Health Insurance Marketplace Opens Enrollment Begins Today

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Siouxland Community Health Center Has Certified Application Counselors Ready to Assist All Patients

EnrollmentSIOUX CITY, IA:  The fourth open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace opens on Tuesday, November 1 for those looking to renew their current coverage or enroll in a new plan for 2017. This open enrollment period will continue through January 31, 2017.

While insurance premiums have increased for some consumers, most will not see a higher cost due to the increase in the subsidies available to help individuals afford the cost of their coverage. If purchasing coverage through the Marketplace, consumers could be eligible for tax credits or subsidies to help offset the cost.

In order for a person to have coverage effective starting January 1, 2017, individuals must enroll in a plan by December 15.

Mari Kaptain-Dahlen, CEO of the Siouxland Community Health Center, underscored the importance of having all eligible patients go through the enrollment process.  “The Community Health Center has certified application counselors on staff that will be able to explain the features of the various programs,” said Kaptain-Dahlen.  “While it can certainly be confusing our Certified Application Counselors can assist consumers with enrolling in coverage and determining eligibility for both Marketplace plans and Medicaid.

To schedule an appointment, please call the Siouxland Community Health Center at 712-224-1844.

For more information about the Health Insurance Marketplace, visit Individuals can enroll in Marketplace coverage at or by calling 1 (800) 318-2596

Siouxland Community Health Center Adds New Provider

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NeimanDena Neiman has joined the staff of the Siouxland Community Health Center. Ms. Neiman is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (A.R.N.P). Patients can now call for appointments at 712-252-2477.

Neiman is a resident of Lawton and has worked in the Siouxland area in a number of capacities. Following her graduation from Clarkson College, she worked for nine years as a registered nurse at Siouxland Urology. After earning her Master’s Family Nurse Practitioner degree at Clarkson, Neiman worked as an A.R.N.P. at Family Healthcare of Siouxland and most recently Winnebago Indian Health Services.

Siouxland Community Health Center to Observe 25th Anniversary and National Community Health Center Week

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Rock the Center Scheduled for Saturday, August 6

Rock the CenterSIOUX CITY, IA:  In 1991, Sioux City’s two hospitals identified a need for another health care option in the community.  As a result of their foresight, the Siouxland Community Health Center (SCHC) was formed and saw its first patient in 1992. From humble beginnings, SCHC has grown into a full scale health center featuring medical, dental, urgent care, prenatal care, behavioral health services and a full-service pharmacy.  This year, SCHC is on pace to serve nearly 27,000 patients.

In recognition of both its silver anniversary and as a kick-off to National Community Health Center Week, SCHC will be hosting a community celebration called “Rock the Center” on Saturday, August 6 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the SCHC parking lot at 1021 Nebraska Street.

A number of Siouxland non-profit organizations will have displays set-up in the SCHC parking lot for Rock the Center and games and free food will be available for all.  In addition, the Siouxland Community Health Center will have a “free rummage sale” of clothes for infants, children and adults.  The gently used clothes will be given free of charge to those who demonstrate a need.  Siouxland Fire and Rescue will be doing child car seat safety checks in the Siouxland District Health parking lot adjacent to the Health Center along Nebraska Street.

Rock the Center is a way to say thank-you to the community for twenty-five years that have been highlighted by steady growth and a corresponding expansion of services.  The event is free and open to the public.


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SIOUX CITY, IA: The seventh annual Siouxland Community Health Center’s 5K affords Siouxland area residents an opportunity to get a little exercise and raise some much-needed funds for their favorite area high school.

The “Be True to Your School 5K” unfolds Saturday, August 20 at Adams Homestead Nature Preserve in McCook Lake, SD. Race day check-in will begin at 7 a.m. with the race and walk scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. This year’s walk/race is being sponsored by Mercy Medical Center.

The “Be True to Your School 5K” is designed to promote a healthy and active community and features a Siouxland High School Challenge in which the area high school with the most participants will receive $1,000 for first place, $750 for second place and $500 for third place. All 5K participants, students and adults, will be asked to declare a school at registration. The cash awards will go to the school’s athletic department to support their programs.

Last year’s top-prize winner was Bishop Heelan Catholic School’s who won $1,000. East High finished second and received $750 and Dakota Valley schools won $500.

High school students who are interested in being a part of their school’s team should contact their respective school’s athletic director for registration information. Medals will also be given to the top three finishers in adult men and women and youth 18 and under men and women.

Registration fees for the event are $25 for adults and $10 for youth and students of all ages. All those who register by August 12 will receive an event t-shirt. Pre-registration is encouraged. Walk-up registrations will also be accepted the day of the event beginning at 7 a.m. Proceeds from the 7th Annual Be True to Your School 5K Challenge will be used to support the needs of patients who receive their care from the Siouxland Community Health Center.

Participants can visit Siouxland Community Health Center on Facebook or Twitter or go to to register and find complete event information. For questions or additional information, please contact Jessica Demke at 712-224-1803 or via email at

Siouxland Community Health Center is celebrating its 25th year of service to the residents of the tri-state region. Last year, the Center served more than 26,000 patients.

SCHC Annual Dinner to Honor Two Women Involved in Creation of the Community Health Center

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SIOUX CITY, IA: The 2016 Siouxland Community Health Center’s “Night on the Town” fundraiser on Saturday, April 16, will honor two women who played a key role in the creation of the Health Center twenty-five years ago. Amy Slevin, Director of Clinical Development at Mercy Medical Center, and Bonnie Wiltse, retired Vice President of Patient Services at Unity Point Health – St. Luke’s, were two of the key individuals who worked diligently to create and establish a Federally Qualified Health Center in Sioux City.

Amy Slevin

Amy Slevin

Amy Slevin wrote the original grant to the U. S. Public Health Services that was approved and funded in October of 1990. Subsequent to the successful grant application, Bonnie Wiltse provided the board oversight that created the governance and clinical infrastructure allowing the Siouxland Community Health Center to open its doors in 1991. Amy and Bonnie will be given the George Boykin Good Citizen Award in recognition of their role in the creation of the first community health center in Northwest Iowa.

The first clinic was located at 1709 Pierce Street, the former office of the late Sioux City physician Dr. Joe Krigsten. Dr. Krigsten donated all of his office and medical equipment to the startup Health Center. The Community Health Center opened its doors in 1991 with a staff of twelve. Twenty-five years later, the Siouxland Community Health Center has grown to a full service medical home with 66,000 square feet, twenty-six providers, 237 employees and a patient list that has grown to over 26,000 a year.

Siouxland Community Health Center CEO Mari Kaptain-Dahlen says that were it not for the combined efforts of Sioux City’s two hospitals, the Health Center would not have happened. “Back in 1990, the leadership at both Marian Health Center and St. Luke’s saw a great need in our community and responded,” said Kaptain-Dahlen. “Amy Slevin and Bonnie Wiltse represented their respective hospitals and began the hard work necessary to secure funding and ensure we had the systems in place to succeed. Our early champions were great leaders like Bonnie, Amy, Senator Tom Harkin and George Boykin. They were truly difference makers and any success we have enjoyed is a result of their efforts more than twenty-five years ago.”

Amy Slevin is now in her 19th year of service at Mercy Medical Center. She is recognized as one of the area’s most knowledgeable authorities on health care. During her career at Mercy, Amy has authored countless grants that have addressed key health care issues like colorectal cancer, older adult services, diabetes inpatient wound care, and congestive heart failure. Amy has been recognized for her work by both Mercy Medical Center and Women Aware. She earned her M.A. in Nursing Administration from Columbia University and her B.S.N. from Catholic University. She has had her research widely published and has continued her service to the Siouxland Community Health Center as a member of the Board of Directors.

Bonnie Wiltse

Bonnie Wiltse

Bonnie Wiltse is a founding board member and president of the board of directors of the Siouxland Community Health Center. She worked for 37 years at St. Luke’s having retired in 1999 as Vice President of Patient Services. During her career, Bonnie was involved in numerous organizations including a founding board member of the Ronald McDonald House in Sioux City, the American and Iowa Association of Nurse Executives, and a charter member of the Association for Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses. The Correctionville resident earned her bachelor’s degree from Morningside College, her R.N. from Nebraska Methodist School of Nursing, and her M.P.H. from the University of Minnesota.

This year’s dinner and auction will be held on Saturday, April 16, at the Sioux City Country Club. The evening will begin at 6 p.m., with a reception followed by the dinner, and program at 6:30 p.m. This year’s SCHC Night on the Town is presented by Mercy Medical Center, Unity Point, and Jebro.

Mercy Medical Center CEO Jim Fitzpatrick and St. Luke’s CEO Lynn Wold serve as the honorary co-chairs of this year’s Community Health Center dinner. The dinner is officially sold out for the third year in a row.

Sioux City Hospital CEO’s Named Co-Chairs of SCHC Annual Dinner

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Lynn Wold and Jim Fitzpatrick to Lead April 16 Fundraising Dinner

SIOUX CITY, IA:  In 1991, Sioux City leaders celebrated the opening of a new health center that was created to bring health care services to the underserved of our community.  Twenty-five years later, the Siouxland Community Health Center has established itself as one of the leading and fastest growing health care entities in the region.

The community will come together to celebrate that milestone on Saturday, April 16, as the Siouxland Community Health Center presents “A Night of Sparkle” at the Sioux City Country Club.  Leading the charge will be the CEO’s of Sioux City’s two hospitals.  Lynn Wold, the CEO of UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s and Jim FitzPatrick, the CEO of Mercy Medical Center will serve as the honorary co-chairs of the SCHC fundraising dinner.  Presenting sponsors of the dinner include St. Luke’s, Mercy and Jebro, Inc.

The Siouxland Community Health Center came into existence because of the foresight of the hospitals.  Strategic planning clearly indentified a pressing need for more health care services in the community.  The hospitals collaborated on a grant to the Department of Health and Human Services that would serve as the seed money for the creation of the Health Center.  From one small building with one single provider in 1991, the Siouxland Community Health Center has now grown from one facility to two, employs over 200 people including 28 medical and dental providers and sees nearly 26,000 patients every year.

Mercy CEO Jim FitzPatrick says the Community Health Center has been true to its founding mission.  “The number of patients served by SCHC is simply incredible,” said FitzPatrick.  “As our population continues to diversify, the demand on the Health Center will only grow.  We are so fortunate to have them as our partner.”

Lynn Wold, the CEO of St. Luke’s complimented the Community Health Center for its ability to adapt to the changing landscape of health care.  “The implementation of the Affordable Care Act brought with it significant changes in health care,” says Wold.  “The Community Health Center has adapted to those changes and adhered to its mission of care for the underserved.”

Mari Kaptain-Dahlen, the CEO of the Siouxland Community Health Center, said the support of Mercy and Unity Point were critical to the creation of the health center and will become all the more vital going forward.  “All of us who work in the health care arena need to make sure we are delivering the right care, in the right place, at the right cost,” said Kaptain-Dahlen.  “The collaborative attitude demonstrated by Mercy and Unity Point upon our creation 25 year ago prevails today as we all work together to provide quality health care to the people of Siouxland.”

Jim FitzPatrick has served as President and CEO of Mercy Medical Center since August of 2014.  Prior to coming to Sioux City, FitzPatrick served as the Senior Vice President for Network Development for the Mercy Health Network.  He has more than twenty-two years experience as a hospital and health system president/CEO.  He has served in those capacities at Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa in Mason City and prior to that at Kossuth Regional Hospital in Algona.

Lynn Wold was appointed President and CEO of St. Luke’s in June of 2015.  Prior to his new role, Wold served as Chief Operating Officer for St. Luke’s and has been a member of the St. Luke’s management team since 2002.  Wold is a native of North Dakota and has served in health care administration for over 25 years.

Tickets for the April 16 event are priced at $100 each and are now on sale or by calling 712-224-1815.   A full table of eight is priced at a discounted cost of $700.  Last year the event sold out so the public is encouraged to purchase their tickets early.

Siouxland Community Health Center and Unity-Point Health Join Forces for Walk With a Doc

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SIOUX CITY, IA: – The Siouxland Community Health Center first introduced Walk With a Doc to the community in 2013. The physician-led weekly walk has been held at a number of venues including the Sioux City riverfront, various Sioux City neighborhoods, Western Iowa Tech Community College and Bacon Creek Park. Beginning January 6, Walk With a Doc moves to its new winter home – Unity Point – Health – St. Luke’s.

St. Luke’s has a very popular tunnel system that is well known to area walkers. In an effort to afford walkers a pleasant winter walking environment, St. Luke’s is joining forces with the Siouxland Community Health Center to host Walk With a Doc over the winter and early spring months effective with the first weekly walk of the New Year on January 6.

Walk With a Doc is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages, and reverse the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle in order to improve the health and well-being of the country. It was started by a Pittsburgh cardiologist who wanted to find a fun way to get his patients involved in an exercise program. Since then, it has expanded to nearly all fifty states and five foreign countries.

Walks will be held every Wednesday beginning at 5:30 p.m. Walkers are asked to gather in the St. Luke’s atrium located along Stone Park Boulevard. The walk will begin from the atrium precisely at 5:30 p.m. and will be preceded by a short presentation from a physician. Dr. Michael Piplani, the Chief Medical Officer of the Siouxland Community Health Center, will begin each walk with a short presentation on the health benefits of a good walk. The physician-led walks will take approximately 45 minutes but walkers are enouraged to walk whatever time and distance they prefer. At times during the winter, physicians from St. Luke’s or one of their affiliated partners will lead the Wednesday Walk With a Doc.

Siouxland Community Health of Nebraska is now open!

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Gloria-1-smIMG_0792-smGloria was our first patient through the doors this morning.

Our opening day team of professionals are on duty and anxious to serve.

All of our first day patients will be receiving a bag of goodies as a way of saying “thank you” for trusting Siouxland Community Health of Nebraska with their care.

We’re at 3410 Futures Drive in South Sioux City.

Call for an appointment at 402-412-7242 (SCHC).

Walk-in Urgent Care also available at our new Nebraska location.

Siouxland Community Health Center to Expand Service to South Sioux City

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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).

Gilchrist Foundation Makes Award to Siouxland Community Health Center for Landscape Project

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MKaptainDahlenSIOUX CITY, IA: – The Siouxland Community Health Center (SCHC) in Sioux City has been awarded a grant to beautify the Health Center’s campus at 1021 Nebraska Street. The grant is valued at $27,565 and will be used to cover the cost of much-needed improvements to the physical landscape of the building.

In 2012, the Siouxland Community Health Center initiated a construction project that added 5,000 square feet to accommodate patient growth. During the three-year construction project, the health center grounds were disrupted which resulted in the loss of significant green space and landscaping. The grant from the Gilchrist Foundation will enable the Siouxland Community Health Center to return those spaces to their previous condition and will include the planting of new sod, shrubbery, trees and flowering plants.

Siouxland Community Health Center CEO, Mari Kaptain-Dahlen, expressed her appreciation to the Gilchrist Foundation its their generous gift. “We are fortunate to have a beautiful facility but the recent construction project literally destroyed our landscaping,” said Kaptain-Dahlen. “This generous grant from the Gilchrist Foundation will allow us to make additions that will create an environment that is both functional and beautiful.”

Work on the landscaping project will begin this month.


1021 Nebraska Street – Sioux City (map)
Mon – Thurs: 8am – 8pm
Friday 8am – 5pm
*Open 10am first Thursday of each month.

Urgent Care at The Clinic

1021 Nebraska Street – Sioux City (map)
Mon – Thurs: 8am – 8pm
Friday 8am – 5pm
Saturday 10am – 2pm
*Open 10am first Thursday of each month.

SSC Clinic and Urgent Care

3410 Futures Drive – South Sioux City (map)
Monday and Thursday 8AM – 8PM
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 8AM – 5PM