• Health System Signs Two General Surgeons

    Sioux Center Community Hospital & Health Center Avera announced that two new general surgeons will join the non-profit health ministry. Both surgeons signed a contract to provide general surgery services at Sioux Center Community Hospital & Health Center Avera.

    “We are extremely proud to announce that we have signed contracts with two general surgeons,” said Kayleen Lee, Chief Executive Officer. “This is great news for our communities and our health ministry as we seek to enhance the health care services offered locally to area residents.”

    Jian-zhe Cao, MD has signed an agreement to begin his surgery practice beginning October of 2012. He will provide general surgery services at Sioux Center Community Hospital & Health Center Avera and network partner Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars. Dr. Cao’s main office will be in Sioux Center while providing weekly clinics and performing procedures at both Avera facilities on a routine basis.

    “I am looking forward to serving Sioux Center area residents with my general surgery practice,” said Dr. Jian-zhe Cao. “I feel honored and privileged to bring my years of education and training to practice in this area. My family and I couldn’t be happier becoming a part of this great community.”

    Dr. Cao graduated with his undergraduate degree from University of Colorado. He went on to receive his Masters of Arts in Medical Sciences from Boston University School of Medicine and his Doctorate of Medicine from University of Colorado at Denver. Dr. Cao has an extensive resume of professional experiences and publications with emphasis in the field of pathology. He will complete his general surgery residency at Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital in June of 2012.

    The health system also signed an agreement with Sioux Center native Dr. Nicholas Mouw, who will begin his general surgery practice beginning August of 2016. Dr. Mouw received his Bachelors of Science, Biology at University of South Dakota and his Doctorate of Medicine from University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is currently completing his general surgery residency at Southern Illinois University.

    The new general surgery physicians are an important step for the health ministry as they transition to replace the current hospital and medical clinic with a new $48.5 million facility located on B-40 and 13th Avenue.

    “The new facility is a major milestone for us as a health ministry, but we also need to have the right people in place to care for the residents of our communities,” said Lee. “One of our goals is to recruit and retain the best medical professionals to serve our communities. I believe the new facility will help us achieve those goals and signing these two new surgeons is a perfect example of that.”

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