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Can someone help you manage your health care?


Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

With all the hustle and bustle of summer, have you taken steps to ensure you and your family can easily access health care or health care information? Depending on your situation, you may want to consider giving specific types of consent to people you trust:

Consent to Treat a Minor

Parents or guardians can give consent for treatment of a minor. This may apply if you are leaving town without your children for a few days, have children in daycare, or would appreciate the flexibility of having someone else listed to help out with appointments or other non-urgent needs. Adults listed on the Consent to Treat a Minor form can authorize diagnostic and/or medical treatment, as recommended by the attending health care provider. Consent to Treat a Minor expires on December 31 of each year, and must be re-instated on an annual basis. Note: Anyone can bring a minor child into the 24/7 ER for emergent care.

Authorization for Verbal Communication of Health Information

This type of authorization allows adults to give consent for others to receive verbal-only communication on their health care. You may choose to allow all information to be shared, or you can limit it to things like up-coming appointments, billing, medications, etc. Common applications of this authorization include parents who pay the medical bills of their college-age children and want the ability to ask questions, people who manage someone else’s health care (such as an elderly parent), and anyone who is on medications that require frequent testing and adjustment. Authorization for Verbal Communication of Health Information also must be re-instated each year.

Medical Power of Attorney

In case you are unable to make decisions in the event of an accident, illness or injury, you may want to consider naming someone you trust as your medical power of attorney. This person will make medical decisions on your behalf, as recommended by the attending health care provider, and according to your wishes made known to them through the form process or otherwise. Medical Power of Attorney only needs to re-visited if you are changing the person you have named. If you share the signed Medical Power of Attorney document with us, WMC includes it in your medical record. It is appropriate for adults of all ages to choose a medical power of attorney.

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Bloodmobile in Harmony on July 15

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

Harmony will be hosting a bloodmobile at the Harmony Community Center from 1-7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. All donors will be required to provide identification before donating, so please remember your donor card or driver’s license. Typica ..... 
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Fifth annual Harmony Hustle sustains “A Brush with Kindness” projects

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

“We’ve raised more than $18,000 in support of Habitat,” said Harmony Hustle co-organizer Ralph Beastrom who helps organize the Harmony Hustle, a 10K run, 5K run/walk, and a 1K Kid’s Challenge all part of Harmony’s Fourth of July celebratio ..... 
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Red Cross issues 4th of July safety steps

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ROCHESTER, Minn. — This Fourth of July weekend, many people will be traveling, firing up the backyard grill or enjoying fireworks, and the American Red Cross offers a series of steps everyone can follow to safely enjoy the holiday weekend. “Ev ..... 
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American Red Cross seeks more blood donations this summer

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

The American Red Cross encourages blood donors to help prevent a summer shortage by rolling up a sleeve to give. Donors of all blood types are urged to schedule an appointment now, especially those with types O negative, B negative and A negative. ..... 
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Harmony receives ACT on Alzheimer’s Grant to advance dementia-friendly work

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

HARMONY, Minn. - Harmony recently received a Grant through ACT on Alzheimer’s to help make Harmony a more dementia-friendly community. Harmony is one of 12 new action communities to commit towards preparing Minnesota for the growing number of p ..... 
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Gundersen Medical Foundation receives grant from Susan G. Komen Minnesota to provide breast cancer screening and education

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Susan G. Komen Minnesota has awarded a $26,251 grant to Gundersen Medical Foundation to provide breast cancer screening and education in rural Fillmore and Houston counties for the second consecutive year. The program will provide 50 women who are u ..... 
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Keeping young athletes healthy

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Some kids just like to move. Alea Lutkenhaus, an 8th grader from Decorah Middle School, is one of those kids. Out for track, softball, basketball, cross county and soccer, an injury can put the brakes on Lutkenhaus’ plans any time of the year ..... 
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Winneshiek Medical Center Auxiliary gives $31K back to WMC

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Over the past year, the Winneshiek Medical Center Auxiliary has purchased medical equipment for WMC to a tune of $31,000. The most recent purchase was an adjustable x-ray table to benefit WMC patients in the Radiology department. “The adjust ..... 
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