Dr. Jennifer Haden, D.O. will join the Mercy Medical Clinic in August. Dr. Haden is a family practice physician who will also deliver babies.
“We are very fortunate to have someone with Jen’s professional credentials and bubbly personality join our medical staff, and we look forward to her arrival,” said Mercy Medical Center President Clint Christianson said.
Growing up in the small farming community of Nemaha, Iowa, where both parents were nurses, inspired and prepared Jennifer to become a family practice physician.
“I always knew that I wanted to live in a small town,” says Dr. Haden. “I wanted to do something that would allow me to help the most number of people.”
Family practice, which involves caring for patients of all ages for a range of medical issues through all stages of their lives was the obvious choice. “I never considered anything else,” Dr. Harden said.
Dr. Haden is a graduate of Des Moines University Medical School and completed her family practice residency at Siouxland Medical Education Foundation Family Practice in Sioux City.
She obtained a unique perspective on the obstetrics specialty after delivering her own daughter in September 2013, the third year of her residency.
“I learned so much from becoming a mother that has made me a better physician,” Dr. Haden explained.
For example she realized—more than ever—that being a family physician isn’t just about a patient’s medical needs.
“Particularly when caring for patients with chronic health issues, such as diabetes, we need to consider factors such as psychological status, family dynamics and financial constraints. This offers a full picture of what is going on and builds trust,” she says. “Sometimes, the medicine is the easy part.”
Dr. Haden made the commitment to come to Centerville over a year ago after she and her husband Matt visited the area several times, even experiencing a Pancake Day weekend. They are both avid hunters and love the outdoor recreational opportunities in southern Iowa.
Dr. Haden is looking forward to fostering long-term relationships with her patients and being the physician that they look to first when they need care. “I feel so privileged to be able to step into this role.”
The Haden’s and their daughter Lainey will be moving to Centerville in the next month.