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SIOUX CITY, IA: The seventh annual Siouxland Community Health Center’s 5K affords Siouxland area residents an opportunity to get a little exercise and raise some much-needed funds for their favorite area high school.

The “Be True to Your School 5K” unfolds Saturday, August 20 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. This year’s walk/race is being sponsored by Mercy Medical Center.

The “Be True to Your School 5K” is designed to promote a healthy and active community and features a Siouxland High School Challenge in which the area high school with the most participants will receive $1,000 for first place, $750 for second place and $500 for third place. All 5K participants, students and adults, will be asked to declare a school at registration. The cash awards will go to the school’s athletic department to support their programs.

Last year’s top-prize winner was Bishop Heelan Catholic School’s who won $1,000. East High finished second and received $750 and Dakota Valley schools won $500.

High school students who are interested in being a part of their school’s team should contact their respective school’s athletic director for registration information. Medals will also be given to the top three finishers in adult men and women and youth 18 and under men and women.

Registration fees for the event are $25 for adults and $10 for youth and students of all ages. All those who register by August 12 will receive an event t-shirt. Pre-registration is encouraged. Walk-up registrations will also be accepted the day of the event beginning at 7 a.m. Proceeds from the 7th Annual Be True to Your School 5K Challenge 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 Twitter or go to to register and find complete event information. For questions or additional information, please contact Jessica Demke at 712-224-1803 or via email at

Siouxland Community Health Center is celebrating its 25th year of service to the residents of the tri-state region. Last year, the Center served more than 26,000 patients.

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.

SCHC Employee to Bike the Continental Divide Ben Greene Riding in Support of “George’s Place”

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Ben GreeneSIOUX CITY, IA: – This summer, Siouxland Community Health Center (SCHC) employee, Ben Greene, will take the ride of a lifetime and give back to various organizations along the way. The 31-year old Greene, who serves as an interpreter at the Community Health Center, has been riding a bike since the age of seven but this Great Divide Ride will be the most challenging of his cycling career.  The ride begins in Banff, Alberta, Canada and ends 2,774 miles later in Antelope Wells, New Mexico.  Ben will complete at least 1,000 miles of the months-long trek through Canada and the Western United States.

As he pedals south, Ben will be raising funds for George’s Place, a clothing closet established by SCHC to provide new clothing to patients in need.  The Community Health Center, particularly in the cold winter months, treats scores of children and adults who have little or inadequate clothing.  Thanks to George’s Place, many patients are able to leave the Health Center with new, clean and weather-appropriate clothing.

The public will be able to sponsor Ben’s ride and support George’s Place by pledging for each mile Greene pushes his pedals. To support Ben mile by mile and contribute to George’s Place, visit and pledge as little as two cents per mile. A two-cent per mile pledge would result in a total donation of $20 should Ben complete his 1,000 mile goal.  At the end of Green’s journey, he will report back how many miles he biked and donors will be notified of their payment amount.  All contributions will be collected and used to purchase clothes for George’s Place.

Greene will start the ride in early to mid-June. The Siouxland Community Health Center will be providing periodic updates on the status of Ben’s ride on the center’s website at

Follow Ben while he travels the Great Divide Ride:

Here you will be able to follow Ben while he rides

June 15: In Whitefish, MT. We did 6,000 feet of climbing. Tough day. But tonight I am staying with a very generous family that opened the doors of their house to me. There are some incredible people in the world!

June 17: Another gorgeous day cycling along the continental divide! Half way there to the 1000 mile minimum but still planning on going to Mexico! Thanks for all the support. I hope you are able to see some of the pictures!

June 18: After 7 hours on the bike and three crossings of the Continental Divide I have made it to Helena. It’s the first time in a week that I have seen more people than wildlife!

June 19: A female rider was confronted by a grizzly bear and had to use her bear spray! We are in grizzly country. I do my best to scare them away with my singing down the trail!

June 20: Camped out at 7000 feet last night on the side of Mt Fletcher, MT. It was a cold night to say the least. I woke up to frost on my bike. Brrrr but the journey continues! Loving every minute of it!

June 21: I camped under the stars on beautiful Medicine Lodge Pass. All the hard work peddling up those hills was worth the view of the sun setting behind the mountains and the brilliant night sky! Off to Idaho!

June 23: Enjoying the Teton Mountains! What a beautiful sight!

June 24: Some anonymous man paid for my lunch today. There are so many giving and generous people out there that don’t look for recognition.

June 26: Today we went through the Great Basin of Wyoming. 97 miles without water. When you don’t have something, often times you learn to appreciate it more.

June 27: I made it to Steamboat Springs Colorado after a few bouts with mechanical issues. All good now and back on the road headed for Breckenridge!

June 29: Left Breckenridge this morning and came over Borea Pass. After a good climb it’s time for a BLT in the heart of Colorado (Hartsel)

June 30: Just climbed Marshall Pass in CO. Wow I am beat but ready to get back on the road to Mexico!!

July 2: This morning we tackled Indiana Pass. A 4000 ft climb over 23 miles. Rough to say the least. Resting for a bit and finally washing clothes. Will be in New Mexico today. One more state to go!

July 3: A rainy day in northern NM. Sometimes it felt like I was riding my bike through peanut butter. Happy to have made it out of the muck and back to civilization in El Rito, NM!

July 5: 120 miles today all on the pavement through the desert of New Mexico. Getting ever closer to Mexico!

July 8: 129 miles from the Mexican border! Almost there!

July 9: 28 days 2 hours and 34 minutes from Banff, Alberta Canada to Antelope Wells NM. Thankful for the great memories and so grateful to SCHC which helped make this trip possible!

Ben Greene is one crazy biker.


Piece of cake.

Late Thursday, Ben brought his bike to a stop at the New Mexico / Mexico border after pedaling 2,768.4 miles!  He started in Banff, British Columbia and made it to the finish line in 28 hays – 2 hours – and 34 minutes.  This was part of the “Great Divide Ride” that ran along the continental divide from border to border.  As my niece would say, that is cra-cra.

Gentle Ben worked at the Health Center this summer and will be attending graduate school this fall in Wyoming (or Montana?)  Every mile he racked up meant $’s for George’s Place – our in-house collection of new clothes for patients who need clothes.  At the end, it looks like Ben’s efforts will  net George’s Place about $2,000 and it couldn’t come at a better time.

Nice goin’ Ben….and thanks.

Photos on the ride:

Dr. Richard and Mary Hettinger to Chair Community Health Center Annual Dinner

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A Night on the Town to Feature French Theme

HettingersSIOUX CITY, IA: Dr. Dick and Mary Hettinger have been chosen the honorary chairs of the 2015 Siouxland Community Health Center’s “Night on the Town” fundraiser. The dinner will be held on Saturday, April 11th, and will begin with hors d’ oeuvres at the Community Health Center (SCHC) before proceeding to the Sioux City Country Club for a French-inspired dinner and auction. This year’s SCHC Night on the Town is presented by Mercy Medical Center.

Mari Kaptain-Dahlen, the CEO of the Siouxland Community Health Center, said the Hettinger’s’ were chosen because of the couple’s commitment to the underserved. “Dick and Mary have done so much in this community that it’s difficult to comprehend,” said Kaptain-Dahlen. “In addition to his service as a SCHC dental volunteer for eleven years, Dr. Hettinger provided the vision and leadership for the Iowa Mission of Mercy that has provided free dental care to thousands of adults and children since its inception in 2008. That’s a perfect example of servant leadership and the Siouxland Community Health Center is honored to have Dick and Mary in this leadership role.”

Dr. Richard Hettinger has practiced dentistry in Sioux City for thirty-five years. The Briar Cliff University graduate earned his D.D.S. from the University of Iowa in 1979. He returned to Sioux City and began his practice in a storefront office in Leeds. In 1992, he built the Dental Depot, an office that reflected his love for both dentistry and trains. Even as his private practice continued to grow, Dr. Hettinger found time to volunteer his services at the Community Health Center. In 1997, he was named interim Dental Director at SCHC and has been volunteering a day a month for the last eleven years.

In 2011, Dr. Hettinger brought the statewide Mission of Mercy program to Western Iowa where dentists from across the state provided free dental care to more than 1,700 adults and children in two days. Hettinger first became involved in the Mission of Mercy in 2007 when he participated in a similar program in Nebraska. He has since volunteered his dental services in the Iowa Mission of Mercy program in a number of cities across the state. He is currently the state chair of the Iowa Mission of Mercy. Since its inception, Mission of Mercy has served over 10,000 patients with services valued at nearly $5 million.

In recognition of his commitment to volunteerism at the Siouxland Community Health Center and the Iowa Mission of Mercy, Dr. Hettinger was named to the Iowa Volunteer Hall of Fame in 2013 by Governor Terry Branstad. Last summer, the Sioux City Sertoma Club presented its annual Sertoma Service of Mankind award to Dr. Hettinger.

Mary Hettinger is also a graduate of Briar Cliff University. Following her graduation from BCU, Ms. Hettinger earned her Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1985. She has served in a number of clinical roles including seven years as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for the St. Luke’s Health System and as a staff nurse in adult psychiatric and medical-surgical. Ms. Hettinger served as an Associate Professor in the Department of Nursing at Morningside College for ten years.

Since her retirement, Ms. Hettinger volunteers at the Perry Creek branch library and has assisted on a number of the Mission of Mercy projects in a number of states.

This year’s Siouxland Community Health Center will feature a French motif with food and drink designed to match the Parisian theme. Tickets for the April 11th event are priced at $100 each and are now on sale or by calling 712-224-1815. Last year the event sold out so the public is encouraged to purchase their tickets early.


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