Health

Wed
23
Dec

Weekend Clinics available over the holidays

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon will be offering special Christmas Weekend Clinics Friday, December 25, from 1 to 5 p.m. and again Friday, January 1, from 1 to 5 p.m.
Weekend Clinics are held every Saturday and Sunday year-round at Veterans Memorial Hospital for non-emergencies and help save families the cost of regular emergency room fees on the weekends when the other local clinics are closed.
Anyone needing to utilize these special weekend clinics over the holiday is asked to enter the hospital through the main entrance and register with the receptionist. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, call Veterans Memorial Hospital at (563) 568-3411

Wed
23
Dec

Prepared Childbirth Education Class January 11 at VMH

Veterans Memorial Hospital will begin the next Prepared Childbirth Education classes, formerly called Lamaze, Monday, January 11, 2016, and will continue for two consecutive Monday evenings beginning at 6 p.m. in the Large Conference Room.
The Prepared Childbirth Education classes at VMH are offered in three sessions that allow the expectant parents to choose which topics they wish to learn in depth. 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.  
These Prepared Childbirth Education classes are free to any expectant parents delivering at VMH, and $10 per session for those delivering at another facility. These classes will be offered every three months.

Wed
23
Dec

Make a New Year’s Resolution to Give Blood in 2016!

The next LifeServe Blood Center blood drive will be held Thursday, January 7, 2016, from 12:30 to 5 p.m., at the First Baptist Church in south Waukon. Blood drives are held the first Thursday of every month in Waukon. The LifeServe Blood Center of Iowa supplies Veterans Memorial Hospital with their blood and blood products.
The LifeServe Blood Center of Iowa is seeking donors to ensure a safe and plentiful blood supply in Iowa. Because there is no substitute for human blood, the need for donors is continuous. Many Iowans are encouraged to make donating blood on a regular basis their New Year’s resolution this year.

Wed
16
Dec

Holiday Weekend Clinics available

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon will be offering special Christmas Weekend Clinics Friday, December 25, from 1 to 5 p.m. and again Friday, January 1, from 1 to 5 p.m.
Weekend Clinics are held every Saturday and Sunday year-round at Veterans Memorial Hospital for non-emergencies and help save families the cost of regular emergency room fees on the weekends when the other local clinics are closed.
Anyone needing to utilize these special weekend clinics over the holiday is asked to enter the hospital through the main entrance and register with the receptionist. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, call Veterans Memorial Hospital at (563) 568-3411

Wed
16
Dec

EMT Class Starts January 11 - More EMT’s needed in region

Veterans Memorial Hospital, in cooperation with Northeast Iowa Community College Business and Community Solutions, will be offering an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course in Waukon. This 138-hour course will begin Monday, January 11, 2016 at the NICC Waukon Center, 1220 3rd Avenue NW.
Areas of study include an introduction to emergency medical services systems, roles and responsibilities of EMTs, anatomy and physiology, medical emergencies, trauma, special considerations for working in the pre-hospital setting, and providing patient transportation.

Wed
09
Dec

Tips on how to avoid the flu this year

from the Iowa Department of Public Health and Veterans Memorial Hospital

Wed
02
Dec

Community blood drives

In the midst of the hustle and bustle, it’s important to take a moment and remember that some of the best gifts that have the most profound impact on the community don’t cost anything.

LifeServe Blood Center relies on volunteer blood donors to give a small amount of their time to ensure lifesaving blood products are on the shelf for hospital patients in need. In less than one hour, a blood donor can help save the lives of up to three different hospital patients. Additionally, after giving blood, donors can gift their reward points back to be used on teddy bears and other gifts for children in local hospitals.

Wed
02
Dec

Follow ten simple strategies for healthy Holiday eating

by Jill Fleming, MS, RD/LD, Veterans Memorial Hospital Dietitian

Your holidays can easily be healthy when you follow a few simple strategies. Here are the 10 simple strategies to prevent holiday weight gain and help prevent excess stress. Follow as many of these steps as you are able to without feeling deprived.

Move in the morning. Take a morning walk to get your blood flowing. It is even better if you take a spouse, child or friend on that walk with you. You can even do it in your pajamas if you like. I always recommend taking a “turkey trot” around the block in the morning if you will be going to a holiday gathering, celebrating or dining out later that day.

Wed
25
Nov

VMH Healthcare Foundation Christmas Fantasy a success


The Veterans Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation’s 24th Annual Christmas Fantasy hosted 57 decorated full-size Christmas trees at the event November 13-16. These trees were decorated by local individuals, businesses, organizations, and classes and each had a local person or business sponsoring them as well. Local entertainers performed at each event during the course of the weekend.

The 2015 Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation’s Christmas Fantasy held last weekend, November 13-16 at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion, was a huge success due to overwhelming community involvement.
“From the decorators, to the entertainers, to the treat makers, to the auction donors and buyers, I am once again overwhelmed by the community participation, and also the community support by the large numbers of people who attended the events,” said Mike Myers, Hospital administrator. “Our Foundation members should be proud of themselves for putting on such a spectacular community event.”
A near record number of auction items were donated to this year’s Fantasy by area businesses and individuals. The 99 auction items were displayed and auctioned on a silent auction bid to the highest bidder Monday night, November 16.

Wed
25
Nov

Facing the challenge of grocery shopping with diabetes

By Teresa Myers RN/CDE, with Jill Fleming MS/RD/LD

Grocery shopping is typically not at the top of most people’s list of fun activities. For people with diabetes it can seem overwhelming and challenging - making healthy choices, reading labels, knowing what carbohydrates, sugars and fats to watch out for, etc. With a little planning, grocery shopping can be an effective tool in meeting goals, such as managing blood sugar or losing weight.
Successful grocery shopping is about focusing on what’s healthy, nutritious and tasty, so that you actually enjoy eating. Diabetes Educators can help people with diabetes make informed choices. Here are some recommended tips.

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