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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

Mental Health Training

Mahaska Health Partnership Behavioral Health Services will be offering Mental Health First Aid Training on Monday, Sept. 30 from 8 am to 5 pm on the MHP campus in Oskaloosa.

 

“There are many types of mental illness people might experience at some point in their lives,” MHP Behavioral Health Director Jan LeBahn, LMSW, said. “Mental Health First Aid training will help all types of people from teachers, to healthcare professionals, clergy members and the general public, learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health problems and how to help.”

LeBahn said people suffering from mental illness are often lumped into one category of their diagnosis. “For example, just because a person is suffering from depression doesn’t mean they should be treated as though they need cheering up. It depends what kind of depression they have such as postpartum, grief induced, bipolar disorder, and the list goes on.  

“There are many types of depression and although they have some similar symptoms, afflicted people need to be treated very differently. This is also true for people who have anxiety disorders, paranoia or eating disorders. Each of these disorders is very different and the people affected by them may have very different coping mechanisms,” LeBahn stressed.

“Through classes such as Mental Health First Aid, the hope is for the public to learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms to be able to intervene. If more people affected by mental illness receive treatment, the lasting effects can be reduced.”

The cost of the class is $35 and six CEU’s will be offered. To register for the next Mental Health First Aid training or for more information, call 641-672-3159. The deadline to register is Monday, Sept. 16.