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 Mapleton, Sloan and Whiting in Iowa as well as Decatur, Neb. Burgess has a retail family pharmacy in Whiting, Iowa.
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.
To be the best rural healthcare system in America.
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.
On July 14, 1963, the community gathered to dedicate Burgess Memorial Hospital, situated on a 10-acre site at the west edge of Onawa.
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
Carl P. Behne, CEO
John Wilker, CFO
Erin Brekke, vice president of support services
Teresa Butler, vice president of clinical services
Grady Warner, director of information technology
Burgess Health Center Board Members
Keith Schrunk OD Anthon, chairman
Mari Miller Onawa, vice chairman
Steve Pratt Whiting, secretary and treasurer
Mary Black Onawa
Sheila Duarte DDS Onawa
Paul Dudley MD Onawa
John Garred MD Whiting
Al Laboranti Whiting
Amy Maule Turin
Brent McCall Onawa
Charles Sederstrom Omaha, Neb.
Andy Tirevold Mapleton