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Our History

October 1999 Senator Tom Harkin secured funding to assess the development of community health centers in Ottumwa and Burlington area. Capital project funds were awarded for the Burlington site in August 2001. Initial federal grant awarded for operation was received from Health and Human Services September 2002. The medical clinic doors were opened January 2003.

History Timeline:


Senator Tom Harkin secured funding to assess the development of a community health center in the Burlington area.


Steering Committee Meeting determined that the majority of new invited members wished to pursue development of community health center to serve Southeastern Iowa.

Subcommittees were formed and began to address detailed development issues, such as organizational structure, funding, services, locations and timelines.

Officially incorporated as an Iowa not for profit organization.


Steering Committee selects new governing board and begins staffing selection process for CEO.

Initial federal grant award for operation received from federal Department of Health and Human Services.


CHC/SEIA medical clinic sites open in Keokuk, IA, Warsaw & Hamilton, IL in association with Keokuk Health Systems. The Warsaw Clinic site later closed in 2013.

CHC/SEIA dental clinic site opens in Burlington, IA on 4/28/2003.

CHC/SEIA medical clinic site opens in Burlington, IA on 6/26/2003.

CHC/SEIA medical clinic site opens in Wapello, IA in association with University of IA Hospitals and Clinics. This clinic site later closed in 2004.


Women’s Center opens in association with Keokuk Health Systems. Women's Center was added to provide OB/GYN services in 2006. The Women's Center was later closed in 2013.


New facility opening in West Burlington. Association with Wapello and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics ends.

Burlington medical/dental clinics were moved to the new construction site completed in West Burlington on 2/2/2007. This site also houses the administrative offices.


Columbus Junction medical and dental clinics open.

After only a few weeks of providing services, the CHC/SEIA temporary modular unit was destroyed by the Flood of 2008.


CHC/SEIA completes new construction of the Louisa County Medical/Dental Clinic located in Columbus City, IA and opens on 5/27/2010.


CHC/SEIA receives $600,000 Community Block Grant to expand the West Burlington Clinic Facility.


6000 sq. ft. expansion of West Burlington Clinic site; adding 15 medical exam rooms, 4 behaviorial health offices, a second lab and 8 administrative offices.

In July, initiated Behaviorial Heatlh Services at West Burlingon clinic site, with Psychiatrist and Clinical Psychologist.


Keokuk Health Systems (KHS) and CHCSEIA complete agreement to transfer all responsibilities for the Keokuk clinic site, formerly called Tri State Medical Group/TSMG to CHCSEIA

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