Sioux Center Health welcomed a new physician assistant to its medical team.
Claire Rozeboom of Sioux Center is excited to join the team as of April 22. She will work at the Sioux Center and Hull medical clinics and help with urgent care.
“It feels like a coming home moment,” said Rozeboom, 27.
Rozeboom, an Orange City native, is a 2010 graduate of MOC-Floyd Valley High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology health professions in 2014 from Northwestern College in Orange City.
“I first went to college thinking an interior design or doing something education,” Rozeboom said. “I’ve always loved science though, so I took general science courses my freshman year.”
Then summer after her freshman year in college, she shadowed a physician assistant at Orange City Area Health.
“That solidified that I wanted to do medicine and work in a small town,” she said. “I wanted to be physician assistant because of the wide variety; you get to do a little of everything medically speaking but you also get the joys of creating long-lasting relationships with patients in family medicine. As patients come back through all those stages of life, it’s neat to get to know people on a personal and medical level. I feel you understand them better.”
Rozeboom said choosing the physician assistant route also provides some flexibility.
“I knew I wanted to be a mom someday so being a PA seemed like it would provide some work/life balance, which it has so far,” she said. “Also, as life changes, if there’s an area outside of family medicine I have an interest in, I could pursue it. Right now family medicine is the best fit for me, but it’s nice to have the flexibility if life changes.”
Rozeboom graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2016. Before working at Sioux Center Health, she worked two years at Hegg Memorial Health Center in Rock Valley. There she worked in the medical clinic, urgent care, and emergency room.
Rozeboom loved working at Hegg, but also said the job opening at Sioux Center Health seemed like a great opportunity.
“I wasn’t looking for another job and being 36 weeks pregnant is not a convenient time to be switching jobs,” she said. “But my husband and I live in Sioux Center, our life is in Sioux Center. I want to invest in this community so when the job opened up, it seemed like a natural fit.”
Rozeboom’s husband Chase is a Sioux Center Middle School teacher. They have a 3-month-old son, Grayson.
“I knew my life would change and it did, having a child,” she said. “Being away in another community is hard when you have a little one at home. Being able to work close to home was the appeal that got me here. Knowing the community is amazing, I hope I can be here for a long time.”
The couple enjoys spending time together as a family outdoors in their free time.
Published by Sioux Center News