This month, we are taking a slightly different approach to our employee spotlight. We have a very valuable provider retiring that we think should receive a special highlight. From playing a role in the merger of General Surgery & Diagnostics and Midlands Clinic, to providing bariatric surgery for nearly 20 years, Dr. Keith Vollstedt’s contributions to our organization, the Siouxland hospitals, and of course the community will be greatly missed.
Dr. Vollstedt was born and raised in Manning, Iowa where he was very involved in many activities. Throughout elementary and high school, he did all the typical, small-town kid things such as play basketball, football, and track, as well as play in the band. He also grew up on a dairy farm, so he often was an extra set of helping hands to his father and uncle.
After spending time on the dairy farm and being involved in clubs such as FFA and 4-H, Keith learned that he wasn’t a big fan of mud, and farming was a career he DID NOT want to pursue. It was from the influence of a local veterinarian that he thought he might be interested in medicine. After high school, Keith attended Morningside College and continued to be involved, this time in football and the fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon. In 1983 he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry.
After completing his bachelor’s degree, Keith took his interests to the University of Iowa, where he obtained his medical degree and his die-hard fandom for the Hawkeyes. After staying a few more years in Iowa City for his residency, he returned to Siouxland to begin practicing.
Once back in Sioux City, he became part of the medical group General Surgery & Diagnostics. It was here that his importance and impact to Midlands Clinic began. After he was involved in the development of GSD into Midlands Clinic in 1996, he remained a valued provider for both our General Surgery and Bariatric Surgery teams. He became the Board President of Midlands Clinic in 2017 and has held that title until now, his retirement.
Throughout his years of providing, he has been admired and loved by patients and staff alike for his friendly bedside manner, sense of humor, and intelligence and expertise. He has had a significant, positive impact on this community and we are sad to see him hang up his white coat.
Thank you for your years of selfless service. You will be missed in the medical community!