Mahaska Health Partnership Welcomes Family Nurse Practitioner Chris Beaird

Family Nurse Practitioner Chris Beaird, ARNP-BC (submitted photo)

MAHASKA COUNTY – The Mahaska Health Partnership (MHP) Medical Staff is pleased to welcome Family Nurse Practitioner Chris Beaird, ARNP-BC, to its roster of providers caring for patients on the MHP campus in Oskaloosa.

“As the healthcare system responsible for serving Mahaska and surrounding communities, one of our main concerns is always access to providers,” MHP COO Erin Baldwin said. “Between the family practice providers available at Family Medical Center (FMC) and MHP Specialty Services; we want the public to know we can meet their acute and primary healthcare needs locally.”

Beaird practices fulltime on the MHP campus in Oskaloosa and can treat patients age six months and older. She is not new to MHP, having served as the Inpatient Clinical Coordinator for three years. “I truly enjoyed working in the inpatient setting; caring for patients and helping them understand their diagnosis and care,” Beaird explained. “I’m excited to offer that same type of attention in my clinic practice.”

Beaird received her Master of Science in Nursing from Indiana State University after completing one year of classes and 800 hours of clinical rotations. “I worked side- by- side with medical practitioners in all specialties including family practice, pediatrics, geriatric care and urgent care, to name a few,” Beaird said. “It gave me a very well-rounded perspective of medicine.”

Baldwin said Beaird’s addition to the medical staff offers patients more options. “Chris is unique because she really wants to meet a need in the community for evening hours. We continually evaluate opportunities to serve our patients better and this is a great example.”

Beaird is available Monday and Tuesday from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm; Wednesday from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm and Friday from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm. Although appointments are required, same day appointments are available. “I want to be a resource to my patients, the community and other providers,” Beaird explained. “Patients can’t plan ahead when they are going to be sick. We have same day appointments available for those times when you can’t get into your regular primary care provider.”

Beaird joins the following family practice providers on the MHP campus: Allan Peterson, MD; Diane Nutter, ARNP; Ed Hirl, MD; Kim Seda, PA-C; Leigh Gilburn, DO; Mary Kay Henderson,
NP-C; Nick Messamer, MD; Shawn Richmond, MD; Stephen Mineart, MD; and Tina Main,
ARNP-C. Other primary care providers on campus include: Adult Nurse Practitioner Lisa Nelson, ARNP-C and Pediatrician John O’Brien, MD.

Baldwin said MHP and FMC are focused on the health and well-being of the communities they serve and will continue working closely together to ensure a strong relationship. “Our ultimate goal is to meet all of your family’s healthcare needs locally.”

Beaird is now accepting new patients for acute and primary care needs. For an appointment, please call 641.672.3360.

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 www.mahaskahealth.org.

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