Thursday, December 3, 2015

Sandra Rodriguez assumes medical assistant role at Promise CHC

Sandra Rodriguez has begun serving as a medical
assistant at Promise Community Health Center in
Sioux Center. She's looking forward to "being
able to help others" in her position.

by Derrick Vander Waal

SIOUX CENTER, IOWA – A career quiz in the ninth grade planted the seed in Sandra Rodriguez’s mind that she might want to go into the medical field someday.

The results of her quiz showed that radiology tech would best suit her. So she did a little of investigating into it and said to herself: “This is exactly what I want to do.”

Sandra is excited that her career path has now taken her into health-care work as she has begun serving as a medical assistant at Promise Community Health Center in Sioux Center.

“Ever since I was in high school, I knew I wanted to go into the medical field one day,” she said. “I have always dreamed of helping others, and I believe this is a great way to help those people.”

Sandra was born in Grand Island, NE, and moved several times throughout her childhood. Orange City became her hometown when her family moved their nine years ago, and she graduated from MOC-Floyd Valley High School in 2013.

Her primary tasks as a medical assistant at Promise will be greet and escort patients to the exam room for medical provider visits, obtain necessary information from the patient for the visit, communicate information from the patient to the provider, interpret for Spanish-speaking patients, provide basic education to patients, prepare them for and explain lab tests, and assist in their care in various other ways.

She has found Promise to be a place with “many helpful people” who are “not willing to let one fail.” Therefore, she is most looking forward to this purpose in her new role:

“Being able to help others.”

Promise Community Health Center, headquartered in Sioux Center, is the only Federally Qualified Health Center in the far northwest corner of Iowa. Promise provides medical, dental, prenatal and behavioral health care. To learn more, visit

Sandra Rodriguez lives in Orange City and has a 14-month-old daughter, Nathalie. Her fiance is Arturo Tapia. In her free time, she enjoys shopping and spending time with her daughter.