Siouxland Community Health Center Awarded Federal Grant in Recognition of Quality Improvement

Written by Jessica Krieg on . Posted in News

LOCAL FACILITY IN TOP 30% OF ALL NATIONAL HEALTH CENTERS

SIOUX CITY: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $36.3 million in Affordable Care Act funding to reward and expand quality improvement in health centers. The Siouxland Community Health Center SCHC) was awarded $72,036 – the highest award granted to any of the fourteen federally qualified health centers in the state of Iowa. In the awarding of the grant, SCHC was cited as among the top 30% of all health centers that achieved the best overall clinical outcomes.

According to HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell, the Siouxland Community Health Center is “a proven leader in areas such as chronic disease management, preventative care and the use of Electronic Health Records (HER) to report quality data”.

Community Health Center CEO Mari Kaptain-Dahlen says the federal grant is indicative of the quality care that has become a hallmark of SCHC. “Improvements in clinical quality translate to better patient care. These funds from the Affordable Care Act will enable the Siouxland Community Health Center to improve our systems and infrastructure that allow us to continue to deliver care to a growing number of patients.”

The transition from paper records to Electronic Medical Records (EMR) is a task that is challenging to providers and staff alike but the effort at the Community Health Center has gone very well, says Dave Faldmo, P.A., and the Director of the Quality Team at SCHC. “Our transition to EMR has given us the ability to give our providers an outcomes scorecard, “says Faldmo. “Each provider has been enabled to manage the patients assigned to them and feel a responsibility to perform at a high level.” Faldmo went on to acknowledge the team effort that is necessary to reach this level. “This grant is attributable to the tremendous effort our staff has given to make SCHC the highest awarded quality performer among the community health centers in Iowa.”

Community Health Centers provide care to nearly 22 million patients in every state. The Siouxland Community Health Center has seen significant growth every year. In 2013 nearly 25,000 patients were served at the clinic and that number is expected to register gains again for the current year.

Walk With A Doc Comes To Downtown City

Written by Jessica Krieg on . Posted in News

SIOUX CITY, IA: –– The community is invited to join Siouxland Community Health Center for the November “JustWalk™” With a Doc” event on Thursday, November 20. Please note this month’s walk will move to a new time and new location.

The November 20th Walk With a Doc will leave at 12 noon from the Siouxland Community Health Center at 1021 Nebraska Street. Walkers should enter the Health Center on the 10th street side of the building. Off-street parking is available. Blue Zone members and the general public are invited to join the walk as well.

As with all Walk With a Doc events, a Community Health Center doctor will do a short 3 to 5 minute health-related presentation before starting the walk. November is Diabetes Awareness Month so this month’s learning opportunity will deal with the positive impact an exercise program can have with the management of diabetes.

At approximately 12:05 the walkers will leave from the Health Center and walk a route through downtown Sioux City. Walkers can walk whatever distance they choose. The Community Health Center walkers will return to 1021 Nebraska around 12:50.

No registration is needed and everyone is invited for this pre-winter exercise opportunity on November 20 at 12 noon. In addition, there will be t-shirt and pedometer giveaways during the walk.

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.

About Siouxland Community Health Center: Siouxland Community Health Center (SCHC) is a mission-driven organization providing quality health care services that are matched to the greatest needs of the community. SCHC embraces its core values and takes pride in ensuring a patient experience that is centered on service and improving the health of the Siouxland Community. The Siouxland Community Health Center is accredited by the Joint Commission. Additional information on SCHC including operating hours, services and provider information may be found at www.slandchc.com

About Walk With a Doc: WWAD is a non-profit organization that encourages 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. “Just Walk™” Walk with a Doc has over 90 active programs and is in 4 countries. To learn more, go to www.walkwithadoc.org.

Two Siouxland Organizations To Collaborate On New Behavioral Health Initiative

Written by Jessica Krieg on . Posted in News

FEDERAL GRANT TO SUPPORT WORK OF JACKSON RECOVERY AND THE SIOUXLAND COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER

SIOUX CITY:  A just-announced federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will bring a new focus on those in Siouxland who may have been unable to receive help for their special challenges.  Jackson Recovery Centers, Inc. and the Siouxland Community Health Center, will partner on a new program that will provide both mental health and addiction services to people in Siouxland.

This is part of a $51.3 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.   The grant is one of the key components of the Affordable Care Act.  Jackson and SCHC will receive $250,000 in 2015 and the same in 2016.

“This grant money will create an integrated process where mental health and addictions are assessed and treated as part of primary health care,” said Kermit Dahlen, Jackson Recovery Centers President & CEO said.  “This partnership will be key to our continued efforts to save lives and create a recovery centered Siouxland.”

Mari Kaptain-Dahlen says that behavioral health and addiction services are significantly underserved in this region.  “This partnership with Jackson Recovery will enable the Siouxland Community Health Center to develop an integrated delivery model that will deal with detoxification, behavioral and gambling addictions eating disorders and children’s services,” said Kaptain-Dahlen.  “This grant will result in a significant improvement in our ability to help those in our community dealing with significant behavioral health issues.

Jackson will provide both the mental health and addiction services at its Sioux City office, located at 800 5th Street and have professional on site at the SCHC.  The Siouxland Community Health Center also has a family practice physician on staff that is board certified in psychiatry and in 2013 the Community Health Center was approved to add psychiatry as a direct specialty service.

Two New Dentist Join Siouxland Community Health Center

Written by Jessica Krieg on . Posted in News

SIOUX CITY, IA: – Vinh Q. Nguyen, D.D.S., has joined the dental staff at the Siouxland Community Health Center.   He joins a staff of four other full-time dentists who treat both children and adults.  Dr. Nguyen earned a B.S. degree from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and his D.D.S. from the University of Nebraska College of Dentistry earlier this year.

Dr. Nguyen served as a student intern at the Winnebago Dental Clinic in the summer of 2013 and also provided care to pediatric patients as part of the Smile Zone in Irving, Texas.  While a student at Nebraska, Dr. Nguyen served as a leadership intern for General Electric and served as a dental assistant at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri.

Ashley N. Huber, D.D.S., has joined the dental staff at the Siouxland Community Health Center.  The Dakota Valley High School graduate joins a staff of three other fulltime dentists who treat both children and adults.  Dr. Huber earned a B.S. degree from Minnesota State University and graduated this spring from the College of Dentistry at the University of Nebraska.

Both Dr. Nguyen and Dr. Huber are now accepting new patients.  Appointments can be made by calling the Siouxland Community Health Center at (712) 202-1066.

The Siouxland Community Health Center provides a full array of dental services for all ages.  In addition to routine oral care, the dental department accepts emergency walk-ins, provides prenatal oral health education and holds monthly Baby Day clinics for infants to the age of 2.

About Siouxland Community Health Center:

Siouxland Community Health Center (SCHC), located at 1021 Nebraska Street in Sioux City, is a mission-driven organization providing quality health care services that are matched to the greatest needs of the community.  SCHC embraces its core values and takes pride in ensuring a patient experience that is centered on service and improving the health of the Siouxland Community.  Siouxland Community Health Center is accredited by the Joint Commission.  Additional information on SCHC including operating hours, services and provider information may be found at www.slandchc.com

SCHC Announces Salute To Soldiers

Written by Jessica Krieg on . Posted in News

Message Board to Highlight Those Who Serve

SIOUX CITY, IA: The Siouxland Community Health Center will be honoring members of the armed services through special video tributes on the Center’s new digital message board at 1021 Nebraska Street.

The Community Health Center was able to purchase the board with the proceeds from the spring Progressive Dinner. The new digital sign in mounted on the northwest corner of the building and is seen by the traffic heading down Pierce Street. “We continue to receive positive comments on our new digital message board,” said Jim Wharton, Director of Marketing and Fund Development. “The sign is seen by thousands of people every day and we are honored to be able to highlight members of our military and show them and the community how much we value their service to our country.”

Every Wednesday, the Siouxland Community Health Center will put up a picture and hometown of a local active duty solider. The message will go up on the message board every Wednesday and will be visible from 6 a.m. to midnight. Members of the general public are invited and encouraged to send the Community Health Center a picture of their favorite soldier and it will be included in the weekly rotation. All photos should be sent via e-mail to Jim Wharton at jwharton@slandchc.com. Families will be notified when the picture of their solider goes live on the message board.

About Siouxland Community Health Center:
Siouxland Community Health Center (SCHC), located at 1021 Nebraska Street in Sioux City, is a mission-driven organization providing quality health care services that are matched to the greatest needs of the community. SCHC embraces its core values and takes pride in ensuring a patient experience that is centered on service and improving the health of the Siouxland Community. Siouxland Community Health Center is accredited by the Joint Commission. Additional information on SCHC including operating hours, services and provider information may be found at www.slandchc.com

Three Siouxland Organizations to Collaborate on Maternal Health Care Program

Written by Jessica Krieg on . Posted in News

Crittenton Center, Siouxland Community Health Center and Siouxland Medical Education Foundation Team Up to Ensure Continuation of Vital Service

SIOUX CITY, IA: – The year was 1882. In New York City Charles Crittenton’s daughter, Florence, died from rheumatic fever.  Upon the death of his daughter, Mr. Crittenton vowed to help women and children who had no place to live.  His mission took him across the United States where several homes were established to welcome and give aid to unwed mothers, prostitutes, abused women and abused or abandoned children.    Fourteen years later, in 1896, in Sioux City, the Babies Home Society merged with the Women’s Home Society and expanded their services to provide maternal care and adoption.  In 1903 it became the Florence Crittenton Center Home of Sioux City, Iowa following Charles Crittenton’s values and standards.

Over the next one hundred eighteen years, the Crittenton Center greatly expanded its program offerings to women, children and families, but one of its founding programs, maternal health, will move from the Crittenton Center to the Siouxland Community Health Center (SCHC).  The move to SCHC was precipitated by a change in the funding streams for the critical services.  Patients with appointments up to August 29th will continue to be seen at the Crittenton Center.  Effective Tuesday, September 2nd, all appointments will be handled at the Siouxland Community Health Center.  To confirm appointments after August 29th, maternal health patients may call 712-252-2477.

Marian Burnett, the Executive Director of the Crittenton Center, says the decision to move the maternal health program to the Siouxland Community Health Center is not only the right decision for the patients, but it is being done in the spirit of collaboration which in this day and age is vital to the community.  “A few years ago, the Crittenton Center lost its Title-V funding which made it extremely difficult for us to cover the costs of the care we were providing,” said Burnett.  “We needed a partner who could ensure that the high quality of care would continue in the future. The logical partner for us was the Siouxland Community Health Center.  Given the fact that the majority of our women are already patients at SCHC made that decision much easier.”

Mari Kaptain-Dahlen, the CEO at the Siouxland Community Health Center, says she is honored to bring the maternal health program to the Center.  “We are fortunate to be in a position to preserve the legacy of service established more than a century ago by the Crittenton Center,” said Kaptain-Dahlen.  “Prenatal care is critical to the health of the baby and the mother and SCHC’s ability to absorb this program will not only be cost-effective but will benefit the patients.”

This new partnership engages the resources of not only the Crittenton Center and the Siouxland Community Health Center, but also the Siouxland Medical Education Foundation (SMEF).  Founded in 1975 by Sioux City’s two hospitals and community physicians, SMEF is the only residency program in Northwest Iowa. The eighteen residents from the University of Iowa’s Carver College of Medicine will continue to provide prenatal care and obstetric services as they have done for more than fifteen years.  The only change patients will see is the address.  Effective September 2nd, all maternal health program patients will be seen at the Siouxland Community Health Center.

Long time Sioux City physician Dr. Jerry McGowan has been an integral part of the maternal health program at the Crittenton Center since 1965.  “Fifty years ago, a number of young physicians including Dr. Paul Fee and Dr. Jack Bristow determined that the women of this community, regardless of their means, deserved quality prenatal care. That’s why we developed this relationship with the Florence Crittenton Center,” said Dr. McGowan.  “Many of our residents will ultimately establish practices in small communities across Siouxland and the OB training they receive through the maternal health program is invaluable.  We are fortunate the residents of the Siouxland Medical Education Foundation will continue to be able to provide these critical services through the Siouxland Community Health Center. ”

Dr. Leah M. Johnson, Executive Director at Siouxland Medical Education Foundation, says the opportunity to provide prenatal services to women who typically are faced with high-risk pregnancies is central to the development of a good family physician.  “Our residents have a great deal of respect and appreciation of the long history of maternal health at the Crittenton Center,” said Dr. Johnson.  “Transitioning the program to the Siouxland Community Health Center will be seamless.  The same doctors, nurses and translators who served them at Crittenton will continue to serve them at SCHC.”

The maternal health program at the Siouxland Community Health Center will provide the following services to patients:

  • Pregnancy tests
  • Prenatal care
  • Prenatal education on pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and newborn care
  • On-site interpreters
  • Ability to file insurance claims with numerous carriers
  • Access to Certified Application Counselors to assist  with the insurance marketplace

The Crittenton Center will continue to provide an array of services directed towards women, children and families.  Crittenton Center’s Emergency Shelter serves homeless children and is the only one in Northwest Iowa.  The Resource Center and Healthy Families America (HOPES) programs help families become stronger through parenting classes and other in-home support.  Crittenton Center’s Stella Sanford Child Development Center offers quality child care for toddlers and preschool children.  Seventeen year olds receive help becoming self-sufficient through a state funded contract.  Project Life is a federally funded program that helps the homeless and the homeless who are disabled. The Crittenton Center also offers an infant care program at West High to help encourage young mothers to get their degree, and handles an Adoption Search service. The only program transitioning to SCHC is the maternal health program.

About Siouxland Community Health Center:

Siouxland Community Health Center (SCHC) is a mission-driven organization providing quality health care services that are matched to the greatest needs of the community.  SCHC embraces its core values and takes pride in ensuring a patient experience that is centered on service and improving the health of the Siouxland Community.  Siouxland Community Health Center is accredited by the Joint Commission.  Additional information on SCHC including operating hours, services and provider information may be found at www.slandchc.com.

A New Twist on an Old Standard

Written by Jessica Krieg on . Posted in News

That’s what the Siouxland Community Health Foundation is doing with this year’s 5K Race / Run. The number of charity runs in Siouxland has grown faster than those orange cones in a construction zone. If you are so inclined, serious runners could find an event every weekend.

This year, we’re trying something different. As the grandparent of a 4-year old boy, I know all I need to know about Superman, Batman and all of the other action figurines. This year we are giving all of the big boys and girls an opportunity to suit up as their favorite Superhero and toe the line at the Superhero 5K Run/Walk on August 23rd. Better yet, we’re providing cash prizes to the best individual and group in costume.

You won’t be competing with me this year. I’m going to do the 5K Walk but really have no interest in dressing up in costume. I already consider myself a finely-tuned machine and hate to mess with perfection. (Insert your own joke at your risk.)

I hope you can join us. We need the money.

Registration is just $25 or adults and $10 for youth and students. That includes a very attractive event t-shirt that will one day be safely ensconced in the t-shirt Hall of Fame. You can register on-line at www.slandchc.com or call race expert Jessica at 224-1803.

Bring your “A” game.

Walk With a Doc Returns to the Riverfront!

Written by Jessica Krieg on . Posted in News

Who’s ready for spring?

Time to break out the Nike’s and the Spandex (let’s be reasonable with the Spandex please) and join Dr. Danielle Prince for a stroll along the beautiful Sioux City riverfront.

It’s all part of the Siouxland Community Health Center’s Walk With a Doc program, a national initiative to get everyone moving towards better health.

It’s all very simple.

The date is Thursday, May 22nd.

The walk will start at 5:30 and leave from the parking lot at Bev’s on the River.

Dr. Prince will lead the group on the walk. You can go as long and as far as you like although most walkers will step off 3 to 4 miles.

There is no fee involved.

Better yet, all walkers get a free Walk With a Doc t-shirt courtesy of the Siouxland Community Health Center.

Dr. Prince is our “doc”. My advice is to keep up with her pace and bring your healthcare questions with you and fire away. It’s like a visit to the doctor without the co-pay!

We would love to have you join us May 22nd for the recreational walk. It would really help if we knew you were coming so we have enough t-shirts for everyone. You can register on-line or via e-mail to Jessica at jdemke@slandchc.com
If those two options don’t work, pick up the phone and call Jessica at 712-224-1803.

As the Jersey Boys (aka Frankie Valli) would say….Oh What a Night!

Written by Jessica Krieg on . Posted in News

Our 4th annual Siouxland Community Health Center Progressive Dinner on April 12th is in the books and we have written a whole new chapter!

These numbers are preliminary but as of today, it looks like the dinner will net over $35,000 to the Health Center. Our last dinner netted approximately $12,000 so we nearly tripled our amount.

The list of thank-you’s is endless but I need to start with our presenting sponsor – Jebro. This company epitomizes what a good corporate citizen should be. Thank you to the family of Jebro employees for making such a huge difference in the lives of the patients we serve.

Kudos to Chef Paul Seaman and to the staff of the Sioux City Country Club.

The food and service at both locations were outstanding. (NOTE TO CHEF PAUL: The chocolate-covered frozen banana treats were outrageous!)

Jessica Demke and Cara Conrad-Koupal, the key cogs in our small, but mighty SCHC marketing team, also deserve a note of thanks. And I can’t forget our friend from Mercy Home Care – Wendy Beavers. Wendy did all of our table decorations. Wendy – you are da’ bomb (and your grandson Tuff is too cute!)

What will we do with the money? Fair question.

We intend to purchase a new digital sign that will help us alert our patients of real-time events such as flu shots, diabetes testing, pre-natal screenings, etc. Without your support of the dinner, there was no way we could afford that technology.

The date for the 2015 dinner has been set. It is April 11th.

Thanks again for an incredible night.

Siouxland Community Health Foundation Announces Date for Summer 5K

Written by Jessica Krieg on . Posted in News

SIOUX CITY, IA: Siouxland Community Health Foundation is looking to the hit the ground running when it will host its 5th Annual 5K Run/Fun Walk Saturday, August 23rd 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.

Now in its fifth year, the event is designed to promote a healthy and active community and encourages participation among all ages. In cooperation with Mercy Medical Center, the event will once again feature a Siouxland High School Challenge in which the area high school with the most student participants (Grades 9-12) will receive $1,000 for first place and $750 for second place. The cash awards will go to the school’s athletic department to support their programs. High school students who are interested in being a part of their school’s team should contact their athletic director for registration information.

Registration fees for the event are $25 for adults and $10 for youth and students. All registered participants will receive an event t-shirt. Pre-registration is encouraged and will be accepted through August 14th to guarantee a shirt. Registrations will also be accepted the day of the event beginning at 7:00 a.m. Proceeds from the 5th annual run and fun walk 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 visit www.slandchc.com to find complete event information and links to register or become a sponsor. For more information about the event, please call Jessica Demke, Marketing Assistant at 712-224-1803 or jdemke@slandchc.com

Siouxland Community Health Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has provided quality health care services to Siouxland for over 20 years. The mission of the health center is to be a patient-centered medical home that improves the physical, dental, and behavioral health of the Siouxland community.

Hours

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