Burgess Health Center

Located in Onawa, Iowa, Burgess Health Center is an award-winning critical access hospital that is accredited by the State of Iowa. Burgess Family Clinics serve the communities of Dunlap, Mapleton, Sloan and Whiting in Iowa as well as Decatur, Neb. Burgess has retail family pharmacies in Dunlap and Whiting, Iowa.

The staff is committed to improving the quality of life for the people and communities served, by providing excellent healthcare and exceptional patient experiences.

Mission

Burgess Health Center is committed to improving the quality of life for the people and communities we serve by providing excellent healthcare and exceptional patient experiences.

Vision

To be the best rural healthcare system in America.

Values

Accountability: Taking responsibility for performance.
Service Excellence: Dedication to meeting the needs of others in the organization.
Integrity: Acting in a consistent, principled manner.
Innovation: Constantly seeking ways to increase effectiveness or reduce costs.
Collaboration: Working with others to accomplish common goals.
Stewardship: Managing financial resources responsibly.

Our Beginnings

On July 14, 1963, the community gathered to dedicate Burgess Memorial Hospital, situated on a 10-acre site at the west edge of Onawa.

Exterior of Burgess Memorial Hospital in 1963

Work toward this day began in 1959 when it became apparent that the old Onawa Hospital could no longer meet increasingly stringent state fire and health regulations. A board to oversee a new hospital organized Feb. 13, 1959, with Dr. William P. Garred serving as chair. The board soon applied for a federal Hill-Burton grant and began organizing a campaign to raise $628,000 for a new 37-bed hospital.

In April 1961, local attorney Albert W. Burgess stepped forward with a $100,000 gift to the project. On April 16, 1962, Mr. Burgess helped turn the first shovels of dirt at the groundbreaking ceremony.

Since then, the hospital has responded to the changing healthcare environment and local needs with expansions in services and facilities. In 1997 the name changed to Burgess Health Center.

 


Burgess Senior Leaders

Fran Tramp, president

Nancy Carlson, vice president of finance

Erin Brekke, director of human resources

Teresa Butler, vice president of clinical services

Jean Pekarek, director of patient experiences

Patty Sandmann, vice president of nursing

Grady Warner, director of information technology

Burgess Health Center Board Members

Jim Westergaard Mapleton, chairman

Terry Framke Onawa, vice chairman

Steve Pratt Whiting, secretary and treasurer

Mary Black Onawa

Judy Connealy Decatur, Neb.

Sheila Duarte, DDS Onawa

Paul Dudley, MD Onawa

John Garred, MD Whiting

Al Laboranti Whiting

Brent McCall Onawa

Mari Miller Onawa

Keith Schrunk, OD Anthon

Charles Sederstrom Omaha, Neb.