Thursday, February 2, 2017

Marks finds good fit with her interest, experience at Promise CHC


SIOUX CENTER – Beth Marks had an interest in working for an organization with the primary mission of helping people with their needs.
Beth Marks has assumed the
role of health records specialist
at Promise Community Health
Center in Sioux Center.

She also had a background in medical records and loved that work.

Therefore, Marks thought it would be a perfect fit when she saw that Promise Community Health Center in Sioux Center had created the position of health records specialist. She was hired and recently assumed the role at the health center.

“I hope that I can bring my experience in this field to Promise,” she said. “I also want to bring awareness of the Promise community.”

Marks grew up in Sanborn and graduated from Western Christian High School in Hull in 1980. She earned an associate degree in accounting from Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon in 1981 and later returned to school to receive a general diploma in the administrative assistant field from NCC in 1992.

She worked for various area business throughout the years, but her longest stint was as an administrative office assistant at Wheelchair Dynamics in Sheldon for 12 years, 2003-15. There, she was trained to work with medical records, and a large portion of her duties involved handling medical records.

At Promise, Marks will be responsible for daily activities involving the processing, managing and transmitting of electronic health records.

She has been impressed by the health center.

“The personnel at Promise are very kind, compassionate and caring people that provide an awesome service to those they serve,” she 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 BETH:
Beth Marks and her husband, Robert, live in Hull. They have three adult children and three grandchildren. In her free time, Beth loves spending time with her husband, mom, children and grandchildren; camping; reading; crocheting; and making tie blankets.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Scholten makes career transitions into nursing field, clinic setting


Nurse Melinda Scholten has made the
transition into the clinic setting at
Promise Community Health Center
in Sioux Center after working for a
decade in a hospital setting.
SIOUX CENTER – Melinda Scholten, a new clinic nurse at Promise Community Health Center in Sioux Center, didn’t always plan on going into nursing.

After graduating Sioux Center High School in 1998, she earned a bachelor’s degree in agriculture business/animal science from Dordt College in Sioux Center in 2002.

She then worked as an ag loan assistant at First National Bank in Sioux Center for two years, but she decided to go back to school and earned her associate degree in nursing from Northwest Iowa Community College in 2006.

Scholten has served as a nurse ever since and is glad that she made the career transition.

“I just really enjoy taking care of others,” she said. “It is a very flexible career that has allowed me to be home part time with my kids, and it is challenging and ever-changing.”

Scholten now is enjoying a transition into a new realm of nursing.

After serving in the hospital setting at Sioux Center Health for a decade, she has assumed a nursing role in the clinic setting at Promise Community Health Center in Sioux Center late last year. She decided to make the change because her family was interested in having her home when they are around on nights and weekends.

“I decided to try a clinic setting so I can be there for my family as well as see an area of nursing I have never been involved in before,” she 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 MELINDA:
Melinda Scholten and her husband, Joel, live in rural Sioux Center and have four children, Lane, 9; Jenna, 8; Dana, 6; and Elsie, 2. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, camping, and spending time with family and friends.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Statistics show that violent crimes happen here in Sioux County


SIOUX CENTER – Did you know that the Sioux County Sheriff’s Department’s Communications Center received 220 domestic incident reports and 117 domestic incident in progress calls to 911 during the year 2016?

A crime victim advocate is available at Promise
Community Health Center to help people through a
various circumstances they might be going through.
Did you know 138 calls were made to 911 for harassment?

How about 41 calls for sex crimes, 41 for assault reports and 11 for assaults in progress, 14 for child abuse, 11 for restraining/no contact order violations, and one for kidnapping/abduction?

In all, 834 calls were made to 911 in Sioux County for violent-related crime reports that also included burglary-related incidents, hit-and-run incidents with injuries, and a bomb threat. That figures to an average of nearly 70 per month.

And those are just the calls to 911. Many more incidents happen than are ever called into 911.

While some people think these types of crimes are just big city problems, the statistics tell a different narrative of life in rural Sioux County. They show that these types of crimes can happen anywhere, including here.

In each of these incidents, one or more crime victims may have been able to benefit from the assistance of the crime victim advocate based at Promise Community Health Center in Sioux Center.

Each situation is different, so the victim advocate will assess the circumstances and evaluate the best possible ways to assist each person so that his or her needs are met in a confidential and compassionate way. The advocate will link the victim to whatever resources they may need – whether that be housing, food, financial assistance, mental health counseling, or a host of other needs. The advocate can help victims navigate a complex legal system, connect them with legal advice and link them to crime victim compensation. The advocate will inform victims of their rights.

For Spanish speakers, they will have the comfort in knowing that the advocate can talk fluently with them in their own language. The advocate also will ensure that interpreters are available for appointments with law enforcement and other agencies.

If you have been a victim of a violent crime and could benefit from the services of an advocate, don’t hesitate to call Promise at 712-722-1700 or visit the health center located at 338 First Ave. NW, across from the Sioux Center city offices.

The advocate is available to talk to you five days per week, Monday-Friday.

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.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Ninth birth experience different from rest for Drzycimski family


SIOUX CENTER – Kate Drzycimski and her husband, Mark, have vast experience when it comes to births and babies.

But their ninth baby was different even for them.

Mark and Kate Drzycimski, along with their eight
other children, welcomed baby Noah David into
their family on Friday, Jan. 6. He was born in
their home in Sioux Falls, SD, with the assistance
of midwife Pam Hulstein of Promise Community
Health Center of Sioux Center. He was the first
baby of the year for Promise's midwifery team.
Unlike their previous eight children, Noah David was born in their home in Sioux Falls, SD, with the assistance of certified nurse midwife Pam Hulstein and nurse Kari Ney of Promise Community Health Center of Sioux Center, IA.

Kate said it was a wonderful experience.

“I could write a book,” she said. “It was so much more comfortable, so much more down to earth, so much better to be near my family afterward, so much smoother first 24 hours, and I felt so much closer to Pam and Kari than any other midwife/nurse team I’ve had before.”

Baby Noah also was first baby of 2017 for Promise’s midwifery team.

He was born at 5:17 a.m. Friday, Jan. 6, weighing 7 pounds, 13, ounces, and measuring 22 inches.

Kate had worked previously with midwives from a larger facility, but the experience had become “less personal” and “more conventional and institutional” like typical obstetrics as the practice grew. So she sought midwifery care at Promise for her ninth child.

In the past, she also had considered the idea of having a home birth. This time, she went ahead because her family is part of a Christian cost-sharing program that not only would cover the cost of the home birth but encouraged it over a hospital birth.

“That little extra encouragement was all I needed,” she said.

Abram Drzycimski holds his baby
brother, Noah. Baby Noah has eight
brothers and sisters to love on him.

She was “very grateful” for their experience with the Promise midwifery team.

“Pam was a breath of fresh air – so much more down to earth and with many tricks up her sleeve,” Kate said with a smile. “She was able to better address many of my past issues with pregnancy, delivery and postpartum. I always felt in control of my own care – not badgered into certain decisions but guided through the process. And the true and sincere compassion for you as a patient that both her and Kari show is nothing short of phenomenal.”

When Kate held her newborn baby in her arms for the first time, she said it was a little different than with her other births.

“I can’t put my finger on it because it has always been amazing,” she said. “I spend that last half hour of birth totally disconnected – it seems – from everything, just focused and lost in the overwhelming task of delivering a baby. When it is finally over, and I am suddenly aware of all that is around me, and that includes a precious new life, it is a moment to remember. And when that moment includes the dim lamplight of your own room, with the quiet voices of just a few, it is truly incredible.”

Now, baby Noah has eight older brothers and sisters to love on him: Will, 17; Liam, 15; Abram, 13; Josiah, 11; Addie, 9; Elias, 8; James, 6; and Helen, 3.

“All are in love,” Kate said. “It was so nice to have unlimited time and to let a few come in to meet and greet throughout the more – so much better than a rushed hospital visit with all the kids at once.”

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. To see more Promise Baby announcements and advice, visit the midwifery team's Wonderfully Made blog, promisechcmidwives.blogspot.com.


BEHIND THE NAME:
Kate and Mark Drzycimski were having a hard time coming up with a name for a boy after having six other “amazing sons" in their family.
Noah David

So this time, Mark took on the task of coming up with a boy’s name and Kate a girl’s name.

As he pondered the name, he got a lot of input from their other children.

“He eventually declared he had made a decision and was keeping it a secret,” Kate said. “This is really not like him, and I found it amusing and happily agreed to wait until the baby came.”

She said she will long remember the unveiling of the name:

“So, who is this child?” I asked my husband minutes after birth.

“Noah David.”

“David for the seventh son?” I ventured. (In the Bible, David was the seventh son of Jesse.)

“Yes,” he replied. And with his characteristic half-joking but mostly serious expression, he answered my unspoken question. “And Noah for the state the world is in.”

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Dr. Lassen expanding hours to see more patients at Promise CHC


SIOUX CENTER – Dr. Del Lassen is happy that he will be able to see more patients as a family practice physician at Promise Community Health Center in Sioux Center starting Feb. 1 when he expands his hours.

Dr. Lassen, who also serves as Promise’s medical director, will continue to take appointments on Wednesdays and Thursdays as he traditionally has. In addition, he will alternate providing services on either a Monday or Friday every week.

Dr. Del Lassen, family practice physician and medical
director at Promise Community Health Center in Sioux
Center, will expand his hours starting Feb. 1. That
will allow him to see more patients every week.
“I love working at Promise because of our terrific patients and competent staff,” he said. “It’s a truly joyful place to work.”

Nancy Dykstra, executive director for Promise, said Dr. Lassen’s increased hours will enhance same-day availability for patients and ensure urgent care visits are provided Monday-Friday.

“This means Promise can see more patients with more flexible scheduling options,” she said. “We are looking forward to being able to better accommodate patients who need to be seen on Mondays and Fridays.”

Dr. Lassen earned his bachelor of science degree at the University of Iowa in Iowa City in 1974 and his doctor of medicine degree at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in 1977. He completed his family medicine residency training at Siouxland Medical Education Foundation in Sioux City in 1980.

For the better part of four decades, Dr. Lassen has delivered health care as a family practice physician in northwest Iowa and as a faculty member for medical residency programs. His career service includes caring for patients as a doctor at Orange City Medical Clinic, 1980-85, and Sioux Center Medical Clinic, 1990-93. He served on the faculty of Charleston Family Medicine Residency in Charleston, SC, 1985-86, Broadlawns Family Medicine Residency in Des Moines, 1986-90, and Siouxland Medical Education Foundation in Sioux City, 1993-2011. In 2011, he began caring for patients at Sioux City Veterans Administration Clinic.

He assumed his part-time role as Promise’s medical director in April 2010.

At the end of January, Dr. Lassen will officially retire from the VA clinic, where he saw patients on Mondays and Tuesdays, freeing up the opportunity to expand his hours at Promise.

“This is satisfying,” Lassen said about his service at Promise. “It’s satisfying because of the combination of a patient population that is fun to deal with and appreciative of what you do and the people here being a very pleasant bunch to work with. You see a full spectrum of age groups here with patients. You see the full spectrum of problems. It’s a very cooperative attitude amongst everybody who is involved in the organization. They are unified in their goals.”

Dykstra said Dr. Lassen has had a big impact on Promise – and the greater community.

“Dr. Lassen’s service to Promise has meant that our medical and health services are built on quality, integrity and caring. Dr. Lassen is an experienced, caring, competent family practice physician,” she said. “Not only did he practice family medicine in Sioux Center, he raised his family here – all of his children attended school here; all have gone on to college and success professional careers.”

Dr. Lassen’s wife, Belinda, also serves as a certified nurse midwife at Promise.

“They have touched the lives of countless families,” Dykstra 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.

Dr. Del Lassen

MORE ABOUT DR. LASSEN:
Dr. Del Lassen and his wife, Belinda (Binkie), certified nurse midwife at Promise Community Health Center, have six adult children – Lianne, Amy, Jenna, Jaron, Micah and Ty – and 11 grandchildren. A few of their children have followed their footsteps into various health-care fields. In his spare time, Dr. Lassen enjoys boating, bicycling, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.


TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT:
Call Promise Community Health Center at 712-722-1700 or request an appointment online on Promise website: www.promisechc.org.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Dr. Lassen gets what he was begging for this Christmas season

By Derrick Vander Waal

SIOUX CENTER – This is how it all started . . .

Dr. Del Lassen, the fun-loving and generous medical director and family practice physician at Promise Community Health Center in Sioux Center, sent out this all-staff email on Thursday, Nov. 11, with “Christmas giving” in the memo line.
Dr. Del Lassen of Promise Community Health Center
holds an armful of some of the bags of Tootsie Rolls
he was given by Christmas by fellow staff members
in response to his fun emails begging for gifts.

Dear Promise family,

It is time to begin planning for your holiday giving. I am writing to remind you that gifts to the medical director -- though not required -- are a wonderful thing. Guilt is a terrible thing to deal with and not giving the medical director a gift could potentially cause guilt. Some may describe this memo as selfish and self-serving, but I’m just trying to add to your holiday joy. It will feel GOOD to give. And I’m ready to receive!!! [I will send additional reminders.]

And additional reminders, he did.

Dr. Lassen – no stranger to giving himself as he supplies Promise’s staff with a large box full of assorted Casey’s Bakery donuts every Thursday morning – sent out cleverly crafted emails on weekly basis to staff.

Promise's Christmas elves, Ruth Hernandez
and Elizabeth Estefes, prepare "Santa's List"
for posting on Dr. Del Lassen's office door.
The doctor was the only Promise employee
named in the "Naughty" column.
Here’s his contribution a few weeks later on Wednesday, Nov. 30:

You know the tune -- sing along:
JINGLE BELLS,
SHOTGUN SHELLS,
SANTA’S ON THE WAY,
DR. LASSEN WANTS YOUR GIFT,
IN THE WORSE POSSIBLE WAAAYAA!!!!
You won’t be able to get it out of your head . . .

Needless to say, the gift-giving to that point had been “underwhelming,” as Dr. Lassen had termed it in one of his emails. But he didn’t give up – resorting to every possible tactic. Even desperation, some might call it.

Here’s his email on Wednesday, Dec. 7:

Dear Promise Family,

I write to express my shame over previous memos. My self-centered, tasteless begging for gifts was beyond belief. I obviously need help.

But --- help doesn’t come cheap these days. Let’s all do what we can to get me what I need!!! Cash donations to fund my therapy can be left anywhere I can find them. No amount is too large or unexpected. I need, I need, I need!!!!

By that time, a plan had been hatched via secret email communication to make “this poor man feel appreciated” and give him what everyone knew he really needs: Tootsie Rolls. (After all, he needs an ample supply to keep that dish on his desk filled to the brim for all of Promise’s medical assistants, nurses and other providers to loot.)

As the emails kept flowing out from Dr. Lassen to staff, the donations to the Tootsie Roll stash started rolling in. The collection of bags of Tootsie rolls and other goodies were hidden in a top-secret place where the needy doctor was sure to never, ever, find it.
Santa's List

At 11:26 a.m. today (Thursday, Dec. 22), Dr. Lassen made one last plea with an email entitled “Christmas!!”

Dear Promise Family,

A Very Merry Christmas to all!! Watch out for the Grinch and those who put out tasteless memos.
P.S. My birthday is in May, and I will be sending out reminders.   

Thirty minutes later, Dr. Lassen walked out the door for his noon lunch break. Promise’s Christmas elves scurried into action. They placed a Christmas tree adorned with candy bars, Monopoly money and Christmas cards – with a paper angel as the topper – on his desk. Bags of Tootsie Rolls and other goodies were strewn across his desk and on his chair.

A scroll with “Santa’s List” was pasted to his door with two columns: Dr. Lassen was the lone name on the “Naughty” list on the right side. The names of the rest of Promise’s staff were neatly handwritten in the “Nice” column.

Shortly before 1 p.m., Dr. Lassen walked into his office to his surprise.
A decorated Christmas tree was
placed on Dr. Lassen's desk.

“Oh, my goodness,” he said while chuckling. “Oh, my. It hit, didn’t it?”

Before he left for the day, Dr. Lassen had one last email for his co-workers:

Thanks to all for the wonderful Christmas surprise!! Please visit the Tootsie Roll bowl often and violently. The naughty/nice list was clever but highly inaccurate.

Well, maybe the rest of the staff will beg to differ, but . . .

Thank you, Dr. Lassen, for adding a lot of fun to the holiday season! And thank you for your generosity and humor throughout the year!

From all of us at Promise, we wish all of you and your families a Merry Christmas. We hope it’s filled with love, joy and peace. And fun, too!

Blessings.

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.


TO WATCH IT:
Check out the video of Dr. Del Lassen discovering his desk filled with bags of Tootsie Rolls: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Z_TUGHCarI.


EXPANDING HIS HOURS:
Dr. Del Lassen not only is our fun-loving medical director, but he also knows a lot about family practice medicine. Effective in February, patients will have even more chances to see him for care as he will expand his hours from two days a week to three. Dr. Lassen will continue to see patients on Wednesdays and Thursdays, but he also will add Monday or Friday to his weekly schedule depending on the week. Same-day appointments are available. Everyone is welcome at Promise!