Health

Wed
16
Mar

March is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month - Have the conversation

by Anne Jessen, LMHC, IADC   Addiction Counselor

Wed
09
Mar
Wed
09
Mar

Prepared Childbirth Education Class to begin at Veterans Memorial Hospital in April

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon will begin the next Prepared Childbirth Education classes (formerly called Lamaze) Monday, April 11 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
09
Mar

AICR Health Talk

by Karen Collins, MS, RDN, CDN, FAND

Q: Is it true that pomegranates help prevent prostate cancer?

Wed
02
Mar

Nuclear Cardiac Stress Testing a popular service at Veterans Memorial Hospital


Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon began nuclear cardiac stress testing, pictured here, within its Cardiac Rehab unit in 2008. The convenience of having these nuclear tests offered on a local level has been well received by many in the community since it began. Nuclear Cardiac Stress Testing offers two different methods, the Exercise Nuclear Stress Test and Lexiscan Nuclear Imaging. Both are new methods in detecting heart disease and can increase the likelihood of finding heart disease by 20% when compared to traditional stress tests. Pictured is a patient undergoing a stress test on the treadmill with Dr. Steven Perkins, at right, monitoring the results. At left is Bill from Nuclear Imaging, and Dietsy Weymiller, RN, Cardiac Rehab Nurse. This local service allows Veterans Memorial Hospital to provide advanced cardiac testing with state-of-the-art technology right here locally. Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) in Waukon began nuclear cardiac stress testing within its Cardiac Rehabilitation unit in 2008. The convenience of having these nuclear tests offered on a local level has been well received by many in the community since it began.
Nuclear Cardiac Stress Testing offers two different methods, both highly effective in detecting heart disease. These two new forms of nuclear stress testing are called the Exercise Nuclear Stress Test and Lexiscan Nuclear Imaging.  Both methods can increase the likelihood of finding heart disease by 20% when compared to traditional treadmill stress tests.

Wed
02
Mar

Blood Donor Day set for March 3 in Waukon

During the winter months, blood donations are especially needed to help prevent a critical blood shortage. Local hospital patients rely on life-saving blood donations from volunteer blood donors. Help is needed to guarantee an adequate blood supply is available at all times.
The next LifeServe Blood Center blood drive will be held Thursday, March 3 from 12:30-5:30 p.m. The blood drive will be held at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon.
Blood drives are held the first Thursday of every month in Waukon to allow for more donors to give. The LifeServe Blood Center supplies Veterans Memorial Hospital with its blood and blood products. Here are some interesting blood facts from the LifeServe Blood Center:
• Every three seconds someone needs blood.
• Blood makes up about eight percent of a person’s body weight.

Wed
24
Feb

Cardiac Rehabilitation Week: Cardiac Rehab at VMH - a highly utilized local service

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon began its own Cardiac Rehabilitation unit nearly two decades ago to help fulfill a need in the community - a need that has been and continues to be well utilized.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Half a million people die each year due to this disease. Many people develop symptoms of heart disease when they are in their 40s or 50s, interrupting a most productive time of life. Cardiac Rehabilitation is an important tool in the fight against heart disease. Rehabilitation involves monitored exercise, nutritional counseling, emotional support and education about lifestyle changes to reduce risks of heart problems.

Wed
24
Feb

Medicare... Volunteers at Veterans Memorial Hospital know the answers

Answers to questions about Medicare can be found by meeting with the Senior Health Insurance  Information Program (SHIIP) volunteers, Russ Hagen and Stan and Mary Straate at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon.
Volunteer Hagen is available many Monday afternoons and Stan and Mary Straate Thursday afternoons at Veterans Memorial Hospital to meet individually with anyone having Medicare questions or concerns. Appointments are required. To make an appointment, call Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.

Wed
24
Feb

Flu Shots continue each Wednesday at VMH Community and Home Care location

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 their regular immunization clinics. The next flu shot clinics will be held Wednesday, February 24 from 1-4 p.m. and then again Wednesday, March 2 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 in Waukon.
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.

Wed
17
Feb

Facts about the Zika Virus and its recent outbreak

The recent Zika Virus outbreak remains a threat to the United States. The local Public Health Office at Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care is staying up to date with the progression of the virus and offers the following advice to anyone traveling to a warmer climate.
“While we may not be at high risk right now in northeast Iowa with our cold climate, many people escape to a warm weather getaway to destinations such as the Caribbean where this disease is becoming more prevalent,” states Sheryl Darling-Mooney, RN and Public Health Supervisor at Veterans Memorial Hospital. “Being knowledgeable about your destination will help you be better prepared to enjoy your trip safely. Utilize reputable websites such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Iowa Department of Public Health, as well as your healthcare provider in providing information to remain safe.”

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