The first Doctors’ Day was celebrated on March 30, 1933, the same day in 1842 that anesthetic was first used in surgery. The day was officially designated as National Doctors’ Day in 1991 by then President George H. W. Bush. The purpose of the special day is to thank medical providers for the countless hours they dedicate to their patients.
“At MHP, we are fortunate to have a diverse medical staff, which affords us the opportunity to offer a wide variety of services to our community,” MHP CEO Jay Christensen said. “Everything we do at MHP directly relates to the needs of our community and none of it would be possible without the dedication of the medical professionals serving on our campus.”
Christensen said MHP benefits from having an outstanding medical staff. “We are truly blessed to work with such a dedicated group of medical professionals who strive to give outstanding medical services. The compassion our staff gives is only found when neighbors care for each other.”
Over the last year, some significant changes and additions to MHP’s medical staff have occurred. “We saw the retirement of Dr. Nick Messamer at the start of this year after 23 years of patient care in Oskaloosa,” Christensen explained. “We also welcomed the return of Psychiatrist Dr. Ron Berges, who has filled the role of Psychiatric Director for Inpatient Geriatric Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Services.
“Our latest addition to the MHP team is Family Nurse Practitioner Jen Scott. She has extensive knowledge about cardiovascular health and treats patients of all ages. Family Nurse Practitioner Lisa Smith recently relocated from our campus in Oskaloosa to New Sharon Medical Center, where she can provide primary care to her neighbors. We are also looking forward to the addition of two new providers this July.”
Christensen stressed the importance of great providers in rural healthcare settings. “Without a great medical staff, we wouldn’t be able to provide the wide array of services we have at MHP. I am thankful to work with such a wonderful healthcare team in Oskaloosa.”
Whether giving their time in surgery, providing primary care, obstetrical services or volunteering at the Oskaloosa Free Clinic; MHP medical providers have one goal: the health and well-being of you and your family. On National Doctors’ Day and every day, join MHP in extending a heartfelt thank you to this talented and dedicated group of professionals.