568-9939.

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07
Jun

Grief Support Group June 14

The local Grief Support Group will hold its monthly meeting at Veterans Memorial Hospital Wednesday, June 14 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.
 

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07
Jun

VMH Diabetes Support Group to meet June 15

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Support Group will hold its next meeting Thursday, June 15 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.
 

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07
Jun

Blood Donor Day set for June 12

The next LifeServe Blood Center Blood Drive will be held Monday, June 12 from 12 p.m. to 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.

Wed
07
Jun

VMH Prepared Childbirth Education Class held

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon will begin the next Prepared Childbirth Education classes (formerly called Lamaze) Monday, July 10. That class will continue for two more consecutive Monday evenings, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Large Conference Room.

The Prepared Childbirth Education classes at Veterans Memorial Hospital are offered in three sessions that allow the expectant parents to choose which topics they wish to learn more on. They may choose to attend one, two or all three sessions. Session 1 covers labor, delivery and the postpartum period following delivery; Session 2 includes relaxation, breathing and pain management; and Session 3 covers infant care. Tours of the OB Department are available with each session as well.

Wed
07
Jun

Be aware of ticks

by Sheryl Darling Mooney, RN
Veterans Memorial Hospital Community & Home Care

It’s great to get out and enjoy the outdoors here in Allamakee and Clayton counties, but remember to be vigilant about checking yourself and others with you for ticks. Examine your skin as best you can and use a hand held mirror if available. Fine-toothed combs can also be used in helping to check your scalp. “I’d Like to Check You for Ticks” isn’t just the catchy title to a country song, but a good idea to have someone else check the areas you can’t easily see.

There are ways to help decrease the likelihood of a tick bite or attachment:

- Treat dogs and cats for ticks
- Wear insect repellant containing the ingredient DEET (not recommended for children under two months of age)
- Wear permethrin-treated clothing
- Check yourself for ticks after being outdoors, especially after being out in the woods
- Shower soon after coming indoors.

Wed
07
Jun

Euchre Marathon June 15

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital will be holding its monthly Euchre Marathon for all individuals of the community interested Thursday, June 15. 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 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
07
Jun

Memorials received by Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Hazel Rissman by Les and Ada Marie Kerndt, Marv and Marge Strike, Frank and Patty Goltz, Geralyn and Fred Smith, Rick and Cathy Larson, Orrin and Nan Grangaard, Bob and Marilyn Bulman, Bob and Linda Thompson, Chuck and Marcy  Fritz, Mike and Teresa Myers, Steve and Maureen Thode, Gordy and Darlene Kaeser, Nyles and Ruby Herman, John and Sheryl Prestemon, Betty White, Jerry and Linda Siegrist, Meg Schaller,  Dan and Sue Schlitter, Gary and Carol Bahr, Marian Smedsrud, Cyril and Shirley Larkin, Marlys Leiran, Lois Evans, Joel and Teresa Sommer, Laura Duvel, Jane Dietrich, Gayle Larkin, Mae Jean Bakke, Leotia Flage, Marcella Selberg, Mary Fink, Joan Bieber, and family and friends of Hazel Rissman.

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