Approximately six years ago, Bob Denner of Oskaloosa faced a life-threatening congestive heart failure event that resulted in him receiving surgery for five bypasses on his heart. Today, he has an impressively strong heart and a desire to acknowledge the people who helped him reach his health goals.
When Cynthia Van Zetten’s pulmonologist (lung specialist) in Des Moines first referred her to Mahaska Health Partnership’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Services, the Oskaloosa resident said she was reluctant to go.
When BJ Bowie needed a hernia repaired, there was no question where he wanted to go for care. He didn’t realize the surgery could be done robotically; he didn’t know his operation would take place in MHP’s new patient care wing; he only knew the people who would be caring for him.
With a household of eight to care for and a fulltime job, the last thing Tami O’Day of Oskaloosa was making time for was herself.
Childbirth is an exciting time full of changes, emotions and feelings. For some moms, these changes can be difficult. Molly Pregon, an art teacher for Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont schools, was no exception.
Kelsey Nevins of Drakesville delivered her first child, Ethan, now age 2, at a hospital in the area. When she and her husband, Matt, found out they were expecting a second child, she started with a different doctor until she was approximately 12 weeks pregnant.
Mike Grim of Oskaloosa first noticed he had tightness in his chest and shortness of breath while he and his wife, Veronica, were walking their dog around the city square.
Farming is a way of life for many in our region, and harvest is the busiest time of the growing season. For Robert Stout, who farms about 10 miles outside of Oskaloosa, it’s not only what he does, it’s who he is.
George and Pauline Blake have been members of the Oskaloosa community for their entire lives. Both of them believe in keeping their business local, so they have doctored at Mahaska Health Partnership for all of their healthcare needs. While all of the physicians who have cared for them have left a lasting impression, George and Pauline have taken a particular liking to General Surgeon Dr. Paul Riggs.
As a young wife and mother of two daughters who are always on the go, Amy Vroegh was almost crippled by heavy periods and cramping. She suffered for five years before a consultation with MHP’s OB/GYN Specialist Dr. Jeffrey Fowler changed her life.