SIOUX CENTER (June 2, 2011) – Back in 1946, a group of local leaders recognized a need to develop a hospital to serve Sioux Center and surrounding residents.

The area was rapidly growing and leaders decided on a community hospital that would fulfill the growing health care needs in the area. Their vision for a health ministry received generous support from the community, and in 1951, Sioux Center Community Hospital & Health Center opened its doors.

This June, the non-profit health system celebrates 60 years of providing health care.
Many changes have taken place during those 60 years, but one constant is their health ministry.

“Our health ministry is everything we stand for,” says Kayleen Lee, Chief Executive Officer at the Sioux Center Community Hospital & Health Center Avera. “For 60 years we have provided quality services guided by Christian values.”

The health ministry is intended to not only provide care for the physically ill, but also to restore health and wholeness in all facets of the human person. Wholeness in the Christian perspective includes the physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs of health care.

Today, the health system continues to serve all individuals regardless of their ability to pay.

“Since we are a non-profit community hospital, our greatest reward comes from watching area residents and communities become healthier as a result of our health ministry,” says Lee.

The current system has more than 430 employees on staff and is governed by 40 community members who volunteer to serve on the Board of Directors.
Many have followed in the footsteps of their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents who helped contribute to the milestones and accomplishments made throughout the past 60 years.

“We have a tremendous mission and tradition,” says Stan Speer, President of the Executive Board of Directors. “Our health ministry has continually progressed to support the health care needs of the surrounding area.”

From 1951 to 1961, the community hospital operated as an acute-care facility. In 1962, construction began on the Nursing Home addition located on the south side of the building. The hospital then added an OB/ER/LAB addition in 1972 because of increased demand in medical services.

In 1985, after a major remodeling project, the hospital built a two-story addition which is now the front facade of the building and main entrance. This expansion project involved moving the 21-bed acute care facility along with other support services and technology.
Starting in 1991, the health system constructed a medical clinic next to the hospital. The clinic was initially operated by Mercy Medical Center but was later purchased by Sioux Center Community Hospital & Health Center in 2004.

Since 1994, the hospital has partnered with Avera to ensure that caregivers are supported by the resources and expertise of the region’s largest health system. Avera is a regional partnership at more than 300 locations in eastern South Dakota and surrounding states.
It has also added services such as outpatient clinics, physical therapy, occupational therapy, home health and hospice, and independent and assisted living.

“The comprehensive services we provide are great for patients requiring specialty care, ongoing treatment or rehabilitation,” says Lee. “While most of us never intend to use these services, those who need it are grateful that it’s close to home.”

During the past few decades, several new facilities were built or leased because the main campus lacked additional space/land for expansion. Each new facility offered more health care services that can be utilized by area residents.

In 2001, the health system built Crown Pointe as an independent and assisted living facility, followed by Royale Meadows in 2005 as a 69-resident skilled nursing facility. In 1997 Franken Manor was purchased and also serves as an independent and assisted living facility.

Other facilities opened and operated by the health system include the Early Childhood Center, an infant and child daycare; Cardiac Centre, a comprehensive heart and vascular facility; and one facility in Hull which operates the Hull Medical Clinic and Hull Physical Therapy.

To prepare for the next 60 years, the health system is planning a new facility east of town that will serve as a replacement for the current hospital and medical clinic.

“We have to continue meeting the health care needs of our communities, and today we are in a great position to build a new facility that will last for the next 60 years,” says Lee.
The replacement facility is being designed around the patient and their needs, placing heavier emphasis on outpatient clinics and services that are more prevalent today. The health system’s outpatient revenue contributes approximately 74% of the health system’s overall revenue.

“More people today spend less time in the acute-care inpatient rooms and more time in outpatient clinics and same-day surgeries,” says Lee. “Our current facility was built primarily as an inpatient facility and doesn’t reflect today’s standards of health care delivery.”

“We have done an excellent job renovating the current facility the past six decades,” says Stan Speer. “But now it’s important for us to take the next step and build a replacement facility that can serve our area for the next 60 years.”

The new facility is currently going through the design stages, and is anticipated to open in the fall of 2013.