Read more about the article Our Lab Continues to Use Leading Technology to Improve  Patient Outcomes
Our 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 & B, RSV and Rhinovirus.

Our Lab Continues to Use Leading Technology to Improve Patient Outcomes

by Caty Bruening, Lab Manager Our Lab Staff! Top photo includes, from left to right, Mary Jo Meyer, MLT; Megan Rathbun, MLT; Erica Mannette, MLS; Beth Fitzpatrick, MT; Karli Rains,…

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Read more about the article Foundation Benefit to Remember Musician Pat Dougherty May 10
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 on Friday, May 10 from 6-11 pm at the Allamakee Fairgrounds Pavilion. BBF will again remember their late guitarist Pat Dougherty, the only deceased member of these four local bands. Pictured is a photo of Horizon, with Pat seated at front middle with Gary Hesla at his left. Back row, left to right, is Keel Clemmens, Todd Pickett, Bill Withers and Bob Bechtel.

Foundation Benefit to Remember Musician Pat Dougherty May 10

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…

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Read more about the article Occupational Therapy’s Role in Skilled Care
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 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!”

Occupational Therapy’s Role in Skilled Care

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…

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Fiber Facts

By Brandy Strub, MS, RD/LD, Dietitian, Veterans Memorial Hospital Fiber is a type of carbohydrate found in plant foods that the body can’t digest and comes in two varieties: soluble…

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Read more about the article Bandmates, Brothers and Friends Return for Second Annual Event May 10: The Toe Tappers Celebrate 50th Anniversary
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 event will be held Friday, May 10th, at the Allamakee Fairgrounds Pavilion. Pictured are some members of both bands, including, from left to right, Bill Withers Jr., Event Coordinator, with Bob Bechtel and Joel Anderson, of BBF; Kevin Hanson and Craig Lensing of the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation; and Lyle Hanson and Joe Sweeney of The Toe Tappers.

Bandmates, Brothers and Friends Return for Second Annual Event May 10: The Toe Tappers Celebrate 50th Anniversary

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…

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Read more about the article The Role of the Occupational Therapist
The role of the occupational therapist is to help people regain function following injuries and illnesses. Pictured is occupational therapists Melissa Clarke, OT, Tami Gebel, OT, and Amy Evanson, COTA, who provide this wide range of occupational therapy services to patients at Veterans Memorial Hospital.

The Role of the Occupational Therapist

At Veterans Memorial Hospital, the Occupational Therapy Department is celebrating national awareness of its profession throughout the month of April.  As occupational therapists, our role is to help people regain…

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Read more about the article Many Local Public Health Services Available
Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care, in its role as Allamakee County Public Health, holds the responsibility of preventing epidemics and the spread of disease, protecting against environmental hazards, promoting healthy behaviors and teaching everyone how to prepare for, respond to and recover from public health emergencies. Pictured, left to right, are the Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care Public Health Supervisors Sheryl Darling-Mooney, RN; Lisa Moose, RN; and Cindy Johnson, RN.

Many Local Public Health Services Available

Public health plays an important role in Iowa's high standard of living. The goal of public health is helping to create an environment where people can live in good health. …

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Read more about the article Athletic Training Month-Three Trainers at VMH!
Pictured are the three Athletic Trainers at Veterans Memorial Hospital including, from left to right, Brad Krambeer, ATC, LAT; Shelly Valley, who is also a Physical Therapist Assistant and Austin Troendle, who is also a physical therapist. If a student has an injury that needs to be assessed, the student should contact their coach or school office for an assessment with these professionals at either the school or hospital.

Athletic Training Month-Three Trainers at VMH!

March is National Athletic Training Month.  Veterans Memorial Hospital has three athletic trainers on staff including Brad Krambeer, ATC, LAT; Austin Troendle, D-PT, ATC, who is also a physical therapist;…

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Read more about the article Diabetes Alert Day
Diabetes Alert Day is designated to make the public aware of the risk factors of developing Type 2 Diabetes. Unfortunately, there are millions of American with this disease that are undiagnosed. Preventing the disease, or slowing the progression of the disease, is the key to leading a long, high-quality life. Please call Angie Mettille, Certified Diabetes Educator at Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Education for more information at 563-568-3411.

Diabetes Alert Day

By Angie Mettille RN, BSN, Certified Diabetes Educator The American Diabetes Association recognizes the 4th Tuesday in March as “Diabetes Alert Day”. The purpose of this designated day is to…

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Read more about the article Preventing Colon Cancer with Colonoscopies-Now Starting at Age 45
Preventing Colon Cancer with Colonoscopies-Now Starting at age 45! Colon cancer can be easily prevented, yet it remains the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Colonoscopies, a very thorough colon cancer test, are performed routinely in the Veterans Memorial Hospital surgical suite. Pictured is the camera tower used during colonoscopy procedures along with some of the hospital surgery staff who help patients prepare and recover from this common, life-saving procedure.

Preventing Colon Cancer with Colonoscopies-Now Starting at Age 45

Colorectal cancer can be easily detected, yet it remains the 3rd leading cause of cancer in the United States.  According to the American Cancer Society, one in 24 Americans will…

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Read more about the article Sleep Awareness—Should You Have a Sleep Study?
Connor Meyer, Respiratory Therapist, encourages everyone to think about their quality of sleep and even consult with your significant other on whether you have the signs of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. When healthy sleep is interrupted this way, the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and other serious health conditions may increase. Sleep Studies are performed regularly at Veterans Memorial Hospital to help diagnose any of the 84 known sleep disorders, helping to find a healthy solution to safer and better sleep.

Sleep Awareness—Should You Have a Sleep Study?

If you or someone you know snores regularly and has one or more of the following symptoms, it may be related to Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA):  excessive daytime sleepiness, gasping…

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Read more about the article Community & Home Care/Allamakee Public Health Announces 2023 Stats
Pictured is our Community and Home Care/Public Health staff who together drove 59,792 miles around Allamakee County in 2023 providing numerous services to the area communities.

Community & Home Care/Allamakee Public Health Announces 2023 Stats

Veterans Memorial Hospital Community & Home Care/Allamakee Public Health handles everything from insurance authorizations, admissions, routine home health visits, case-management, disease investigations, vaccinations, state-mandated audits, home health and immunization billing,…

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Read more about the article Buddenberg Donates and Utilizes Own Rehab Equipment at VMH
Pictured is Randy Buddenberg of Ossian using the parallel bars that he donated to our Rehabilitation Department, after remodeling his own home and no longer having a need for them. Whenever he needs to return to the hospital, they are here for him to use as well as all other rehab patients. He is pictured with Brad Krambeer, at left, and Dacia Johnson, at right, both of the Rehabilitation Department.

Buddenberg Donates and Utilizes Own Rehab Equipment at VMH

Randy Buddenberg of Ossian recently donated these parallel bars to the Veterans Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation Department after remodeling his own home and no longer having a need for them.  The…

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Read more about the article Pulmonary Rehab helps for Better Function       Day to Day
Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program that teaches a person to live and breathe better with chronic lung disease. Pictured is pulmonary rehabilitation patient Zippy Zimmerman of Postville with Amy Rolfs, RN, during a pulmonary rehabilitation session at Veterans Memorial Hospital.

Pulmonary Rehab helps for Better Function Day to Day

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program offered at Veterans Memorial Hospital that teaches a person to live and breathe better with chronic lung disease.  Conditions such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma,…

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