The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

September 11, 2013

MHP opens doors to new patient care wing

OSKALOOSA — Mahaska Health Partnership officials opened the doors of the new Patient Care Wing of the hospital Sunday afternoon to the public.

The MHP open house began noon and concluded at 3 p.m.

“We’ve got a great crowd,” MHP CEO Jay Christensen. There were more than 400 people who toured the facility during the first hour.

“It’s busy and that’s a good thing,” he said.

The 52,000-square-foot wing has 32 new private patient rooms,  three new surgery suites, two endoscopy rooms, a private post an pre-op recovery unit, a new birthing center including five new labor/delivery/recovery suites and a large nursery. Hospital officials received a $23 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to finance construction of the new wing.

“We have guided tours and staff stationed around the building,” MHP PR/Marketing Coordinator Cassie Riley said.

During the tour, people saw areas such as the registration area, Surgical Services, an Endoscopy Room, a recovery area and the birthing center, Riley said. After the tour, people were invited to sign the guest book and enjoy refreshments, she added.

After the tour, several people said they were impressed with the new hospital wing.

“They spent a lot of money, but it’ll be here a long time,” said Tom Kelderman, of Oskaloosa.

Kelderman said the wing has “better rooms and more facilities. I saw bathrooms everywhere.”

“I like it all,” Kelderman’s wife, Janet said. “It’s just beautiful. It’s something we’ve needed.”

“It’s a nice facility,” said Ted VerSteegh, of New Sharon.

“It’s super. There’s a lot more room,” said Sharon Armstrong, of Oskaloosa.

Armstrong liked the birthing center.

“It’s beautiful,” she said. 

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