Congratulations to the numerous students who completed the recent Veterans Memorial Hospital Baby-sitting class. The class, which was held on Saturday, April 13, was instructed by Corinne Cook, RN, and consisted of teaching the qualities of being a good baby-sitter including basic child care, accident prevention and first aid. These new baby-sitters learned CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and the Heimlach Maneuver, to be used in the case of a choking infant or child, and also learned about fire safety.

The students who completed the Veterans Memorial Hospital Baby-sitting seminar included Reagan Lubahn, Emma Retallick, Joslyn Moose, Lauren Kelly, Jack O’Neill, Emma O’Neill, Ella Livingston, Makenzie Livingston, Gus Benjegerdes, Leah Schnitzler, Hannah Cooper, Katie Lloyd, Cashton Lloyd, Kelsey Hennessy, Ashley Hennessy, Adelle Clarke, Laryn Bulman, Claire Johnson, Marina Kaeser, Jenna Goltz, Brooklyn Ottaway, Parker Leppert, Carter Seitz, Trinity Protsman, Makenna Kurth, Isabelle Mettille, Kylie Strittmater, Breelyn Dahlstrom,  Devon Meyer, Layla Landt and Reegan Benzing.         

 Due to the overwhelming interest in this last babysitting class, Veterans Memorial Hospital will offer another class on Saturday, June 1, from 8:30 - Noon.  The class will be held in the Large Conference Room located on the lower level of Veterans Memorial Hospital.  

            Intended participants are individuals 10 years of age and older who are responsible for their own care after school until their parents come home from work, and individuals who care for other children in or outside of their own home. Girls are not the sole baby-sitters in this society. Boys are also welcome and encouraged to attend.

            Topics to be covered include fire and personal safety, accident prevention and emergency actions, nutritious snacks and basic care of children.

            Cost for the seminar is $10. Pre-registration is required by May 29 as seats are limited. Only the first 30 registrants will be accepted for the class.   

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Please contact Corinne Cook, RN, instructor, at 568-3411 for more information.
The 22nd annual “Family Wellness Fair” was held Wednesday, May 8 at Veterans Memorial Hospital.   Over 220 individuals attended the wellness fair despite the very wet and cold evening.  Al enjoyed all the information and activities provided by over 45 agencies and businesses that serve Allamakee and northern Clayton counties.  

Entertainment for the evening included special appearances by “Klyde Thinger” the Clown, plus the “Hidden in Plain Sight” drug exhibit from Clayton County which mock’s a teenager’s bedroom with over 50 different drug indicators, indicating drug use or support of drug use. 

Many free health tests and demonstrations were offered at the fair and enjoyed by all.  The display sponsored by the Respiratory Therapists at the hospital, which includes two pig lungs, one healthy and one that had been exposed to second hand smoke, was back by popular demand again this year.  Visitors were invited to see just how the lungs expand and contract with real breathing and see firsthand the effects of smoking on these lungs which are very similar to human lungs.

In addition, a Waukon Fire Department fire truck and hospital ambulance were on site in the front entrance to the hospital for children to view.  Face painting was offered plus many new youth games such as a bean bag toss, a hula hoop contest and a youth fitness challenge.  Child Car seat checks were also be offered by certified professionals.

Also new this year was the “Stop the Bleed” training which teaches all visitors how to save a life by learning the proper way to stop a major bleed, which may be caused by an amputation, gunshot wound, puncture wound, etc.

Many took advantage of the service to disinfect their cell phones with the PHONESOAP machine located at the main entrance of the hospital. This service will remain available for any visitors to the hospital in the months to come at the reception desk.

Veterans Memorial Hospital sponsored a health fair at the event and offered many free health tests, assessments and information throughout the evening.  Both the Mayo Waukon Clinic and Gundersen Waukon Clinic were in attendance as well.  Nutritious snacks were offered compliments of the hospital’s Nutrition Services department.

            This family event is held each Spring and is free and open to all members of the area communities.

Veterans Memorial Hospital physicians and staff are pleased to announce that the First Baby of the Year Contest was won by Harrison Dean Sandry, son of Emily and Kevin Sandry of Cresco.    

Harrison was born on January 3, 2019, at 4:09 a.m., weighing 8 pounds, 1 ounce and was 20 inches long.  Dr. Dave Schwartz assisted with the delivery.   

Congratulations to grandparents Dean and Donna Reicks, Terri Mullen, and Karen and Bill Sandry, all of Cresco; and to great grandparents John and Gilda Mullen and Denis Reicks of Cresco and Arlene Sandry of Forest City, Iowa.    

All other babies born at Veterans Memorial Hospital in the year 2019 will receive a Baby Coupon Book coordinated by the hospital through coupon donations from over 60 area businesses in Harpers Ferry, Lansing, Monona, Postville, and Waukon. The hospital coordinates this in an effort to assure all babies born at the hospital are treated extra special.

This fortunate child and his family received the following generous gifts compliments of these area merchants:

  • $100.00 Cash from Dr. Bruce Carlson, Lansing Dental Clinic
  • A Free Night’s Stay in a Whirlpool Suite from the Stoney Creek Inn
  • Gift Basket from Mayo Clinic Health System-Waukon
  • 1-Year Subscription to the Standard from The Standard/News Publishing
  • $25 Gift Certificate from Outdoor Creations, Monona
  • Free Pedicure from the Hair, Body and Mind Salon and Day Spa
  • Free Year of Baby Photos (5 sessions) from Cote’Color Photography, Katie Hennessy
  • $20 Gift Certificate from Dave’s Gus and Tony’s Pizza and Steakhouse
  • $10 Gift Certificate from the S&D Café
  • $10 Gift Certificate from the Village Farm and Home, Waukon
  • Tastefully Simple Gift Basket from consultant Jan Baumler
  • $15 Gift Certificate from Sycamore Floral
  • Sterling Silver Mother/Child Pendant on 18” chain from Elliott Jewelers
  • $10 Gift Certificate from Milty’s Restaurant and The Skinny Dip, Lansing
  • $25 Gift Certificate from the Waukon Greenhouse
  • $15 Gift Certificate from the Waukon City Club
  •  Fleece Stadium Blanket from Waukon Dental
  • 20 Free Color Copies from JaDecc’s
  • 10 Punch Pass from the Waukon Wellness Center
  • Hand Made Baby Afghan from the Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital
  • Mary Kay Hand Cream from Debbie McGeough, Mary Kay Consultant
  • Servalier 16 piece Get-It-All Set from Tupperware Consultant Linda Manning
  • Diapers, Wipes and Laundry Basket from Veterans Memorial Hospital


Veterans Memorial Hospital


40 First St SE

Waukon, IA  52172

Veterans Memorial Hospital is a critical access hospital located in Waukon, a rural community in the very northeast corner of Iowa.