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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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