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Prairie Winds Dental Welcomes Outreach Students

(HOWARD, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) and Prairie Winds Dental Clinic, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota, are pleased to introduce two dental students who are doing their clinical rotations in Howard from September 11 – October 9.Prairie Winds Dental Students (1)

 

The two students visiting Howard are Abigail Deff of Sioux Falls, SD, and Daniel Fedyszyn of St. Cloud, MN. Abigail received her Bachelor’s Degree from University of North Dakota prior to attending dental school. Her hobbies include waterskiing, hunting, and sports. She is engaged and will be getting married on October 7; her final weekend of her dental rotation. Abigail has yet to determine her plans following dental school.

 

Daniel is a fourth year dental student, who grew up on the West Coast prior to moving to St. Cloud in high school. He is married and has many hobbies including: tennis, jogging, reading, and studying the Spanish language.  Following graduation, Daniel plans to practice general dentistry because he enjoys the variety and likes being able to provide many different procedures to his patients.

           

“It is a pleasure to once again welcome the dental students from UMN to Howard,” said Dr. Michelle Scholtz, Chief Dental Officer of Horizon. “Our partnership has been very beneficial to Horizon, as we have been fortunate to hire six dentists (including Dr. Jamie Kern of Prairie Winds Dental) to work at our dental clinics after their rotations.  These dental rotations are a great opportunity to bring dental students back to our rural communities.”

 

For over 39 years, Horizon Health Care, Inc. has been providing personalized, affordable, high-quality medical, dental and mental health care through a rural, community-based network in South Dakota. Horizon is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves the medical, dental and mental health care needs of South Dakotans in rural, medically underserved areas through 105,000 patient visits annually in 31 community health centers in: Aberdeen, Alcester, Bison, Bryant, De Smet, Eagle Butte, Elk Point, Faith, Fort Thompson, Howard, Huron, Isabel, La Plant, Lake Preston, Martin, McIntosh, Mission, Plankinton, Wessington Springs, White River, Woonsocket, and Yankton. For more information please visit www.horizonhealthcare.org.

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Jerauld County Dental Clinic Welcomes Outreach Students

(WESSINGTON SPRINGS, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) and Jerauld County Dental Clinic, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota, are pleased to introduce two dental students who are doing their clinical rotations in Wessington Springs from September 11 – October 9.

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The two students visiting Wessington Springs this year are Keshia Milbauer of Saint Cloud, MN, and Lauren McGovern of Fergus Falls, MN. Keshia enjoys being in the outdoors, camping, canoeing, and art, especially painting and stained glass. Following dental school, Keshia’s plans are yet to be determined, but she knows that she would like to be a general practitioner and work with patients in a rural area. “I enjoy the beauty and serenity of a small town,” said Keshia.

Lauren enjoys being on the lake, boating, sailing, swimming, and cycling. Traveling is her favorite thing to do, and she also considers herself a big “foodie”, enjoying cooking and trying different cuisines. Following dental school, Lauren would like to be a general dentist within a small community. She is passionate about becoming a family dental practitioner and being able to provide care for all ages.

 “It is a pleasure to once again welcome the dental students from UMN to Wessington Springs,” said Dr. Michelle Scholtz, Chief Dental Officer of Horizon. “Our partnership has been very beneficial to Horizon, as we have been fortunate to hire six dentists (including Dr. Nick Thome of Jerauld County Dental Clinic) to work at our dental clinics after their rotations.  These dental rotations are a great opportunity to bring dental students back to our rural communities.”

Jerauld County Dental Staff_StudentsFor over 39 years, Horizon Health Care, Inc. has been providing personalized, affordable, high-quality medical, dental and mental health care through a rural, community-based network in South Dakota. Horizon is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves the medical, dental and mental health care needs of South Dakotans in rural, medically underserved areas through 105,000 patient visits annually in 31 community health centers in: Aberdeen, Alcester, Bison, Bryant, De Smet, Eagle Butte, Elk Point, Faith, Fort Thompson, Howard, Huron, Isabel, La Plant, Lake Preston, Martin, McIntosh, Mission, Plankinton, Wessington Springs, White River, Woonsocket, and Yankton. For more information please visit www.horizonhealthcare.org.

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Horizon Health Care, Inc. Recognized as Health Center Quality Leader

(HOWARD, SD) – In a recent announcement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) has been named a Health Center Quality Leader and is one of four health centers in South Dakota to receive funding dedicated to recognize their health center’s quality improvement efforts.

Locally, Horizon will receive nearly $90,000 in recognition of their continuous quality improvement efforts. The purpose of this award is to support health centers that displayed high levels of quality performance in 2016 to continue to strengthen quality improvement activities. Health centers receive these funds based upon high levels of performance in one or more of the following categories: Improving Quality of Care, Increasing Access to Care, Enhancing Delivery of High Value Health Care, Addressing Health Disparities, and Achieving Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition.

“Horizon is very pleased to be recognized again for the high quality of care our patients receive,” said Lindsey Karlson, Horizon’s Director of Quality Improvement. “As community health centers, we provide care to patients from diverse backgrounds and rural communities, many of whom would not have access to healthcare otherwise. This award acknowledges that Horizon’s clinicians, nurses and support staff are leading providers of high quality health care in South Dakota and across the country among community health centers.”

For over 39 years, Horizon Health Care, Inc. has been providing personalized, affordable, high-quality medical, dental and mental health care through a rural, community-based network in South Dakota. Horizon is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves the medical, dental and mental health care needs of South Dakotans in rural, medically underserved areas through 105,000 patient visits annually in 31 community health centers in: Aberdeen, Alcester, Bison, Bryant, De Smet, Eagle Butte, Elk Point, Faith, Fort Thompson, Howard, Huron, Isabel, La Plant, Lake Preston, Martin, McIntosh, Mission, Plankinton, Wessington Springs, White River, Woonsocket, and Yankton. For more information please visit www.horizonhealthcare.org.

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Dr. Hilary Haley, DDS, Joins Horizon Health Care, Inc.

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(WESSINGTON SPRINGS, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) is pleased to introduce new dental provider, Dr. Hilary Haley, DDS, to the communities of Wessington Springs and Plankinton.

A graduate of the University of Minnesota – School of Dentistry, Dr. Haley is originally from Mitchell, SD. Prior to joining Horizon, she previously owned Dental Health Partners in Mitchell.

“My goal is to provide comprehensive, gentle care to my patients,” said Dr. Hilary Haley, DDS. “I want to help guide and educate them, so that we can become partners in their dental health.”

Haley joins a team of two current providers in both locations (Dr. Nick Thome, DDS and Dr. Brady Weispfennig, DDS) to provide quality dental care to the Wessington Springs and Plankinton communities. Dr. Haley is currently available for appointments at Jerauld County Dental Clinic and Aurora County Dental Clinic. Her hobbies include cooking, reading, walking and spending time with her children: Jake, Nick and Brooke.

For over 39 years, Horizon Health Care, Inc. has been providing personalized, affordable, high-quality medical, dental and mental health care through a rural, community-based network in South Dakota. Horizon is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves the medical, dental and mental health care needs of South Dakotans in rural, medically underserved areas through 105,000 patient visits annually in 31 community health centers in: Aberdeen, Alcester, Bison, Bryant, De Smet, Eagle Butte, Elk Point, Faith, Fort Thompson, Howard, Huron, Isabel, La Plant, Lake Preston, Martin, McIntosh, Mission, Plankinton, Wessington Springs, White River, Woonsocket, and Yankton. For more information please visit www.horizonhealthcare.org.

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Prairie Winds Dental Clinic Welcomes Outreach Students

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(HOWARD, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) and Prairie Winds Dental Clinic, in collaboration with the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, are pleased to introduce two dental students who are doing their clinical rotations in Howard from July 31 – August 18, 2017.

The two students visiting Howard are Michael Lindsay of Madison, SD, and Erica Dickmeyer of Fremont, NE. Lindsay’s plans after dental school include a pediatric residency. His hobbies include snowboarding, traveling, food and photography. Dickmeyer, who plans to move to Colorado or Kansas City after dental school, enjoys running, biking, playing tennis and reading.

“This program has been a great opportunity to bring dental professionals back to South Dakota to work in our rural communities,” said Dr. Michelle Scholtz, Chief Dental Officer of Horizon. “The rotation is preferred for students that are residents of South Dakota or neighboring states and we have been fortunate to have six dentists that have come to work for Horizon after their rotations. We always enjoy the time getting to know these students and introducing them to our communities.”

For over 39 years, Horizon Health Care, Inc. has been providing personalized, affordable, high-quality medical, dental and mental health care through a rural, community-based network in South Dakota. Horizon is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves the medical, dental and mental health care needs of South Dakotans in rural, medically underserved areas through 105,000 patient visits annually in 31 community health centers in: Aberdeen, Alcester, Bison, Bryant, De Smet, Eagle Butte, Elk Point, Faith, Fort Thompson, Howard, Huron, Isabel, La Plant, Lake Preston, Martin, McIntosh, Mission, Plankinton, Wessington Springs, White River, Woonsocket, and Yankton. For more information please visit www.horizonhealthcare.org.

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Melissa Nehl, CNP, DNP, APRN, Joins Horizon Health Care, Inc.

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(MCINTOSH, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) is pleased to introduce Melissa Nehl, CNP, DNP, APRN, as the newest medical provider at McIntosh Community Clinic and Isabel Community Clinic. Melissa joins current providers David Rollason, PA-C and Geralyn Hahne, PA-C to provide primary care medical services to the McIntosh and Isabel communities.

“Rural health care is my passion, and the reason I chose my profession as a Family Nurse Practitioner,” said Melissa Nehl, CNP, DNP, APRN. “Working at Horizon will allow me to give back to the communities that raised me. I look forward to serving patients and their families, and helping to improve health care access in rural South Dakota.

A recent graduate of the University of Mary, Nehl holds a Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree. Nehl, a Watauga, SD native, is currently available for appointments at McIntosh Community Clinic and Isabel Community Clinic. Her hobbies include spending time on her family’s cattle ranch, riding horse, hunting and playing bass and singing in her band, The Broken Spokes.

For over 39 years, Horizon Health Care, Inc. has been providing personalized, affordable, high-quality medical, dental and mental health care through a rural, community-based network in South Dakota. Horizon is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves the medical, dental and mental health care needs of South Dakotans in rural, medically underserved areas through 105,000 patient visits annually in 31 community health centers in: Aberdeen, Alcester, Bison, Bryant, De Smet, Eagle Butte, Elk Point, Faith, Fort Thompson, Howard, Huron, Isabel, La Plant, Lake Preston, Martin, McIntosh, Mission, Plankinton, Wessington Springs, White River, Woonsocket, and Yankton. For more information please visit www.horizonhealthcare.org.

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Michael Peña, MD, Joins Horizon Health Care, Inc.

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(WESSINGTON SPRINGS, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) is pleased to introduce new medical provider, Michael Peña, MD, to the communities of Wessington Springs and Fort Thompson.

A graduate of St. Louis University – School of Medicine, Dr. Peña is originally from Chamberlain, SD. He completed his undergraduate studies at Colorado State University, and previously spent five years as a Physician at Sanford Health.

Peña joins a team of six current providers in both locations (Sarah Newton, PA-C, Katie Stearns, CNP, Meghan Torgerson, CNP, Donna Linke, CNP, PMHNP, QMHP, Dr. Lance Lim and Dr. Tom Dean) to provide quality medical care to the Wessington Springs and Fort Thompson communities. He is currently available for appointments at Jerauld County Community Health Center and Fort Thompson Community Health Center. His hobbies include gardening, restoring cars and astronomy.

For over 39 years, Horizon Health Care, Inc. has been providing personalized, affordable, high-quality medical, dental and mental health care through a rural, community-based network in South Dakota. Horizon is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves the medical, dental and mental health care needs of South Dakotans in rural, medically underserved areas through 105,000 patient visits annually in 31 community health centers in: Aberdeen, Alcester, Bison, Bryant, De Smet, Eagle Butte, Elk Point, Faith, Fort Thompson, Howard, Huron, Isabel, La Plant, Lake Preston, Martin, McIntosh, Mission, Plankinton, Wessington Springs, White River, Woonsocket, and Yankton. For more information please visit www.horizonhealthcare.org.

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Jennalee Olsen, CNP, Joins Aurora County Community Health Center

Olsen, Jennalee

(PLANKINTON, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) is pleased to introduce Jennalee Olsen, CNP, as the newest medical provider at Aurora County Community Health Center. Jennalee joins current provider Melissa Davis, CNP to provide primary care medical services at Aurora County Community Health Center.

A graduate of Clarkson College, Olsen holds a Master’s of Science in Nursing degree as a Nurse Practitioner. Prior to joining Horizon, Olsen has been previously employed with Sanford Chamberlain Medical Center as a Registered Nurse.

“I believe in providing quality, holistic care to each patient as if they were part of my own family,” said Jennalee Olsen, CNP, who is currently available for appointments at Aurora County Community Health Center.

Olsen is a White Lake native, who has made her home in Plankinton. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of South Dakota, graduating with a degree in Nursing. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, boating, crafting and spending time with her husband, Beau and daughter, Hanley.

For over 39 years, Horizon Health Care, Inc. has been providing personalized, affordable, high-quality medical, dental and mental health care through a rural, community-based network in South Dakota. Horizon is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves the medical, dental and mental health care needs of South Dakotans in rural, medically underserved areas through 105,000 patient visits annually in 31 community health centers in: Aberdeen, Alcester, Bison, Bryant, De Smet, Eagle Butte, Elk Point, Faith, Fort Thompson, Howard, Huron, Isabel, La Plant, Lake Preston, Martin, McIntosh, Mission, Plankinton, Wessington Springs, White River, Woonsocket, and Yankton. For more information please visit www.horizonhealthcare.org.

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Misty Rudebusch, PA-C, MPAS, Named Horizon’s Clinical Director

Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) is pleased to announce the appointment of Misty Rudebusch, PA-C, MPAS, to the position of Clinical Director for the organization. In this position, Rudebusch will provide leadership to Horizon’s Misty Rudebuschquality management program, including working with providers and clinical teams as an on-site resource, and providing medical feedback and expertise to the Horizon administrative team.

Rudebusch joined Horizon and the team at the Howard Community Health Center in the fall of 2016, following the acquisition of the Avera Medical Group in Howard. During her time in Howard, she has built a successful primary care practice. Prior to moving to Howard, Rudebusch was a Certified Physician’s Assistant in Brookings, SD, where she practiced in General Surgery, Urgent Care, and Women’s Health.

“I am excited for this opportunity to grow with Horizon and provide leadership to our medical staff, while still continuing to see my patients in Howard,” said Rudebusch. “We have many talented medical professionals throughout our organization, and I look forward to leveraging their expertise to continue to deliver the best possible patient care to rural communities across the state.”
Rudebusch will begin her duties as Clinical Director role in mid-July. She will continue to be available for appointments at the Howard Community Health Center, in addition to her position.

For over 39 years, Horizon Health Care, Inc. has been providing personalized, affordable, high-quality medical, dental and mental health care through a rural, community-based network in South Dakota. Horizon is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves the medical, dental and mental health care needs of South Dakotans in rural, medically underserved areas through 105,000 patient visits annually in 31 community health centers in: Aberdeen, Alcester, Bison, Bryant, De Smet, Eagle Butte, Elk Point, Faith, Fort Thompson, Howard, Huron, Isabel, La Plant, Lake Preston, Martin, McIntosh, Mission, Plankinton, Wessington Springs, White River, Woonsocket, and Yankton. For more information please visit www.horizonhealthcare.org.

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Leah Bennett, PA-C, Joins Aberdeen Community Health Center

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(ABERDEEN, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) is pleased to introduce new medical provider, Leah Bennett, PA-C, to the Aberdeen community.

Bennett attended Dakota Wesleyan University, graduating in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry, and is a recent graduate of Union College with a Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies.

“I believe that everyone, no matter where they are at in life, deserves quality health care from a provider who is willing to take the time to listen and develop an individualized care plan for each patient,” said Leah Bennett, PA-C.

Bennett, a Corsica, SD native, is currently available for appointments at Aberdeen Community Health Center. Her hobbies include reading, boating, animals and spending time with her friends, family and husband, Jesse.

For over 39 years, Horizon Health Care, Inc. has been providing personalized, affordable, high-quality medical, dental and mental health care through a rural, community-based network in South Dakota. Horizon is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves the medical, dental and mental health care needs of South Dakotans in rural, medically underserved areas through 105,000 patient visits annually in 31 community health centers in: Aberdeen, Alcester, Bison, Bryant, De Smet, Eagle Butte, Elk Point, Faith, Fort Thompson, Howard, Huron, Isabel, La Plant, Lake Preston, Martin, McIntosh, Mission, Plankinton, Wessington Springs, White River, Woonsocket, and Yankton. For more information please visit www.horizonhealthcare.org.

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