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Fri
19
Apr

Kathy Cox

Kathy Ann Cox, age 74, of Waukon passed away Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. According to Kathy’s wishes, a cremation will take place and a graveside service will be held in the summer of 2024 at Postville Cemetery, Postville.

A full obituary will appear in the April 24 edition of The Standard. You can subscribe to The Standard's print edition or e-edition by clicking here.

Tue
16
Apr

VMH benefit to remember musician Pat Dougherty May 10


Bandmates, Brothers and Friends (BBF) ... For the second year, Bandmates, Brothers and Friends (BBF) will reunite in Waukon for another night of musical entertainment to benefit the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation, this year joining with The Toe Tappers Friday, May 10 from 6-11 p.m. at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion. BBF will again remember their late guitarist Pat Dougherty, the only deceased member of the four local bands Rising Sun, Horizon, Jackson Junction and Deep River reuniting. Pictured above is a photo of Horizon, with Pat seated at front right with Gary Hesla at front left. Back row, left to right, are Keel Clemmens, Todd Pickett, Bill Withers and Bob Bechtel. Submitted photo.

Pat Dougherty remembered ... Pat Dougherty is pictured above as a very young child with his first guitar. His mother, Janice Dougherty, states, “Pat always had an interest in guitar and music. He had his first guitar at age two and called it his ‘doo loo.’ He was so talented when it came to playing different instruments. He could hear a song on the radio and play it immediately on his guitar.” Submitted photo.

For the second year, Bandmates, Brothers and Friends (BBF) will reunite in Waukon for another night of musical entertainment to benefit the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation.   This year will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Toe Tappers as part of the musical line-up, all held Friday evening, May 10, from 6-11 p.m. at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion.

BBF will again remember their late guitarist Pat Dougherty, the only deceased member of four local bands which included Rising Sun, Horizon, Jackson Junction and Deep River.  Pat was a key member of these bands with both his guitar and vocals. Event organizers will again have Pat’s guitar on display this year at the event, as well as memorabilia provided by the Dougherty family.   Attendees can look for the display adjacent to the main stage in the Pavilion that evening while also visiting with members of Pat’s family.

Tue
16
Apr

Occupational therapy’s role in skilled care at VMH


Occupational Therapy at VMH ... April is National Occupational Therapy Month. Veterans Memorial Hospital Occupational Therapists commonly care for patients who are on a skilled care, also called swing bed. This level of care is beneficial to the patient’s recovery following an injury, illness or surgery, and helps them regain their function and strength in order to return home safely. Pictured is Rena Kruse of Eitzen, MN, with Melissa Clarke, Occupational Therapist. Rena asked to be transferred from La Crosse, WI to Veterans Memorial Hospital on skilled care before returning home following surgery for a broken ankle. She states, “When you need the extra help, Veterans Memorial is the place to go!”. Submitted photo.

April is National Occupational Therapy Month.   Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) Occupational Therapists commonly care for patients who are on skilled care, also called swing bed.  This level of care is beneficial to the patient’s recovery following an injury, illness or surgery, and helps them regain their function and strength in order to return home safely.

Rena Kruse of Eitzen, MN, learned of the Veterans Memorial Hospital skilled care program from a friend of hers who had greatly benefited from this care following a fall and broken hip. She asked to be transferred to VMH following her surgery in La Crosse, WI for her broken ankle. She was admitted on skilled care and stayed nearly two weeks, benefiting from the occupational and physical therapy she received twice a day throughout her stay.

Tue
16
Apr

Medical Laboratory Week is April 14-20: Veterans Memorial Hospital Lab continues to use leading technology to improve patient outcomes


VMH celebrates Medical Laboratory Week April 14-20 ... Medical Laboratory Week is April 14-20. The Veterans Memorial Hospital Lab continues to use leading technology to improve patient outcomes. There are four instruments at VMH that together can identify 53 different organisms and 10 different antibiotic-resistance genes with the most common panel being the new Mini Respiratory Panel which identifies COVID-19, Influenza A and B, RSV and Rhinovirus. Pictured are some of the instruments that perform this molecular testing. The photo above also includes, from left to right, Mary Jo Meyer, MLT; Megan Rathbun, MLT; Erica Mannette, MLS; Beth Fitzpatrick, MT; Karli Rains, Lab Assistant; and Robin Gray, MLS. Pictured below, left to right, is Kelsey Weymiller, MLT; Donna Jean Wood, MLT; Caty Bruening, MLS, Lab Manager; Jenna Collins, MLT, in back; Marie Loven, MLS, in front and Michelle Benda, MLT. Submitted photos.

In the world of Medical Laboratory Science, it doesn’t get more accurate than molecular technology. Recent advances have also made these technologies more efficient and more affordable. At Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) Lab, molecular technology is used to identify infections by using DNA and/or RNA extraction.

There are four instruments at VMH that together can identify 53 different organisms and 10 different antibiotic-resistance genes. The most common panel that is performed is the new Mini Respiratory Panel, composed of COVID-19, Influenza A and B, RSV, and Rhinovirus.

Molecular testing not only takes less time than classic testing, but it is also more sensitive because it takes less organism to produce a positive result. These together mean quicker treatments for those with certain infections.

Tue
16
Apr

April is Defeat Diabetes Month and Foot Health Month; Tips on how to “De-Feet” diabetes

Dr. Kristina Thompson
Dr. Kristina Thompson

by Dr. Kristina Thompson, Podiatrist
 
Dr. Kristina Thompson, Podiatrist, provides specialty foot care at Veterans Memorial Hospital. She recommends the following for “de-feeting” diabetes.
• Avoid soaking feet, this causes excessive dryness and can lead to cracks.
• Check feet daily for any new blisters, wounds, etc.  
• Avoid going barefoot, especially if you have neuropathy/diabetic nerve damage.
• Ask your provider about diabetic shoes.
• Work with your providers and/or diabetes educator to keep your glucose within target range.  This decreases risk of complications.
• If you notice a blister or wound, don’t delay treatment.  Get in with a provider with a knowledge on wound care.
• Exercise if you are able.  This increases blood flow circulation.
• Don’t remove callus or corns yourself, see your doctor!

Tue
16
Apr

Diabetes Support Group to meet at Veterans Memorial Hospital

The Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) Diabetes Support Group will hold its next meeting Thursday, April 18, 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.

Angie Mettille, RN, Certified Diabetes Educator, will discuss the topic of diabetes technology. Most people and patients carry a smartphone now, and there are many apps that are free and easy to download and use that are helpful with activity monitoring, carbohydrate counting or blood sugar tracking.

She will also talk more about continuous glucose monitors and encourages everyone living with diabetes to use one. She states, “As with anything else in the medical world, insurance companies play a big part in making those devices affordable for those wanting to use them, so they are not an option for everyone… yet.”

Tue
16
Apr

Total of 40 youth complete Babysitting Seminar at Veterans Memorial Hospital

Congratulations to the 40 students who completed the recent Veterans Memorial (VMH) Hospital Babysitting classes Friday, March 29. The classes were instructed by Corinne Cook, RN, and consisted of teaching the qualities of being a good babysitter including basic child care, accident prevention, fire prevention, and first aid.

These new babysitters also learned CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and the Heimlich Maneuver in the case of a choking child. The Waukon Police Department even helped with addressing and teaching about many safety concerns.

Tue
16
Apr

Public Health Month; Help prevent measles

Measles cases are on the rise in many parts of the world. There have been recent cases cited throughout the United States.

“This national increase in measles cases has brought the protection provided by vaccinations back into the spotlight,” said Lisa Moose, RN, Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) Community and Home Care/Allamakee County Public Health Director. “It’s always important to keep your vaccinations up-to-date, but during times like this, when we know a virus is circulating in many states, it’s especially critical to check with your health care provider to be sure you and your family’s vaccinations are current.”

The best way to prevent measles is to get the measles-mumps-rubella shot (called MMR). The MMR vaccine is very safe and effective. Two doses of MMR vaccine are about 97% effective at preventing measles; one dose is about 93% effective.

Tue
16
Apr

Leonette Troendle to celebrate 100th birthday with card shower ...

Great-great-grandmother Leonette Troendle is pictured above at a recent family gathering with many members of the fifth generation of her family. Leonette will be turning 100 years old April 23. In honor of that milestone birthday, cards and well wishes may be sent to 1971 Silver Creek Road, Waukon, IA 52172. Submitted photo.
 

Tue
16
Apr

Birth announcement: Brink

Nick and Lexie Brink of Waukon announce the birth of their son, Beau Gary Brink, born April 5, 2024 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. He weighed 7 lbs. 3 ozs. and measured 21 inches in length at the time of his birth. He joins a sister, Huntley (2).
Grandparents are Ed and Amy Bieber of Waukon, Gerald and Laurie Brink of Waukon, and Lori and Cary Erickson of Decorah. Great-grandparents are Patrick and Mary Jo Liddiard of Waukon, Joan Bieber of Waukon, Lucy Brink of Postville, Vivian Guyer of West Union and Carol Erickson of Elgin, MN. Leonette Troendle of Waukon is a great-great-grandparent.

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