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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

MHP Partners with Milk Bank

Mahaska Health Partnership Partners with Milk Bank of Iowa

The Mahaska Health Partnership Birthing Center is a milk bank collection site for the University of Iowa’s Mothers Milk Bank of Iowa program.

“We are excited to partner with the University to extend the collection of donated breast milk to Southeast Iowa,” MHP Birthing Center Director Chyann Vroegh, RNC-OB, BSN, said. “Decades of research has proven the benefits of human milk for infants, especially those born prematurely.”

The Milk Bank of Iowa was started in 2002 with the purpose of collecting and supplying donated human milk to premature infants and others who need it. It utilizes surplus breast milk from approved donors to supplement feedings for premature infants or infants whose mothers are breast feeding but must stop for a period of time; perhaps due to health concerns or other issues.

To become an approved breast milk donor, a woman must be in good health, be nursing and willing to share extra milk. Donors must be non-smokers, not taking certain medications and adhere to strict policies related to alcohol consumption as well as milk pumping and storage policies.

“Most of the time, donors are women who, for whatever reason, have an abundance of breast milk. When a woman produces considerably more milk than her infant is able to consume, the milk bank is a great option,” Vroegh explained.

“Donors are thoroughly screened, similar to blood donor screening, before they can become a milk bank donor. Women making deposits at the MHP location have been previously screened by the University of Iowa and approved as donors,” Vroegh said.

As a milk bank collection site, the MHP Birthing Center has acquired a special freezer where milk will be stored and a nurse is onsite 24/7 to accept collections. The Birthing Center does request that donors call prior to making a drop off.

“Through our partnership with the University, we hope more women in our area will consider donating their excess breast milk,” Vroegh stressed. “The screening process can be completed locally and once approved; the collection and donation process is fairly simple.”

For more information about becoming a milk bank donor, contact the University of Iowa at 1-877-891-5347 or click here.