Sioux City Hospital CEO’s Named Co-Chairs of SCHC Annual Dinner

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Lynn Wold and Jim Fitzpatrick to Lead April 16 Fundraising Dinner

SIOUX CITY, IA:  In 1991, Sioux City leaders celebrated the opening of a new health center that was created to bring health care services to the underserved of our community.  Twenty-five years later, the Siouxland Community Health Center has established itself as one of the leading and fastest growing health care entities in the region.

The community will come together to celebrate that milestone on Saturday, April 16, as the Siouxland Community Health Center presents “A Night of Sparkle” at the Sioux City Country Club.  Leading the charge will be the CEO’s of Sioux City’s two hospitals.  Lynn Wold, the CEO of UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s and Jim FitzPatrick, the CEO of Mercy Medical Center will serve as the honorary co-chairs of the SCHC fundraising dinner.  Presenting sponsors of the dinner include St. Luke’s, Mercy and Jebro, Inc.

The Siouxland Community Health Center came into existence because of the foresight of the hospitals.  Strategic planning clearly indentified a pressing need for more health care services in the community.  The hospitals collaborated on a grant to the Department of Health and Human Services that would serve as the seed money for the creation of the Health Center.  From one small building with one single provider in 1991, the Siouxland Community Health Center has now grown from one facility to two, employs over 200 people including 28 medical and dental providers and sees nearly 26,000 patients every year.

Mercy CEO Jim FitzPatrick says the Community Health Center has been true to its founding mission.  “The number of patients served by SCHC is simply incredible,” said FitzPatrick.  “As our population continues to diversify, the demand on the Health Center will only grow.  We are so fortunate to have them as our partner.”

Lynn Wold, the CEO of St. Luke’s complimented the Community Health Center for its ability to adapt to the changing landscape of health care.  “The implementation of the Affordable Care Act brought with it significant changes in health care,” says Wold.  “The Community Health Center has adapted to those changes and adhered to its mission of care for the underserved.”

Mari Kaptain-Dahlen, the CEO of the Siouxland Community Health Center, said the support of Mercy and Unity Point were critical to the creation of the health center and will become all the more vital going forward.  “All of us who work in the health care arena need to make sure we are delivering the right care, in the right place, at the right cost,” said Kaptain-Dahlen.  “The collaborative attitude demonstrated by Mercy and Unity Point upon our creation 25 year ago prevails today as we all work together to provide quality health care to the people of Siouxland.”

Jim FitzPatrick has served as President and CEO of Mercy Medical Center since August of 2014.  Prior to coming to Sioux City, FitzPatrick served as the Senior Vice President for Network Development for the Mercy Health Network.  He has more than twenty-two years experience as a hospital and health system president/CEO.  He has served in those capacities at Mercy Medical Center – North Iowa in Mason City and prior to that at Kossuth Regional Hospital in Algona.

Lynn Wold was appointed President and CEO of St. Luke’s in June of 2015.  Prior to his new role, Wold served as Chief Operating Officer for St. Luke’s and has been a member of the St. Luke’s management team since 2002.  Wold is a native of North Dakota and has served in health care administration for over 25 years.

Tickets for the April 16 event are priced at $100 each and are now on sale or by calling 712-224-1815.   A full table of eight is priced at a discounted cost of $700.  Last year the event sold out so the public is encouraged to purchase their tickets early.

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