Siouxland Community Health Center Achieves AAAHC Accreditation

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SIOUX CITY, IA – Siouxland Community Health Center (SCHC) has achieved accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Accreditation distinguishes this facility from many other outpatient facilities by providing the highest quality of care to its patients as determined by an independent, external process of evaluation.

Status as an accredited organization means the Siouxland Community Health Center has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality health care set by AAAHC. More than 6,000 ambulatory health care organizations across the United States are accredited by AAAHC. Not all ambulatory health care organizations seek accreditation; not all that undergo the rigorous on-site survey process are granted accreditation.

“We believe our patients deserve the best,” stated Mari Kaptain-Dahlen, CEO of the Siouxland Community Health Center. “When you see our certificate of accreditation, you will know that AAAHC, an independent, not-for-profit organization, has closely examined our facility and procedures. It means we as an organization care enough about our patients to strive for the highest level of care possible.”

Ambulatory health care organizations seeking accreditation by AAAHC undergo an extensive self-assessment and on-site survey by AAAHC expert surveyors – physicians, nurses, and administrators who are actively involved in ambulatory health care. The survey is consultative and educational, presenting best practices to help an organization improve its care and services.

“Going through the process challenged us to find better ways to serve our patients, and it is a constant reminder that our responsibility is to strive to continuously improve the quality of care we provide,” said Shelby Peterson, R.N., Clinic Operations Director. The accreditation for SCHC runs through July of 2018.

SCHC 5K Just Around the Corner

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You have to be old to appreciate this. The year was 1963. (I was eleven!) The Beach Boys were just coming into their own. Here is a stanza of one of their hits.

So be true to your school (Rah rah rah rah sis boom bah)

Just like you would to your girl or guy

(Rah rah rah rah sis boom bah)

Be true to your school now

(Rah rah rah rah sis boom bah)

Let your colors fly

(Rah rah rah rah sis boom bah)

Be true to your school

(Rah rah rah rah rah)
I loved the Beach Boys but this wasn’t one of their solid gold hits….nonetheless, it’s pure SoCal.

As we started our preparation work for this year’s SCHC 5K, we were searching for a theme. My marketing colleague Cara (who is really good at this stuff for an analyst/planning geek floated the idea of using the old Beach Boys song “Be True to Your School” as our hook. Good call.

SCHC awards cash prizes to the three high schools that send the most participants to the 5K. Last year Heelan won $1,000 – Sgt. Bluff earned $750 and Dakota Valley got a check for $500. We will be doing the same this year.

The price is reasonable. $10 for students and $25 for non-students….and that includes a t-shirt if you register before August 14. You can register on line or by calling Jessica at 712-224-1803.

Oops….the date and location.

Saturday, August 22nd, at Adams Nature Preserve in McCook Lake. Registration begins at 7 (if you haven’t pre-registered) and the race starts at 8.

See you there.

Siouxland Community Health Center to Observe National Community Health Center Week

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Celebration Runs Week of August 10-14

SIOUX CITY, IA: Communities across the country are gearing up to celebrate National Health Center Week with events that highlight the contribution the Health Center’s make to the well-being of a community. The Siouxland Community Health Center (SCHC) is taking part in the weeklong celebration (August 10-14) with numerous events focusing on patients, community and staff.

On Monday, August 10th, SCHC Staff will have a dress-up theme and the same day will mark the completion of an employee food drive for the Food Bank of Siouxland. SCHC employees have a goal of collecting 500 food items that will be delivered to the Food Bank on Monday the 17th.

Patients who come to the clinic on Tuesday, August 11th, are in for a very special surprise. Tuesday is “Patient Appreciation Day” and any patient who sees their provider on Tuesday will receive a special gift bag full of useful items like fresh fruit, a toothbrush, toothpaste, bottle of water, a SCHC pen and a refrigerator magnet from Urgent Care at the Clinic.

On Wednesday 12th, The Lifeserve Blood Center will also bring its mobile collection unit to the Health Center on Tuesday from 8:15 a.m.-10 a.m., as employees and the general public are invited to participate in a special blood drive in recognition of National Health Center Week.

On Thursday, August 13th, the focus turns to the community. A free kid’s clothes rummage sale for neighborhood children will be held in the front lobby of the SCHC. In addition, members of the leadership team will take cream pies in the face in return for a donation to a fund for school supplies for needy children.

The week concludes Friday, August 14th with a Dress-Up theme for all Staff “Be True To Your School” as employees are invited to wear the regalia of their favorite school.

Community Health Centers have compiled a significant record of success across the U.S. and in Siouxland. Specifically, federally-qualified Community Health Centers have:

  • Reduced income and ethnic health disparities even in the poorest and most challenged communities
  • Produced $24 billion in annual health system savings
  • Reduced unnecessary hospitalizations and unnecessary visits to hospital emergency rooms
  • Generated a system of preventative medicine that patients use regularly to stay healthy

The Siouxland Community Health Center has been an integral part of the health care community in Siouxland since 1992. Last year, SCHC served nearly 26,000 patients with just over 92,000 visits.

SCHC Employee to Bike the Continental Divide Ben Greene Riding in Support of “George’s Place”

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Ben GreeneSIOUX CITY, IA: – This summer, Siouxland Community Health Center (SCHC) employee, Ben Greene, will take the ride of a lifetime and give back to various organizations along the way. The 31-year old Greene, who serves as an interpreter at the Community Health Center, has been riding a bike since the age of seven but this Great Divide Ride will be the most challenging of his cycling career.  The ride begins in Banff, Alberta, Canada and ends 2,774 miles later in Antelope Wells, New Mexico.  Ben will complete at least 1,000 miles of the months-long trek through Canada and the Western United States.

As he pedals south, Ben will be raising funds for George’s Place, a clothing closet established by SCHC to provide new clothing to patients in need.  The Community Health Center, particularly in the cold winter months, treats scores of children and adults who have little or inadequate clothing.  Thanks to George’s Place, many patients are able to leave the Health Center with new, clean and weather-appropriate clothing.

The public will be able to sponsor Ben’s ride and support George’s Place by pledging for each mile Greene pushes his pedals. To support Ben mile by mile and contribute to George’s Place, visit and pledge as little as two cents per mile. A two-cent per mile pledge would result in a total donation of $20 should Ben complete his 1,000 mile goal.  At the end of Green’s journey, he will report back how many miles he biked and donors will be notified of their payment amount.  All contributions will be collected and used to purchase clothes for George’s Place.

Greene will start the ride in early to mid-June. The Siouxland Community Health Center will be providing periodic updates on the status of Ben’s ride on the center’s website at

Follow Ben while he travels the Great Divide Ride:

Here you will be able to follow Ben while he rides

June 15: In Whitefish, MT. We did 6,000 feet of climbing. Tough day. But tonight I am staying with a very generous family that opened the doors of their house to me. There are some incredible people in the world!

June 17: Another gorgeous day cycling along the continental divide! Half way there to the 1000 mile minimum but still planning on going to Mexico! Thanks for all the support. I hope you are able to see some of the pictures!

June 18: After 7 hours on the bike and three crossings of the Continental Divide I have made it to Helena. It’s the first time in a week that I have seen more people than wildlife!

June 19: A female rider was confronted by a grizzly bear and had to use her bear spray! We are in grizzly country. I do my best to scare them away with my singing down the trail!

June 20: Camped out at 7000 feet last night on the side of Mt Fletcher, MT. It was a cold night to say the least. I woke up to frost on my bike. Brrrr but the journey continues! Loving every minute of it!

June 21: I camped under the stars on beautiful Medicine Lodge Pass. All the hard work peddling up those hills was worth the view of the sun setting behind the mountains and the brilliant night sky! Off to Idaho!

June 23: Enjoying the Teton Mountains! What a beautiful sight!

June 24: Some anonymous man paid for my lunch today. There are so many giving and generous people out there that don’t look for recognition.

June 26: Today we went through the Great Basin of Wyoming. 97 miles without water. When you don’t have something, often times you learn to appreciate it more.

June 27: I made it to Steamboat Springs Colorado after a few bouts with mechanical issues. All good now and back on the road headed for Breckenridge!

June 29: Left Breckenridge this morning and came over Borea Pass. After a good climb it’s time for a BLT in the heart of Colorado (Hartsel)

June 30: Just climbed Marshall Pass in CO. Wow I am beat but ready to get back on the road to Mexico!!

July 2: This morning we tackled Indiana Pass. A 4000 ft climb over 23 miles. Rough to say the least. Resting for a bit and finally washing clothes. Will be in New Mexico today. One more state to go!

July 3: A rainy day in northern NM. Sometimes it felt like I was riding my bike through peanut butter. Happy to have made it out of the muck and back to civilization in El Rito, NM!

July 5: 120 miles today all on the pavement through the desert of New Mexico. Getting ever closer to Mexico!

July 8: 129 miles from the Mexican border! Almost there!

July 9: 28 days 2 hours and 34 minutes from Banff, Alberta Canada to Antelope Wells NM. Thankful for the great memories and so grateful to SCHC which helped make this trip possible!

Ben Greene is one crazy biker.


Piece of cake.

Late Thursday, Ben brought his bike to a stop at the New Mexico / Mexico border after pedaling 2,768.4 miles!  He started in Banff, British Columbia and made it to the finish line in 28 hays – 2 hours – and 34 minutes.  This was part of the “Great Divide Ride” that ran along the continental divide from border to border.  As my niece would say, that is cra-cra.

Gentle Ben worked at the Health Center this summer and will be attending graduate school this fall in Wyoming (or Montana?)  Every mile he racked up meant $’s for George’s Place – our in-house collection of new clothes for patients who need clothes.  At the end, it looks like Ben’s efforts will  net George’s Place about $2,000 and it couldn’t come at a better time.

Nice goin’ Ben….and thanks.

Photos on the ride:

SCHC Annual Dinner to Honor the Services of the Late Dr. Timothy F. Moran, Jr.

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Veteran Sioux City Ophthalmologist and Health Center Volunteer

Dr. Timothy F. MoranSIOUX CITY, IA: The 2015 Siouxland Community Health Center’s “Night on the Town” fundraiser on Saturday, April 11 will honor the memory of Dr. Timothy F. Moran, Jr. Dr. Moran, a noted Sioux City ophthalmologist who passed away last March, was a longtime volunteer at the Siouxland Community Health Center. Dr. Moran’s wife Terry along with seven of their children will be on hand to accept the award on behalf of their late husband and father.

This year’s dinner and auction will be held on Saturday, April 11th, and will begin with hors d’ oeuvres and tours at the Community Health Center (SCHC) before proceeding to the Sioux City Country Club for a French-inspired dinner and auction. This year’s SCHC Night on the Town is presented by Mercy Medical Center. The auction is underwritten by Jebro and Knife River.

Dr. Moran and his family moved to Sioux City in 1987 where he established the Moran Eye Center. He managed the vision health needs of thousands of Siouxland area residents including many patients at the Siouxland Community Health Center. His ten years of service at the Health Center were voluntary and SCHC CEO Mari Kaptain-Dahlen says that commitment did not go unnoticed.

“Dr. Moran had an incredible dedication to care of the underserved. He served our patients for ten years and did it all as a service to others,” said Ms. Kaptain-Dahlen. “Many of our patients would have gone without eye care had it not been for the generosity of Dr. Moran. His total dedication to patients and his sense of outreach were a perfect match for the Community Health Center and we were blessed by his gift of time and talent.”

Dr. Moran’s service to the medical community expanded well beyond his private practice and his volunteer work at the Community Health Center. He was president of the Woodbury County Medical Society and served as a delegate to the Iowa Medical Society. In 2004, he was named Physician of the Year by the Woodbury County Medical Society. He served on the Board of Directors for Siouxland Medical Doctors and was a life member of the American Medical Association. He was the first ophthalmologist in the area to participate in the Mission Cataract program with Mercy Medical Center.

Dr. Moran was also proud of his involvement with the Marian Center at Trinity Heights in Sioux City. He and his wife Terry were co-founders of that facility which attracts people of all faiths to their beautiful grounds on Sioux City’s north side.

Known by his friends as a person with a great sense of humor, Dr. Moran was the first person to be chosen as the Irishman of the Year by the Sioux City St. Patrick’s Day parade committee.

This year’s Siouxland Community Health Center will feature a French motif with food and drink designed to match the Parisian them. Tickets for the April 11th event are priced at $100 each and are now on sale at or by calling 712-224-1085. Last year the event sold out so the public is encouraged to purchase their tickets early.

Sioux City dentist Dr. Dick Hettinger and his wife Mary serve as the honorary chair couple of the 2015 SCHC Night on the Town dinner.

Dr. Richard and Mary Hettinger to Chair Community Health Center Annual Dinner

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A Night on the Town to Feature French Theme

HettingersSIOUX CITY, IA: Dr. Dick and Mary Hettinger have been chosen the honorary chairs of the 2015 Siouxland Community Health Center’s “Night on the Town” fundraiser. The dinner will be held on Saturday, April 11th, and will begin with hors d’ oeuvres at the Community Health Center (SCHC) before proceeding to the Sioux City Country Club for a French-inspired dinner and auction. This year’s SCHC Night on the Town is presented by Mercy Medical Center.

Mari Kaptain-Dahlen, the CEO of the Siouxland Community Health Center, said the Hettinger’s’ were chosen because of the couple’s commitment to the underserved. “Dick and Mary have done so much in this community that it’s difficult to comprehend,” said Kaptain-Dahlen. “In addition to his service as a SCHC dental volunteer for eleven years, Dr. Hettinger provided the vision and leadership for the Iowa Mission of Mercy that has provided free dental care to thousands of adults and children since its inception in 2008. That’s a perfect example of servant leadership and the Siouxland Community Health Center is honored to have Dick and Mary in this leadership role.”

Dr. Richard Hettinger has practiced dentistry in Sioux City for thirty-five years. The Briar Cliff University graduate earned his D.D.S. from the University of Iowa in 1979. He returned to Sioux City and began his practice in a storefront office in Leeds. In 1992, he built the Dental Depot, an office that reflected his love for both dentistry and trains. Even as his private practice continued to grow, Dr. Hettinger found time to volunteer his services at the Community Health Center. In 1997, he was named interim Dental Director at SCHC and has been volunteering a day a month for the last eleven years.

In 2011, Dr. Hettinger brought the statewide Mission of Mercy program to Western Iowa where dentists from across the state provided free dental care to more than 1,700 adults and children in two days. Hettinger first became involved in the Mission of Mercy in 2007 when he participated in a similar program in Nebraska. He has since volunteered his dental services in the Iowa Mission of Mercy program in a number of cities across the state. He is currently the state chair of the Iowa Mission of Mercy. Since its inception, Mission of Mercy has served over 10,000 patients with services valued at nearly $5 million.

In recognition of his commitment to volunteerism at the Siouxland Community Health Center and the Iowa Mission of Mercy, Dr. Hettinger was named to the Iowa Volunteer Hall of Fame in 2013 by Governor Terry Branstad. Last summer, the Sioux City Sertoma Club presented its annual Sertoma Service of Mankind award to Dr. Hettinger.

Mary Hettinger is also a graduate of Briar Cliff University. Following her graduation from BCU, Ms. Hettinger earned her Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1985. She has served in a number of clinical roles including seven years as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for the St. Luke’s Health System and as a staff nurse in adult psychiatric and medical-surgical. Ms. Hettinger served as an Associate Professor in the Department of Nursing at Morningside College for ten years.

Since her retirement, Ms. Hettinger volunteers at the Perry Creek branch library and has assisted on a number of the Mission of Mercy projects in a number of states.

This year’s Siouxland Community Health Center will feature a French motif with food and drink designed to match the Parisian theme. Tickets for the April 11th event are priced at $100 each and are now on sale or by calling 712-224-1815. Last year the event sold out so the public is encouraged to purchase their tickets early.

Mary Paeper Achieves NCC National Credential

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Mary Paeper

SIOUX CITY, IA: – Mary Paeper, RN Case Manager for Prenatal Services at Siouxland Community Health center, has successfully met the requirements to maintain the National Certification Corporation (NCC) national Obstetric Certification. She joins the over 100,000 health care professionals that have earned the prestigious credential since 1975. Ms. Paeper earned the certification by meeting the educational and practice requirements and taking rigorous examination. Maintenance of the credential is required every three years.

The Siouxland Community Health Center assumed a greater role in prenatal care last August when the maternal health program transitioned to SCHC from the Crittenton Center. The resident physicians of the Siouxland Medical Education Foundation serve as the medical directors for the women in the program,

The NCC is a not for profit organization that provides a national credentialing program for nurses, physicians and other licensed health care professionals. Certification is awarded to nurses in the obstetric, gynecologic, and neonatal nursing specialties and certificates of added qualification are awarded to licensed health care professionals in the subspecialty areas of electronic fetal monitoring and neonatal pediatric transport.

Mary Paeper joined the Siouxland Community Health Center in 2011.

Blogs, by their nature, are short and concise.

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This one fits the bill.

The SCHC marketing staff is “crazy busy” these days with planning for our annual Progressive Dinner which will be held on April 11th.

In the next week or so you’ll be seeing some information about our honorary chair couple along with this year’s honoree.

Just a heads up.

Last year’s dinner was sold out and we expect the same this year.

If you’re interested, I would suggest you purchase your tickets early. Call me at 712-224-1815 and I’ll set you up.

Same price as always – $100 per ticket or a table of 8 for $700.

Thanks for reading.

Siouxland Community Health Center to Assist CoOportunity Health Consumers

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SIOUX CITY, IA:  The Siouxland Community Health Center, along with the other community health centers in Iowa, is available to assist consumers with CoOportunity Health plans who have been encouraged to find replacement health insurance before a looming deadline.

The Iowa Insurance Division announced last week that rehabilitation of CoOportunity Health was unsuccessful and will now file a petition for liquidation. Iowa Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart is strongly encouraging individuals to obtain new coverage and cancel their policy with CoOportunity Health as soon as possible.

Those who have a CoOportunity Health policy should not cancel their current plan without enrolling in a plan with another qualifying insurance carrier and should continue to pay premiums until their new coverage is effective to avoid being subjected to a federal penalty for failing to retain health coverage.

Consumers can purchase coverage through until February 15, 2015, for an effective date of March 1, 2015 in order to continue receiving advanced premium tax credits (APTCs) and cost-sharing reductions (CSRs).

Consumers can receive assistance by contacting a Certified Application Counselor (CAC) at the Siouxland Community Health Center by calling 712-224-1844.  CACs are individuals trained to assist Iowa consumers with the selection of health care plans through as well as enrollment in the state’s various Medicaid programs. Staff will be able to assist consumers with enrolling in new coverage during open enrollment, answer questions regarding liquidation, and explain benefits of alternative plans.

Siouxland Community Health Center to Host Immigration Information Session

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Heidi OligmuellerSIOUX CITY: In late November, President Barack Obama announced a series of executive actions dealing with immigration policies in the United States. The President’s initiatives were launched after Congress was unable to reach a consensus on immigration reform. Since the President’s actions, there has been a lot of uncertainty as to the implications the executive actions will have on immigrants who are now residing in the United States.

The Siouxland Community Health Center will attempt to address many of those issues at a special Immigration Information Session scheduled for Saturday, January 31st at the clinic at 1021 Nebraska Street. The session is free to the public and will begin at 4:00 p.m. Heidi Oligmueller, an immigration attorney with the Heidman Law Firm will conduct the session which will be interpreted into Spanish.

The presentation will include an explanation of two of the more complex components of the executive action – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA). Participants will learn what it takes to qualify, evidence needed to show qualification, factors that can disqualify those who otherwise would be eligible and common sense tips on how to avoid pitfalls.

Ms. Oligmueller says it is important to remember that the process is not available until May and local residents need to make sure they are not the victims of fraud in the process.

The Immigration Information Session is provided to the community through the courtesy of Ms. Oligmueller, the Heidman Law Firm and the Siouxland Community Health Center.

No reservations are needed and the public is invited to this free informational event on Saturday, January 31 beginning at 4 p.m. at the Siouxland Community Health Center at 1021 Nebraska Street.


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