Sioux Center Health welcomes Anthony Peters, PA-C to join our Family Medicine beginning early September. Anthony graduated from Sutherland High School in Sutherland, Iowa and received his Associate Degree in Science from Front Range Community College in Westminster, Colorado. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Genetics from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas and his Master’s Degree as a Physician Assistant from the University of Iowa School of Medicine in Iowa City, Iowa. Anthony has provided medical care as a Physician Assistant for over 16 years in clinics and hospitals in South Dakota, Wisconsin and Iowa. Most recently he has worked at Primghar Mercy Medical in Primghar, Iowa working in the clinic and providing emergency, inpatient and outpatient care for patients at Baum Harmon Hospital in Primghar. Anthony also recently received the Spirit Award from Mercy Sioux City for his professional care of a patient at the Pride Group, a facility which cares for people with mental illness. Anthony, his wife Heather and their children live in Primghar.
Sutherland native Anthony Peters is excited to be part of the clinic full-time.
“Working in a clinic is a great setting to be in because you help make patients feel better, and there’s no better feeling than making someone feel better,” he said. “Being in a clinic setting, too, you get to know a person while diagnosing what’s wrong — you get to know their background and find out what other emotional factors what might have led to what’s going with them physically.”
After high school, Peters first went to Western Iowa Tech Community College to become a surgical technician, which he was for seven years.
“When I became a surgical tech, I always felt like I wanted to do more,” Peters said, noting his job was prepping a room for surgery and handing instruments to the surgeon. “I didn’t get to have any interaction with the patients, but I think it’s good to get to know the patient and know who they are not just what’s wrong with them.”
A longing for that interaction led him to receive his associate degree in science from Front Range Community College in Westminster, Colo. He then completed his bachelor of science in genetics from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, and he completed his master’s degree as a physician assistant from the University of Iowa School of Medicine in Iowa City in 2001.
Peters has provided medical care as a physician assistant for more than 16 years in clinics and hospitals in South Dakota, Wisconsin and Iowa.
For the past seven years, Peters has been working in the clinic and providing emergency, inpatient and outpatient care for patients at Baum Harmon Hospital in Primghar.
“Working in that position I had to do a lot nights and felt like I was working in various areas, but I wanted to focus on just clinic work,” he said.
Peters, his wife Heather and their two sons, an eighth-grader and a first-grader, live in Primghar. Peters also has two adult daughters.
His hobbies include landscaping, working on cars and running. Peters has run a total of 14 marathons, including in the 2013 Boston Marathon during which the bombing occurred, as well as an ultramarathon.
“What’s interesting is that there had been no medical background in my family, but I now have two sisters who are nurses and a brother who works at a hospital and I’m a physician assistant,” Peters said. “It’s been a good role for me and the Sioux Center staff and patients have been very welcoming. I’m excited to continue to help people here.”
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