Read more about the article “Making the Future Bright” at the 31st Anniversary Christmas Fantasy 2022
The Veterans Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation’s 31st Annual Christmas Fantasy made a huge return back to a full event after three years, hosting nearly 50 decorated full-size Christmas trees at the event held November 11-14. These trees, pictured above, were all decorated by local individuals, businesses, organizations and classes and each had a local person or business sponsoring them as well.

“Making the Future Bright” at the 31st Anniversary Christmas Fantasy 2022

The 2022 Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation’s Christmas Fantasy made a big return last weekend after three years with large numbers of Christmas trees and silent auction items on display. …

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Read more about the article November is National Home Care Month
November is Home Care Month. Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care is a locally-based, home health care agency serving Allamakee and the surrounding counties. Registered nurses and certified home care aides travel the Allamakee County area and beyond to offer assistance to individuals who wish to remain in their homes for as long as possible or need some assistance while they are recovering from an illness or recent surgery, often times after being hospitalized. Cheri White of Waukon, pictured at right with Katie Rathbun, Home Care RN, has been receiving home health services since 2013 following a significant health event. “Home health services make it possible for me to safely remain in my own home. I receive both skilled nursing and home health aide services each week and this assistance helps me remain independent at home,” states Cheri. “The care I received during my recent hospitalization at Veterans Memorial Hospital was exceptional.” Cheri declared, “It takes a village!” when describing her home healthcare team.

November is National Home Care Month

As the elderly population continues to grow and individuals desire to remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible, home health care will continue to be a…

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Read more about the article Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care Travels throughout Allamakee County
November is National Home Care Month. Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care offers adults the assistance they need to remain living in their homes, as long as possible. Registered nurses and trained home care aides travel the entire Allamakee County area. RN staff is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and Home Care Aide services are available seven days a week as need determines. Pictured at right is Linda Sanders of New Albin with Home Care Aide Peggy Woodbeck, who cared for her once she returned home from Veterans Memorial Hospital skilled care.

Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care Travels throughout Allamakee County

The month of November is National Home Care Month.  Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care (formerly called Allamakee County Public Health) travels the entire Allamakee County area offering adults…

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Read more about the article New Upgraded State-of-the-Art 3D Mammography Machine at Veterans Memorial Hospital
Veterans Memorial Hospital recently upgraded its current 3D mammography machine with a new cutting-edge machine, making it the most updated machine available in the tri-state region. It features an all-new, comfort focused paddle that is curved to conform to the shape of the patient’s breast and has rounded corners for the most comfortable compression possible. Pictured with this new 3D mammography machine is Veterans Memorial Hospital Radiological Technicians Amanda Leiran, Supervisor; Keisha Coon and Danielle Ferring. Appointments are now being taken for this new system.

New Upgraded State-of-the-Art 3D Mammography Machine at Veterans Memorial Hospital

 Veterans Memorial Hospital recently upgraded its current 3D mammography machine with a new cutting-edge machine, making it the most updated machine available in the tri-state region. It features an all-new,…

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Read more about the article Capital Improvement Needs of New Roof and Revamping of ER Visualized Showing Necessity for City to County Conversion
Converting Veterans Memorial Hospital to a county hospital will allow for county tax appropriations to help ensure long-term sustainability of the hospital to make some much needed capital improvements. Pictured here are five members of the hospital ER staff pictured in one of the two ER rooms at the hospital, showing the small size of the rooms which are lacking privacy and room for equipment, storage and to perform needed procedures. Pictured left to right is Teresa Schaefers, RN, ER Nurse; Dylan Farning, EMT, ER Tech; Jacob Dougherty, Paramedic, EMS Supervisor; Seth Bulman, Paramedic; and Cheryl Livingston, Paramedic.

Capital Improvement Needs of New Roof and Revamping of ER Visualized Showing Necessity for City to County Conversion

The Allamakee County vote to determine if Veterans Memorial Hospital converts from a city-owned hospital to a county-owned hospital is included in the general election on November 8.  Converting to…

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Read more about the article Alex Berns Joins Veterans Memorial Hospital Clinic-Waukon as Family Practice Provider
Alex Berns has joined the Veterans Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic-Waukon a new Family Practice Nurse Practitioner and is accepting patients of all ages.

Alex Berns Joins Veterans Memorial Hospital Clinic-Waukon as Family Practice Provider

Alex Berns has joined the Veterans Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic-Waukon a new Family Practice Nurse Practitioner and is accepting patients of all ages.  He will be working in the clinic…

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Read more about the article Returning Patient  Tells His History and Trust for VMH’s Rehab Staff and Beyond
October is National Physical Therapy Month. Returning therapy patient Jim Waters of rural New Albin, pictured here with physical therapist Laurel Hagensick, PT, explains his many years of experience and trust in the Veterans Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation staff and beyond.

Returning Patient Tells His History and Trust for VMH’s Rehab Staff and Beyond

October is National Physical Therapy Month.  The Veterans Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation staff works with people of all ages, helping them to reduce pain and regain strength, independence and health, assisting…

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Annual Flu Shots and COVID Vaccine Booster Walk-In Clinics Underway at Veterans Memorial Hospital AND Around Allamakee County

Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care/Allamakee County Public Health’s annual flu shot clinics are underway.  The new COVID vaccine booster for the variant strains is also being offered, as…

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Read more about the article Veterans Memorial Hospital City to County Conversion Meetings in Allamakee County Communities Continue 
Veterans Memorial Hospital staff and board members continue to visit each Allamakee County community to present and discuss the need to convert from a city owned hospital to a county owned hospital. Pictured is scene from a recent session in Waukon. These sessions last less than an hour and will answer any questions anyone may have about the proposed conversion. Detailed information and handout materials is shared and can also be found on the hospital’s website at www.veteransmemorialhospital.com/voteyes/. Anyone is welcome to attend any of these presentations.

Veterans Memorial Hospital City to County Conversion Meetings in Allamakee County Communities Continue 

Veterans Memorial Hospital staff and board members continue to visit each Allamakee County community to present and discuss the need to convert from a city owned hospital to a county…

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Annual Flu Shots and COVID Vaccine Booster Walk-In Clinics Underway at Veterans Memorial Hospital AND Around Allamakee County

Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care/Allamakee County Public Health’s annual flu shot clinics are underway.  The new COVID vaccine booster for the variant strains is also being offered, as…

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Read more about the article Success When Following Dietitian’s Advice
Often individuals are informed at their annual physicals they may be overweight and are advised by their health care provider to try to drop a few pounds, but that is not as easy as it sounds. Bob Swenson of Waukon was recently given that advice and knew he needed some guidance. He sought out the help of one of the dietitians at Veterans Memorial Hospital, Brandy Strub, who now calls him a “Poster Child” for following her advice and making remarkable progress in just one month. Registered Dietitians Jill Fleming and Brandy Strub are both available to meet with individuals personally who want to improve their diet and get to a healthy weight. A free weight loss class is also offered the first Tuesday of the month at Veterans Memorial Hospital at Noon or 5 p.m. that same day.

Success When Following Dietitian’s Advice

Often individuals are informed at their annual physicals they may be overweight and are advised by their health care provider to try to drop a few pounds, but that is…

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Read more about the article Importance of Asking for Skilled Care in Hospital before Returning Home
Skilled care is a level of hospital care offered at Veterans Memorial Hospital often found to be a very helpful option to the spouse or caregiver of a patient not quite able to go home following a surgery or accident. Pictured is Ron Fox of Postville, leaving his skilled care stay at Veterans Memorial Hospital with is two daughters, left to right, Debbie and Diana, assisted by hospital nursing staff Chaya Klein, RN, and Denise Beisker, C.N.A. Ron is a grateful patient for the skilled care he received at the hospital last winter.

Importance of Asking for Skilled Care in Hospital before Returning Home

Skilled care is a level of hospital care offered at Veterans Memorial Hospital often found to be a very helpful option to the spouse or caregiver of a patient not…

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Read more about the article Decorators Needed for 31st Annual Christmas Fantasy
Pictured is a scene from the 2019 Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation Christmas Fantasy. The Foundation is excited to return to a normal event this year like the one pictured here, with all of the special events and displays held inside the Allamakee Fairgrounds Pavilion. The theme will be “Making the Future Bright.” Decorators are needed to decorate the numerous trees for display as well as donors needed for the silent auction items such as miniature trees, wall hangings, quilted items, gift baskets, centerpieces and more. This is the 31st annual Christmas Fantasy hosted by the Foundation and will be held November 11, 12, 13 and 14 at the Allamakee Fairgrounds Pavilion.

Decorators Needed for 31st Annual Christmas Fantasy

This Year’s Theme “Making the Future Bright” The Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation has announced the 2022 Christmas Fantasy will be back to a normal event this year, holding it…

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Read more about the article Veterans Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic-Postville Open House August 11
The Veterans Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic-Postville will host an open house for all area communities to attend on Thursday, August 11, from 5-7 p.m. Tours of the remodeled facility as well as a mini-wellness fair will all be offered at this event, which coincides with the Postville Farmer’s Market located across the street from the clinic. Pictured is a few photos of the remodeled facility at 124 Green Street, Postville. The clinic is open Monday through Friday. Appointments can be made by calling 563-864-7221.

Veterans Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic-Postville Open House August 11

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic-Postville will host an open house for all area communities to attend on Thursday, August 11, from 5-7 p.m.  The Postville Clinic is located at…

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Read more about the article Behavioral Tele-health Services Continue at Veterans Memorial Hospital Clinic-Waukon
The new, convenient behavioral tele-health services are available at the Veterans Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic in Waukon. The contracted tele-health company provides the clinic with their own medical provider who specializes in psychiatry and can help with medication management. Patients meet privately with the behavioral tele-health provider in this room. The clinic will also have a full-time nurse practitioner this fall who specializes in behavioral health.

Behavioral Tele-health Services Continue at Veterans Memorial Hospital Clinic-Waukon

The new behavioral tele-health services are available at the Veterans Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic in Waukon.  The contracted tele-health company provides the clinic with their own medical provider who specializes…

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Read more about the article Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital Membership Drive Now On!
The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital is now holding their annual membership drive. The Auxiliary is devoted to providing the hospital and its patients and visitors with many services and needed equipment. Pictured are the current Auxiliary officers with the blanket warmer they recently purchased for the hospital’s Maternity Services Birthing Center. Pictured left to right is Jayne McCormick, RN, Supervisor, with Bev-Larson-Needham, President; Donnalee Osland, Treasurer; and Ann Roed, Secretary. The Auxiliary holds annual fundraisers, such as the Women’s Health Day Salad Luncheon, the Pillow-Perk, and the Masquerade sales each fall, plus their annual membership drive each summer. All the money the Auxiliary receives goes back to the hospital for equipment. Membership enrollment forms are available at the main entrance of the hospital.

Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital Membership Drive Now On!

The members of the Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital are actively recruiting new and returning members to join them during their annual membership drive. The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital…

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Read more about the article Veterans Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic-Postville Now Open!
The Veterans Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic-Postville opened Tuesday, July 5, with provider, Michelle Crary, NP, providing care full-time and Dr. Thomas McMullan seeing patients two days per week. Pictured is some of the Postville Clinic staff on opening day July 5. Pictured left to right is, Michelle Crary, NP; full-time provider; Laura Baxter, RN, Postville and Waukon Clinic Manager; Casey Fisk, Certified Medical Assistant; and Tatum Wagner, Receptionist and Billing Specialist. The clinic is open Monday through Friday. Appointments can be made by calling 563-864-7221.

Veterans Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic-Postville Now Open!

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic-Postville opened on Tuesday, July 5, at 124 West Green Street in the same location of the former Postville Medical Clinic in downtown Postville.  The…

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Read more about the article VMH to Offer “Hands Only CPR” Training at 2022 Allamakee County Fair
Veterans Memorial Hospital will be offering free health tests and training each day of the Allamakee County Fair in their booth located in the Pavilion. On Sunday, July 24, “Hands Only” CPR training will be offered. “Hands Only” CPR is a simple technique for performing CPR that is intended for non-trained bystanders to use easily and effectively on any adult or teen needing CPR. A mannequin will be available that day for children and adults alike to practice this simple form of CPR. Pictured is a scene from a previous Veterans Memorial Hospital Family Wellness Fair where “Hands Only” CPR instruction was also offered.

VMH to Offer “Hands Only CPR” Training at 2022 Allamakee County Fair

Veterans Memorial Hospital will be offering “Hands Only” CPR training on Sunday, July 24, at their booth in the Pavilion at the Allamakee County Fair.  “Hands Only” CPR is a…

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Read more about the article Veterans Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic-Postville Now Open!
The Veterans Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic-Postville opened Tuesday, July 5, with provider, Michelle Crary, NP, providing care full-time and Dr. Thomas McMullan remaining on with the clinic part-time, seeing patients two days per week. Pictured is the new signage on the front of the clinic building located at 124 Green Street, Postville. The clinic is open Monday through Friday. Appointments can be made by calling 563-864-7221.

Veterans Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic-Postville Now Open!

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic-Postville opened on Tuesday, July 5, at 124 West Green Street in the same location of the former Postville Medical Clinic in downtown Postville.  The…

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Read more about the article Taryn Smith is new Behavioral Tele-Health Provider at VMH Clinic-Waukon
The new behavioral tele-health services are available at the Veterans Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic in Waukon. Taryn Smith, MSN, RN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, is the new provider who is available, via tele-health, Monday and Wednesday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The contracted tele-health company, Array, provided the clinic with this provider who specializes in psychiatry and can help with medication management.

Taryn Smith is new Behavioral Tele-Health Provider at VMH Clinic-Waukon

The new behavioral tele-health services are available at the Veterans Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic in Waukon.  Taryn Smith, MSN, RN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, is the new provider who is available,…

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Read more about the article Veterans Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic-Postville Opens Next Week
The Veterans Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic-Postville opens Tuesday, July 5. This clinic is in the former Postville Medical Clinic location at 124 West Green Street. Minor renovations to the clinic are now being completed. Pictured is Michelle Crary, Nurse Practitioner, who will be the full-time medical provider in the Postville Clinic working four days a week. Dr. Thomas McMullan will continue to see patients at the Postville Clinic two days per week. The clinic will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and will remain open over the lunch hour, then close from 1-2p.m. each afternoon. Appointments can be made by calling 563-864-7221.

Veterans Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic-Postville Opens Next Week

The Veterans Memorial Hospital Medical Clinic-Postville will open next Tuesday, July 5.  This clinic is in the former Postville Medical Clinic location at 124 West Green Street, in downtown Postville. …

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Read more about the article Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation’s Golf Tournament Results
The winners of the Veterans Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation’s 29th Annual Benefit Golf Tournament held on June 20 are pictured, left to right, including Dylan Hogan, Kevin Hanson and Jeremy Hogan. The Foundation Golf Tournament is an annual event, held each year in June at the Waukon Golf and Country Club.

Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation’s Golf Tournament Results

The 29th annual Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation Golf Tournament was held on Monday, June 20, at the Waukon Golf and Country Club.  Twenty-seven teams of three participated in this…

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Read more about the article New Pharmacy Meds-to-Beds Program Eases Patient Discharge Process
Veterans Memorial Hospital now offers a Meds-to-Beds program to all patients admitted to the facility. This program was developed in coordination with Hartig Drug and Nightingale Drug to help ease the discharge process, which can be very stressful for patients and family members. Pictured beside a hospital patient bed, from left to right, is hospital Pharmacist Brittney Snitker, Pharm.D.; Mara Knutson, RN; Kelly Bollman, RN; and Penny Wheeler, C.N.A.

New Pharmacy Meds-to-Beds Program Eases Patient Discharge Process

By Brittney Snitker, Pharm.D., BCPS Veterans Memorial Hospital now offers a Meds-to-Beds program to all patients admitted to our facility.  This program was developed in coordination with Hartig Drug and…

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Read more about the article 29th Annual Foundation Golf Tournament—Hole In One Prizes
Thanks to Farm Bureau Financial Services agents, pictured left to right, Caitlin Johnson, Andy Moore and Wade Bucknell, the first person hitting a hole in one on the first round of golf at the 29th annual Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation Golf Tournament will be awarded a new Harley Davidson motorcycle (pictured above.) A new John Deere riding lawn mower (pictured below) will be the hole in one prize for the second round of golf at the tournament, thanks to Waukon Implement. The tournament will be held Monday, June 20th at the Waukon Golf and Country Club. Please call the Waukon Golf and Country Club at 568-9939 to register.

29th Annual Foundation Golf Tournament—Hole In One Prizes

The Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation’s 29th annual Three Person Best-Shot Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, June 20. The tournament will be held at the Waukon Golf and…

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