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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

Choosing a Hospice Service

Recommendations for Choosing a Hospice Service

When it comes time to select a hospice organization for you or a loved one, there may be many options to choose from. Mahaska Health Partnership wants you to know that there are important questions to ask when going through this process.

According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, there are many factors that may be important to you and your family when identifying a hospice service. All hospice organizations offer medical services and resources for people who are facing a life threatening illness. Additional aspects to be considered would be the organization’s standing with state or federal agencies, whether or not the organization has a facility to provide inpatient care, how long the hospice has been operating in the community or what additional services are provided.

“MHP Hospice Services is accredited by the Joint Commission and is also surveyed by Medicare,” said Hospice Patient Care Coordinator Kim Stek. “We hold ourselves to a very high standard and are committed to providing safe, high quality care to our patients.”

In addition to traditional in-home hospice care, MHP Hospice Services also operates the MHP Hospice Serenity House; an inpatient care facility intended to provide a home away from home for patients and their families when needed. “The Serenity House has six patient rooms and provides 24-hour, seven day a week care by Registered Nurses and Certified Nurses’ Aides who are specially trained in the unique needs of hospice patients,” said Stek.

Stek also shared that MHP Hospice Services was the first rural hospice in Iowa. “We have been in Mahaska County for over 30 years, serving the individuals and families who need our care the most.”

In addition to traditional hospice accommodations, MHP Hospice Services also partners with health professionals in specialties that benefit patients. Stek said that massage, music, physical and occupational therapies are available. “Our goal is always to make our patients and their families feel comfortable and at home,” said Stek. “Whether that means pain management, the help of a social worker or even playing their favorite music, we are dedicated to providing care specifically tailored to each patient’s needs.”

Choosing a hospice organization for yourself or a loved one can be a difficult decision with multiple factors to consider. Be sure you are asking the right questions and doing your research when selecting a service. For more information about MHP Home Health and Hospice Services, please call 641.672.3260.

Hospice services are offered by MHP in Mahaska, Keokuk and surrounding counties as well as the MHP Hospice Serenity House in Oskaloosa. Anyone can make a referral by calling 641.672.3260 or by clicking here. Mahaska Health Partnership Hospice Services is a non-profit organization, so regardless of financial situation or ability to pay, no one will ever be denied services.