• 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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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 ...

New Life at MHP's Birthing Center

When Jennifer and Mike Comfort discovered they were having their first child, they knew it would be an exciting adjustment. What they didn’t know was how pleasant their experience at Mahaska Health Partnership would be for their new family.

“We’re from Oskaloosa, so we never really considered going anywhere else but Mahaska Health Partnership,” said Jennifer. “Dr. Richmond did a great job of managing our pregnancy and delivery.”

When the Comforts arrived at MHP early on the morning of February 27, their plan was to have Dr. Richmond deliver their son naturally. “After laboring for a while without any progress, we knew it was time to make a decision and get the ball rolling. Dr. Richmond handled the situation with ease and expertise.”

Jennifer explained that Dr. Richmond and Birthing Center Director Chyann Vroegh were quick to answer any questions she had and did an excellent job of putting their new plan of action in perspective. “They were so calm under pressure. It was easy for me to trust their judgment,” Jennifer said.

At 9:40 am on Wednesday, February 27, Ryan Michael Comfort was delivered via cesarean section by MHP General Surgeon Paul Riggs. He weighed a perfect 8 pounds 6 ounces and was 21 inches long. “Dr. Richmond, Dr. Riggs and Chyann were all able to work together on my new birth plan,” Jennifer added. “Everyone was on the same page and focused on the same thing: doing what was best for me and my baby.”

Jennifer couldn’t say enough about the care she received in the days that followed. “I could really tell that the Birthing Center staff truly cared about us. They listened to your answers carefully when they asked questions and took my concerns seriously,” Jennifer shared. “They wouldn’t leave our room unless they knew our concerns were resolved. This made us feel so well cared for.

“The staff at the Birthing Center provided all the information they could in a caring and professional way,” Jennifer finished. “They made sure the care they gave us was personal and you could tell they were all there just for us.”