Read more about the article Mental Health Awareness Month-It’s Ok to Not Be Ok
Tara Fink, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, offers local behavioral health care. Tara is achieving her goal of improving the community she grew up through all the lives she has already helped just in the nearly two years she has been serving the community. She provides consultations at both the Waukon and Postville clinic locations with no referral needed and all ages are accepted. To make an appointment to see Tara in Postville call 563-864-7221 or in Waukon call 563-568-5530.

Mental Health Awareness Month-It’s Ok to Not Be Ok

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.  It’s ok to have a mental illness and it’s important those with a mental illness know it’s ok to not be ok to help…

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Read more about the article The Role of Home Health Care in Helping Older Americans
Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care has a mission of aiding older Americans to remain in their homes, living independently for as long as possible. Pictured is the Community and Home Care-Allamakee Public Health staff located near their offices on the upper level of Veterans Memorial Hospital.

The Role of Home Health Care in Helping Older Americans

May is Older Americans Month.  Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care-Allamakee Public Health has a mission of aiding older Americans to remain in their homes, living independently for as…

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Read more about the article American Stroke Month – April Showers Bring May Flowers
If you, or someone you know, have experienced a stroke and wish to find others with similar experiences, consider stopping into the Stroke Support Group at Veterans Memorial Hospital the first Thursday of every month at 2:00 pm. Pictured are a few members of the group, planting seeds to represent the good things that come from the showers in life; hence, April showers bring May flowers.

American Stroke Month – April Showers Bring May Flowers

By Steven Mazzafield, Speech-Language Pathologist May is American Stroke Month.  There’s an old saying: April showers bring May flowers. “The showers are the bad things that happen to us in…

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Read more about the article Bandmates, Brothers & Friends & Toe Tappers Reunion Huge Success!
On Friday evening, May 10, for the second year in a row, eleven original members of four local bands, reunited as Bandmates, Brothers and Friends, performed in Waukon to benefit the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation. The crowd at the Allamakee Fairgrounds Pavilion was estimated well over 500 who attended the event to witness this second reunion.

Bandmates, Brothers & Friends & Toe Tappers Reunion Huge Success!

On Friday evening, May 10, for the second year in a row, eleven original members of four local bands, reunited as Bandmates, Brothers and Friends, performed once again in Waukon…

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Read more about the article National EMS Week is May— A Time to Thank Those Dedicated Volunteers for Making a Difference!
This is National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, honoring the lifesaving care EMS providers offer nationwide, 24-hours a day, seven days a week. More EMT’s are greatly needed in EVERY community. For more information about local EMT service opportunities and classes, contact Jacob Dougherty, Paramedic, EMS Supervisor, or Cheryl Livingston, Paramedic, EMS Instructor, at Veterans Memorial Hospital at (563) 568-3411.

National EMS Week is May— A Time to Thank Those Dedicated Volunteers for Making a Difference!

This is National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week.  National EMS Week honors the lifesaving care EMS providers offer nationwide, 24-hours a day, seven days a week. The national theme for…

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Read more about the article Living Up to Our Motto of ‘Our Family Caring for Your Family’
Waukon Bodensteiner Implement employees drove two tractors into Waukon on Friday, April 19, to help lift the spirits of Lawrence Lotza, who had a deep love of John Deere tractors. Carrie Welch, Pharmacy Tech, made a call to the local implement to see if they would do a drive-by, but they did so much more. Pictured, 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 Tech.

Living Up to Our Motto of ‘Our Family Caring for Your Family’

Veterans Memorial Hospital 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…

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Read more about the article Three-Year Anniversary for Veterans Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic-Waukon Serving Thousands While Continuing to Expand
The Veterans Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic-Waukon opened just three years ago. The team of providers have had a total of 33,500 patient visits serving 6,692 patients, more than doubling since last year. Pictured, from left to right, is Katy Maker, Nurse Midwife and Nurse Practitioner; Tara Fink, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner; Dr. Dave Schwartz family practice physician; Halie Ruff, Nurse Practitioner; Minji Na, Nurse Practitioner; Sue McMillan, Nurse Practitioner; Alex Berns, Nurse Practitioner; Michelle Crary, Nurse Practitioner and Dr. Thomas McMullan, family practice physician.

Three-Year Anniversary for Veterans Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic-Waukon Serving Thousands While Continuing to Expand

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic-Waukon opened just three years ago, on May 3rd, joining the Gundersen Waukon Clinic in providing accessible family health care to the area communities.  Not…

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Bandmates, Brothers and Friends & The Toe Tappers Perform May 10- Food Sales Available with Proceeds to New Pyxis Machine for ER

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 New Community Resource Guide Available from Allamakee County Public Health
Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care/Allamakee County Public Health just recently released a 50 page resource directory for all services in Allamakee County. This guide contains information on many resources serving Allamakee County residents. Pictured is the front cover of the guide that can be found at www.veteransmemorialhospital.com.

New Community Resource Guide Available from Allamakee County Public Health

As April, Public Heath Month comes to a close, Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care/Allamakee County Public Health announces they just released a 50 page resource directory for all…

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Read more about the article Coordination of Care at VMH
Pictured is Lollie Hirth of Waukon with Occupational Therapist Tami Gebel. The therapists at Veterans Memorial Hospital are very accommodating to schedule all therapies back-to-back to reduce travel and time for the patients. Lolly has been able to receive physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy services all at Veterans Memorial Hospital back-to-back in order to reduce the frequency for someone to drive her to the appointments.

Coordination of Care at VMH

Humans are amazing creatures! We can walk, talk and carry items (like our cell phones) in our hands, all at the same time. Some of us may have an easier…

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Read more about the article Bandmates, Brothers and Friends Return May 10-Withers Family Music History Dates Back to 1900
The Withers brothers, taken during the first annual BBF concert in 2023, with John in front on lead vocals, Jim at right on bass guitar, and Bill on the drums—the instrument that started this ongoing family tradition.

Bandmates, Brothers and Friends Return May 10-Withers Family Music History Dates Back to 1900

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 Health Information Management Week—Healthcare Management Behind the Scenes
Health Information Management Week--The complex role of the Health Information Management department is one completed efficiently and effectively behind the scenes of every healthcare organization. Pictured is the Health Information Management staff at Veterans Memorial Hospital, from left to right, Kori Troendle, Tammy Jostand, Regan Folsom, Wendy Bucheit, Katelyn Ramstad, Karen Mahr and Heather Hills.

Health Information Management Week—Healthcare Management Behind the Scenes

The complex role of the Health Information Management department is one completed efficiently and effectively behind the scenes of every healthcare organization. At Veterans Memorial Hospital, there are five certified…

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Read more about the article April is Defeat Diabetes Month-Diabetes Education Remains Essential
April is Defeat Diabetes Month. Pictured is the Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Educator Angie Mettille, who is available to meet when needed to help you defeat diabetes

April is Defeat Diabetes Month-Diabetes Education Remains Essential

April is Defeat Diabetes Month.  Diabetes is a disease full of challenges. Every day presents decisions that need to be made and sometimes problems that need to be solved. What…

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Read more about the article “Family Wellness Fair” Returns on May 8 at Veterans Memorial Hospital
The annual “Family Wellness Fair” will be held at Veterans Memorial Hospital and Clinics on Wednesday, May 8, from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. New this year, all those attending are welcome to enter the fair through either the Veterans Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic or the Gundersen Medical Clinic, or the main entrance to the hospital. Parking will be available at any of those locations for great accessibility to the fair. Free health testing, wellness information, entertainment and refreshments will be offered for families of all ages at this free event.

“Family Wellness Fair” Returns on May 8 at Veterans Memorial Hospital

The Veterans Memorial Hospital’s “Family Wellness Fair” will be held Wednesday, May 8, from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m.  Free health testing, exhibits and interactive activities will all be providing a…

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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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