Yoga may improve quality of life for people with asthma

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Women’s Health Event 2020

Mahaska Health is excited to host a Virtual Women’s Health Event during the week of October 19th – 23rd! This year, we look forward to hearing from several providers who specialize in women’s health services and are passionate about helping individuals better understand how to support their healthy lifestyle. 2020 has created many opportunities for…

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Wellness Health Screening & Injury Prevention Event

Mahaska Health is hosting a complimentary Injury Prevention & Wellness Health Screening Event! Mahaska Health’s Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Team is here to help! From hip, knee, and joint issues, to shoulder and back treatments, our knowledgeable, expert compassionate Team will work closely with you to establish goals and create the best path for your…

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Welcome Michelle Williams, Education Coordinator

Mahaska Health Welcomes Education Coordinator July 15, 2020 Mahaska Health is excited to reintroduce Michelle Williams as Mahaska Health’s new Education Coordinator. She began this position in June, however she has been working at Mahaska Health since 2012 as a Registered Nurse in Surgical Services. Patients may have seen her working in pre- and post-operation…

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Welcome Kerri Boender, Director of Inpatient Services & Birthing Center

Mahaska Health Welcomes Kerri Boender as Director of Inpatient Services July 23, 2020 Mahaska Health is proud to welcome Kerri Boender, RN as the new Director of Inpatient Services and Birthing Center. Boender has over 25 years of nursing experience and has been recognized as a 100 Great Iowa Nurse Honoree.  Prior to Mahaska Health,…

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We Are Growing! Join Our Care Team!

JOIN OUR TEAM! Our Team is growing! Our Inpatient Services Team is now hiring for a full-time RN position, CNA position, and PRN, RN position. Nurses have one of the most valuable roles in patient care and treatment. If you are looking for a rewarding career with great benefits, a great team, and positive culture we…

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Virtual Appointments Available at Mahaska Health

Virtual care allows you to receive medical attention without leaving the comfort of your home. Simply use the video camera on your laptop, tablet or smartphone for a face-to-face consultation. Virtual Appointments provide treatment for many acute and chronic conditions like: Allergies Arthritis Pain Asthma Bronchitis Colds & Flu Migraines & Headaches Depression Anxiety Ear…

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Understanding COVID-19 Case Information and the Public Health Process

OFFICIAL RELEASE FROM MAHASKA COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH APRIL 20, 2020 The Iowa Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Dashboard is a powerful tool to help Iowans understand the state of COVID-19 in their county and region. The COVID-19 Dashboard can be found online at   The State of Iowa has divided the state into regions…

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The Scoop with Lea | Turkey Chili

Turkey Chili Don’t let Thanksgiving leftovers go to waste. Here’s a clever recipe to use up leftover Turkey this year! Ingredients 2 cups shredded or chopped turkey 1 TB olive oil 1 chopped onion 1 tsp minced garlic 1 tsp olive oil 12-14 oz diced green chili (comes in 4 oz and 10 oz cans)…

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The Scoop with Lea | Roasted Asparagus and Onion

Roasted Asparagus and Onion Try out this tasty, healthy side that’s perfect for family dinners! Click here to download a printable recipe card for Lea’s Roasted Asparagus and Onion! Roasted Asparagus and Onion Prep Time: 10 minutes Bake Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 25 Minutes You Will Need A baking pan Ingredients 1 pound asparagus,…

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The Scoop with Lea | Mexican Chicken & Bean Soup

Mexican Chicken & Bean Soup As the weather cools, warm up with this simple, yet satisfying meal! Time to Get Cooking! Makes 10, 1.5 Cup Servings Prep Time: 10 Minutes Cook Time: 4 Hours Total Time: 4 Hours 10 Minutes Nutrition Facts:  13 calories 25g carbohydrates 1g fat 20g protein 273mg sodium Ingredients 2 Cans…

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The Scoop with Lea | Broccoli Salad

Broccoli Salad Try out this tasty, healthy side that’s perfect for family dinners! Click here to download a printable recipe card for Lea’s Broccoli Salad! Broccoli Salad Prep Time: 10 minutes Bake Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 15 Minutes You Will Need A large mixing bowl Ingredients Broccoli Salad 4 cups broccoli florets  2 cups…

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The ABC’s to Getting Some Z’s

When you compare bedtime at your house to wrangling monkeys at the zoo, do you think monkeys may be the easier option? Here are some tried and true ways to make bedtime less of a hassle at home:

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Stuffed Jack-O-Lantern Peppers

Stuffed Jack-O-Lantern Peppers Fall is finally here and if you’re anything like us, you’re already looking for ways to celebrate the upcoming holidays! This week’s Wellness Wednesday Recipe is the perfect healthy treat for Halloween and it’s a great opportunity to have fun cooking with your family. Boo Appetit! Time to Get Cooking! Serves 4…

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Sleep and Your Health

Over 50 million people in the United States have a sleep disorder, according to the American Sleep Association. A night of poor sleep does not just cause drowsiness it can also negatively impact your health. Here are five ways to improve your sleep.

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Sepsis 101

You’ve probably heard of sepsis, but do you know what it is? And no, it’s not some spell out of a Harry Potter novel!

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Same-Day Appointments Now Available

Did you wake up feeling sick? Are you experiencing an unexpected injury? Mahaska Health has you covered. We understand that you can’t always plan ahead for a health concern. That is why we are now offering same-day appointments for family practice providers Appointments are filled on a first come, first serve basis and are now…

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Roasted Chickpeas

Roasted Chickpeas Chickpeas, also known as Garbanzo Beans are high in protein and vitamins. Enjoy these smoky/salty roasted chickpeas as a side dish or just a healthy snack! Time to Get Cooking! Makes 14, 1/4 Cup Servings Prep Time: 3 Hours Cook Time: 50 Minutes Total Time: 3 Hours 50 Minutes Nutrition Facts:  59 calories 9g…

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Recovery Awareness Month

In America, over 23 million people are in recovery from substance abuse. Each September, organizations purposed to support those in recovery raise awareness about the recovery process and “celebrate the gains made by those living in recovery,” as shared by SAMHSA. This year, the theme for National Recovery Month is Join the Voices for Recovery:…

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Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness

Breathing is one of the vital, yet involuntary, actions our bodies do each day. It is something done so regularly that we often do not notice it unless there is a problem. For about 200,000 individuals, breathing is something that becomes a conscious effort for them. September is National Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month, and below…

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Prostate Health Awareness Month

  Routine physical examinations and screenings are a vital component to healthcare. Commonly, this is preventative care for patients, but it can create an opportunity for your healthcare provider to see warning signs of a potential risk. For men, a healthcare screening can include a prostate exam. The Prostate Cancer Foundation states that, “In the…

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Partners in Healthcare 2019

As the fundraising arm of Mahaska Health, the Mahaska Health Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life and increasing regional healthcare accessibility for our friends, neighbors and the communities we serve. We are a volunteer board who does this by promoting gifting to support the financial needs of the hospital.

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Packing for Success

When it comes to school lunch, does your child groan at the sight of the menu? Is packing a lunch for your child a better option?

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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!

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Official Sports Medicine Partner for Our Area Schools

Our Team of Sports Medicine ExpertsOur Team of Sports Medicine Experts Jon Gehrke, MD Board certified, Fellowship-trained Orthopaedic Surgeon Medical Director Neil Schwimley, DO, FAANA Board certified, Fellowship-trained Orthopaedic Surgeon Mike Shaw, PA-C, MPAS Orthopaedic Specialist, Fellowship-trained Ryan Rowley, MPT Physical Therapy Specialist, Director Michael Johnston, PA-C Orthopaedic Specialist Jessica Tokle, ARNP Family Practice Gayle…

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Nurses Week 2020

May 5, 2020 CELEBRATING NURSES WEEK IN MAHASKA COUNTY   Mahaska Health is excited to celebrate our nurses and all that they do each and every day. We would like to wish a heartfelt “Happy National Nurses Week” to all nurses in Mahaska County and beyond who have dedicated their lives to providing excellent care…

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Newborn Screening Awareness 2020

Each day, many families welcome their new baby into the world. These moments start a new journey for parents, one that is filled with both joy and uncertainty. Healthcare providers strive to walk alongside families, helping to answer questions that arise along the way. When your baby is born, they receive a newborn screening that…

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Morning flu shot might be more effective than afternoon

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Mike Lang to Lead Emergency Services

August 7, 2020 Mike Lang Named Emergency Services Director Mahaska Health is proud to introduce Mike Lang, RN, Paramedic as the Emergency Services Director. Lang began his journey in the medical field in 2009 when he decided to go back to school to obtain a Paramedic degree. He worked full time as an EMT while…

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Men’s Health Through the Ages

Your Health Is Important June is Men’s Health Month! Did you know that 81% of men remember the make and model of their first car, yet barely half remember their last trip to the doctor? There are several ways to take control of your health, including eating right, exercising regularly, and making preventive health a…

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Men’s Health Event & Tractor Ride!

Saturday, June 26th 2021! We hope you join us for our Mahaska Health Men’s Health Event & Tractor Ride! Mahaska County Fairgrounds 8:30AM – 10AM Health Event 10AM – 11:30AM Tractor Ride Complete cholesterol tests & blood pressure checks. Pre-register today! Call us at 641.672.3361 We hope to see you there! June is Men’s Health…

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Memorial Day 2021

Memorial Day Holiday Walk-in Clinic Hours: Saturday and Sunday 8AM – 4PM | Monday 9AM – 3PM On Monday, Memorial Day, our Walk-in Clinic Hours are 9AM to 3PM. We will also have on-call providers and nurses available for emergent and urgent needs during this time (Mahaska Health Primary Care and Specialty Clinics will be…

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Meet our new Family Practice & OB Physicians

Welcome to the Mahaska Health Family Practice and OB Clinic! Our Mahaska Health Family is growing! Our four new Family Practice and OB doctors are welcoming new patients at our new clinic here at Mahaska Health! We are excited to announce the addition of Family Practice and OB doctors, Dr. Trish Millner, Dr. Preston Sereg,…

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Mahaska Health Welcomes Rachel Hinkle, PA-C

  APRIL 15, 2020 MAHASKA COUNTY –Mahaska Health is pleased to welcome Rachel Hinkle, PA-C to the general surgery team. Rachel will serve alongside Mahaska Health CMO and general surgeon, Dr. Timothy Breon. In 2018, Rachel earned her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Marietta College in Ohio. She most recently worked at…

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Mahaska Health Welcomes Matthew Fjeld, MSN, CRNA

Mahaska Health Welcomes Matthew Fjeld, MSN, CRNA July 15th, 2020   MAHASKA COUNTY – Mahaska Health is pleased to welcome Matthew Fjeld, CRNA to the team.   Matthew grew up in Lake Mills, Iowa and earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing at South Dakota State University in 2006. He began his nursing career at…

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Leah VanLoon ARNP Joins Primary Care Team

Mahaska Health Welcomes Leah VanLoon, ARNP

Leah VanLoon, ARNP | New Primary Care Provider July 6, 2020   MAHASKA COUNTY – Mahaska Health is pleased to welcome Leah VanLoon, ARNP as a new Walk-In and Primary Care provider.   Leah is from the Eddyville area and joins Mahaska Health with 16 years of prior nursing experience, most recently serving as a Nursing…

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Mahaska Health Welcomes Dr. David Cornelder

APRIL 13, 2020 MAHASKA COUNTY –Mahaska Health is pleased to welcome Dr. David Cornelder as the new Emergency Room Medical Director. Dr. Cornelder has been serving in his position now for just over one month, and his presence is greatly appreciated by all those he’s worked with. “He has a calming presence that has been…

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Mahaska Health Welcomes Arthur Zacharjasz, ARNP

APRIL 14, 2020 MAHASKA COUNTY – Mahaska Health is excited to welcome Arthur Zacharjasz ARNP-BC as a new provider to the allergy and pulmonology team. He is working alongside Melissa Lamb, ARNP in the allergy, immunology and pulmonary department and will see patients in the walk-in clinic. Arthur commented, “I’m excited to care for patients…

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Mahaska Health Uses Grant to Expand Telehealth

Photo: Lillian Ray smiles as she uses an iPad to connect with husband, Henry during her stay at Mahaska Health   May 1, 2020 Mahaska Health, in partnership with Mahaska County was recently awarded a $49,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) through the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA). The IEDA designated $2.4 million in grant…

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Mahaska Health Resumes Elective Procedures

APRIL 24, 2020 During her address on April 24th, Governor Reynolds issued a new State Public Health Emergency Declaration, which replaces her March 26 order to ban all elective surgeries and nonessential medical procedures. Under the new order, which takes effect at 5:00 am on April 27, hospitals and providers may resume elective surgeries and…

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Mahaska Health Needs Masks

March 23, 2020 — Mahaska Health is asking the community for their assistance in combating the shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Any individuals, businesses, or organizations who have extra PPE supplies (masks, gloves, goggles, gowns, etc.) willing to donate supplies should contact Alternatively, community members can lend their talents in sewing, making and…

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Mahaska Health Implements Proactive Pre-Screenings

UPDATE – MARCH 25, 2020 Beginning Wednesday, March 25, all patients and visitors entering Mahaska Health facilities will need to participate in an in-car screening. After the screening, patients and visitors will be directed to the correct entrance.   MARCH 17, 2020 In an effort to further protect our team members and patients, effective Tuesday,…

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Mahaska Health Gears Up for Breast Cancer Awareness Events

Every two minutes, one case of breast cancer is diagnosed in the United States. The Mahaska Health team will be hosting two events throughout October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, with a Breast Cancer Awareness Walk on Friday, October 11th and Free Women’s Health Night on Tuesday, October 15th.

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Mahaska Health Foundation Supports Paramedic Safety

MAHASKA COUNTY — The Mahaska Health Foundation recently purchased reflective safety jackets to increase visibility and reduce the risk of injury for paramedics. According to Foundation Director Cathy Stahl, paramedics can put themselves in harm’s way when providing care for ill and injured patients, especially on roadways when responding to car accidents but also in…

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Mahaska Health Celebrates Lab Week 2020

April 19 – 25, 2020 is National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (NMLP).   NMLP, also referred to as Lab Week takes place the last full week of April each year and shines a light on lab professionals who play a vital role in every aspect of healthcare, ensuring patients receive accurate results, diagnoses, and treatment.…

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Mahaska Health Celebrates its Volunteers

APRIL 22, 2020 April 19 – 25, 2020 is National Volunteer Appreciation Week and Mahaska Health wants to recognize the dedicated volunteers who faithfully donate their time to the health of the community.   Each year, more than 140 dedicated volunteers participate in 10,793 hours of volunteer hours at Mahaska Health and Hospice services.  …

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Mahaska County Vaccine Informational Update & Availability

MAHASKA COUNTY (February 9, 2021) – Mahaska County Public Health has been notified by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) that they will be receiving a consistent allocation of COVID-19 vaccine doses weekly to distribute to the community. The next allocation that Mahaska County will receive from IDPH is 400 doses of Moderna vaccine.…

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Mahaska County Reports Second Positive Case of COVID-19

March 27, 2020 Mahaska County — A second case of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been confirmed in Mahaska County. According to the Mahaska County Public Health, the individual is between the ages of 41 and 60 years of age. This case did not require hospitalization the individual is self-isolating at home. A Mahaska…

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Mahaska County Reports First Positive for COVID-19

March 25, 2020 – Testing reported to the Iowa Department of Public Health has indicated one positive case of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in a Mahaska County, Iowa resident. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), the individual was an adult aged 61-80 years who is believed to have contracted the virus…

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Lindsey Herny to Direct Surgical Services Department

July 27, 2020 Lindsey Herny Named Director of Surgical Services Mahaska Health is excited to welcome Lindsey Herny, RN as the new Director of Surgical Services. Herny brings a passion for healthcare and 10+ years of surgery experience to her new role. She is eager to lead the Surgical Services team and has earned the…

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Light the Night 2020

Light the Night September 17, 2020 The Mahaska Health Foundation is excited to announce the first annual “Light the Night” event, featuring a display of the campus Christmas tree. Each year, this event will spotlight a specific cause, and this year highlights those who have battled cancer. We encourage you to drive by on Monday,…

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Let Your Heart Do the Talking

Does the idea of running have you hiding under the covers in the morning? What if we told you it could increase your chances of living longer and keep your ticker healthy?

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Kelley Dawley, DNP, ARNP Joins the Mahaska Health Primary Care Team

MARCH 15, 2020 Mahaska Health is pleased to welcome Kelley Dawley, DNP, ARNP to the team as a primary care provider. Kelley completed her Masters of Nursing Practice in Adult and Gerontology Primary Care from Allen College in Waterloo, IA in 2015. She went on to earn her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Allen…

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July 4th 2021 Clinic Hours

We hope everyone has a fun & safe 4th of July! Our Mahaska Health Primary Care and Specialty Clinics will continue to be available Monday through Friday. Our Mahaska Health Hospital campus remains open every day 24/7 for Labor, Delivery and Maternity Care, Emergency Services and Inpatient Care. We have on-call providers and nurses available…

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Join us for our Hiring Event!

We are always looking for caring, compassionate, and dedicated people to join our Team! If you are looking for a rewarding career with great benefits, including IPERS, we would love to hear from you! Please reach out to our Recruiting Specialist with any questions at 641-672-3191 or visit for more information. We look forward…

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Isolation Guidance for all Iowans vs. Essential Services Personnel

COVID-19 is circulating in Iowa communities and many more Iowans are likely to become ill in the coming weeks. This guidance describes isolation recommendations for ill and well essential services personnel, as well as all Iowans.   Essential Services Personnel includes the following categories: Healthcare providers Law enforcement Fire & EMS personnel Long Term Care…

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Iowa Governor Volunteer Awards 2021

Award Winners – Front Row (L-R): Patti Mitrisin, Sandy Parker, Bonnie Vos, Mary Johnson. Mahaska Health Volunteer Coordinator, Kim Langfitt. Second Row (L-R): Robert Mitrisin, Mahaska Health CEO, Kevin DeRonde, Don Vos. Congratulations to our Mahaska Health Iowa Governor Volunteer Award winners! Sandy Parker, Mary Johnson, Patti Mitrisin and Bonnie Vos were our 2021 award…

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Influenza Awareness Week

This week is Influenza Awareness Week! Influenza is a respiratory illness that presents itself in a variety of ways, including fever, cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, muscle and body aches, headaches, fatigue, or gastrointestinal symptoms. While this illness is very contagious, there are ways to help prevent from contracting the virus. Mahaska Health’s Allergy, Immunology,…

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Heart disease risk higher among shift workers

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Healthiest State Walk 2020

Join Mahaska Health October 7th for the 10th Annual Healthiest State Walk! Each October, Mahaska Health challenges their team members to take part in the Healthiest State Annual Walk. This year, the challenge is being extended to the whole community to take part in the Healthiest State 10th Annual Walk on October 7th. The Healthiest…

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Handwashing Awareness Week

  Practicing good hand hygiene is the top way to decrease the number of germs that enter our bodies. Patty Malloy, Mahaska County Public Health Population Health and Quality Director, speaks into the importance of handwashing by saying, “Keeping hands clean is one of the most important things you can do to stop the spread…

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Full-Time Registered Nurse – Birthing Center

JOIN OUR TEAM! Delivering Exceptional Care for Families Our Team at Mahaska Health is compassionate, caring and experts in delivering exceptional care for families and newborns! Mahaska Health has been recognized by Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield through their Blue Distinction Specialty Care program as a Blue Distinction Center+. Blue Distinction Centers+ are healthcare facilities…

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Fourth of July – 5 Ways to Celebrate Safely

For many American families, the Fourth of July is the pinnacle of the summer season. Keep the fun going with these five easy tips to celebrate safely!   1. Beat the Heat If your family plans to enjoy the holiday outdoors, don’t forget to stay hydrated and stay cool! July is typically one of the…

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Flu Shot Clinics

At Mahaska Health, our goal is to make receiving the flu shot convenient to all of those in our community. Protect your family and fight the flu by getting your flu shot at one of Mahaska Health’s upcoming Flu Shot Clinics. Appointments are encouraged. Please call 641-672-3360 if you would like to schedule an appointment!…

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Finding the Perfect Fit for Baby

Whether you’re breastfeeding or using formula, chances are, your child will eat from a bottle at some point. However, finding the perfect fit for them and getting enough nutrients in each feeding can take some time to perfect.

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Edge, RN Honored as Heartsaver Hero

Mahaska Health Emergency Services Nurse Harmony Edge Honored with Heartsaver Hero Award June 25, 2020 In recognition of her role in saving the life of local Pastor, Darren Melton, Harmony Edge, Mahaska Health Emergency Services Registered Nurse, has been presented with the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Heartsaver Hero Award. The award is earned by individuals…

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Don’t Let Your Sickness Go Viral!

You more than likely know the difference between a viral and bacterial infection; one is caused by a virus and the other by bacteria of course, right? Well, yes, but that’s not all. In fact, though they are both small, they sure can cause a mighty reaction!

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COVID-19 | Testing in Iowa FAQ

What is happening with COVID-19 testing in Iowa? More testing is becoming available each day through the State Hygienic Laboratory (SHL) and through private labs. Your health care provider will make the determination on whether you need a test, and can consult with public health if they have questions. Testing guidance is available here:…

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COVID-19 | Community Spread Mitigation Guidance

Community: A group of people living in a defined geographic area, who are linked by social ties and engage in joint activities, such as work or recreation. Community Spread: Occurs where individuals have been infected with the virus in an area and cannot specifically identify the source fo the infection, or do not know how…

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COVID-19 | Community Spread Confirmed in Iowa

COVID-19 community spread confirmed in Iowa, state agencies take additional measures to limit spread and assist Iowans Community spread occurs when individuals have been infected with the virus in an area and cannot specifically identify the source of the infection, or do not know how or where they became infected. Due to the detection of…

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Cholesterol Education

With more than 325 million people living in the United States, did you know that more than 102 million adults test above healthy cholesterol levels?   Cholesterol is necessary for your body, when in healthy levels. Without cholest­­erol, your body would be in trouble. Cholesterol helps to build cells in your body; however, too much…

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Childhood obesity is still rising

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Cargill Partners with Mahaska Health Emergency Services

November 5, 2020   Mahaska Health Emergency Services has added new video laryngoscopes to their ambulances and emergency department, thanks to a generous grant from the local Eddyville Cargill Cares Council. Video laryngoscopes are used to increase visualization and help improve the overall process of intubation. “The new laryngoscopes let paramedics better see what they are…

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Carbs Aren’t Created Equal

Every other minute you hear about a new diet craze! Unfortunately, carbohydrates, also known as carbs, are often under the chopping block when it comes to diet recommendations. But, is that really true?

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Baby-Proof Like a Pro

Babies are curious creatures by nature and man are they speedy! As a parent, your top priority is to keep them safe. Here’s a few ways you can do just that:

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6 Healthy Habits for Aging

The natural process of aging creates many opportunities for individuals they may not have had previously. In the light of retirement, there is suddenly more time to spend with your family and friends. Many who find themselves with this extra time use it to travel and see sights they have always wanted to see. In…

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6 Baby Safety Tips

As parents, creating a safe environment for our children is always a top priority. Newborn safety is particularly important. There is an abundance of information on how to keep your baby safe, so it is important to work closely with your primary care provider to determine what’s best for your child. Here are a few…

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4 Steps to Managing High Blood Pressure

High Blood Pressure Getting You Down? We’re Here to Help! August 11, 2020   Reviewed by Dr. Mark Zacharjasz and Renee Edgar, RN   According to the American Heart Association, roughly half of American adults live with high blood pressure. While common, it’s still important to keep high blood pressure in check. If left untreated, it can lead…

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