• Persistence Pays off When it Comes to Jane Humble's Health
    Persistence Pays off When it Comes to Jane Humble's Health

    Jane Humble of Fremont has rarely been sick, so when she came down with a bug that kept her in bed for a month, her family knew it was serious. “I went t…

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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

    D is for Determination! Without it, Dean Strawn and his wife, Jane, along with his Physical Therapists at MHP, say he wouldn’t be walking, talking and 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

    When it comes to healthcare, being able to continue working without interruption is a common concern for many, Larry Spoelstra is no different. “I’ve liv…

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Provider Focus

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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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 ...
17 November 2016
Ever leave the Thanksgiving table feeling like you are the stuffed turkey? We’ve all had that experience at one time or another and it can lead to what’s so fondly referred to as a food coma and tight pants, which nobody enjoys! The average person gains one to two pounds every holiday season. May sound innocent enough but if you keep that on over 10 years, it adds up to 20 pounds! Keeping control during your holiday celebrations can leave everyo...

Diabetes Education

The rate of diabetes among adults in Mahaska County, Iowa is 7.4%. That may not seem like a very high number, but for those living with diabetes, their families and caregivers, its impact is heavily felt. More worrisome is the percentage of people at risk for Type 2 diabetes in Mahaska County: 27.7% of adults here are obese. Obesity is one of the top predictors of Type 2 diabetes, but fortunately, the disease is 100% preventable.

At Mahaska Health Partnership, we devote significant resources to helping families prevent and control diabetes by providing education and support. Our dedicated Certified Diabetes Educator, Sharon Ferguson, RN, conducts inpatient and outpatient counseling, teaches classes, and leads support groups to assist those living with diabetes.

  • The Diabetes Prevention Program is an educational class for anyone at high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.

  • The Diabetes WISE (Wellness In Self-Management) program is designed to help people living with diabetes improve their health and wellness.

  • The Diabetes Support Group is for anyone suffering from diabetes, their loved ones, friends, and caregivers. The group meets on the second Wednesday of every month at the Cedar Bluff Learning Center (entrance #3) to share information, stories, and support.

You don’t have to face diabetes alone. Mahaska Health Partnership is here to help.

For more information, please see our Diabetes Education Available Services page.