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  • Dean Strawn Credits MHP Physical Therapy for Getting Him Back on His Feet
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  • After Hysterectomy, Tami O'Day Back to Work in 11 Days
    After Hysterectomy, Tami O'Day Back to Work in 11 Days

    With a household of eight to care for and a fulltime job, the last thing Tami O’Day of Oskaloosa was making time for was herself. Tami thought her m…

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  • Larry Spoelstra Gets to the Bottom of Health Concerns with Collaborative Care at MHP
    Larry Spoelstra Gets to the Bottom of Health Concerns with Collaborative Care at MHP

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  • Janean Wedeking’s Family Gets a Little Bigger with MHP
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Provider Focus

FowlerHeadshotJeffrey Fowler, DO

Dr. Jeffrey Fowler is an OB/GYN at MHP who specializes in the obstetrical and gynecological care for women through every stage of life.

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29 September 2016
Some dates are hard to forget…birthdays, anniversaries, major holidays, significant life events…but what about dates for health screenings? Unfortunately, those do get forgotten or put off and they shouldn’t! Just like you mark your calendars for events you look forward to, you should also mark it for events that can save your life! Ladies, I’m talking to you, if your calendar is only filled with your family’s activities and your annual mammogram...
22 September 2016
You’ve heard of type 1 and type 2 diabetes, but what about prediabetes? When your blood sugar levels are high but not quite high enough to qualify as type 2 diabetes, you may be diagnosed with prediabetes. So what in the world does that mean? Well, according to MHP Registered Dietitian Lea Rice, it’s not a sentence for type 2 diabetes! In fact, this diagnosis is a great opportunity to look at your health and make adjustments before developing dia...

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.