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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

New Translation Equipment

New Translation Equipment

Mahaska Health Partnership has purchased translation equipment designed to help eliminate communication barriers in healthcare.

“In healthcare, it is essential that we maintain clear communication with our patients,” explained Utilization Review Nurse Laura Doscher. “This includes patient education, medication instruction and ensuring they understand their diagnosis.”

According to Speech Gear, the company that manufactures the translation equipment, the programs can instantly translate conversations and documents, as well as provide closed captioning for the hearing impaired.

“Our goal is always to accommodate the needs of our patients,” Doscher shared. “With this new technology we will be able to ensure that the patient understands the medical processes being performed and we won’t have to rely on family members to translate.”

The system can translate 35 different languages including Spanish and Dutch, which Doscher said can be spoken into the program. “If a nurse needs something explained in Spanish, all she has to do is speak into the microphone and audio is generated for the patient in Spanish. The patient can respond into the microphone and the audio is repeated back to the nurse in English.”

Doscher explained that whether the communication is verbal, typed or written, the new technology can format and deliver the information without delay. Pictures, forms and videos can also be displayed for individuals.

“We want our patients to be a partner in their care,” Doscher commented. “Being able to directly communicate with no delay ensures that the exact message we want to relay is being conveyed.”