Burgess Health Center Unveils Newly Renovated and Expanded Facilities to Enhance Patient Care and Comfort

Burgess Health Center is excited to announce the long-awaited reveal of its newly renovated and expanded areas, marking a significant milestone in its commitment to serving the local communities. The community open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony are scheduled for Saturday, May 4, 2024, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.. Following the ceremony will be family games, food, and guided tours of the facility.

In August 2021, Burgess Health Center began a $20 million investment to enhance healthcare services for its community members. After nearly 31 months of planning and construction, the expansion and renovation project is complete, bringing expanded access, improved privacy, and growth for future services.

The project included the addition of 20,000 square feet of new space and the renovation of 30,000 square feet within the facility. Among the improvements, Burgess Health Center significantly expanded its Specialty Clinic space to accommodate both Burgess and visiting specialty providers. The clinic’s footprint has more than doubled in size and now has a dedicated entrance.

Beyond the Specialty Clinic expansion, Burgess Health Center expanded its Emergency Department, Infusion Services, and Surgical Service areas, resulting in substantial growth to enhance patient privacy and ensure timely access to essential services. The attached Family Medicine Clinic also received an aesthetic upgrade.

“We are thrilled to unveil our newly renovated and expanded facilities, which represents our commitment to delivering exceptional healthcare services to our communities,” said Lynn Wold, President/CEO at Burgess Health Center. “This milestone reflects our dedication to meeting the evolving needs of our patients while prioritizing their comfort, privacy, and access to high-quality care.”

Burgess Health Center invites community members, partners, and stakeholders to join in the celebration of this momentous occasion. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the enhanced facilities and experience firsthand the transformative changes achieved through this project. We look forward to your presence at this special event.

Burgess Foundation Held Two Successful Golf Tournaments

Burgess Foundation recently held two very successful golf tournaments! Willow Vale Golf Course in Mapleton hosted on June 9 and the Onawa Country Club in Onawa on June 16. Golfers had the choice to register for one day or sign up for both fun-filled Fridays.

The teams enjoyed camaraderie on the greens, a steak sandwich meal for lunch, a 19th-hole putting contest, and pin prizes. Both tournaments raised over $36,000 that will be used to purchase new medical equipment which furthers Burgess Health Center’s purpose of providing excellent healthcare.

“The success of this annual golf tournament depends very much on the overwhelming support and participation from our sponsors, volunteers and staff,” Bobbi Johnson, Director of the Burgess Foundation, stated. “The dedication and commitment are truly making a difference in advancing the mission of the Burgess Foundation and helping us TEE IT UP FORE Burgess Health Center.

Mapleton Tournament:
Champion: First Security Bank -54, Team Lander – 57, Fister Farms – 59.
First Flight: Denison Drywall – 66, Lander Farms – 67, Team Copple – 67.
Second Flight: Lee’s Small Engine Repair – 75, Team Warner – 77, Maple Heights – 80.

Onawa Tournament:
Champion: Team Lander – 55, Security National Bank/Spring Valley Ag -55, The Hoffman Agency – 55.
First Flight: AgriVision Equipment – 59, Nelson & Rock Contracting – 60, Mac’s Chevrolet – 63.
Second Flight: Lee’s Small Engine Repair – 66, Graham Construction – 68, Dr. Knudson – 68.

1% Lists Dream Street, 6 Mile Pursuit, AgriVision, AssuredPartners/ServiShare, Bayer Crop Science, Carl & Allison Behne, Black Hills Energy, Burgess Auxiliary, Burgess Family Clinics, Burgess Mapleton PT, Burgess Ute, CHI Health, CMBA Architects, Community Bank, Rob & Karla Copple, Dr. Peter & Jennifer Daher, Denison Drywall Contracting, Echo Electric Supply, Family Medicine Clinic, First Security Bank, Fister Farms, Friends Divided, Graham Construction, Grip it ‘n Rip it!, Great Southern Bank, IP Pathways, Dr. Rachel Knudson, Josh Lander, Lander Farms, Lee’s Small Engine Repair, Long Lines Broadband, MAC’S Chevrolet, Inc., Maple Heights, Morton Buildings, Inc., Nelson & Rock Contracting, Security National Bank, Specialized Engineering Solutions, Spring Valley Ag, Dr. John Terry, The Hoffman Agency, Timber Ridge, Uncommon Grounds, Vision Care Clinic, Grady & Stacy Warner, Kathy Westergaard, Williams & Company, WIPCO, and Xigent Solutions.

Prize Sponsors:
Bomgaar’s – Mapleton, Bomgaar’s – Onawa, Burgess Auxiliary, Casey’s, Graceful Boutique, Graceful Grind Coffeehouse, Hard Rock Main & Abbey, Hometown Variety, Mapleton Press, Onnen Company, Scheels, Jessi Tadlock – Century 21, Uncommon Grounds, United Bank of Iowa – Moorhead.

Meal Sponsors:
Mapleton: Fiesta Foods – Breakfast, Uncommon Grounds/Kathy Westergaard – Lunch
Onawa: Fiesta Foods – Breakfast, Black Hills Energy – Lunch

Beverage Sponsor:
Mapleton: 1% Lists Dream Street
Onawa: Williams & Company

Putting Contest Sponsor:
Great Southern Bank in both Mapleton and Onawa

19th Hole Sponsor:
Mapleton: Xigent Solutions
Onawa: Specialized Engineering Solutions


Photo #1: Shane Erlemeier, Chris Leif, Scott McCandless, and Ethan Wolf.
Photo #2: Josh Lander, J.J. Lander, Tommy Miller, and Carl Miller.

Burgess People Care Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Need a family to share dinner with on Thanksgiving Day? Join Burgess People Care and the family and friends of Nancy Broer as they host the 13th Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner. As in years past, we will serve traditional Thanksgiving dinners to area residents, assuring no one misses out on this customary feast because they are alone or unable to prepare a meal.

The Thanksgiving Dinner will be held on the national holiday Thursday, Nov. 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Turkey, stuffing, salads, vegetable dishes, other sides, and pies will be served.

The annual dinner feeds hundreds of adults, senior citizens, and families. The meal will be served at the First Christian Church located at 722 15th Street in Onawa. Free will donations are accepted, but not expected.

“Burgess People Care will continue to fulfill Nancy’s dream of bringing people together on Thanksgiving for as long as we can,” says Nancy’s niece, Teresa Butler. “She started this tradition because she wanted those who are alone or in need to enjoy a warm, traditional dinner in a family atmosphere on the exact holiday.”

Burgess People Care is a long-time employee committee of Burgess Health Center that raises funds to support community drives, events, and fellow employees. Another partner in this dinner is the Onawa Chamber of Commerce. Both organizations realize that sponsoring this event enhances the overall quality of life in Onawa and the surrounding areas.

Persons experienced with cooking for crowds will prepare the main course. Burgess volunteers and family members will prepare special dishes. Family and friends of Nancy will be among the volunteers, giving of their time to serve those in attendance on Thanksgiving.

Those who wish to attend, please make a meal reservation by noon on Friday, Nov. 18, to ensure that there is more than enough food. Please call Burgess Human Resources at 712-423-9200. If there is no answer, leave a message with your name, phone number and the number of people attending.

Save the Date to Join Our 13th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

Need a family to share dinner with on Thanksgiving Day? Please make plans to join Burgess People Care and the family and friends of Nancy Broer as they host the 13th Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner. As in years past, we will serve traditional Thanksgiving dinners to area residents, assuring no one misses out on this traditional feast because they are alone or unable to prepare a meal.

The Thanksgiving Community Dinner will be held on Thursday, November 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., serving a Thanksgiving feast of turkey, stuffing, salads, vegetable dishes, other sides, pies, and more.

Over 150 volunteers, children, adults, and senior citizens in previous years enjoyed this time of fellowship. The meal will be served at First Christian Church, 722 15th Street in Onawa, IA. Freewill donations are appreciated but not expected.

People who wish to attend should make a meal reservation by noon on Friday, November 18, 2022, to ensure there is more than enough food. Please call Burgess Human Resources at 712-423-9200.

Diabetes Update

Burgess Health Center’s Diabetes Update Class is scheduled for Thursday, April 7 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. at Burgess Health Center or you can attend via Zoom from the comforts of your home.

This update is for anyone who wants to prevent, currently has or lives with someone who has diabetes. Specifically designed for those who want to stay healthy and learn more about managing their diabetes.

There is no cost to attend. Pre-registration is required. Please call Sue McLaughlin or Michele Kirkendall at 712-423-9268 with any questions or to pre-register.

Diabetes Update – FREE

Anyone who wants to prevent diabetes or wants to obtain information on how to live with diabetes, this is the class for you! Support persons are welcome.

5 – 7 p.m. at Burgess Health Center

Pre-registration is required and can do so by calling 702.423.9268.

No cost.

Live Healthy Iowa 5K Walk/Run

Live Healthy Iowa is partnering with 18 communities across Iowa to host the 6th annual Live Healthy Iowa 5K. The events, scheduled for Saturday, April 13, will be held in Asbury, Bondurant, Britt, Carroll, Decorah, Dike, Fairfield, Hiawatha, Ida Grove, Mt, Pleasant, Onawa, Perry, Rathbun Lake, Sergeant Bluff, Sioux Center, Spencer, Story City, and Waukee. Proceeds from the events will benefit local wellness efforts in these communities, as well as Live Healthy Iowa Kids initiatives.

“The Live Healthy Iowa 5K events are a great way to come together in celebration of healthy communities,” said Iowa Sports Foundation CEO and Executive Director, Chuck Long. We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with 18 communities in putting on this year’s events.”

Onawa 5K

The Onawa LHI 5K event will begin and end at the Lewis & Clark State Park Visitor Center. The 5K portion of the event will begin at 8 a.m. with the 1K kid’s run following at 9 a.m. Early packet pickup and registration will be in the Visitor Center at Lewis and Clark State Park on Friday, April 12 from 4-5 p.m. Day of the event packet pickup and registration will be Saturday, April 13 from 6:30-7:45 a.m.

All participants will receive a Live Healthy Iowa 5K T-shirt, race number, finisher medal, and the opportunity to win door prizes. The cost is just $20 online until April 1; and $25 up to the race.  Participants in the 10 Week Wellness Challenge can receive a $10 discount on registration by redeeming the provided coupon code. The 1K kid’s run, for ages 12 and younger, is $5 through race day.  For additional event details, or to register, visit www.livehealthyiowa5k.org.

“Onawa is excited to partner with Live Healthy Iowa to offer this fun and healthy event,” said Michele Kirkendall, Onawa event co-coordinator. We look forward to welcoming area participants to our community and celebrating the efforts of all on race day.

Live Healthy Iowa and Live Healthy Iowa Kids provide challenges and events throughout the year to promote healthy and active lifestyles. To learn more about these programs, please visit www.livehealthyiowa.org or call (888)777-8881.


Grief Support Group

Grief is a journey that doesn’t have to be traveled alone. Often, talking or being with someone else who has experienced a loss can be helpful.

Burgess Home Health and Hospice is offering a 5-session grief support group for adults. Sessions will be on Tuesdays, April 3, 10, 17, 24, and May 1 from 6 – 8:30 p.m. The support group will meet in the conference rooms at Burgess Health Center in Onawa, Iowa.

There is no charge to participate. Please bring a photo of your loved one for the first meeting.

This support group is for any adult who has experienced a loss through death. It is designed to offer members a safe and understanding atmosphere where support can be drawn, and feelings, fears, and frustrations shared with others traveling the same “road of grief.”

While there is no timeframe for when you experienced the loss of your loved one, it is recommended the loss have occurred at least two months before the start of the grief group.

Participants must pre-register by Friday, March 30. A minimum of four members is required for the group to take place. If you have questions or would like to register, please contact Sandra Beechy at Burgess Hospice by calling 712-423-9183.