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04
Apr

Community CPR for child care providers and lay people offered

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, April 9 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

The CPR class, which will cover adult, child and infant CPR, will be held in the ICN Room located on the lower level of the hospital. The cost of the class, for certification or recertification, is the same. 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.

Wed
04
Apr

Hospital Auxiliary Euchre Marathon to be held April 19

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital will be holding its monthly Euchre Marathon for all individuals of the community interested Thursday, April 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 table of four players, however.

Wed
04
Apr

VMH Diabetes Support Group to meet April 19

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Support Group will hold its next meeting Thursday, April 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  Angie Mettille, RN at Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.

Wed
04
Apr

Memorials received by Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Eleanor Thorstenson by Ann-Elise and DiAnn Bakkum, Jim and Linda Ryan, JoAnn Peake, Joe Strobel and Patti Wild, Roger and Jeanette Ruegnitz, Steve and Sheryl Evanson, Mike and Teresa Myers, Chuck and Lois Votsmier, Carol Krumme, German Farmers Mutual Insurance, Rob and Becky Swella Smedsrud, Dave and Doris Anderson, Jamie and Krystal Cahalan, Richard and Joan Leiran, Rudy and Marian Hesla, Cook Insurance Agency, Stan and Mary Straate, Don and Donelle Sherman, Ben and Padrin Grimstad, Bill and Linda Halvorson, Mike and Sandi Harman, Arlene Martin, Jeremy and Heather Hogan, Phil and Wendy Norton, Darrel and Rosanne Wicks, Marlys Leiran, Russ and Mary Jo Meyer, Nona Hansmeier, Terry and Diane Oesterle, Tharin and Bailey Meyer-Benson, Fred and Amy Knoke, Gordon and Donna Gilbertson, Bob and Joyce Schorg, Brian and Denise Wullner, Jim and Patty Clarke, Carl and Joyce Thornton, Bob and Karen Foss

Wed
28
Mar

Joan C. Becker to speak at Waukon High School April 6

Veterans Memorial Hospital and the Veterans Memorial Hospital Nursing Council are welcoming Joan C. Becker at a public presentation at the Waukon High School auditorium Friday, April 6. Joan is the author of the book, “Sentenced to Life.” It was Joan’s son, Mark, who was responsible for the tragedy in Parkersburg, when Coach Ed Thomas was shot and killed. Joan’s presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6:45 p.m., and is open to the entire community, free of charge.

In her book, “Sentenced to Life,” Joan explains how her personal family experience served as the catalyst for her to become an advocate and public speaker for individuals with mental illness. Her focus is to open the doors and promote change in the mental health system. Joan speaks regularly to colleges, churches, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) groups, high schools, communities and mental health service providers.

Wed
28
Mar

March is National Nutrition Month: Don’t fear fruit

By Jill Fleming, MS, RD/LD, Veterans Memorial Hospital

Sure, you have heard that eating a lot of sugar and sweet treats is not good for your health, but does this mean you should stop eating fruit? Fruit contains “fruit sugar” or fructose. The answer is no. Do not be afraid to eat fruit. In fact, I recommend that you eat three (1/2 cup) servings of fruit every day. Here are some of the benefits of eating fruit daily:

Wed
28
Mar

“Welcome to Medicare” set for Seminar March 29

“Welcome to Medicare” is a free, two-hour seminar offered by the Veterans Memorial Hospital Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) counselors. This program will be held Thursday, March 29 from 5-7 p.m. in the Large Conference Room located on the lower level of Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon.

“We’re excited to offer this free seminar to the community,” says Russ Hagen, SHIIP volunteer. “Medicare is such an important program and understanding what it offers helps assure that anyone eligible gets the health benefits they deserve.”

“Welcome to Medicare” will cover Medicare Part A and Part B benefits, the prescription drug benefit (Part D), Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare supplement insurance.

Wed
28
Mar

How to get the most benefit from napping

While closing your eyes for a few minutes during a busy day may seem like a good idea, it’s important to consider the effects that this activity may bring. “The time of day and length of time you nap can provide benefits or create problems,” says Michelle Mertens-Dodgen, nurse practitioner at Mayo Clinic Health System - Franciscan Healthcare in Waukon. “Knowing when to nap and providing yourself with a suitable environment to nap will produce the greatest benefits.”

Wed
28
Mar

Simple blood donation steps that save lives

You can make a difference by making a life-saving blood donation at the next Waukon Community Blood Drive. The next blood drive will take place Monday, April 2 from 12-5 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon.

Donating blood is safe, simple and it saves lives.  Blood donors have a unique opportunity to contribute to their community by making a life-saving blood donation.  Everyone who registers to donate blood goes through four simple steps during the donation process: registration, donor history and mini-physical, blood donation and snacks.

New blood donors who are not familiar with the blood donation process are encouraged to ask questions before, during and after their blood donation. Below are a few tips for ensuring a successful donation:

Wed
28
Mar

Babysitting Seminar at VMH

Veterans Memorial Hospital will sponsor a Babysitting Seminar Saturday, April 7 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.

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

Pre-registration is required by April 3, as seats are limited. Only the first 30 registrants who have paid the registration fee will be accepted for the class.

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