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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

Trauma Designation Awarded

Mahaska Health Partnership Emergency Services Awarded Trauma Designation

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has re-certified Mahaska Health Partnership Emergency Services as an Area Trauma Facility.

According to the IDPH, traumatic injury is the leading cause of death for persons in Iowa from 1 to 44 years of age. They estimate that 30,000 Iowans are seen for emergency evaluation annually.

“The goal of the trauma certification program is to match the patient’s needs to existing resources,” MHP Director or Emergency Services Andrea Hagist, RN, BSN, MSN said. “Our designation means access to more in-depth health services in an emergency situation.”

The IDPH defines an Area Trauma Facility as one that is located in a rural or urban area and has resources to provide initial stabilization for all trauma patients. The Trauma Center may also provide surgical and/or critical care for trauma patients when appropriate.

As part of the certification, MHP must meet certain criteria as outlined by the IDPH. Hagist explained, “To obtain this designation, MHP commits to being able to provide surgical services including surgeons, nurses and anesthetists within 30 minutes. We have to staff our Emergency Department 24/7 with a dedicated emergency physician.

“In addition, we have to have 24- hour coverage for respiratory therapy, laboratory and radiology services,” Hagist said. “MHP makes a commitment and employs staff accordingly in order to ensure we are providing the best possible emergency care for our community.”

The purpose of Iowa’s trauma system is to assure that people have access to an organized delivery system for trauma care and that critically injured patients are rapidly stabilized. “We are proud to provide this advanced level of care for our patients,” Hagist said.