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  • Making the Switch to MHP was Perfect Choice For Stice Family
    Making the Switch to MHP was Perfect Choice For Stice Family

    When Sarah and John Stice of Ottumwa found out they were pregnant with their first child, the obvious choice for obstetrical care was local. “We originally b…

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  • BJ Bowie Appreciated Faster Recovery Time After Robotic Hernia Repair
    BJ Bowie Appreciated Faster Recovery Time After Robotic Hernia Repair

    When BJ Bowie needed a hernia repaired, there was no question where he wanted to go for care. He didn’t realize the surgery could be done robotically; h…

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  • Dean Strawn Credits MHP Physical Therapy for Getting Him Back on His Feet
    Dean Strawn Credits MHP Physical Therapy for Getting Him Back on His Feet

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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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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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08 December 2016
When it comes to your diet, you’re always looking for the best way to squeeze in those good for you items, right? We all want to be healthy and mindful of what we put into our bodies, but sometimes there are nutritional gaps due to our body’s inability to absorb certain nutrients or a personal disdain for vegetables on the dinner table.Whatever your reasons, it may be time for a check-up in the nutritional department. Family Practice Physician Va...
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 ...

Baby Safety Month

Mahaska Health Partnership Educates on Baby Safety Month

As part of Baby Safety Month, Mahaska Health Partnership wants to inform you of the safety risks associated with using second hand, hand-me-down and heirloom baby gear.

Each year, a new topic is chosen to be highlighted during Baby Safety Month. According to the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, parents are increasingly buying second hand products for their babies. For this reason, “Take a Second Look at Second Hand Baby Gear” is the theme for 2012. From garage sales, auctions, thrift stores or friends and family, parents are finding ways to cut costs during these tough economic times.

“Safety standards are constantly changing, so it’s important to stay up-to-date on what products are approved,” said MHP Birthing Center Director Chyann Vroegh. “If you have any question that your used baby product may not be safe, it’s better to just buy new.”

Outfitting a nursery can be costly. If you are on a tight budget, buying second hand baby gear is an option, as long as it is done safely. Items that can easily be cleaned and meet current standards such as clothes, books or basic toys are great choices to buy or borrow.

“You should always put safety before price,” explained Vroegh. “Don’t use any product with loose, missing or broken parts and be sure to check that it has not been recalled and meets current safety standards.”

Car seats, cribs, mattresses and lactation equipment should not be borrowed or bought second hand. It is impossible to know the gear’s history and some products just should not be re-used for sanitary reasons.