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Ostomy Support Group

Ostomy Support Group

Mahaska Health Partnership Wound, Ostomy, Continence (WOC) Nurse Cindy Donohue, BSN, CWOCN, will hold an Ostomy Support Group meeting on Monday, June 13 at 5:30 pm.

“There are a lot of people in our community living with an ostomy,” Donohue explained. “This initial meeting is to determine if there is enough interest to form a monthly support group.”

The purpose of the group is to provide free consultation with ostomy professionals as well as a network of local people who are in similar situations. Donohue said participants will direct the content that is shared during meetings based on topics they would like assistance with. “We really want this to become a peer-driven group where the participants determine issues they want help with.”

According to the United Ostomy Associations of America, an ostomy refers to a surgically-created opening in the body for the discharge of bodily wastes. An ostomy may be performed due to many different diseases and conditions such as cancer or a birth defect. The most common type of ostomy is a colostomy. During the procedure, a portion of the large intestine is removed or bypassed. The remaining portion of the functioning large intestine is brought through the abdominal wall.

Through the MHP WOC program, Donohue can provide many valuable services to people living with an ostomy. “I have helped many people living with ostomies,” Donohue said. “I see them reentering their lives and doing everything they did prior to their surgeries which is very rewarding. “ The WOC program at MHP assists patients with pre-surgical consultation, pouch fittings and ostomy complication resources.

The Ostomy Support Group will meet on the MHP campus in Oskaloosa (use entrance #3). Pre-registration is requested by contacting Donohue at 642-672-3161 or cdonohue@mahaskahealth.org. To find out more about how Mahaska Health Partnership is making healthcare personal, visit mahaskahealth.org.