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Wed
09
May

Hospital’s “Family Wellness Fair” held this Wednesday in honor of National Hospital Week

The annual “Family Wellness Fair” will be held this Wednesday, May 9, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Hospital. The “Family Wellness Fair” is a community wide event offering families of all ages a night of entertainment and education about the local resources available to them, plus many free health testing opportunities. This fun-filled family event is free and open to all members of the community of any age.

This is the 21st annual event sponsored by Veterans Memorial Hospital. At the Fair, health testing, exhibits and refreshments will all be providing a complete evening of entertainment and education for all families of any ages.

Wed
09
May

May 6-12 is National Hospital Week: VMH’s impact on local economy exceeds $12 million per year

This is National Hospital Week. Local hospital’s make a huge impact on the local economy. Veterans Memorial Hospital generates 192 jobs that add $12,534,162  to the Allamakee and northern Clayton County region’s economy, according to a study by the Iowa Hospital Association. In addition, Veterans Memorial Hospital employees by themselves spend $2,254,430 on retail sales and contribute $135,266 in state sales tax revenue.

“Working with other health care providers in our service area, we strive to meet the health needs of the people we serve,” states Mike Myers, CEO of Veterans Memorial Hospital. “Whether in the hospital or out in the communities, we want to continue to care for the people we serve as a team with other members of the health care sector.”

Wed
09
May

Caregiver support group to meet

A new, local Caregiver Support Group has begun meeting monthly at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. The meetings are taking place the third Monday of each month at 1:30 p.m.

The next meeting of the support group will be held Monday, May 21 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Large Conference Room, located on the lower level of Veterans Memorial Hospital.

This informal meeting is open to anyone who provides care and support for a family member or friend. Feel free to attend and bring a friend. This new Caregiver Support Group will continue to meet the third Monday of each month at Veterans Memorial Hospital.
 

Wed
09
May

VMH Auxiliary Euchre Marathon to be held

The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital will be holding its monthly Euchre Marathon for all individuals of the community interested Thursday, May 17. 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 at the Waukon Wellness Center.

The Auxiliary’s Euchre Marathons begin at 11:30 a.m. with dinner, if chosen.  Call Northland Agency on Aging at 877-838-8077 if choosing 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.

Anyone interested in attending, but preferring to play Bridge is also welcome to join in.  It is asked that they come with their own table of four players, however.

For more information, call Auxiliary President Nona Sawyer, at 563-568-3105.
 

Wed
09
May

Diabetes support group to meet May 17 at VMH

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Support Group will hold its next meeting Thursday, May 17 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 Angie Mettille, RN at Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.
 

Wed
09
May

Protecting against the measles

With a recent confirmed case of measles in the southwest Wisconsin area and contact that patient had in La Crosse and Trempealeau County establishments, Gundersen Health System shares the following steps to take if anyone suspects they were exposed to measles and to prevent the spread of measles.

Get vaccinated. If a person, their child or family member(s) have not received the MMR vaccine (two doses for school-aged children and adults; one dose for preschool-aged children), they should strongly consider making an appointment to be vaccinated. The measles vaccine is considered one of the most effective vaccines that exists; one dose is 93 percent effective in preventing the measles and two doses is 97 percent effective.

Individuals are communicable, or contagious, with the onset of cold-like symptoms including:

Wed
09
May

Ruby Rathbun 85th birthday card shower

Ruby Rathbun

Ruby Rathbun of rural Harpers Ferry will be celebrating her 85th birthday May 12.

In honor of the occasion, cards and well-wishes may be sent to1365 Roller Coaster Road, Harpers Ferry, IA 52146.
 

Wed
09
May

Birth announcement: Bell

Marcus and Alyssa Bell of Waukon announce the birth of their son, Sebastian James Bell, born April 24, 2018 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. He weighed 8 lbs. and measured 21-1/4 inches in length at the time of his birth. He joins a sister, Samara (3).

Grandparents are David Bell of Waukon, Olivia Bell of Waukon and Juan and Rebecca Rosas of Lansing. Arden Sprain of La Crosse, WI is a great-grandparent.
 

Wed
09
May

Birth announcement: Hill

Alyssa Verthein and Andrew Hill of Waukon announce the birth of their daughter, Kynlee Kay Hill, born April 27, 2018 at Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon. She weighed 7 lbs. 10 ozs. and measured 19 inches in length at the time of her birth. She joins a sister, Aria (4).

Grandparents are Mark and Mary Verthein and Barb and Marvin Hill, all of Waukon. Great-grandparents are Wilma Verthein of Waukon and Wesley Winters of Waukon.
 

Wed
09
May

Iowa Senator Joni Ernst hears from area dairy farmers during annual 99 county tour

by Sharon Drahn, Editor
Postville Herald

Iowa’s junior senator, Joni Ernst, stopped at the Allamakee-Clayton Rural Electric Cooperative (ACREC) north of Postville Friday morning, May 4 as part of her annual 99 county tour through the state. While at the facility,  she visited with a group of dairy farmers from Allamakee County and surrounding areas.

During her opening remarks, Ernst noted that she had toured the Dairy Center at Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) in Calmar prior to arriving in Postville. She said, “I was very impressed with the center and its operation. I grew up on a livestock farm, but I am aware of the challenges that face dairy farmers as well as all in the dairy industry. As I am sure most of you know, I, along with Senator (Chuck) Grassley, serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee and, as a member, I try to look at ways to help with rural development ideas and trade issues in the dairy industry.”

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