Health

Wed
22
Mar

“Live Healthy Iowa” draws to a close, participation prizes will be awarded by Veterans Memorial Hospital

The 2017 Live Healthy Iowa challenge that so many local Iowans are participating in will soon be drawing to a close, March 31. Veterans Memorial Hospital has announced it will again be awarding prizes to all those in Allamakee and northern Clayton counties that participated in this Live Healthy Iowa 10 Week Wellness Challenge in 2017.

Prizes for all participants will be awarded during the hospital’s annual Family Wellness Fair which will be held Wednesday, May 10 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the hospital.

Wed
15
Mar

March is National Nutrition Month: 10 reasons why you will want to drink a green smoothie everyday

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

You may have heard about Green Smoothies, but have you ever tasted one? If not, you may want to reconsider. Here is a short list of why you will gladly add a Green Smoothie to your daily diet. We have provided two recipes for you to try. Feel free to substitute any of your favorite fruits or vegetables.

To Lose Weight: When I work with weight loss patients, one of the easiest ways for them to start losing weight is to add more fruit,  vegetables and water to their daily diets. My most successful weight loss clients are now eating a total of 8-10 servings of fruit or vegetables daily. To easily reach this goal; eat more vegetable-based soups, make omelets loaded with vegetables and drink green smoothies often.

Wed
15
Mar

Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) locally very effective

Veterans Memorial Hospital is an official sponsor for the Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP), a service of the State of Iowa Insurance Division. SHIIP provides free-of-charge counseling and information to people with questions about Medicare, Medicare supplement insurance, long term care insurance, and claims filings. SHIIP can help solve problems like these:

• An Iowa woman held three long-term care policies, two Medicare supplement policies and five other health insurance policies of limited coverage. SHIIP reviewed the policies, pointing out duplication. As a result, she canceled several policies and saved $4,431 in insurance premiums annually.

• A northeast Iowa senior had 160 envelopes containing medical bills, Medicare statements and insurance statements. A SHIIP volunteer spent 26.5 hours sorting through the papers, organizing, and explaining to the client the status of each claim.

Wed
15
Mar

All patients must present a health insurance card at Veterans Memorial Hospital

Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon is currently transitioning to a new electronic medical record system. This new system will now link to all departments, encompassing all areas of the hospital, including the billing department.

Because this is a new system, the hospital is requiring that every patient bring their health insurance card along with them so the information can be entered into this new system. Even patients who recently visited Veterans Memorial Hospital will need to show their insurance card to the hospital receptionist, even if they just recently did so.

Wed
08
Mar

Maternity Services suites at Veterans Memorial Hospital hits a new record number of deliveries


Veterans Memorial Hospital has announced that calendar year 2016 set a new record of 166 newborn deliveries at the hospital - the most in nearly 30 years. The number of deliveries has continually increased since the hospital’s renovation project in 2000. Since then, these suites have undergone more changes including a new waiting room, early labor room, and new labor tub room and have all been redecorated with new décor and furnishings. However, with this continued growth in deliveries, the hospital has announced the maternity services department will soon be expanded in yet another renovation project. Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital staff is happy to announce that during calendar year 2016 the hospital experienced 166 newborn deliveries, a record number in the last nearly 30 years.  The next closest year was 2014, which saw a record 148 deliveries, beating the 2013 record of 135 deliveries.

“We are very excited to see this growing interest each year in our Maternity Services at Veterans Memorial Hospital,” states Mike Myers, Hospital Administrator.  “Our staff is proud of our facility and services which offer a very private and personal approach to labor and delivery. They go the extra mile to be sure our moms and families have the best experience possible, making it all very memorable.”

Wed
08
Mar

Springtime Health Series March 21 in Waukon

Interested in learning tips on how to lead a healthier lifestyle? Join Dr. Nicole Barbee and Jenny Stegen, PA from Gunderson Lutheran Waukon Clinic for a workshop on becoming aware of and making conscious choices toward a more balanced and healthy lifestyle.

Participants will also have the opportunity to participate in the Blood Pressure Clinic being offered by Veterans Memorial Community & Home Care staff.  The workshop is free to all community members and participants will have the chance to win a door prize.

The workshop will take place Tuesday, March 21 at 3:30 p.m. The workshops will be hosted at TASC, Inc., 2213 Mt. Olivet Rd NW, Waukon. Register in advance by calling TASC, Inc at 563-568-4060 or by emailing Jenny Cole at jennycole@tascinc.org.
 

Wed
08
Mar

Grief Support Group to meet March 8

The local Grief Support Group will hold its monthly meeting at Veterans Memorial Hospital Wednesday, March 8 at 2 p.m. This informal meeting is open to anyone suffering from any type of loss, whether it be death, divorce, illness or some other grief.

Feel free to attend and bring a friend. This grief support group meets the second Wednesday of each month at Veterans Memorial Hospital.

 

Wed
08
Mar

Hospital Auxiliary Euchre Marathon to be March 16

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital will be holding its monthly Euchre Marathon for all individuals of the community interested Thursday, March 16. 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 located in the Waukon Wellness Center.

The Auxiliary’s Euchre Marathons begin at 11:30 a.m. with dinner, if desired. Call Northland Agency on Aging at 877-838-8077 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. 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 table of four players, however.

Wed
08
Mar

Diabetes Support Group meeting at Veterans Memorial Hospital

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Support Group will hold its next meeting Thursday, March 16 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 Teresa Myers, RN, C.D.E., Diabetes Educator, or Angie Mettille, RN, at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon at 563-568-3411.
 

Wed
08
Mar

Prepared Childbirth Education Class held at Veterans Memorial Hospital

Veterans Memorial Hospital will begin the next Prepared Childbirth Education classes (formerly called Lamaze) Monday, April 10, and that class will continue for two more consecutive Monday evenings beginning at 6 p.m. in the Large Conference Room.

The Prepared Childbirth Education classes at Veterans Memorial Hospital are offered in three sessions that allow the expectant parents to choose which topics they wish to learn more on. 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.

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