Hometown Girl Dr. Lisa Ruckman joins Mahaska Health Partnership

Dr. Lisa Ruckman

Dr. Lisa Ruckman

MAHASKA COUNTY – Mahaska Health Partnership is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Lisa Ruckman, a family practice physician who will be delivering babies, to its medical staff.

“We are very excited to be bringing Dr. Ruckman back to Mahaska County, where she will be providing primary care and obstetrical services at Mahaska Health Partnership,” MHP CEO Jay Christensen said.

Dr. Ruckman grew up in rural Mahaska County on the DeBoef family farm. Her parents, Harold and Betty DeBoef, still live in the area, along with two of her three siblings. “I’m excited to return to my hometown to be close to family and allow my kids to experience the benefits of living in a small community,” Dr. Ruckman explained.

The Ruckman family relocated to Oskaloosa from Peoria, Ill., where Dr. Ruckman finished her residency. “Mahaska County has a need for primary care providers and I wanted to serve in a community where I could make a difference.

“Growing up, my family had a strong relationship with our family doctor, Dr. (Larry) Graheck,” Dr. Ruckman shared. “He delivered me and my three siblings at the hospital in Oskaloosa and I remember the impact he had on the community.”

In her role as a Family Practice Physician, Dr. Ruckman can treat patients of all ages for primary healthcare and acute care needs. “Family practice is the perfect opportunity to build relationships with my patients,” Dr. Ruckman stressed. “I enjoy treating a broad spectrum of people, from kids to adults and I love being a part of a family’s life over a long period of time.”

According to Dr. Ruckman, one of the most enjoyable aspects she has as a physician is caring for a woman during her pregnancy. “It is so rewarding to be a part of such a huge event in a family’s life. I enjoy the relationship I form with mom during her pregnancy and then continuing to care for her and the baby as the child grows.”

Dr. Ruckman’s addition to MHP’s Medical Staff brings the number of physicians delivering babies in the Birthing Center to seven. They are: OB/GYN Specialist Dr. Jeffrey Fowler and Family Practice Physicians Drs. Shawn Richmond, Ed Hirl, Stephen Mineart, Bridget Shariat and Leigh GIlburn.

“We are excited to have seven physicians to support the obstetrical needs of Mahaska County,” Christensen said. “They are able to deliver in a state-of-the-art facility with many amenities that moms enjoy.”

In late January, Dr. Ruckman will begin seeing patients on the MHP campus in Oskaloosa. She is accepting new primary care and obstetrics patients. For an appointment, 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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