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'Bionic guy' credits Skiff with improved health


March 27, 2018

Frank Buckley jokingly refers to himself as a “bionic guy,” because he’s had four joint replacement surgeries, all of which were done by orthopedic surgeons who practice at Skiff. “And that’s just the start,” he said. “I’ve had my thyroid removed. I’ve had physical therapy at Skiff. I’ve had so many kidney stones that the Skiff Emergency Department knows me by name. If there’s a health condition you can have, I’ve had it.”

Having gone through all that and more, Frank considers himself an expert at appreciating hospitals, especially the one in his hometown. “When outsiders come to Newton, they marvel at what we have here,” he said. “We’re fortunate as a community this size to have a local medical center with so many services and so many great specialists.”

Frank’s most recent experience at Skiff came last spring with two total knee replacements and the rehab that followed. “I’d had both hips done at Skiff 10 years earlier,” he said. “So when I found out my knees needed replacing as well, it was a no-brainer for me. I knew having someone from Skiff do it was the way to go. When I need health care, I want to stay in town if I can. It’s so convenient. They make it a seamless process for patients.”

Everyone on Frank’s case, from orthopedic surgeon Dr. Benjamin Beecher to the nursing care staff to the physical therapists, provided care Frank describes as “second to none.”

“Professionalism, expertise, reassurance, friendliness, encouragement – you get all of that at Skiff Medical Center. The care is just superb.”

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204 N. 4th Ave E.
Newton, Iowa 50208
Phone: (641) 792-1273
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Skiff Medical Center, a member of Mercy Health Network, is located in Newton, Iowa. We provide services to Jasper County residents in all major health areas, including general surgery, orthopedic surgery, radiology, obstetrics, emergency medicine, hospice, home care, laboratory, respiratory, audiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. The Skiff Specialty Clinic hosts more than 20 physicians specializing in cardiology, dermatology, ENT, gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology, oncology, pulmonology and urology.
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