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.