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Family Nurse Practitioner Jen Scott, ARNP-C, treats patients of all ages and has a special interest in cardiac care. 

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Oh my Heart!

With a new little one, the tests, forms and information are abundant. Family Practice with Obstetrics Physician Dr. Shawn Richmond knows this all too well! One test that all of his little patients receive is a pulse oximetry to measure the amount of oxygen in the blood. Sounds big but it’s actually quite small. The test uses little sticky monitors (think of a band-aid), that are applied to a baby’s foot and hand. Don’t worry, this test is totally painless, but provides insight on their health, often before any signs and symptoms could be noticed. Pretty neat huh?

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Published Feb 23, 2017

Shake Those Hips!

When it comes to your body, aches and pains can really throw you for a loop! One common complaint is hip, knee and shoulder pain, at least in MHP Orthopaedic Surgeon Sreedhar Somisetty, MD’s, office! Some may think replacing those joints will fix all; however, Dr. Somisetty likes to remind patients that it’s not a race to the finish line and taking baby steps will get you on the road to recovery!

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Published Feb 16, 2017

Ostomy Support Group

Ostomy Support Group

Mahaska Health Partnership Wound, Ostomy, Continence (WOC) Nurse Cindy Donohue, BSN, CWOCN, will hold an Ostomy Support Group meeting on Monday, June 13 at 5:30 pm.

“There are a lot of people in our community living with an ostomy,” Donohue explained. “This initial meeting is to determine if there is enough interest to form a monthly support group.”

The purpose of the group is to provide free consultation with ostomy professionals as well as a network of local people who are in similar situations. Donohue said participants will direct the content that is shared during meetings based on topics they would like assistance with. “We really want this to become a peer-driven group where the participants determine issues they want help with.”

According to the United Ostomy Associations of America, an ostomy refers to a surgically-created opening in the body for the discharge of bodily wastes. An ostomy may be performed due to many different diseases and conditions such as cancer or a birth defect. The most common type of ostomy is a colostomy. During the procedure, a portion of the large intestine is removed or bypassed. The remaining portion of the functioning large intestine is brought through the abdominal wall.

Through the MHP WOC program, Donohue can provide many valuable services to people living with an ostomy. “I have helped many people living with ostomies,” Donohue said. “I see them reentering their lives and doing everything they did prior to their surgeries which is very rewarding. “ The WOC program at MHP assists patients with pre-surgical consultation, pouch fittings and ostomy complication resources.

The Ostomy Support Group will meet on the MHP campus in Oskaloosa (use entrance #3). Pre-registration is requested by contacting Donohue at 642-672-3161 or cdonohue@mahaskahealth.org. To find out more about how Mahaska Health Partnership is making healthcare personal, visit mahaskahealth.org.