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MHP Hosting Community Blood Drive

Mahaska Health Partnership (MHP) in Oskaloosa will host a community blood drive from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Monday, Jan. 29 at 1229 C Ave E, inside of the Cedar Bluff Learning Center.

To donate, please contact the Blood Center at 800-452-1097 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 5047 to locate the drive.

MHP Welcomes First Baby of 2018

The following is a news release provided to KBOE from Mahaska Health Partnership in Oskaloosa, Iowa:

(MAHASKA COUNTY, Iowa)–Adan Dean Martin was born at 4:12 am on January 4, 2018, making him Mahaska Health Partnership’s 2018 New Year’s Baby.

Adan weighed 6 lbs., 7 oz., and was 20 inches long. His parents are Patricia Snook and Travis Martin of Sigourney. His grandparents are Tim and Faye Snook of Oskaloosa and Crystal and the late Larry Martin of Sigourney. His great grandparents are James and Bonnie Handeland of Eddyville and Wallis and the late Beverly Lippard of What Cheer.

Adan was delivered by Family Practice Physician Shawn Richmond, MD. He was not due until mid-January, so being the New Year’s Baby was a big surprise for the family. Big brother Joshua, 4, has warmed up to the idea of a little brother.

“He’s healthy, that is what we are most happy about,” Patricia said. “Both of my children were born here at Mahaska Health Partnership. With Joshua, the Birthing Center had just opened. It’s as wonderful as I remembered!”

As MHP’s first baby of 2018, Adan received a basket full of gifts from MHP and Whispering Tree Gifts, the Hospital Auxiliary’s gift shop located just inside Entrance #4 on the MHP campus.


Featured Photo: Adan Dean Martin of Sigourney is Mahaska Health Partnership’s 2018 New Year’s Baby. He is shown with his delivering physician, Dr. Shawn Richmond; his older brother, Joshua; and his mother, Patricia Snook. Dad Travis Martin works nights and was home sleeping when the New Year’s Baby gift presentation was made. Adan was born Jan. 4 at 4:12 am and weighed 6 lbs, 7 oz.


 

Massages Help During Cold Season

Editor’s Note: This is a news release that was shared with 104.9FM KBOE from Mahaska Health Partnership, located in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

(MAHASKA COUNTY, Iowa) – The cold and flu season is well upon us, when the weather gets cooler and germs are more prevalent. A massage to boost the immune system would be a good way to stay healthy, energized and reduce stress.

According to the American Massage Association, medical studies have found that massage may boost the body’s immunity. Several studies have measured the stress hormone called cortisol in subjects’ saliva before and after massage sessions, and found dramatic decreases. Cortisol, which is produced when you are stressed, kills cells important for immunity, so when massage reduces your stress levels and hence the cortisol in your body, it may help you avoid getting a cold or another illness while under stress.

Mahaska Health Partnership Licensed Massage Therapist Michelle Hynick said studies have also found that massage relieves stress by lowering blood pressure, relaxing muscles and increasing endorphins. “Massage is great for relaxation,” Hynick said. “It improves mental outlook, promotes relaxed states of mental alertness and enhances calm and creative thinking. I think many of us could use some relaxation after the holiday season.”

Hynick explained that massage techniques move the blood through the body which brings oxygen-rich blood to tense and/or sore muscles, which help them heal and rejuvenate. The squeezing and pulling techniques of massage also flush lactic acid from the muscles which improves circulation of lymph fluid that carries metabolic waste away from muscles and internal organs.

Recent scientific research also proves that massage therapy increases immune function, decreases stress levels and reduces recovery time in many medical conditions including:

  • Allergies
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Asthma and Bronchitis
  • Circulatory Problems
  • Insomnia
  • Sports Injuries
  • Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ)
  • Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Musculo-Skeletal Disorders

“Another great benefit of massage is relief of tension-related headaches,” Hynick explained. “Massage has been proven to decrease occurrences of headaches, sleep disturbances and distress symptoms. It allows people to maintain a level of relaxation and stress-relief, reducing the chances of stress induced migraines.

“While some people still consider massage a luxury, research continues to prove it also has many important health benefits,” Hynick said. “Massage can help you maintain physical, mental and emotional well-being, especially when it is part of your wellness routine.”

MHP Massage Therapy offers a variety of massage options and extended hours. It is staffed by Hynick and Licensed Massage Therapist Esther Rose. For more information or to schedule a massage, call MHP Massage Therapy at 641-672-3181.


 

Kevin DeRonde Named CEO at Mahaska Health Partnership

The Mahaska Health Partnership (MHP) Board of Trustees announces Kevin DeRonde as Chief Executive Officer. DeRonde brings more than 15 years of healthcare business management and executive leadership experience to MHP.  He is expected to join the organization on Feb. 19, 2018.

DeRonde is currently the CEO of Des Moines Orthopaedic Surgeons, P.C. (DMOS), the largest for-profit orthopaedic physician practice in Iowa.  Since joining DMOS in 2012, he has provided leadership to support physicians in their business operations and growth in new services lines.  He has also helped DMOS advance their presence in local and regional markets through benchmarking, innovation, business ventures, networking and best practices.

DeRonde has ties to MHP, serving as the Executive Director of Specialty Services and as a member of the Executive Team from April 2011 to November 2012. During his time with MHP, DeRonde helped drive growth through the recruitment of specialty physicians and by fostering collaboration between departments.

MHP Board of Trustees Chairman David Langkamp said the board unanimously chose DeRonde for the CEO position after a nation-wide search. “We’re very pleased with the leadership we received from Interim CEO Chris Jepsen, who will remain on the Executive Team.

“With Chris and Kevin working together, along with the rest of the Executive Team members, we feel that we have an unbeatable leadership team guiding the organization and we are so excited for what the future holds.”

Chief Medical Officer Tim Breon said he is thrilled to have DeRonde return to MHP. “Kevin brings passion, commitment and is a tireless worker. He has a strong desire to return to MHP and has a wonderful vision for our future as a county hospital serving our region,” Dr. Breon said.

DeRonde has a strong resume of healthcare business management, professional leadership, and has been recognized for building high performing, cohesive teams focused on delivering high quality, compassionate care. He has led strategic initiatives to improve financial operations and enhance employee and physician recruitment and engagement. In his previous management and executive roles at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., UnityPoint Des Moines, John Stoddard Cancer Center in Des Moines and MHP, DeRonde led numerous capital improvement projects.

“Mahaska Health Partnership is a vital part of this community, and I am so appreciative of the warm welcome that I’ve received from so many and really looking forward to working alongside this dedicated team,” DeRonde said. “I am proud to call Oskaloosa home and will do all that I can to make sure our community members continue to have access to the best possible care, right here close to home.”

DeRonde holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Masters of Healthcare Management (MHM) from Middle Tennessee State University. Prior to earning his Master’s Degrees and playing football in the NFL, DeRonde earned his bachelor’s degree in business management from Iowa State University, completed the Pre-Optometry program and served as a team captain for the ISU football team.

DeRonde will be relocating to Oskaloosa with his wife, Tori, and their rescue dog, Blitz.

Mahaska Health Partnership, located in Oskaloosa, is a non-profit health system accredited by the Joint Commission. It is guided by its mission to provide exceptional customer service and health improvement, linking the science of medicine with the humanity of compassionate care. For more information about how Mahaska Health Partnership is making healthcare personal, visit mahaskahealth.org.

Dr. Kym Life named MHP MVP for 2017

Each year the MVP Provider Award recipient is selected based on several factors, including patient care, employee relations, leadership and hospital engagement. This year, the Medical Staff was tasked with making the selection using these criteria, giving this an added depth of meaningfulness.  MHP Chief Medical Officer and General Surgeon Tim Breon, MD, said there are many outstanding providers at MHP and he is proud to be a part of a strong medical staff.

“We have tremendous people working to make healthcare personal, all day, every day,” Dr. Breon said. “I am very pleased to present this year’s Most Valuable Provider Award to Dr. Kymberly Life. Kym was selected by her peers for her exceptional patient satisfaction scores. She is soft-spoken, kind and compassionate to everyone she comes in contact with.”

Dr. Life has had a variety of experiences in medicine since beginning practice in 1991. She had a private practice in Internal Medicine, was a Hospitalist and works in Emergency Medicine. “Regardless of where she is working, Kym is thorough in patient work-ups and always takes time with each patient to ensure they are well cared for,” said Dr. Breon.

A few of the many patient comments received include: “Dr. Life was so good with my daughter! She made sure she was comfortable and made conversation to keep her distracted.” “Dr. Life always does a great job, very nice.” “Dr. Life is very attentive in our care. She showed concern and genuineness in everything she did from the time she entered the room to the time she left. She is a true blessing in the ER. Thank you!” “Dr. Life was amazing and very understanding. I would recommend her to anyone.” “Dr. Life was outstanding in caring for my father. Her kindness was very much appreciated.”

Other awards given at the dinner include the Newcomer of the Year Award to Dr. Angela Godejohn for being an exceptional addition to the Medical Group practice. She has been involved in several community activities, including being the featured speaker at this year’s Free Women’s Breast Health Night.

The High Speed Compassion Award went to Dr. Ronald Berges, Psychiatrist, for his life-changing care. Dr. Berges, and avid drag racer, is a great role model and team player.

The International Compassion Award went to Nurse Practitioner Jen Scott for her participation in a health outreach in Northern Thailand where they provide needed medical care to orphanages, remote villages and local tribes.  She will be traveling to Peru and along the Amazon River in 2018.

The Compassion for Free Award went to Dr. Sreedhar Somisetty, Orthopaedic Surgeon, for his yearly participation in a free medical health camp in Des Moines. Dr. Somisetty joins a group of volunteer medical professionals who provide a variety of services to more than 200 people.

The Doctoral Compassion Award went to Nurse Practitioner Tonya Johannes, who completed her doctorate in nursing in the spring of 2017. This education provides Johannes with an additional depth of knowledge that can be used to help her better treat her patients.

The Scientific Compassion Award went to Pediatrician John O’Brien and Nurse Practitioner Tina Main for being local judges at the Oskaloosa Christian School Science Fair. They had the opportunity to view and hear about some innovative new projects by local 6th, 7th and 8th graders.

Mahaska Health Partnership, located in Oskaloosa, is a non-profit health system accredited by the Joint Commission. It is guided by its mission to provide exceptional customer service and health improvement, linking the science of medicine with the humanity of compassionate care. For more information about how Mahaska Health Partnership is making healthcare personal, call 641.672.3240 or visitwww.mahaskahealth.org.

Interim CEO At Mahaska Health Partnership Announced

The Mahaska Health Partnership Board of Trustees named Chief Nursing Officer Chris Jepsen the organization’s Interim Chief Executive Officer during a special board meeting on Monday, October 9.

“After careful consideration, the board unanimously decided to offer her the Interim CEO position due to her past experience as well as her current working relationship with the senior team at MHP,” said MHP Board of Trustees President David Langkamp. “Chris brings outstanding qualifications with more than 30 years of healthcare leadership experience and we have great confidence in her ability to lead.”

Jepsen previously served as administrator of Parkland Health Center in Bonne Terre, Mo. She spent much of her career working for both large and small hospitals in Nebraska and Missouri in various leadership roles. Jepsen has a Masters of Nursing degree and is currently set to complete her Master’s of Health Administration.

“My husband, Gary, and I moved to Oskaloosa in August when I accepted the position of Chief Nursing Officer,” Jepsen said. “People have been so warm and welcoming to us. We feel embraced by the Oskaloosa community and are so happy to be here.

“I’m very passionate about providing high quality healthcare and I look forward to new challenges as I enter a slightly different role at Mahaska Health Partnership.”

Mahaska Health Partnership, located in Oskaloosa, is a non-profit health system accredited by the Joint Commission. It is guided by its mission to provide exceptional customer service and health improvement, linking the science of medicine with the humanity of compassionate care. For more information about how Mahaska Health Partnership is making healthcare personal, visit mahaskahealth.org.

MHP Updates Public with Leadership

Jay Christensen is stepping down as CEO of Mahaska Health Partnership, effective immediately.

Christensen led the Hospital as CEO for 18 years. He was involved in several building and expansion projects, including the Hospice Serenity House, the clinic addition and the new Patient Care Wing, opened in 2013, which houses Inpatient Services, Surgical Services and the Birthing Center.

“The Board of Trustees is appreciative of Jay’s many years of service, but believes this change is in the best interest of the hospital,” said MHP Board of Trustees Chair David Langkamp. “Given the rapidly changing healthcare landscape, the Board decided a change in leadership now will put MHP in the best position moving forward to continue to serve the healthcare needs of Mahaska County and the surrounding communities.”

“The Senior Team Leaders are working together with other leadership during this time of transition at MHP,” Langkamp said. “They, along with the MHP Board of Trustees, are confident that MHP will move forward and become an even stronger healthcare organization.

“We are continuing our efforts at physician recruitment and remain focused on providing high quality patient care to the communities we serve.”

Mahaska Health Partnership CEO Takes Leave

The Mahaska Health Partnership Board of Trustees announced that CEO Jay Christensen has taken an extended leave of absence effective Tuesday, September 19th.

Board President David Langkamp stated it’s business as usual at the hospital. “We have tremendous people working at MHP. The Executive Team will continue to oversee day-to-day operations with consultation from the Board of Trustees.

“Mahaska Health Partnership providers and staff remain committed to our community’s health and well-being and will continue to focus on maintaining a strong health center in Oskaloosa,” Langkamp stressed.

Mahaska Health Partnership, located in Oskaloosa, is accredited by the Joint Commission. It is guided by its mission to provide exceptional customer service and health improvement, linking the science of medicine with the humanity of compassionate care. For more information about how Mahaska Health Partnership is making healthcare personal, visit mahaskahealth.org.

Information provided by Mahaska Health Partnership press release. 

Mahaska Health Partnership Community Blood Drive

Mahaska Health Partnership will host a community blood drive from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm on Friday, August 11 at 1229 C Avenue East inside the Cedar Bluff Learning Center.  To donate, please contact the Blood Center at 800-452-1097 or visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org and use code 5046 to locate the drive.

All presenting donors will receive a $10 gift card voucher. 

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