Health

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Feb

No CPR classes offered this month at VMH

Veterans Memorial Hospital will not be offering a CPR course in February. The next class available will be offered Wednesday, March 18, and it will be offered for health care professionals.

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

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Feb

Babysitting Seminar to be offered at VMH

Veterans Memorial Hospital will sponsor a Babysitting Seminar Saturday, March 14 from 8:30 a.m to Noon. 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.

Topics to be covered include fire and personal safety, accident prevention and emergency actions, nutritious snacks and basic care of children.

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Feb

Diabetes Support Group to meet at VMH February 20

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

This diabetes class is open to everyone who has diabetes or who 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.
 

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Feb

It’s not too late to get protected from the flu

Surveillance by the Iowa Department of Public Health and Allamakee County Public Health, and testing by the State Hygienic Laboratory indicate flu activity continues to be widespread in Iowa. The flu season typically peaks in February and can last as late as May. “As long as flu viruses are circulating, it’s not too late to get the vaccine,” said Allamakee County Public Health Director Lisa Moose.

There has been much focus on the novel coronavirus first detected in China and while public health officials take the novel coronavirus outbreak seriously, the risk of influenza is much more significant to Allamakee County residents. It’s not too late to receive the flu vaccine and in order to prevent flu and other viruses from spreading, remember the three Cs:

· Clean hands frequently with soap and water.
· Cover coughs and sneezes with the elbow or upper arm.
· Contain germs by staying home when ill.

Wed
19
Feb

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, February 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 in northwest Waukon. 

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 go 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.

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Feb

Memorials received by Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation

Memorials were received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of LeRoy McCabe by Dr. Bill and Libby Withers, Bob and Marilyn Bulman, Don and DiAnne Haler, Maury and Kay Mooney, Chuck and Lois Votsmier, and Dr. David and Suzanne Hahn.

Memorials were also received in memory of Hilmen Christianson by Nancy Kruse, John and Sheryl Prestemon, Jim and Bev Larson-Needham, Jane Dietrich and Lillian Larson.

In addition, two donations were received by the Foundation given by Karen K. Regan and Margaret Halverson.

Memorials and donations are greatly appreciated by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation.  The Foundation is a 501C3 organization. All donations to the Foundation are tax deductible. Memorials and donations can be sent to the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation, 40 First Street SE, Waukon, IA  52172.
 

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19
Feb

Quitline Iowa available to help quit tobacco use

Quitline Iowa is a free service with a team of coaches trained to safely guide those who want to quit tobacco down the path to success. Allamakee County residents can take advantage of the program by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669), or visit www.quitlineiowa.org.
 

Wed
12
Feb

Iowa Department of Public Health releases information on the Coronavirus

The following information was received by the Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care Department (formerly Allamakee County Public Health) February 4, 2020 from the Iowa Department of Public Health concerning the Coronavirus.

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a coronavirus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in December 2019.

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12
Feb

February 9-15 is National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week: Cardiac Rehab at Veterans Memorial Hospital is a highly utilized service offered locally


National Cardiac Rehab Week ... February 9-15 is National Cardiac Rehab Week. Veterans Memorial Hospital began its own Cardiac Rehabilitation program over two decades ago to help fulfill a need in the community - a need that has been and continues to be well utilized. Pictured above, left to right, are Cardiac Rehab Nurse Amy Rolfs, RN and Cardiac Rehab patient Bob Leppert of Lansing, who states, “I was so happy this program was available locally.” Bob is seated on the popular NuStep machine in the Cardiac Rehab Department. A Cardiac Rehabilitation program is essential for the fullest recovery of a victim of a heart disorder and is available locally at Veterans Memorial Hospital. Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon began its own Cardiac Rehabilitation unit over two decades ago to help fulfill a need in the local 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
12
Feb

February is Heart Month: The facts on heart health

Over 950,000 Americans die each year from cardiovascular disease. Since February is National Heart Month, Veterans Memorial Hospital provides the following facts and tips on heart health:

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