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Mon
20
May

Garvin Larson

Garvin Keene Larson, 90, of Ankeny passed away May 16, 2024. He was born May 26, 1933, the son of Floyd and Helen (McClintock) Larson, in Waukon. A private graveside service will be held at Ankeny Memorial Gardens. In lieu of a funeral, a celebration of life will be held on Garvin’s birthday, May 26, at his daughter, Shelly Larson’s, house from 2-5 p.m.

Full obituary can be found online at www.MemorialServicesOfIowa.com.

Fri
17
May

Sarah Welsh

Sarah Christine Welsh, 91, of Waukon joined eternity surrounded by her family Monday, May 13, 2024. Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 21 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon with Fr. John Moser officiating. Burial was at St. Mary’s Lycurgus Cemetery, rural Waukon. Memorials may be directed to St. Patrick Catholic School ini Waukon, Veterans Memorial Hospital, and Good Samaritan Society - Waukon.

Sarah was born June 1, 1932, in Globe, AZ, the daughter of Frank and Christine (Tovey) Teeling. She was baptized in Tucson, AZ, and when she was 18 months old, her family moved to Waukon, where she was confirmed at St. Patrick Catholic Church. In 1950, she graduated from St. Patrick High School and in 1953 she received her nursing degree from St. Francis School of Nursing in La Crosse, WI.

Wed
15
May

National Hospital Week: VMH living up to its motto ‘Our Family Caring for Your Family’


Bodensteiner Implement visits patient ... Waukon Bodensteiner Implement employees drove two tractors into Waukon Friday, April 19 to help lift the spirits of Lawrence Lotza, a patient at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon who had a deep love of John Deere tractors. Carrie Welch, Pharmacy Technician, made a call to the local implement to see if they would do a drive-by, but they did so much more. Pictured above, left to right with Lawrence, is his wife, Jan Lotza; Kyle Halverson, Store Manager; Penny Wheeler, C.N.A.; Tim Green, Service Manager; and Carrie Welch, Pharmacy Technician. Submitted photo.

John Deere tractors brighten day for patient ... Carrie Welch, Pharmacy Technician at Veterans Memorial Hospital, is pictured above with Lawrence Lotza and one of the John Deere tractors driven to town for him to enjoy. Those tractors that were brought to the hospital that day for Lawrence to see were his last, as he passed peacefully at Veterans Memorial Hospital a week later. Jan Lotza, Lawrence’s wife, states, “That moment meant so much to him, as did the whole hospital. He loved all of the staff there and I do, too. They are just like family. If he were here now, he would tell you this is the best hospital ever.” Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) has been serving northeast Iowa since 1950. The hospital staff is known for caring for their patients, treating them just like family, as witnessed many times by Jan Lotza from Monona.

Jan’s husband, Lawrence Lotza, had a few lengthy hospital stays at Veterans Memorial Hospital this last year. First, he suffered a stroke on a Sunday morning in October and came to the hospital’s Emergency Room (ER) where he received immediate treatment.

“Within a couple minutes, Lawrence had six people working on him in the ER, getting him stabilized,” explains Jan. “He stayed at Veterans Memorial Hospital on skilled care and received wonderful therapy that helped him get back home.  Then a few months later, as he was coming into the hospital for therapy as an outpatient, he had a heart attack and again received that wonderful immediate care before being transferred to La Crosse.”

Wed
15
May

National Hospital Week; The economic impact in Iowa

National Hospital Week is an annual event recognizing the 5,000 hospital, health systems and networks in the United States, as well as the more than six million people who provide care to individuals in communities.

Hospitals play a huge role in the economic health of the state. According to the Iowa Hospital Association, in Iowa alone, there are 123 hospitals in 90 counties, paying $5.7 billion in wages and benefits to the 77,000 people employed in Iowa hospitals. Another 145,000 additional jobs are supported by Iowa hospitals. One in 21 nonfarm-employed Iowans work for hospitals.

“For Veterans Memorial Hospital, we have a payroll of just over $17,000,000 that has an economic impact of just over $50,000,000 in northeast Iowa,” stated Michael Coyle, CEO of Veterans Memorial Hospital.  “VMH completes about 55,000 outpatient visits per year which allows our patients and their families to have lower healthcare costs while receiving outstanding patient care locally.”

Wed
15
May

Over 300 enjoy Veterans Memorial Hospital’s “Family Wellness Fair” May 8

The Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) “Family Wellness Fair” welcomed a huge crowd of over 300 visitors this year during its Hospital Week celebration. Visitors toured the Medical Clinic, Hospital and Gundersen Clinic in their route to over 40 booths and educational displays, demonstrations, activities, and giveaways provided by the numerous agencies who service Allamakee and northern Clayton counties, as well as from nearly 20 hospital departments.

Entertainment for the evening included balloon artist Mike Chapman, face painting by VMH Paramedic Claire Butchkoski, a fly-in with helicopter tours by Gundersen Air, and a Waukon Fire Department fire truck and one of the hospital’s ambulances all on site.

Gundersen Clinic welcomed guests with a huge, inflated walk-through colon showing what a healthy colon and a cancerous colon can look like, encouraging regular colonoscopies with Dr. Yee.

Wed
15
May

31st Annual Foundation Golf Tournament June 17

The Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation annual Three Person Best-Shot Golf Tournament is set this year for Monday, June 17 at the Waukon Golf and Country Club.

Teams of three will begin the day with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. and play 18 holes of golf. Breakfast rolls, lunch and dinner and prizes for everyone will all be provided for the donation of $75.

All those interested in joining the event are asked to pre-register their team by calling the Waukon Golf and Country Club at 563-568-9939. For more information about the golf tournament, call Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.
 

Wed
15
May

New Community Resource Guide now available from Allamakee County Public Health and VMH

Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) Community and Home Care/Allamakee County Public Health has announced the release of a 50-page resource directory for all services in Allamakee County. The guide is available on the Veterans Memorial Hospital website, under the  www.veteransmemorialhospital.com/service/community-and-home-care/ link, and also on the Allamakee County Economic Development website.

Wed
15
May

Diabetes Support Group Meeting set for May 16 at Veterans Memorial Hospital

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Support Group will hold its next meeting Thursday, May 16, at 10 a.m.  The meeting will be held at Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) in the Large Conference Room, located on the lower level of the hospital.

This month, Minji Na, NP, who is the latest addition to the Veterans Memorial Hospital Waukon Clinic provider team, will attend and present at the meeting.  She will discuss wellness in the later adult years as well as vitamins/supplements to help explain what is good and should be a part of a daily routine.

This diabetes class is open to everyone who has diabetes or has a friend or loved one with diabetes. For more information about the Diabetes Support Group, feel free to call  Angie Mettille, RN, Certified Diabetes Educator at Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.

Wed
15
May

Be aware of suspicious phone calls requesting health info

Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH) was made aware in late April of callers posing as insurance companies, requesting copies of health insurance numbers. Veterans Memorial Hospital warns the public to never share any insurance or personal information over the phone, unless they are certain who they are speaking with. Random calls requesting information are most likely a scam.     

Anyone who thinks they may have been targeted by a scam should be sure to call 1-800-MEDICARE (800-633-4227) or the Heath Insurance Marketplace at 800-318-2596.  Also be sure to monitor health insurance statements, watching items or services charged that were never received. Also watch to be sure items were only billed once.

Individuals should feel free to call their insurance agent or agency directly, and whenever they are targeted by a caller, always just hang-up.
 

Wed
15
May

Birth announcement: Kiley

Ainsly Lydon and Wyatt Kiley of Waukon announce the birth of their daughter, Oakley Irene Kiley, born May 6, 2024 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. She weighed 8 lbs. 12 ozs. and measured 19 inches in length at the time of her birth. She joins a brother, Oliver Kiley (2).

Grandparents are John and Shelly Lydon of Waukon and Shawn Kiley of Harpers Ferry. Great-grandparents are Sandy Bresnahan of Waukon and Darlyne Peterson of Harpers Ferry.

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