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

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HEALTH CENTER OBSERVES 25TH ANNIVERSARY WITH SOLD OUT EVENT

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.

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