Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Tuschen eager to lead in new chief operations officer role at Promise

by Derrick Vander Waal

SIOUX CENTER, IOWA – Emily Tuschen is taking a step up in leadership at Promise Community Health Center in Sioux Center.

Tuschen has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer from her role as the Clinic Manager. The COO position is a revamping of Promise’s previous Director of operations position, which has been vacant for several months.

She said working as the clinic manager at Promise for the past year and a half has been big blessing to her, but she is excited about the challenges of her new role.

Emily Tuschen has been promoted to the position of
chief operating officer at Promise Community Health
Center in Sioux Center after serving a year and a half
as the clinic manager. She is excited to take her
leadership to a new level to help the help center
continue to adapt its services into the future.

“The more I learn about the programs of Promise, the more I want to know,” Tuschen said. “I have been exposed to surface-level program details and now am challenged to really dig in and reassess policies, procedures and strategic planning. I look forward to it. Health care is ever-changing, and as a health-care organization, we should be ever-adapting. It is important to always be re-evaluating our service and then committing to be the best that we can for our patients, employees and community.”

Tuschen, 32, has steadily moved up in her levels of responsibility at Promise since starting as a clinic nurse in January 2016. She assumed the clinic manager role in August 2016, supervising the medical providers and staff and managing their schedules.

As the chief operating officer, Tuschen will oversee the continued development of clinical services at Promise, including medical, prenatal, dental, vision/eye, behavioral health, family planning and victim advocacy.

Her new role will allow her more time to build relationships with employees of other departments and to concentrate on and broaden her knowledge of those areas.

“An important part of any leadership role is to provide an engaging work environment and a culture of accountability,” Tuschen said. “I hope to lead them, challenge them, and provide them with insight and drive. My past experience has proven to me that supervisors have a huge impact on work ethic and ownership. My previous supervisors, Nancy Dykstra and Shonna Borchers, have surpassed my expectations of how to be a great leader – respectable, motivating, honest and hardworking. I hope to bring these qualities to the chief operating officer position.”

Nathan Vander Plaats, who assumed his role as Promise’s executive director in December, said organizations work best when decisions are made as close to the information as possible. The implementation of the COO position has brought about a reorganized structure that will better allow for employees to make operational decisions.

“This both empowers employees to take control of their work to produce a maximum impact for our patients but also frees me up to focus on strategy and visioning for the larger
organization,” he said.

Vander Plaats said Tuschen has stood out as a person who was “ripe for more responsibility.” She already had taken on duties and responsibilities that have gone beyond her job description. As a registered nurse, she has the technical knowledge to oversee Promise’s daily operations, but she also demonstrates strong leadership ability.

“I’ve heard Emily talk about the importance of employee engagement, bring up ideas for employee development and advancement, and seen how the rest of the organization responds to her,” he said. “She has the respect of those around her, and she respects those around her to the same degree. Those are key leadership characteristics for any position, but especially this one.

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

Emily Tuschen grew up in Platte, SD, and graduated from Dakota Christian High School in New Holland, SD, in 2004. She earned an associate’s degree in nursing at St. Luke’s College in Sioux City in 2008 and a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing at Dordt College in Sioux Center in 2009. She worked at Sioux Center Health, 2007-16, and Orange City Area Health System, 2009-10, in a variety of departments, including emergency, labor and delivery, postpartum and medical floor. She started at Promise Community Health Center in January 2016 as a clinic nurse and assumed the clinic manager role in August 2016. She and her husband, Aaron, live in Sioux Center and have three children, Kenley, 7; Brody, 6; and Evia, 2.

With the promotion of Emily Tuschen to chief operating officer, Promise Community Health Center now seeks candidates for its clinic manager role. To learn more about the position and to apply, visit www.promisechc.org/careers/.