Emily Tuschen is taking a step up in leadership at Promise Community Health Center in Sioux Center.
“An important part of any leadership role is to provide an engaging work environment and a culture of accountability,” Tuschen said. “I hope to lead them, challenge them, and provide them with insight and drive. My past experience has proven to me that supervisors have a huge impact on work ethic and ownership. My previous supervisors, Nancy Dykstra and Shonna Borchers, have surpassed my expectations of how to be a great leader – respectable, motivating, honest and hardworking. I hope to bring these qualities to the chief operating officer position.”
Nathan Vander Plaats, who assumed his role as Promise’s executive director in December, said organizations work best when decisions are made as close to the information as possible. The implementation of the COO position has brought about a reorganized structure that will better allow for employees to make operational decisions.
“This both empowers employees to take control of their work to produce a maximum impact for our patients but also frees me up to focus on strategy and visioning for the larger organization,” he said.
“I’ve heard Emily talk about the importance of employee engagement, bring up ideas for employee development and advancement, and seen how the rest of the organization responds to her,” he said. “She has the respect of those around her, and she respects those around her to the same degree. Those are key leadership characteristics for any position, but especially this one.”