Health

Wed
19
Nov

Diabetes educators can help maintain good health

November is National Diabetes Month

 

by Teresa Myers RN, 

Certified Diabetes Educator

 

Wed
19
Nov

November is National Home Care and Hospice Month

The combination of a growing elderly population, rapidly advancing technology that allows more illnesses to be treated in the home, and the natural desire of individuals to remain independent for as long as possible will ensure that home health care will be a driving force in health care delivery in the next century. 

Wed
12
Nov

Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care now offering flu shots

Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care has received its flu vaccine and will be offering flu shots every Wednesday afternoon during regular immunization clinic hours. The next flu shot clinics will be held Wednesday, November 12 from 1 to 4 p.m.; again  Wednesday, November 19 from 1 to 6 p.m.; and each Wednesday thereafter. The Community and Home Care Immunization Clinic is located on the upper level of Veterans Memorial Hospital.  

Wed
12
Nov

VHM to offer CPR course for health care providers

Veterans Memorial Hospital will be offering a course in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for health care providers (those working in health related fields such as physicians, nurses, EMTs, etc.) Wednesday, November 19, beginning at 1 p.m. This “Health Care Professional” CPR class will be held in the Large Conference Room located on the lower level of the hospital.

The cost of the class, for certification or recertification, is $35 and all registrants should bring along their own pocket mask. The card received with the course does certify attendants in CPR for two years.

Wed
05
Nov

Blood drive to be held November 6

The next local LifeServe Blood Center blood drive will be held Thursday, November 6 from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church on Rossville Road in Waukon. Blood drives are held the first Thursday of every month in Waukon to allow for more donors to give. LifeServe Blood Center supplies Veterans Memorial Hospital with its blood and blood products.

Wed
29
Oct

Reservations now being taken for annual Christmas Fantasy event

Reservations are being taken now for the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation’s 23rd  Annual Christmas Fantasy to be held  Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, November 14-17 at the Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon. The theme will be “Let It Be Christmas.”
Reservations are now being taken for the popular Saturday and Monday noon luncheons and the Saturday evening wine, cheese and dessert event.
The luncheons are sponsored by the Allamakee County Cattlemen’s Association, and will be held  Saturday, November 15 at noon, and again Monday, November 17 at noon. A full meal will be served and entertainment will be provided at both events. All guests will have ample time to view all of the displays. Reservations can be made by calling 563-568-6262.

Wed
22
Oct

Allamakee County ready for infectious disease outbreak, even Ebola

Ebola can be scary and it is understandable that Allamakee County residents may be concerned a case of Ebola could occur here as it has in other states. However, there is a world of difference between the U.S. and the parts of Africa where Ebola is spreading. The United States, Iowa and Allamakee County have a strong health care system and public health professionals who handle very contagious illnesses every day, even diseases like Ebola, and are prepared to respond should it become necessary.
“Allamakee County residents can be confident in our hospital system, which has facilities and proper protective equipment and protocols in place for individuals who contract very contagious diseases,” said Lisa Moose, Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care, Allamakee County Public Health Director. “Our hospital and staff are well trained and ready for any public health threat, should the need arise.”

Wed
22
Oct

October is National Physical Therapy Month


Pictured is the staff of the Rehabilitation Department at Veterans Memorial Hospital, who work with people of all ages, helping them to reduce pain and regain strength, independence and health. They assist patients within the hospital, in area nursing homes as well as in patients’ homes. Front row, left to right: Alana Gavin, D.P.T.; Amy Schwartzhoff, P.T.A.; Steven Breitenfield, S.L.P; Dana Wells, D.P.T., and Tami Gebel, O.T. Back row, left to right: Laurel Hagensick, P.T.; Melissa Clarke, O.T.; Dacia Johnson, Office Manager and Rehab Technician; Brad Krambeer, Athletic Trainer; Sara White, P.T.A.; and Amy Robinson, P.T., Rehab Director. Submitted photo.

October is National Physical Therapy Month. The Rehabilitation staff at Veterans Memorial Hospital works with people of all ages, helping them to reduce pain and regain strength, independence and health. The Healthy Lifestyles Rehabilitation Center at Veterans Memorial Hospital is fully equipped for all rehabilitation patients with 17 weight machine stations, tread mills, exercise bikes, NuStep and eliptical machines. The five private treatment rooms allow one-on-one evaluation and treatment with the therapist.

Wed
15
Oct

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

 October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Below is a listing of various statistics concerning breast cancer from the American Cancer Society and Veterans Memorial Hospital.

Risk Factors
Women are at a higher risk for breast cancer when they:
• Are over age 50.
• Have a history of breast cancer in their close family.
• Have their first child after age 30.
• Have never had any children.
• Weigh 40% more than their ideal body weight.

Wed
08
Oct

Questions and answers about mammography

Breast cancer is the leading cancer diagnosed in women in America. This year, more than 220,000 women will learn for the first time that they have this disease and more than 40,000 women will lose their lives. However, when breast cancer is detected early and treated promptly, suffering and ultimately the loss of life can be significantly reduced.
Women are encouraged to ask their doctors and other health care providers about mammography screening. Mammography (an x-ray picture of the breast) is the single most effective method to detect breast changes that may be cancer, long before physical symptoms can be seen or felt. Early detection, followed by up-to-date treatment, provides women with better chances for long-term freedom from the disease. But mammography screening must be done routinely.

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