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February 2, 2018

Skiff Medical Center is pleased to announce Mike Huntsman as the new hospital chaplain. Huntsman, who has a background of more than 20 years in the military, government work and law enforcement, also serves as a chaplain at Mercy – Des Moines. He is currently in the formation process of...

February 1, 2018

Fitness is a priority for Tom McDonnell, a Newton police officer. That added insult to literal injury when he tore a ligament in his knee while running last March. Tom had total ACL repair a few weeks later, followed by physical therapy at Skiff Medical Center. For the next four...

February 1, 2018

In Skiff’s most recent Mission on the Move, 173 pounds of food were donated to the Berg Middle School food pantry. Items donated included granola bars, cereal, fruit and macaroni and cheese. The food will be used to provide breakfast and snacks to children at school and will also be...

January 17, 2018

OBGYN Darryl Johnson, D.O., has accepted an offer to join Newton Clinic, where 15 doctors, one physician assistant and three nurse practitioners offer services in the areas of family medicine, obstetrics, gynecology, internal medicine and podiatry. Dr. Johnson has most recently practiced medicine in Minnesota, but spent more than two...

January 16, 2018

On the surface, Skiff Medical Center laboratory employee Nashelle Ashton doesn’t appear like someone who has cancer. “I’m not losing my hair,” she said. “I don’t look sick.” Looks can be deceiving, however, and not only is Nashelle ill, but she likely will be for the rest of her life....

January 15, 2018

During the last 13 years, the Iowa Hospital Association’s Iowa Hospital Education Research Foundation (IHERF) has awarded scholarships annually through the Health Care Careers Scholarship Program, directly benefitting nearly 400 students and 79 hospitals with more than $1.2 million in funds. In an effort to continue addressing the ongoing shortage...

January 14, 2018

Skiff Medical Center was recently the grateful receipient of lap blankets donated by the Sherman Sunbeams 4-H group.  Shown here with Skiff nurses Jessica Molitor, Elisabeth Engel and Annamaria Layton are Libbie and Bristol Keith, both members of the 4-H group. They had contacted Skiff, asking for suggestions on a...

January 3, 2018

Hospitals can be scary for children, and that was especially true when 6-year-old Jack Springer recently had to come in for asthma screening. “He’s kind of an anxious kid,” said Jack’s mom, Jenny. “He’d had recurring croup for years and had also started having diffculty breathing when playing soccer, so...

December 18, 2017

Jim Maher had his left hip replaced in Des Moines in October 2014 and, just a few months ago, had a total joint replacement of his right hip performed at Skiff Medical Center. With both experiences under his belt (literally!), he says he now can’t imagine choosing to get his...

November 24, 2017

Nov. 15 was Skiff’s third annual Turkey Toss, in which staff members were gifted free turkeys, distributed by the leadership team. During the toss, many employees chose to donate canned and boxed goods for the Salvation Army to make food boxes for community members in need. In this photo, shown...

November 23, 2017

Skiff and TPI have recently partnered together to prioritize the health of TPI’s female employees. In recognition of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a TPI representative reached out to Jane Hettinger, Manager of the Philips Imaging Center at Skiff, to see if Skiff could set aside a specific time...

November 22, 2017

Skiff Medical Center is proud to announce that hospital president Laurie Conner was recently inducted into the Elinor A. Crawford and William R. Thrall Hall of Excellence at the UNI College of Education School of Kinesiology, Allied Health and Human Services. This is a significant honor that provides recognition of...

October 27, 2017

Skiff Medical Center provides $1,191,298 in community benefits to Jasper County, according to a recently completed assessment of those programs and services. That amount is based on 2016 figures and includes uncompensated care and free or discounted community benefits that Skiff specifically implemented to help Jasper County residents. Community benefits...

October 26, 2017

Dr. Esgar Guarin, family practice physician, has been named the 2017 Iowa Family Physician of the Year by the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians (IAFP). The presentation was made at the IAFP Annual Meeting Installation and Awards Banquet on Friday, Nov. 3, at the Downtown Des Moines Marriott. The Iowa...

October 16, 2017

Congratulations to Skiff Medical Center's Director of Support Services Kerry Soule for graduating from the Iowa Hospital Association’s 2017 Leadership Development Program. Now in its 17th year, the program exists to develop critical leadership skills and competencies with the overarching objective of increasing retention of committed, quality staff in Iowa...

October 15, 2017

The Skiff family has once again made a difference to the lives of those in our community who are affected by hunger and poverty. Our latest Mission on the Move, “From Nickels to Noodles,” was a pasta and coin drive to benefit the food pantry at the Newton Salvation Army....

October 14, 2017

Cliff McMurry is no stranger to cancer. He faced it daily for four years in the mid-90s, when his first wife was battling leukemia. They constantly drove the 60 miles from their home near Grinnell to receive cancer care in Des Moines. “During that time, that was the only traveling...

October 13, 2017

With the addition of the second endoscopy suite at Skiff, more anesthesia equipment was needed to outfit the new room. Thanks to a $20,000 gift received from Shirley Suckow in honor of her late parents Albert and Clara Bollhoefer, Skiff was able to purchase the necessary Philips monitoring equipment through...

October 12, 2017

There is still time to register for Mercy Hospice’s fall conference, entitled “Death, Grief and Bereavement.” Registrations for the event will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 20. The conference, sponsored by Mercy Hospice and Skiff Medical Center, will be held 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3 and is intended...

October 12, 2017

To keep you informed and your financial accounts safe, we are sharing information on a likely scam. Several individuals have recently received phone calls from people claiming to be with Skiff Medical Center. The callers are asking people to provide their credit card numbers to pay for services provided by...

October 4, 2017

Skiff Medical Center is excited to welcome new audiologist Christine Pernetti to the Skiff family. Pernetti, who has been an audiologist since 1985, lives near Amana, Iowa, and works part-time in her new role. She sees her own patients on Mondays and Tuesdays, and has Wednesdays dedicated to working with...

September 27, 2017

Skiff is proud to be home to the latest Spirit of Mercy Award winner, Matthew Michelson. Michelson is an Emergency Department nurse at Skiff, and he also works in the pediatric Emergency Department at Mercy – Des Moines. The nomination form submitted by Michelson’s colleagues included the following: “Matt is...

September 26, 2017

The 2017 Skiff Gala raised $56,000 last April, and that money is now making a difference in the lives of the tiniest patients cared for at Skiff Medical Center. Three top-of-the-line infant warmers are now in use in the OB department. “This is the latest tech for newborns,” said Jan...

September 21, 2017

Congratulations to Carol Hopkey, a Skiff Medical Center retiree, on receiving a Governor’s Volunteer Award from Governor Kim Reynolds during a special recognition ceremony held Aug. 30 in Cedar Rapids. Hopkey was honored with an Individual Length of Service award by Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) for five years...

September 15, 2017

The Skiff Auxiliary annual membership drive is currently underway. Our members are the backbone of our organization whether it is through their membership donation and/or through volunteer opportunities.  It is the membership, along with our community support, that provides the Skiff Auxiliary the ability to be a major supporter to...

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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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