Veterans Memorial Hospital continues to be appreciative of the outpouring of community support in making and donating face masks for patients and staff. With the reopening of most elective procedures and the approach of cold and flu season, the hospital is requesting more donations, if possible.
Face masks are required for all patients and visitors at Veterans Memorial Hospital. Everyone is asked to wear a mask when they enter the facility. If they do not have a mask already, they are given one of these reusable masks to wear EACH TIME they return to the hospital. With the limited supply of masks, it is requested the patients and visitors take their masks home and launder them in hot water and dry them in a hot dryer, then wear them over and over again.
“We are so thankful for all the numerous mask donations we have received over the last 6 months,” states Stacie Radloff, RT, Purchasing Director at Veterans Memorial Hospital. “I honestly don’t know what we would have done without all of the generosity and talent that has been shared. These donations have allowed us to share masks with our staff and especially our patients, so they can keep returning to Veterans Memorial Hospital and safely receive their care. We definitely appreciate the on-going donations as well. They are all put to very good use.”
Veterans Memorial Hospital recently received a huge shipment of over 200 masks from Darlene (Halvorson) Keehn. Darlene is originally from Waukon and worked at the hospital before she was married and moved away. She currently resides in Dubuque and retired in March. She has since made over 2,000 masks. After reading in the local newspaper that masks were needed at the hospital, this shipment arrived.
“I retired in March and everyone asked what I was going to do with all my time,” states Keehn. “I have sewed all my life and collected a ton of material over the years, so someone suggested I make masks. I have now made over 2000 masks. First I started giving them to family and friends, then gradually made more and have been donating them to hospitals and medical facilities. Now I have also made over 300 surgical caps. I am happy to help out my community where I grew up.”
Keehn has donated all of these masks in memory of her parents Herbert and Lorine Halvorson who were longtime residents of Waukon.
Veterans Memorial Hospital greatly appreciates all of the thousands of mask donations they have received and look forward to future donations as fall approaches. Masks can be dropped off at the front entrance of Veterans Memorial Hospital. For more information, please call Erin Berns at Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411 Ext. 443.