SCHC joins the blog-o-sphere!

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This medium gives us an opportunity to keep all of our friends up-to-date on current events or other items of interesting to our rapidly growing number of friends and patients.

First of all, I hope you like our new website. Kudos to the team at the SC Journal for their work in giving us a site that ranks among the best. Thank you Tracy and Rob for a job well done.

We’re closing in on our upcoming SCHC Dinner – A Night on the Town. If you are interested in attending the April 12th event, act soon. For the first time in our history, we are going to have a sold-out event! We still have a handful of tickets available by calling 224-1815 (I will personally answer the phone) or on-line

Thanks to Dr. Thor Swanson and Karin Swanson for serving as our chair couple.

Some attendees have asked what we have for our auction. Check this out:

  • An autographed guitar from Bret Michaels
  • An annual car wash pass from Hamilton Touchless
  • 2, 40-yard line seats to the Iowa-Nebraska football game in Iowa City
  • A complete annual wellness pass to the Siouxland Y (careful, I’m in on this one)
  • A trip to New Orleans
  • NASCAR tickets to the Iowa Raceway

Buy your tickets today. It will be a great opportunity to celebrate the incredible work being done at SCHC. As always, thanks for reading.

Jim Wharton


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SIOUX CITY, IA:    Pioneer.  Leader.  Mentor.  Educator.

All appropriate descriptors for George Boykin – the special honoree at the Siouxland Community Health Center’s (SCHC) annual progressive dinner April 12.  The 2014 SCHC event is being sponsored by Jebro, Inc. – a loyal supporter of the services being provided to the community by the Health Center.

George Boykin is a native of South Sioux City and  has had a distinguished career in Siouxland ranging from his role at the Sanford Community Center, Woodbury County government, the Siouxland Community Health Center and Mercy Medical Center.

Siouxland Community Health Center CEO Mari Kaptain-Dahlen says Boykin played a key role in establishing a community health center in Sioux City.  “George was there from the beginning in 1992,” said Kaptain-Dahlen.  “He could clearly see the need for a city the size of Sioux City to have more healthcare options as the city welcomed new citizens from all corners of the globe.  Because of George’s advocacy we have a Community Health Center today that provides health care to thousands of our residents and continues to grow.”

George Boykin’s life story contains many “firsts”.  He was the first person of color:

  • To be elected to a public office in Sioux City.
  • To serve on the board member and chairman of the board of Marian (Mercy) Medical Center.
  • To serve on the board of directors of the Sioux City Community School District.
  • To serve as Minority Counselor and Foreign Student Advisor at Morningside College.

Boykin has served as the Executive Director at the Sanford Community Center for an astounding 45 years.  Sanford is one of the community’s original neighborhood community houses and has a long tradition of service to young men and women who need help and direction in their life choices.

He was elected to the Sioux City School’s Board of Education in 1971 and served until 1983.  When he started considering a run for public office he frequently heard the sentiment that “Sioux City was not ready” to elect a person of color.  George took that advice as a challenge and has since won every election in which he has been a candidate, including seven terms on the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors.

As to his relationship with the Siouxland Community Health Center, Boykin says his involvement has been a labor of love. “When you consider how the Siouxland Community Health Center started in 1992 and see how it has grown in the ensuing 22-years is nothing short of phenomenal,” said Boykin.  “The health care being delivered by the Community Health Center is second to none and we are so fortunate to have this marvelous facility in our community.”

This year’s Siouxland Community Health Center will feature a New Orleans theme with food and drink designed to match the bayou theme.  SCHC physician Dr. Thor Swanson and his wife Karin serve as honorary co-chairs of the dinner.  Tickets for the April 12th event are priced at $100 each and are now on sale and may be purchased by calling the Siouxland Community Health Center at 712-224-1042 or on-line at

All proceeds from A Night on the Town will be used to support the work of the Health Center as it continues to meet the needs of patients throughout the region.

This year’s dinner is partially underwritten through the support of longtime Sioux City employer Jebro, Inc. and their family of employees.

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

For Immediate Release
February 24, 2014
For Additional Information, Contact:
Jim Wharton, Director of Marketing and Fund Development (712) 224-1815


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SIOUX CITY, IA:  Michael A. Piplani, MD, D.A.B.F.M. has joined the Siouxland Community Health Center as its new Chief Medical Officer (CMO).  Dr. Piplani comes to Sioux City from Burlington, Iowa where he served as Chief Medical Officer at Community Health Centers of Southeastern Iowa.

In his new role at SCHC, Dr. Piplani will supervise the provider staff and will take a leadership  role in the conversion to electronic health records.  In addition to his administrative role as CMO, Dr. Piplani will see patients at the Community Health Center.  He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is active in all areas of care with the exception of obstetrics.


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