Health

Wed
20
May

Caregiver Support Group to hold conference calls during COVID-19 pandemic

The regular Caregiver Support Group meetings held monthly at Veterans Memorial Hospital have been canceled due to the COVID-19 virus. However, this support group is now being held through conference calls. Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging (NEI3A) is offering weekly Caregiver Support Group conference calls every Monday from 10-11 a.m.

To join a call, just dial 1-800-264-8432. Then enter the participant code 961847# to then be connected to the support group conference call, joining other caregivers.

Wed
20
May

Immunization Clinic now available to the general public by appointment only by calling Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care

Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care has resumed immunizations on an appointment-only basis. During COVID-19, the walk-in immunization clinics will remain on hold, but for those that want to call ahead and make an appointment, they can do so by calling 563-568-5660. When the appointment is made, instructions will be given for the private location the immunizations will be administered.

Immunizations are extremely important. They have eradicated Small Pox, eliminated polio from the Americas, and they have almost eliminated Tetanus, Diphtheria and Rubella.  Immunizations have also greatly reduced the occurrence of Measles, Pertussis and  Meningitis. Millions of other deaths and other tragedies have also been prevented by vaccines.

Wed
20
May

Blood drive once again successful during COVID-19; New donors always welcome

The LifeServe Blood Center reported another very successful blood drive held in Waukon Thursday, May 7, even surpassing the April results which were also very good. A total of 45 units were collected, surpassing last month by nearly 10 units.  Eleven new donors joined the donor list. These 45 units of collected blood will save 135 lives.

The local blood drives will continue to be held during COVID-19 since the need for blood does not stop.  LifeServe team members only report to work if they are healthy and only healthy donors are eligible to give blood. Blood drives are essential medical services and not considered mass gatherings. The number of donors is limited to ensure donor separation and staff has strict cleaning and disinfection schedules. Other measures are also in place to ensure the safety of the blood supply so these lifesaving donations can continue during COVID-19.

Wed
13
May

National Hospital Week is May 10-16: VMH again offering elective procedures and mammograms

National Hospital Week is May 10-16, 2020. Veterans Memorial Hospital will soon be entering its 70th year after opening its doors October 1, 1950.

During this COVID-19 pandemic, the hospital has had to limit surgeries and outpatient procedures, but is now beginning to offer a few elective surgical procedures, such as colonoscopies and mammograms.

Individuals who are interested in inquiring about having one of these preventative procedures should call their provider. The provider can then share the order for the procedure with Veterans Memorial Hospital. Then the appointment and instructions will be shared.

The hospital will be taking the highest precautions with each and every patient, leaving appropriate time between procedures and using all personal protective equipment and protocols.

Anyone coming into the hospital is asked to wear a face mask. Those who are not feeling well should call the hospital to reschedule their elective procedure.

Wed
13
May

Grateful for face mask donations; Keep wearing them everywhere


The need for face mask donations continues ... Waukon Economic Development, Lansing City Clerk Office, Postville City Clerk Office and Monona Chamber of Commerce are all grateful for all the homemade face masks they have received. More donations, such as these masks pictured above, are still needed in an effort to help keep the community healthy. Veterans Memorial Hospital Public Health would like to encourage anyone who has a mask to continue to wear it everywhere they go when leaving home. It is also important that those employees working at the essential businesses are wearing masks themselves. This greatly helps to stop the spread of the virus and also puts customers at ease to see safety precautions are being taken. Submitted photo.

Waukon Economic Development, Lansing City Clerk Office, Postville City Clerk Office and Monona Chamber of Commerce are all gratefully for all the homemade face masks they have received.  They have each been collecting and sharing these masks with local grocery stores who are then handing out these masks to those at risk, especially elderly customers.

Veterans Memorial Hospital Public Health would like to encourage anyone who has a mask to continue to wear it everywhere they go when leaving home. It is also important that those employees working at essential businesses are wearing masks themselves. This greatly helps to stop the spread of the virus, and also puts customers at ease to see safety precautions are being taken.

More donations are still needed in an effort to help keep the community healthy. Masks can be dropped off at the following locations:

Wed
13
May

Immunization Clinic now available by appointment only at Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care

Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care has announced it will begin to resume immunizations on an appointment-only basis. During COVID-19, the walk-in immunization clinics will remain on hold, but for those that want to call ahead and make an appointment, they can do so by calling 563-568-5660. When the appointment is made, instructions will be given for the private location the immunizations will be administered.

Immunizations are extremely important. They have eradicated Small Pox, eliminated polio from the Americas and they have almost eliminated Tetanus, Diphtheria and Rubella.  Immunizations have also greatly reduced the occurrence of Measles, Pertussis and  Meningitis. Millions of deaths and other tragedies have also been prevented by vaccines.

Wed
13
May

AICR Health Talk ...

by Karen Collins, MS, RD, CDN, American Institute for Cancer Research

Q: Why do I hear some people making a big deal about how you breathe during exercise like walking or biking? Does it really make a difference?

A: Yes, how you are breathing during aerobic exercise can affect your heart rate and thus your performance and endurance. Many adults have developed a shallow breathing pattern. This limits how much oxygen you can take in, cutting short your ability to continue when you could otherwise go longer or faster. Erratic breathing when exercising can lead you to hyperventilate or get dizzy.

Wed
13
May

Memorials received by Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation

Memorials were recently received by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation in memory of Margaret Halverson by Chuck and Lois Votsmier, JoAnn Peake, Jim and Linda Ryan, Jerry and  Linda Siegrist, Jim and Jill Kiesau, Frank and Patty Goltz, Dave and Laurie Martin, Bob and Julie Rotach, Earl and Bev Haas, Randy and Lori Hesse, Orrin and Nan Grangaard, Penny Wheeler, Steve and Becky Welper, Kent and Donna Schultz, Sue Kratz, Rick and Cathy Larson, Carsten Quam and Deb Ryan, Dave and Gail Prestemon, Darlena Herman, Dave and Barb Hanson, Mike and Sue McMillan, Terry and Diane Oesterle, Dave and Brenda Dougherty, Mark and Tammy Knudtson, Dave and Sandy Lyons, Brian and Denise Wullner, Kay Carter, Bob and Marilyn Bulman, Audrey Angel, Brad and Erin Berns and family and friends of Margaret Halverson.

Wed
13
May

Caregiver Support Group held by conference call

The regular Caregiver Support Group meetings held monthly at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon have been canceled due to the COVID-19 virus. However, this support group is now being held through conference calls. Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging (NEI3A) is offering weekly Caregiver Support Group conference calls every Monday from 10-11 a.m.

To join a call, just dial 1-800-264-8432. Then enter the meeting’s participant code 961847#.  You will then be connected to the support group conference call, joining other caregivers.

When a person loses some of their abilities to care for themselves the burden of care is often assumed by the spouse, a child (or children), or sometimes friends and neighbors. While everyone who becomes a caregiver handles the added responsibility differently, there is no question that there is a very real strain associated with care giving. Contact Kelly Kuennen at 1-800-779-8707 with any questions.
 

Wed
06
May

Grateful for face mask donations; More are still needed for at-risk population


The need for face mask donations continues ... Waukon Economic Development, Lansing City Clerk Office, Postville City Clerk Office and Monona Chamber of Commerce are all grateful for all the homemade face masks they have received. They have each been collecting and sharing these masks with their local grocery stores who are then handing out these masks to those at risk, especially elderly customers. More donations, such as these masks pictured above, are still needed in an effort to help keep the community healthy. Submitted photo.

Waukon Economic Development, Lansing City Clerk Office, Postville City Clerk Office and Monona Chamber of Commerce are all gratefully for all the homemade face masks they have received.  They have each been collecting and sharing these masks with their local grocery stores who are then handing out these masks to those at risk, especially elderly, customers.

More donations are still needed in an effort to help keep the community healthy.  Masks can be dropped off at the following locations:

· Waukon Chamber of Commerce/Economic Development Office (place in tote at front door, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  M-F)
· Lansing City Office (place in tote at front door, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. M-F)
· Postville City Office (Place in tote in front of police station door anytime)
· Monona Chamber of Commerce (place in drop off slot in front door anytime).

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