Monday, September 18, 2017

Promise CHC to offer two Flu Vaccine Clinics: Sept. 27 and Nov. 1


SIOUX CENTER – Promise Community Health Center will offer two Flu Vaccine Clinics this fall.

Promise Community Health Center will offer two
Flu Vaccine Clinics this fall: 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays,
Sept. 27 and Nov. 1. The influenza vaccines will be
free for children through 18 years of age.
They will be held at Promise – located at 338 1st Ave. NW, Sioux Center, across from the Sioux Center city hall – on the following dates:

  • 3-6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27;
  • 3-6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1.

The influenza vaccine shots are free for youth 18 years old and under and $25 for anyone over 18 years old. Promise also accepts insurance to cover the cost of the flu vaccines.

No appointments are necessary. People can walk in at any time during the flu clinics.

For children who are between the ages of 6-35 months and who are receiving their first flu vaccines, they will need to get two half doses that are at least 28 days apart. Therefore, parents of those children are encouraged to attend both flu clinic dates so both doses can be given to their child. Otherwise, a special appointment will need to be made for the second dose.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death in rare cases. The annual flu season can begin as early as October and last as late as May. Since 2010, the CDC has estimated that, nationwide, hospitalizations caused by influenza have ranged annually from 140,000 to 710,000 and flu-related deaths from 12,000 to 56,000.

The annual vaccine protects against the influenza virus strains that research has indicated will be the most common during the upcoming flu season, according to the CDC. People are protected against those infection strains after antibodies are developed in the body about two weeks following the vaccination. The flu vaccine cannot cause influenza.

To learn more about the flu vaccine, visit the CDC key facts page at www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm.

Promise Community Health Center of Sioux Center is the only Federally Qualified Health Center serving the far northwest corner of Iowa. Promise provides medical, prenatal, dental, vision and behavioral health services. To learn more, visit www.promisechc.org and watch this video. To read more Promise news, visit promisechcnews.blogspot.com.


Friday, September 8, 2017

Promise CHC’s August baby boom sets month home-birth record

by Derrick Vander Waal

SIOUX CENTER, IOWA – Babies, babies and more babies.

August 2017 was the month filled with babies for the Promise Community Health Center midwifery team.

In total, certified nurse midwives Belinda Lassen and Pam Hulstein of Promise attended 12 home births during the baby boom. That was a one-month record for Promise. A third midwife also was on-call in case she was needed.

“August was just an incredible month,” Lassen said. “Thank you to all our families for entrusting your care to us.”

Here are some fun stats for the 12 babies:

  • Eight were girls; four were boys.
  • The 12 babies were born in 12 different towns. (Ironically, none of the births were in Sioux Center, IA, where Promise is located.)
  • Six babies were born in Iowa; six were born in South Dakota.
  • The distance from the farthest west hometown (Vermillion, SD) to the farthest east (Spirit Lake, IA) was 129 miles; the distance from the farthest north hometown (Baltic, SD) to the farthest south (Merrill, IA) was 95 miles.
  • The largest baby was 9 pounds, 8 ounces; the smallest was 7 pounds.
  • The longest labor was 15 hours, 25 minutes; the shortest labor was 2 hours, 17 minutes.
  • Babies were born from the first day of the month to the third to last.
Promise Community Health Center's record 12
home births for a month (August 2017) were
in 12 different towns in two states.

Here is the tally of home births:

Aug. 1: Juniper – Orange City, IA.
Aug. 4: Lydia – Merrill, IA.
Aug. 9: Kenny – Vermillion, SD.
Aug. 14: Freya – Tea, SD.
Aug. 16: Alivia – Spirit Lake, IA.
Aug. 17: Jefferson – Sioux Falls, SD.
Aug. 17: Matea – Rock Valley, IA.
Aug. 18: Waverly – Harrisburg, SD.
Aug. 23: Ivan – Sanborn, IA.
Aug. 27: Olivia – Baltic, SD.
Aug. 29: Sawyer – Boyden, IA

The families were highly appreciative of the personal care that they received from their midwives and nurses.

“Alivia’s birth was an absolute dream,” Emily Lungren said. “It was so wonderful to labor, deliver and recover in our home. From the first appointment through the delivery and aftercare, Belinda has been absolutely wonderful. She is so special to our family.”

To learn more about these babies and their families, check out the Promise midwifery team blog at: promisechcmidwives.blogspot.com. To learn more about Promise’s prenatal services, visit www.promisechc.org/services/prenatal.aspx.


Promise Community Health Center of Sioux Center is the only Federally Qualified Health Center serving the far northwest corner of Iowa. Promise provides medical, prenatal, dental, vision and behavioral health services. To learn more, visit www.promisechc.org and watch this video. To read more Promise news, visit promisechcnews.blogspot.com.


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Promise patients now can access their health information online


SIOUX CENTER – Patients can have their health information right at their fingertips, wherever they go.

Promise Community Health Center officially launched its online patient portal – called MyPromiseChart – today (Tuesday, Sept. 5).

Fatima Arteaga, a community care coordinator for
Promise Community Health Center, assists a patient
with enrolling in Promise's new online patient portal,
MyPromiseChart. The portal provides patients with
convenient access to their health information.
A patient portal is a website that offers people personal access to their health information and medical records, at any time, in a secure fashion. Any Promise patient can sign up for a portal account. Parents can access to the portal for children under 12.

“We are implementing the patient portal as part of a new standard of care for our patients – to have electronic access to health records and to communicate online with their health-care team,” said Amy McAlpine, data and compliance specialist for Promise. “We are really excited to have patients see the benefits of the portal.”

In addition to reviewing their medical information from past visits, patients will be able to send secure messages directly to their Promise provider and health team, view their medication prescriptions and request refills, see past and upcoming appointment dates, request new appointments, and review and request changes to their patient registration and insurance information, among other features.

Patients no longer will have to worry about playing “phone tag” with their providers when they want to ask questions or request prescription refills. They will be able to submit their questions or messages at their own convenience directly to their provider or health team.

“The patient portal is essentially another tool for communication with our patients,” McAlpine said. “We already emphasize communication in lots of ways: We have bilingual staff, education that is easy-to-understand, and providers and staff that take the time to listen to patients. We’re glad we can add this as another resource for communication.”

In doing so, the personal, compassionate, high-quality care that patients have come to expect from Promise’s providers only will be enhanced.

“A patient portal empowers patients to be actively involved in their health care,” McAlpine said. “At Promise, we provide patient-centered care, which means the patient is an expert and active member of their health-care team. The portal is one way to make that idea really work.”

Promise Community Health Center of Sioux Center is the only Federally Qualified Health Center serving the far northwest corner of Iowa. Promise provides medical, prenatal, dental, vision and behavioral health services. To learn more, visit www.promisechc.org and watch this video. To read more Promise news, visit promisechcnews.blogspot.com.


HOW CAN I SIGN UP?
Promise Community Health Center will take a proactive approach to assist patients with registering for a MyPromiseChart account.

When they come in for appointments, Promise personnel will offer to assist them, step by step, through the process of registering for an account. Staff also will help patients with logging into their account for the first time and gaining an understanding of the portal features.

Otherwise, patients can call 712-722-1700 or email care@promisechc.org to request the information required to sign up on their own or to ask any questions.


TO LOG IN:
Once patients have a MyPromiseChart account, they simply go to following link and click on the “Log In” button: www.promisechc.org/mypromisechart. MyPromiseChart also is a main navigation item on top of Promise’s website homepage: www.promisechc.org.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Dr. Vermeer begins seeing patients for eye care at Promise CHC


SIOUX CENTER – Promise Community Health Center now has a second optometrist providing vision care on a weekly basis.

Dr. Tyler Vermeer of Family Eye Care of Rock Valley will see patients 1-5 p.m. Tuesdays on-site at the health center. His first day at Promise was Aug. 22.

Dr. Tyler Vermeer, an optometrist for Family Eye Care
of Rock Valley, has begun seeing patients weekly at
Promise Community Health Center in Sioux Center.
He will take appointments 1-5 p.m. Tuesdays.


He joins Dr. Dan Clousing, an optometrist for Beaver Eye Care of Sioux Center, who has been providing vision/eye care weekly at Promise since April 2016. Dr. Clousing will continue to see patients 8-noon Wednesdays at Promise.

Between them, Promise now offers vision/eye care a full day per week.

“It’s a great opportunity to give back to the community, and I am excited to help more people to see their best,” Dr. Vermeer said.

Dr. Vermeer was exposed to the eye-care profession at an early age because his great uncle was an optometrist. He also found it to be a unique crossroads amid anatomy, physiology and physics – three subject areas that he finds fascinating.
Dr. Tyler Vermeer

Therefore, after he graduated from Sioux Center High School in 2009, he pursued a bachelor’s degree in biology/health professions from Northwestern College in Orange City. After earning his undergraduate degree in 2013, he completed his doctor of optometry training from Indiana University School of Optometry this spring.

He started caring for patients at Family Eye Care in June.

“Helping people see their best and helping to preserve vision is a fun ride,” Dr. Vermeer said. “It’s exciting seeing the smiles when an elementary student can see clearly for the first time as well as helping a patient through the cataract surgery process. It’s all enjoyable.”

He’s pleased that he also can provide that level of care at Promise, which serves many patients who might not otherwise receive the care that they need.

“God has very richly blessed me, and I just hope that I can be a blessing to everyone that I come in contact with through this role,” he said.

Promise Community Health Center of Sioux Center is the only Federally Qualified Health Center serving the far northwest corner of Iowa. Promise provides medical, prenatal, dental, vision and behavioral health services. To learn more, visit www.promisechc.org and watch this video. To read more Promise news, visit promisechcnews.blogspot.com.


MORE ABOUT DR. VERMEER:
Dr. Tyler Vermeer and his wife, Heather, live in Rock Valley. In his spare time, he enjoys outdoor activities – hunting, fishing and sports.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Promise seeks nominations for Addink Community Service Award


SIOUX CENTER – Volunteers are the lifeblood of northwest Iowa communities.

They fuel the engines of churches, schools and community organizations. Their passions spark life into programs and projects.

That’s why Promise Community Health Center in Sioux Center recognizes an individual, or family, every year with the Addink Community Service Award.
Jayne and Rod Hofmeyer, founders of
the Zestos ministry, were the honorees
of the Addink Community Service Award
at Promise Community Health Center's
"An Evening of Promise" in 2016.

Promise now is accepting nominations for this year’s honoree. The deadline to submit a nomination is Sept. 17.

“We feel it’s important to recognize a person or family through our annual community service award because unselfish giving and volunteerism are essential elements if we are to deliver the promise of a healthier community,” said Nancy Dykstra, executive director of Promise. “Unselfish giving inspires others to serve, making our community and our world a better place for all.”

The award will be presented at Promise Community Health Center’s ninth annual celebration event on Thursday, Nov. 2, at Terrace View Event Center in Sioux Center. The honoree will be notified prior to the event and will be recognized publicly.

The Addink Community Service Award was created in 2012 to recognize one individual, or family, who has made a positive impact on the community through volunteerism. The award is named after Ken and Barb Addink of Sioux Center in recognition of their lifetime of involvement in community activities. In particular, their volunteer service was instrumental in establishing dental services at Promise.

The award recognizes and honors an exceptional individual or family that makes volunteerism and community service a way of life. The award recipient exemplifies the best in volunteeringa sense of caring and responsibility for others, for the betterment of the local community and for the greater world beyond.


Specifically, the winner will be someone who:
  • Gives freely and unselfishly of their time to community activities;
  • Inspires others to serve and acts as a role model;
  • Has a positive impact upon the direction and success of community projects, programs or individuals;
  • Improves the lives of others.

Anyone can nominate a person, or family, for the award. Anyone except for a Promise employee, current board member or immediate family member of an employee or board member  is eligible to receive the award. Nominations will remain on file for three years.

To fill out an online nomination form, visit this link. For a paper form, click on this link. To have a nomination form emailed or mailed to you, contact Derrick Vander Waal at 712-722-1700 or derrick@promisechc.org.

For more information about the award, read the full criteria.

Promise Community Health Center of Sioux Center is the only Federally Qualified Health Center serving the far northwest corner of Iowa. Promise provides medical, prenatal, dental, vision and behavioral health services. To learn more, visit www.promisechc.org and watch this video. To read more Promise news, visit promisechcnews.blogspot.com.


SAVE THE DATE!
Promise Community Health Center’s ninth annual “An Evening of Promise” Celebration and Fundraiser is slated for Thursday, Nov. 2, at Terrace View Event Center in Sioux Center. The event will feature a catered dinner, entertainment and presentation of the Addink Community Service Award.


PAST ADDINK AWARD HONOREES:


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Robertson certified to counsel moms for breastfeeding success


SIOUX CENTER – Erica Robertson has developed a passion for obstetrics and newborn care since becoming a nurse.

Therefore, she was excited to be offered the opportunity to receive training to become a certified lactation counselor for Promise Community Health Center in Sioux Center.

Erica Robertson, a registered nurse at
Promise Community Health Center in
Sioux Center, has earned certification
as a lactation counselor. She will use
her training to enhance services to
women in Promise's prenatal program.
With that certification, Robertson will enhance the health center’s prenatal program.

“Promise realized the need for increased lactation support and education,” she said. “If a parent decides breastfeeding is the feeding option they want to pursue, it is a big commitment that can be overwhelming at times. We want to optimize their ability to be successful.”

To earn certification, Robertson took a 45-hour, one-week course through the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice. The course, which was offered via the Healthy Children Project, included instruction time, latch assessments and counseling competency exercises. At the end of the course, she had to pass a certification exam.

She now is eager to put what she learned into practice.

“The training has given me the knowledge needed to feel confident in helping parents realize and achieve their breastfeeding goals,”she said. “I can counsel patients on the importance of breastfeeding, help them determine if breastfeeding is the best option for them and their baby, assist with breastfeeding after their baby is born and help troubleshoot problems that arise.”

Robertson, who has served as a registered nurse at Promise since June 2014, said the health center has many goals with the project. Initially, the prenatal team will use her as a counselor for moms – answering questions and giving information to them – at a couple of their prenatal appointments before their baby is born.

“Our prenatal team already does a great job at supporting parents with their breastfeeding questions,” she said. “By having a counselor meet with them at particular visits, we can be more intentional about the education.”

She also will contact home-birth moms within 24 hours of delivery – a critical time for breastfeeding success. All parents will be given the option to call whenever questions or concerns about breastfeeding come up, including after regular business hours for urgent concerns.

“We want parents to know help is available, and they aren’t alone in this journey,” she said. “Babies deserve the best nutritional support possible, and parents deserve optimal breastfeeding support to ensure their goals are met with breastfeeding.”

Promise Community Health Center of Sioux Center is the only Federally Qualified Health Center serving the far northwest corner of Iowa. Promise provides medical, prenatal, dental, vision and behavioral health services. To learn more, visit www.promisechc.org and watch this video. To read more Promise news, see Promise's news blog at promisechcnews.blogspot.com and the Promise midwives' blog, Wonderfully Made!, at promisechcmidwives.blogspot.com.


AWARENESS MONTH:
August is National Breastfeeding Month. To learn more, visit: www.usbreastfeeding.org/nbm.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Promise CHC awarded $56,543 for ongoing high-quality service


SIOUX CENTER – Promise Community Health Center of Sioux Center has been awarded $56,543 in federal grant funding to recognize its achievements in providing high-quality, comprehensive care.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced last week that Promise was among 1,333 community health centers in all 50 states and the District of Columbia awarded nearly $105 million as an investment in quality improvement. Iowa’s 14 health centers were awarded more than $1.1 million.

The grant awards were announced during National Health Center Week.

Dr. Kenneth Tjeerdsma and Tysa Adkins provide a
dental screening during Promise Community Health
Center's annual Back-to-School Block Party on Aug. 9.
Promise has been awarded $56,543 in federal funding
to recognize continuous quality improvement.
“The award of these grant funds is meaningful to the whole Promise team,” said Nancy Dykstra, executive director for Promise. “The funds reflect Promise’s ability to measure the quality and cost-effectiveness of health services to its patients and the community.”

The health centers receiving the grants are being recognized for high levels of performance in various categories. They will use the funds to expand quality improvement systems and improve primary care service delivery in the communities they serve.

Promise was awarded funding in the following categories:
  • $21,000 in Addressing Health Disparities, signifying that Promise has met or exceeded Healthy People 2020 goals by each race/ethnic group or made considerable advances toward the goals. Five of Iowa’s 14 community health centers received the award.
  • $10,500 in Enhancing Access to Care by increasing the number of patients served and the number of patients receiving comprehensive services between 2015 and 2016. Five of Iowa’s 14 health centers received the award.
  • $14,543 in Clinical Quality Improvers by demonstrating notable improvement in one or more clinical quality measures between 2015 and 2016. Thirteen Iowa health centers received the award.
  • $10,500 in Electronic Health Record Reporters by employing EHRs to report on all clinical quality measures data for the health centers’ patients. Eleven Iowa health centers received the award.

Promise is part of a network of nearly 1,400 community health centers nationwide that serve more than 25 million people at more than 10,400 sites. During 2016, Promise cared for a record 3,886 patients who received a comprehensive array of health services that included medical, prenatal, dental, vision/eye, mental health and family planning – all under one roof. Of those patients, 40.2 percent were on Medicaid, and 36.4 percent had no insurance.

“Americans deserve a health-care system that’s affordable, accessible, of the highest quality, with ample choices, driven by world leading innovations, and responsive to the needs of the individual patient,” said U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price. “Supporting health centers across the country helps to achieve that mission.”

For a full list of quality improvement awards recipients for fiscal year 2017, click here.

Promise Community Health Center of Sioux Center is the only Federally Qualified Health Center serving the far northwest corner of Iowa. Promise provides medical, prenatal, dental, vision and behavioral health services. To learn more, visit www.promisechc.org and watch this video. To read more Promise news, visit promisechcnews.blogspot.com.