On-Line COVID Vaccination Sign-Up Continues!
Veterans Memorial Hospital’s on-line sign up option for those wishing to get on a waiting list for the COVID-19 vaccine has been working well. When vaccine is available, those on the list will be called to schedule an appointment for the vaccine. Specific directions will be given as to the location of the vaccination clinic as well as appointment time. Pictured is Kermit and Ann Klees of rural Waukon with COVID Clinic volunteer Joan Fish, who both recently received the COVID-19 vaccine at Veterans Memorial Hospital.

On-Line COVID Vaccination Sign-Up Continues!

Again this week, Allamakee County Public Health received 300 doses of COVID-19 vaccine from the State of Iowa weekly that was administered to those in tier 1B within one week. …

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Donating Convalescent Plasma LOCALLY to Help COVID-19 Victims
LifeServe Blood Center hosts a blood drive in Waukon monthly. Each blood donation they collect is now routinely checked for antibodies to COVID-19, which shows if the donor actually had the COVID-19 virus. Many donors are finding they do have antibodies to COVID-19 which could make them eligible for donating convalescent plasma which is pictured here. Plasma donations are welcome at the monthly Waukon blood drives.

Donating Convalescent Plasma LOCALLY to Help COVID-19 Victims

LifeServe Blood Center hosts a blood drive in Waukon monthly.  Each blood donation they collect is now routinely checked for antibodies to COVID-19, which shows if the donor actually had…

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COVID Vaccinations Continue-Sign Up Now Available!
Allamakee County Public Health continues to receive 300 doses of COVID-19 vaccine from the State of Iowa weekly that needs to be administered to those in tier 1B within one week. These doses continue to be divided between the collaborating vaccine partners including Hartig Drug, The Prescription Shoppe, Gundersen Clinic, and Veterans Memorial Hospital Clinic who all administer them to individuals age 65 and older. Veterans Memorial Hospital is now offering an on-line sign up option for those wishing to get on a waiting list for the vaccine. (See article for the step-by-step directions.) Pictured is Dorothy Bratrud, at left, and her sister Theresa Helgeson, who both received the COVID-19 vaccine on 2-16-21, assisted by volunteers Rick and Cathy Larson.

COVID Vaccinations Continue-Sign Up Now Available!

Allamakee County Public Health continues to receive 300 doses of COVID-19 vaccine from the State of Iowa weekly that needs to be administered to those in tier 1B within one…

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COVID Vaccinations are Finally Underway Thanks to Public Health & Their Community Partners
Allamakee County Public Health received 300 doses of COVID-19 vaccine from the State of Iowa this week. 200 doses were administered to individuals aged 65 and over thanks to collaborating vaccine partners. Pictured above is Linda Thompson, seated at left, with Nan Grangaard at right, following their immunizations. Allamakee County Public Health and Veterans Memorial Hospital staff and volunteers worked diligently to ensure a safe, quick and efficient experience for those receiving the vaccine.

COVID Vaccinations are Finally Underway Thanks to Public Health & Their Community Partners

This past week, Allamakee County Public Health (ACPH) received 300 doses of COVID-19 vaccine from the State of Iowa to be administered to eligible individuals in tier 1B. These doses…

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Be Alert for COVID-19 Scammers

The Iowa Healthcare Collaborative alerted Veterans Memorial Hospital of news of COVID-19 scams which they had received from the CMS.  Scammers are using telemarketing calls, text messages, social media platforms,…

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February is Heart Month:  The Facts on Heart Health
February is National Heart Month. The American Heart Association estimates that 89% of people who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest die because they don’t receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene. Veterans Memorial Hospital continues to encourage the public to learn “Hands Only CPR.” This simple way of performing CPR is very easy to do and effective for the victim and is outlined here.

February is Heart Month:  The Facts on Heart Health

Over 950,000 Americans die each year from cardiovascular disease. Since February is National Heart Month, Veterans Memorial Hospital provides the following facts and tips on heart health: 250,000 people die…

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February 14-20 is National Cardiac Rehab Week
February 7-13 is National Cardiac Rehab Week. Veterans Memorial Hospital began its own Cardiac Rehabilitation program nearly three decades ago to help fulfill a need in the community—a need that has been and continues to be well utilized. Pictured from left to right is Cardiac Rehab Nurse, Diane Weymiller, RN, with Cardiac Rehab patient Ed Stamper of Waukon. Ed is seated on the popular NuStep machine in the Cardiac Rehab Department. A Cardiac Rehabilitation program is essential for the fullest recovery of a victim of a heart disorder and is available locally at Veterans Memorial Hospital. The hospital continues to see patients through this pandemic with COVID precautions in place such as wearing masks, handwashing, sanitizing between patients and having only one patient present in the department at a time.

February 14-20 is National Cardiac Rehab Week

Cardiac Rehabilitation at VMH—A Highly Utilized Local Service Veterans Memorial Hospital began its own Cardiac Rehabilitation unit nearly three decades ago to help fulfill a need in the community—a need…

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Veterans Memorial Hospital Still Requires Masks for all Services
Masks are still a must at Veterans Memorial Hospital when it comes to preventing the spread of COVID-19. They are always worn by all staff, such as those pictured here. Veterans Memorial Hospital is still continuing to require the use of masks for all patients and visitors as well, even following the recent updated Governor proclamation. Anyone who is coming to the hospital for any type of service will be asked to continue to wear a mask during their visit. Social distancing and excellent hand hygiene will be continued as well, all in an effort to continue to reduce the spread of COVID on the hospital’s campus and in the area communities served by the hospital.

Veterans Memorial Hospital Still Requires Masks for all Services

Veterans Memorial Hospital is still continuing to require the use of masks, even following the recent updated Governor proclamation.  Anyone who is coming to the hospital for any type of…

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Working Through the Winter Blues

From the American Institute for Cancer Research Many people feel more anxious and depressed during the winter months. For some people, these mood changes are so severe that they interfere…

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February is Heart Month—Learn Hands Only CPR to Save the Life of a Loved One
February is National Heart Month. The American Heart Association estimates that 89% of people who suffer an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest die because they don’t receive immediate CPR from someone on the scene. Veterans Memorial Hospital continues to encourage the public to learn “Hands Only CPR.” This simple way of performing CPR is very easy to do and effective for the victim and is outlined here.

February is Heart Month—Learn Hands Only CPR to Save the Life of a Loved One

February is Heart Month.  Veterans Memorial Hospital continues to encourage the public to learn the American Heart Association’s “Hands Only CPR.”  This simple way of performing CPR is very easy…

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NEW 1B Priority Group Defined

Iowa is currently vaccinating individuals in Phase 1A, which includes health care personnel and residents and staff of long-term care facilities. With the vaccination of Phase 1A moving closer to…

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The Ness Family and the Monroe Family Make A Sizable Contribution to Hospital’s New 3D Mammography Machine Thanks to 4th Annual Successful Breast Cancer Awareness Walk
Ness Pumping and Porta Potty Rentals along with Monroe Auction, hosted their fourth annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk on Saturday, October 24th in the Waukon City Park to raise funds for breast cancer awareness and detection. The two families recently awarded $3200 in proceeds raised from this fourth annual walk to the hospital to be used towards the 3D mammography machine. Pictured, from left to right in the back row of the Ness photo, is Kayla and Colin Ness, Pat Ryan, Chad and Diana Ness, Leslie Ness, Rachel Richards, Carter Ness, and Evan Ness with Clayton and Liam Ness in front.

The Ness Family and the Monroe Family Make A Sizable Contribution to Hospital’s New 3D Mammography Machine Thanks to 4th Annual Successful Breast Cancer Awareness Walk

Ness Pumping and Porta Potty Rentals, along with Monroe Auction hosted their fourth annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk on Saturday, October 24th in the Waukon City Park to raise funds…

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Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation Gifts new Microscope to Hospital Laboratory
The Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation recently donated nearly $8,000 to the hospital for the purchase of this new microscope for the hospital’s Laboratory. The microscope, pictured here, is a crucial piece of equipment to the Laboratory. Laboratory staff pictured left to right is Mary Jo Meyer, MLT; Donna Wood, MLT; Caty Bruening, MT; Kelsey Weymiller, MLT; and Jenna Rosendahl, MLT.

Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation Gifts new Microscope to Hospital Laboratory

The Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation recently agreed to donate nearly $8,000 to the hospital for the purchase of a new microscope for the hospital’s Laboratory.    The current microscope…

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November is National Diabetes Awareness Month:  Continuous Glucose Monitoring at Veterans Memorial Hospital
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. Continuous glucose monitoring is offered at Veterans Memorial Hospital and used to determine what a patient’s blood glucose levels are every 15 minutes, 24 hours a day, even while they sleep. Once a physician has ordered a Continuous Glucose Monitoring study, the diabetes educator is able to insert a small glucose sensor on the back of the patient’s arm. (see example pictured here.) This procedure is quick and painless. The sensor is about the size of a quarter and lies relatively flat to the patient’s skin. The sensor is worn for whatever duration of time that has been decided by the patient and the healthcare providers, which is usually 7-14 days. At the end of this set time frame, the information in the sensor is downloaded by the diabetes educator using a hand held reader, which generates a graphical report that can be shared with the patient’s provider.

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month: Continuous Glucose Monitoring at Veterans Memorial Hospital

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month.  The Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Education Program offers continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) as an outpatient service.  The Freestyle Libre Pro System offers the option…

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November is National Diabetes Awareness Month:  Take Advantage of Medicare Open Enrollment Period Especially When Living with Diabetes

 If you are living with diabetes, taking insulin, and have Medicare, participating in the Medicare Open Enrollment Period is important every year. It is especially important this year as you…

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Diabetes Education Remains Essential
November is National Diabetes Awareness Month. Pictured is the Veterans Memorial Hospital Diabetes Education Team, left to right, Jill Fleming, Dietitian, and Angie Mettille, RN, Certified Diabetes Educator.

Diabetes Education Remains Essential

By Angie Mettille RN, Certified Diabetes Educator, Program Coordinator November is National Diabetes Awareness Month.  Diabetes is a disease full of challenges. Every day presents decisions that need to be…

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month—Be Diligent for Early Detection
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Just three years ago, Veterans Memorial Hospital introduced the first 3D digital mammography machine in northeast Iowa, pictured here, and is now in their fourth year of offering this innovative technology.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month—Be Diligent for Early Detection

An estimated 252,710 new invasive cases of breast cancer are expected to occur among women in the United States during 2020 and about 2,470 new cases of breast cancer are…

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October is National Physical Therapy Month
October is National Physical Therapy Month. Pictured is the Rehabilitation Department at Veterans Memorial Hospital. This staff works with people of all ages, helping them to reduce pain and regain strength, independence and health, assisting patients within the hospital, patients in the hospital on a skilled level of care, as well as outpatients and in the patient homes. Pictured, left to right, is Amy Robinson, PT, Rehab Director; Sara White, PTA; Alana Gavin, D.P.T.; Amy Ghelf, P.T.A.; Tami Gebel, OT; Brad Krambeer, Athletic Trainer; Shelly Valley, PTA and Athletic Trainer; Steven Mazzafield, SLP; Laurel Hagensick, PT; Melissa Clarke, OT; Austin Troendle, DPT and Athletic Trainer; and Dacia Johnson, Office Manager and Rehab Technician.

October is National Physical Therapy Month

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

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October is Physical Therapy Month-Services in Full-Swing during COVID-19 While Keeping a Safe Environment
The Physical Therapy department recently grew by one physical therapist. Pictured is Austin Troendle, DPT/ATC, new physical therapist in the Veterans Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation Department. Austin recently graduated with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy and chose to return to Waukon where he grew up to practice his profession. He states, “I really enjoyed working in the Rehab Department with the other staff members during a school internship. I also enjoy giving back to the community that gave me great opportunities growing up here.”

October is Physical Therapy Month-Services in Full-Swing during COVID-19 While Keeping a Safe Environment

October is National Physical Therapy Month.  The entire Rehabilitation Department is very busy once again since the onset of COVID-19.  The physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and cardiac rehabilitation…

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The Advantages of 3D Mammograms
Veterans Memorial Hospital is beginning their fourth year of offering 3D mammography. Pictured is Renee Stokman, Mammographer, with a patient at the 3D mammography machine at the hospital.

The Advantages of 3D Mammograms

By Renee Stokman, Mammographer Veterans Memorial Hospital I’ve heard about 3D Mammograms…why are they better? Veterans Memorial Hospital is proud to be offering, starting our fourth year, this wonderful new…

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Mammography Services Available at Veterans Memorial Hospital
Veterans Memorial Hospital has reopened most all outpatient services including mammography since the onset of COVID-19. Routine screening is so important when it comes to mammography and early detection of breast cancer. Darci Engelhardt of Luana has regular mammograms at Veterans Memorial Hospital. She recently visited the hospital for her annual screen, stating, “I didn’t feel there was any difference in this mammogram from my last, other than the fact I had to wear a mask. It’s so important to keep up on your screenings even with all of this COVID spread, but the hospital has very good safety measures so I felt very comfortable.”

Mammography Services Available at Veterans Memorial Hospital

While Keeping a Safe Environment Veterans Memorial Hospital has reopened most all outpatient services including mammography since the onset of COVID-19.   Routine screening is so important when it comes to…

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