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  • Dean Strawn Credits MHP Physical Therapy for Getting Him Back on His Feet
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JohannesHD2016SmallTonya Johannes, ARNP-BC

Tonya Johannes, ARNP-BC, is a Family Nurse Practitioner at MHP who treats patients of all ages and has a special interest in skin care. 

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01 December 2016
Whether you’re a woman in need of her yearly mammogram or bringing your child in for an X-ray of a possible broken bone, radiation can be a concern. Do you know what radiation really is?MHP Director of Radiology does! In fact, her entire department would be lost without it! Radiation is used in various medical imaging tests to help determine the best treatment option for patients without extreme measures such as exploratory surgery. The ionizing ...
17 November 2016
Ever leave the Thanksgiving table feeling like you are the stuffed turkey? We’ve all had that experience at one time or another and it can lead to what’s so fondly referred to as a food coma and tight pants, which nobody enjoys! The average person gains one to two pounds every holiday season. May sound innocent enough but if you keep that on over 10 years, it adds up to 20 pounds! Keeping control during your holiday celebrations can leave everyo...

Certified Diabetes Educator

The National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE) announced that Mahaska Health Partnership Diabetes Educator Sharon Ferguson achieved Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) status by successfully completing the Certification Examination for Diabetes Educators.

To be certified by the NCBDE, candidates must meet rigorous eligibility requirements to be able to take the Examination. Achieving certification status demonstrates to people with diabetes and employers that the healthcare professional possesses distinct and specialized knowledge, thereby promoting quality of care for people with diabetes. Currently, Iowa has 246 practicing professionals with CDE certification.

Ferguson has been employed at MHP since 2008, and has been a nurse for more than 30 years. In 2010, she was one of 12 healthcare workers in the state to receive the distinguished “Hospital Hero Award” from the Iowa Hospital Association for her work with diabetes. She started a free monthly diabetes support group, organized a curriculum for a diabetes self management class called Diabetes WISE and gathered qualified healthcare professionals to volunteer their time to teach.  

“We are very proud of Sharon’s accomplishments as MHP’s Diabetes Educator,” said MHP CEO Jay Christensen. “She has used her talents and expertise to improve our organization and the health and well being of our community. She is the embodiment of our great team players employed at MHP, who have commitment and passion that drives our growth and performance. Obtaining the CDE credential demonstrates not only her dedication to the diabetes specialty, but that Sharon has met a high level of competency in diabetes self-management education.

NCBDE was established in 1986 to develop and administer a certification program for healthcare professionals who teach individuals with diabetes how to manage their disease. Through the development, maintenance and protection of the certification process and the CDE credential, NCBDE recognizes and advances the specialty practice of diabetes education.