Thursday, February 19, 2015

Kass begins family practice care at Promise CHC

by Derrick Vander Waal

SIOUX CENTER – Tana Kass declared in the first grade that she was going to become a nurse when she grew up.

She never changed her mind.
Tana Kass enjoys seeing patients in all stages of
their lives as a new family nurse practitioner at
Promise Community Health Center in Sioux Center.

Kass has followed a pathway into the medical field throughout her life – ultimately leading her to Promise Community Health Center in Sioux Center. She began seeing patients at Promise as a family nurse practitioner on Monday, Feb. 9.

I had always been fascinated by the human body,” she said.

Kass grew up in Sioux City, graduating from Sioux City East High School in 1998. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City in 2002 and her master’s degree in nursing at Briar Cliff in 2013.

She worked as a nurse at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, 2002-07, and at Le Mars Family Medical Center, 2007-13. She then served as an advanced practice registered nurse at Carl T. Curtis Health Education Center in Macy, NE, for two years before coming to Promise.

Kass and her husband, Nathan, live in Le Mars with their five children, Dylan, 15, Cael, 11, Nolan, 9, Hudson, 7, and Kole, 7. In her free time, she enjoys running, reading, doing outdoor activities with her family and watching her children’s sports activities.

Here are her reflections on her medical career and her new role at Promise:
Q: What interested you about serving at Promise as a family nurse practitioner?
A: I was interested in being able to serve in a rural health-care setting along with meeting the needs of everyone to ensure that everyone has access to health care.
Q: Why did you select family practice care over other health-related careers?
A: I selected family practice care due to the variety of patients that I could provide services to. I enjoy seeing children, teens and adults through the course of illness, injury and chronic care management.
Q: What particular areas of medical care interest you the most?
A: Chronic care management, especially diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease; pediatric care; and women’s care.
Q: What is most rewarding aspect of the health profession?
A: Being able to provide quality and holistic care to each and every person that I come in contact with.
Q: How would you describe your approach for patient care?
A: I enjoy getting to know my patients along with their families.
Q: What do you hope you can bring to Promise?
A: I hope to bring another access to health care in order to meet the needs of our community.

Promise Community Health Center, headquartered in Sioux Center, is the only Federally Qualified Health Center in the far northwest corner of Iowa. To learn more, visit