The Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital together with Elliott Jewelers of Waukon will be hosting their 14th annual Women’s Health Day wellness event and luncheon on Tuesday, September 25, at the Waukon Banquet Center.  All ages are invited to attend any part of this educational event, beginning at 11:00 a.m. with a wellness fair offering a variety of free health tests and information, and a salad luncheon and program held from Noon to 1:00 p.m.

The theme for this year’s event is “Second Chance Gifts” in promoting organ, tissue and blood donation.   Featured speakers for the Women’s Health Day program will include Mary Nachreiner, a volunteer of the University of Wisconsin Organ and Tissue Donation and a Donor’s Mother; Bev Larson-Needham, an Auxiliary of Veterans Memorial Hospital member and a Donor Recipient; Deb Eberling, an RN with Veterans Memorial Hospital Community and Home Care and a Donor’s Wife; and Kristin Stinn, a Donor Recipient

        The doors will open for this event at 11:00 a.m., with the luncheon and program speakers beginning at Noon.  Those able to take a longer lunch break may enjoy the free health testing and vendors available from 11:00 to Noon and again following the luncheon program.  To honor one-hour lunch breaks, participants are also invited to attend just the program and luncheon which will be held to just one hour. 

Free wellness testing will include blood pressure testing, blood sugar diabetes testing, mini-stress tests.   Free chair massages and reflexology (foot massages) will be offered, plus information on breast cancer awareness, nutrition, smoking cessation including a real lung display, strength training, incontinence therapy, Hands-Only CPR training, information on the new PRP and Stem Cell injections and  many other health issues will be available.   Flu shots will also be offered by VMH Community and Home Care for $25, based on availability at that time. 

Again this year, the Laboratory Department of Veterans Memorial Hospital will perform their new community wellness testing right on site.  Anyone interested in ordering any of these  wellness screenings, including a lipid panel, fasting glucose, vitamin D, TSH, hemogram, hemoglobin or HgbA1c, are asked to FAST for 12 hours prior to the event.  The full wellness package is available for just $45 or other options will be available to choose from.  An order form will be filled out, payment made and blood drawn all at the event for anyone interested.  The Lab staff will be on site for this testing and will then run the screens back at the hospital and mail the results out within five business days. 

Other providers offering information at the luncheon will include the Mayo Health System-Waukon Clinic, Gundersen Health System Waukon Clinic, NICC, The Waukon Wellness Center, Allamakee ISU Extension, Whitney Sleep Diagnostics, SHIIP (Senior Health Insurance Information Program), Good Samaritan Society, Northgate Care Center, Waukon Dental, Northeast Iowa Behavioral Health, and Helping Services of NE Iowa.

The cost of the Women’s Health Day event is $15 per person.  For that fee, all those attending will receive a goodie bag filled with coupons, samples, and general health information, in addition to the luncheon, health testing and programEveryone purchasing a ticket will be entered into a drawing for a Ladies’ 14kt yellow gold ‘Rhythm of Love’ diamond pendant on an 18” box style chain (retail price $1000) compliments of Elliott Jewelers of Waukon.  In addition, many more door prizes will be given away at the event. 

Tickets are on sale now at Veterans Memorial Hospital and Elliott Jewelers.  The proceeds from this event will be used to renovate the outpatient treatment room at Veterans Memorial Hospital.

For more information, please call Veterans Memorial Hospital at 568-3411 or Nona Sawyer, Auxiliary Event Coordinator at 568-3105.

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.