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Dykstra to offers family medicine services in expanding clinics


kimberly dykstraMarty Guthmiller, CEO of Orange City Area Health System (OCAHS), announced the signing of Kimberly Dykstra, P.A., to its family medicine provider team. Dykstra will join the health system in August. She will provide family medicine services as part of the health system’s team of 18 family practice providers that serve medical clinics in Orange City, Hospers, and Paullina, Iowa, and on the campus of Northwestern College.

“We are thrilled to add someone of Kimberly’s character and skill set to our primary care team,” said Guthmiller. “In addition to her walk-in clinic experience, she adds to our knowledge base in occupational medicine and is certified in Department of Transportation physicals.”

Dykstra is a native of Sioux Center. She received a B.A. in biology health professions with a minor in psychology from Northwestern College in Orange City while serving as a Certified Nurse Aide for Orange City Area Health System’s Long Term Care facility. Dykstra holds a Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. She comes to OCAHS from Sanford Occupational Medicine and Walk-In Clinic in Sioux Falls. Dykstra and her husband Jamie have two children, Micah and Anna.

Orange City Area Health System is a comprehensive health system encompassing four medical clinics; sports medicine clinic; behavioral health clinic; a hospital including a birth center, surgical center, and diagnostic imaging; physical and aquatic therapy; home health and hospice; and a senior care campus. OCAHS was recently named among the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in America for the second consecutive year.

WCA_ABH_2015Orange City Area Health System has been named a recipient of the Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience. This distinction is the only award that identifies the nation’s best healthcare institutions measured against the needs and preferences of women, providing her the opportunity to identify which hospitals deliver the quality patient experience she seeks for her and her family. Orange City Area Health System is the only hospital in Iowa in its size category (100 beds or less) that has received this designation, and is ranked #21 nationally.

Being named and recognized as a hospital of choice among women represents the strongest and most important consumer message in today’s healthcare marketplace. It considers that women account for 94% of all healthcare decisions for her and her family. (Center for Talent Innovation)

“We are honored that the women we serve in this region have indicated their confidence in us through this award,” said Marty Guthmiller, CEO of Orange City Area Health System. “It is a testament to our employees and their commitment to making the patient experience the best it can be for every patient, every day.”

The qualification process for America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience is unique in that it is the only national list that focuses on female patient satisfaction and recommendation scores. The process begins with scores derived by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for each hospital in the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) database. The score takes a subset of the questions HCAHPS uses that research and experience shows are most important to women, and weight is applied to each of those questions to adjust for relative importance and arrive at a numerical score.

“At the Women’s Choice Award, we’ve identified America’s Best Hospitals across the nation to help women make smart healthcare choices for themselves and their family members,” said Delia Passi, CEO and Founder of the Women’s Choice Award. “Being treated with the proper level of care impacts one’s health, well-being and healing so it is critical for women to know those hospitals that have demonstrated the highest level of quality care to their patients, with a special focus on the female experience.”

This credential signifies Orange City Area Health System’s “commitment and passion toward an extraordinary healthcare experience for women and all patients.”

As an additional acknowledgement of the 2015 award recipients, a USA Today national announcement will highlight the 100 Best in 2015.


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ABOUT Orange City Area Health System
Orange City Area Health System is a comprehensive health system including four family medicine clinics, sports medicine clinic, behavioral health clinic, hospital and birth center, surgical center, physical and aquatic therapy, home health and hospice, and a senior care campus.

The Women’s Choice Award® sets the standard for helping women make smart choices through education, empowerment, and validation. Awards are determined by evidence-based research and identify the brands, products and services most recommended and trusted by women. Visit www.WomensChoiceAward.com to learn more.