NEW CLINIC SET TO SERVE NORTHEAST NEBRASKA
SIOUX CITY, IA: – The Siouxland Community Health Center (SCHC) will open its first satellite clinic when the fast-growing center opens a new clinic in South Sioux City, Nebraska, on December 9. Siouxland Community Health of Nebraska will be located at 3410 Futures Drive, near the I-29 interchange on the west side of Highway 77.
The Health Center’s expansion to South Sioux City is the result of a federal grant from the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) and is one of the programs under the Affordable Care Act that attempts to address the unmet health care needs of the underserved. The Siouxland Community Health Center was awarded a grant in the amount of $650,000 that will enable the new South Sioux City clinic to provide enhanced access to comprehensive primary health care services in Dakota County.
According to government figures, there are numerous key indicators that the demand for health care is significant. Over 42% of the population reports incomes below federal poverty level with nearly 17% of those uninsured. In addition, several core indicators reveal higher prevalence of chronic disease and lack of preventative services.
South Sioux City was a logical place to direct the expansion, according to Siouxland Community Health Center CEO Mari Kaptain-Dahlen. “The number of patients we serve from Dakota County continues to grow,” said Kaptain-Dahlen. “The opportunity to locate a clinic in South Sioux City will make our services more accessible to those patients and be a great service to families.”
Siouxland Community Health of Nebraska will provide a full range of by-appointment primary health care services along with urgent care walk-ins. The hours of operation will be Monday and Thursday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. As a Federally-Qualified Health Center, the new clinic in South Sioux City will accept all patients, regardless of their ability to pay. That includes all major insurance carriers, Medicaid, Medicare, and those without insurance. A sliding fee program, based on household size, income and ability to pay, is available to uninsured or privately insured patients.
Siouxland Community Health Center’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Michael A. Piplani, and other staff physicians from the Community Health Center will be seeing patients periodically at both the Sioux City and South Sioux City sites. Staffing the new clinic will be two providers familiar to Siouxland area residents. David Faldmo, PA-C, MPAS, and Mary McGowan, ARNP, BSN will serve as clinic providers and will see patients Monday through Friday at Siouxland Community Health of Nebraska. Faldmo also serves as Medical Director for both the Sioux City and South Sioux clinics.
Faldmo has been with the Siouxland Community Health Center for twenty-three years and serves as Medical Director and Director of Quality. The Utah native and Morningside College graduate received his medical training at the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa.
McGowan came to the Siouxland Community Health Center after thirteen years of emergency room experience at Mercy Medical Center. Most recently, McGowan served patients at the Dunes Surgical Hospital. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Iowa and her Master’s of Science and Family Nurse Practitioner degrees from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
Services available at the South Sioux City clinic will include a full range of medical care, vaccinations, school and sports physicals, and adult health exams. Care for walk-in patients with acute illness will also be available through Urgent Care regardless if the individual is a patient at the Health Center. A flat $50 fee will be charged to those without insurance. Standard co-pay will be used for those with private insurance and Medicaid and Medicare patients will be billed for services.
The establishment of the Siouxland Community Health Center in South Sioux City was widely supported by the business and civic community. South Sioux City Mayor Rod Koch indicated that an expansion of health care services is great news for the community and its residents. “The Siouxland Community Health Center has a twenty-four year history of providing quality health care to people from throughout our region,” said Mayor Koch. “The creation of a clinic in South Sioux City will make it easier for the residents of Northeast Nebraska to get the services they need right at home. We are excited to welcome Siouxland Community Health to South Sioux City.”
Siouxland Community Health Center’s expansion to South Sioux City will create eleven new jobs at the 3410 Futures Drive site. In addition to two full-time providers, staff additions will include on-site nurses, interpreters, financial counselors, medical assistants and customer service representatives.
Appointments are now being taken by calling the Siouxland Community Health Center of Nebraska at 402-412-SCHC (7242).