Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Three graduate students do preceptorships at Promise CHC this fall


SIOUX CENTER – Three visitors have become familiar faces at Promise Community Health Center this fall.

The three graduate students have put in many hours completing preceptorships with providers at the health center as practical training for their future careers.

Learn a little more about them:

Trisha Harms (right) completed
her preceptorship at Promise
CHC with Tana Kass, ARNP.

TRISHA HARMS
College: Morningside College in Sioux City
Major: Master’s degree program for family nurse practitioner
Career ambition: Serving as a nurse practitioner at a clinic in the surrounding area.
Preceptorship time frame: 200 clinical hours from September through November
Promise CHC preceptor: Tana Kass, advanced registered nurse practitioner
Thoughts on preceptorship: “I wanted to experience time in a community health atmosphere. I wanted to be able to see the difference between different types of clinics. An amazing experience and knowledge that I will always remember.”
Reflections about Promise: “It is a friendly atmosphere, and the people that I was with truly care about others.”


Faith Schiltz (left) completed
her preceptorship at Promise
CHC with Beth Strub, ARNP.
FAITH SCHILTZ
College: South Dakota State University in Brookings
Major: Master’s degree program for family nurse practitioner
Career ambition: Serve as a family nurse practitioner “to provide holistic, patient-centered care” and “collaborate with patients, families and the community to promote and improve health.”
Preceptorship time frame: October and November
Promise CHC preceptor: Beth Strub, advanced registered nurse practitioner
Thoughts on preceptorship: “My friend who recently graduated with her FNP had completed an internship at Promise. Our discussions of the comprehensive health and social services offered at Promise prompted me to seek an internship at Promise as well. . . I have been blessed to experience firsthand the passion of Promise supporters and staff, as well as witness their commitment to removing health-care barriers.”
Reflections about Promise: “Promise is filling a great need. They ensure access to comprehensive primary and preventative services regardless of income or insurance status. Promise works hand-in-hand with clients, staff and the community to eliminate health-care disparities.”

Amy Waterman (right)
did her preceptorship
with Pam Hulstein, CNM.
AMY WATERMAN
College: South Dakota State University in Brookings
Major: Master’s degree program for Family Nurse Practitioner
Career ambition: Care for individuals and families in the Siouxland area as a family nurse practitioner.
Preceptorship time frame: Up to 40 hours in obstetrics in October and November
Promise CHC preceptor: Pam Hulstein, certified nurse midwife
Reflections about Promise: “I truly respect what Promise is doing in our community. Many people are receiving the medical care they need and deserve in a caring and compassionate atmosphere.”

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.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Miller assumes director of operations position at Promise CHC


SIOUX CENTER – Brenda Miller worked with families who struggled to obtain the medical and mental health care that they need in her previous job.

Therefore, she was interested in going into a field where she could help ensure that people receive accessible and high-quality care.

Brenda Miller has assumed the position of director of
operations at Promise Community Health Center in
Sioux Center. She was interested in going into a
field where she could help ensure people have
access to high-quality medical care.
Miller found that opportunity at Promise Community Health Center in Sioux Center and has assumed the position of director of operations at the health center.

“I was interested because Promise provides access to essential services for uninsured and under-insured families,” she said. “This position will allow me to use my passion, education and background to ensure that families have a place to go that provides the quality care they need.”

Miller grew up in Ponca, NE, where she graduated from high school. Her career background includes working in insurance, business management and personnel management and owning and operating family businesses. She also served six years in the Army Reserves, including active duty overseas during Operation Desert Storm.

She received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City in 2006. She earned a master’s degree in management, with an emphasis in human resources management and health-care administration, from Briar Cliff in 2014.

Miller served for the past 10 years as a housing analyst for the Sioux City Housing Authority prior to taking on her new role at Promise.

“I am very excited to be a part of Promise,” she said. “Promise is an organization that provides a multitude of services – with great staff who truly care about their patients. The staff are always looking for ways to improve the processes and provide the best possible services to each and every patient.”

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.


MORE ABOUT BRENDA:
Brenda Miller and her husband, Jeff, live in Hinton. She has two daughters, Mariah, 22, and Kourtney, 20, and a stepson, Casey, and his wife, Heidi, who have a son, Slevin. She enjoys spending time with family, reading and raising poultry. Miller’s volunteer work includes serving as the board vice president for Mid-Step Services in Sioux City, a nonprofit organization that serves disabled and medically fragile people; chairwoman for the Plymouth County Veteran Affairs Commission; and poultry superintendent for the Plymouth County Fair.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Support Promise CHC whenever you shop on Amazon – for free


SIOUX CENTER – You can give a gift that keeps on giving to Promise Community Health Center this Christmas season – without spending a penny.

And it’s easy.

Every time you shop with Amazon, the online retailer will automatically donate 0.5 percent of the purchase price to Promise. All you have to do is select Promise as your charity of choice.

To get started, go to the following link to register Promise Community Health Center as your charity: smile.amazon.com/ch/20-5896415. Promise will remain your charity of choice whenever you shop thereafter on Amazon unless you change it.

Once you are registered, just go to smile.amazon.com – rather than amazon.com – every time you shop for goods online through Amazon. The website works exactly the same as the regular Amazon site with the same selection of products, same services and same shopping experience that you have become accustomed to. Your login and password to sign in and all your account information also remains the same.

The only difference: You will support Promise.

“This is a wonderful way for people to support Promise without costing them anything. All you have to do is sign up,” said Derrick Vander Waal, public relations and development coordinator for Promise. “This is Amazon’s way of giving back and supporting charitable organizations such as Promise.”

The mission of Promise is to provide accessible, holistic health care that adapts to the needs of the community to improve the wellbeing of all persons.

As a community health center, Promise provides health care to all who seek no matter their income level, ethnic background or life situation. Promise helps people overcome whatever barriers they may face to health care – whether that be lack of insurance, language or transportation. Last year, for example, 37 percent of Promise’s patients had no insurance and 38 percent were on Medicaid.

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. For more Promise news, visit promisechcnews.blogspot.com.


MORE INFO:
For more information about AmazonSmile, visit this link. Answers to frequently asked questions are provided there.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Shirts with messages aim to increase awareness about abuse


Shirts decorated by victims of abuse from Family Crisis
Centers were hung on a rotating daily basis in Promise
Community Health Center's break room window. The
Clothesline Project aims to bring awareness about abuse.
SIOUX CENTER – “I’m not a victim. I’m a victor.”

“Hold on. Pain ends.”

“Silence helps the tormentor. Never the tormented.”

“He burned our home to the ground.”

“You changed me forever. Now I am changing others by inspiring them not to give up.”
Promise Community Health Center staff members then
created their own paper shirts with messages of hope
and encouragement to those who experienced abuse.

A rotation of about 25 shirts with gripping messages rotated through daily on a clothesline in the window of the break room at Promise Community Health Center over two weeks. For this week, the third and final week of the project, staff members were able to design their own paper T-shirt with message of hope and encouragement to victims of abuse. Those also were hung on the clothesline.

The Clothesline Project has been conducted for many years across the country to raise awareness during Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.

For the local project, a group of ladies who are current residents or clients of Family Crisis Centers designed their own shirt with messages – or one for their children. Some decorated their own shirt. Others found it too difficult, so they wrote down what they wanted to say and asked someone else to decorate the shirt for them.

The Clothesline Project first was displayed Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21-22, at the Women’s Expo in Sioux Center. Some of the women who made the shirts had a chance to see all the shirts displayed together at the expo – a powerful experience for them.

The next weekend, the shirts were shown by Dr. Valerie Stokes, a social work professor for Northwestern College in Orange City, during her presentation for the Christian Community Development Iowa conference at Dordt College in Sioux Center.

The shirts then were brought to Promise from Family Crisis Centers by the crime victim advocate who serves onsite at the health center. A few shirts were hung each day on a rotating basis, and the project culminated with the interactive activity.

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. For more Promise news, visit promisechcnews.blogspot.com.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Wendy Stangeland brings empathy to her roles at Promise CHC


SIOUX CENTER – Wendy Stangeland learned how to be empathetic with people while working as a 911 dispatcher.

That’s a skill that she knows she will use in her new roles as a behavioral health coordinator, receptionist and interpreter at Promise Community Health Center because patients need a person they can trust and feel comfortable talking to about their difficulties.

Wendy Stangeland has assumed her new roles of
behavioral health coordinator, receptionist and
interpreter at Promise Community Health Center
in Sioux Center. She wants to help people feel
more comfortable with the idea of visiting with
a therapist and help them better understand
how that can benefit their overall health.

Strangeland thinks the responsibilities are an excellent fit for her.

“I love working with people and interacting with them,” she said. “Being part of the behavioral health team will have me doing that and more. I also love seeking how people change from one stage in their life to the next, seeing them succeed for themselves, and if I/we can be part of that in their life, then I am happy to do it.”

Stangeland grew up in Maurice and graduated from MOC-Floyd Valley High School in 2009. She earned her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration from National University in 2013. She worked as a 911 dispatcher in Waynesville, MO, for over a year before starting at Promise this fall.

“I had heard so many great things about Promise, and I wanted to be a part of it,” she said. “It gives me the opportunity to be part of a great team.”

As the behavioral health coordinator, Stangeland’s primary duties will be talking to people about the behavioral health services offered at Promise and letting them know how those services can benefit their overall health. She will help people feel comfortable about talking to a therapist no matter what they are going through – whether it’s anxiety, depression or another situation. She also will interpret for Spanish-speaking patients when they visit with Megan Birdsong, who serves patients onsite at Promise two days per week as a mental health therapist from Seasons Center for Behavioral Health.

As a receptionist, Stangeland wants to be the welcoming face that greets people when they arrive and thanks them when they leave.

“Being the face of this clinic motivates me to do my best and be the best with each and every patient,” she said.

She has been impressed with Promise.

“I have noticed that everyone gets along and sees each other as a family instead of just people they work with,” Stangeland said. “Staff also cares about patients and tries to do everything to make every visit a good one – no matter what their situation is.”

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 CHC news, visit promisechcnews.blogspot.com.


MORE ABOUT WENDY:

Wendy Stangeland and her husband, Jeff, have a 4-year-old girl, Aubree. They live in Sioux Center, but Jeff currently is stationed in Rogers, AR, in the Marine Corps. She enjoys traveling, doing photography, watching movies, baking, and spending time with family and friends.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Schelhaas serves on Promise board to bring ‘a compassion for needs’


SIOUX CENTER – David Schelhaas became connected to Promise Community Health Center in Sioux Center after getting to know Jessica Mora while managing the Sioux Center Community Gardens Project for the past several years.

Mora, who is the office manager and outreach coordinator at Promise, served as a helpful liaison between him and gardeners from the Hispanic community. Through that connection, Schelhaas learned that Promise offered an important resource to many people who faced barriers to health care, ranging from income to language.
Dave Schelhaas, a retired Dordt College
English professor, serves on the Promise
Community Health Center board.


Therefore, he readily accepted the invitation to join Promise’s Board of Directors earlier this year because he understood the organization’s impact in the region.

“As medical costs continue to go up, many members of our community cannot afford to pay for the care they need,” Schelhaas said. “Promise is a wonderful option for all people – but especially for the less affluent among us.”

Schelhaas served as an English professor at Dordt College in Sioux Center for many years before retiring seven years ago. He has served on the Sioux Center Library Board and various Dordt committees and church committees over the years – in addition to managing the Sioux Center Community Gardens.

With that background, he hopes to be a conscientious participant in the oversight tasks of a Promise board member. Beyond that, though, he hopes that he can bring “a compassion for the needs of the poor and perhaps their dietary needs.”

“I have been a longtime supporter and participant in Bread for the World, an organization that advocates for the poor and hungry around the world,” he said. “Also, I like to think that gardening and then eating the produce of one’s garden is a first step toward healthy eating, and so my involvement in community gardening may, in a very small way, promote healthier eating.”

He has come to an even fuller appreciation of the work that Promise does in the community during his time on the board.

“Promise provides access to health care to anyone and everyone, and, finally, available health care is one of the greatest blessings our culture can provide,” Schelhaas said. “I am proud to be part of a community that has had the initiative and diligence to develop this alternative form of health care, and after months on the board, I am convinced that we have here a marvelous team of committed people managing and working at Promise.”

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. For more Promise news, visit promisechcnews.blogspot.com.


MORE ABOUT DAVID:
David Schelhaas and his wife, Jerelyn, live in Sioux Center. They have three children, Jennifer and Cal DeJong of Sioux Falls, SD; Luke and Mia Niebruegge Schelhaas of Los Angeles, CA; and Rebecca and Laremy DeVries of Sioux Center; and six grandchildren. David loves writing, singing and gardening.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Promise CHC launches campaign to enhance building exterior


SIOUX CENTER – An internal slogan often has been repeated at Promise Community Health Center: “Just walk through the front door.”

The yellow, steel exterior of its downtown Sioux Center building might not be inviting, but people always are amazed by the warm and welcoming facilities and comprehensive range of top-notch services offered to patients inside.

This is a small glimpse of what Promise Community
Health Center has planned for its exterior renovation
project. The health center in downtown Sioux Center
has launched a capital campaign to raise 50 percent of
the estimated $250,000 cost through private donations.


Now, Promise yearns for a building that patients can take pride in as they walk in – with an exterior that matches what they experience inside.

To accomplish that goal, Promise has launched a $250,000 capital campaign for an exterior renovation project. Fifty percent of the funds have been committed. Promise now needs the help of the community to donate the remaining funds – or $125,000 – to make this project a reality.

“This campaign will allow Promise to improve the structural integrity of the building and improve the integrity and aesthetics of the deteriorating yellow, steel exterior,” said Amy Kleinhesselink, chief financial officer for Promise, noting that the exterior hasn’t changed much since the building was constructed as bowling alley nearly 40 years ago. “Renovation will present a clearer reflection of the high-quality services we provide – more inviting for patients and more befitting of the progressive community that Sioux Center is.”

Promise has been located in Sioux Center’s former bowling alley building at 338 1st Ave. NW since opening in July 2008. Since then, it has continued to expand in services and facilities to best serve the needs of patients. A new dental wing opened in January 2011. The most recent expansion, a 3,000-square-foot project, relieved cramped conditions and increased Promise’s space by about 60 percent with a new prenatal wing, community education room, therapy room, a break room and various offices in 2015. The front reception area also saw extensive reconfiguring and remodeling to make it more patient-friendly.

In December 2015, Promise officially purchased the building that it had leased throughout its history. With the purchase, Promise now desires to enhance the integrity and aesthetics of the building to preserve it for future generations.

Promise Community Health Center plans to
give its deteriorating yellow, steel building a
face-lift so that its exterior will better reflect
the high-quality facilities and services offered
inside. The health seeks donations of all
amounts from individuals and businesses in
the region to make the project possible.
Here are the highlights of the project:
  • All four sides of the building will be renovated, including the north wall where Los Palmas Mexican Grocery Store is located. The bottom third of the exterior walls will be brick, and the top two-thirds will have an EIFS finish.
  • Promise’s awnings on the west and east sides will be replaced with a modern lighted feature. Los Palmas’ awning will be repaired and cleaned.
  • A new front doorway and new floor-to-ceiling windows will be installed on the west side to bring in additional daylight to Promise’s reception area.
  • Artificial tree architecture, illuminated by lights, will grace the west, south and east sides of the building to create a modern and inviting look.
  • Sidewalks will be reconstructed to enhance safety.

Kleinhesselink said the project will allow Promise’s staff of highly committed and competent professionals to continue to advance Promise’s mission of reaching out to underserved people in the community well into the future.

“Promise exists to help people – people who are underinsured, don’t have insurance, don’t have financial means, or have other barriers such as language and transportation. We provide for them high-quality health care that they may not get otherwise,” she said. “With the community’s support, we can ensure Promise remains sustainable to continue to make an impact on the lives of countless people in the region.”

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.


HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP:
Promise Community Health Center needs donations of all levels – both large and small – to make its exterior renovation project a reality.

Promise will recognize donors who support the capital campaign at varying giving levels.

For donors who give $10,000 or more, their names – or that of a memorial – will be etched on nameplates on illuminated exterior trees.

A Wall of Honor, created in the form of a tree, will recognize donors in Promise’s front reception area. Stones at the bottom of the tree will be engraved with donor names to represent these giving levels: $7,500-$9,999 and $5,000-$7,499. The tree will have colored leaves, etched with donor names, to signify these giving levels: gold – $2,500-$4,999; silver – $1,000-$2,499; and bronze – $500-$999.

Donations to Promise qualify as tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

Please send donations to:
Promise Community Health Center
Attn: Capital Campaign 2016
338 1st Ave. NW
Sioux Center, IA 51250


TO LEARN MORE:
For more information, read Promise Community Health Center's Capital Campaign 2015 brochure. You can find a capital campaign donor card here.