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Horizon Health Care Employee Giving Campaign raises over $41,000

(HOWARD, SD) – In October 2017, the Horizon Health Foundation kicked off their second Employee Giving Campaign, “Planting the Seed for Healthcare.” Through this campaign, Horizon Health Care employees across the state were challenged to raise $40,000 in 40 days with over 40% of staff participating. For the second year in a row, employees exceeded the campaign goals and raised over $41,000, with 43% participation within the 40 day period. Last year the employee campaign raised $31,000, with 35% participation within 40 days.

All donations raised through the employee campaign, will be designated to the Horizon Health Foundation’s funds of behavioral health, cancer care, charity care, diabetes, employee emergency, service area clinics, and the Horizon Impact – our greatest needs fund. Donations raised will be used to benefit Horizon’s patients and local clinics in these fund areas. One example of how funds were used from the first campaign was the recent purchase of over 100 gas cards for patients at every Horizon clinic. When patients are unable to get to follow-up appointments because they can’t afford the gas to travel back to the clinic, providers and clinic staff are able to give them one of these gas cards to ensure they continue to have access to their health care.

“Our employees are amazing, over 40% of our staff gave from their own pocket because they want to make a difference,” said Tracy Pardy, Horizon Health Foundation Director. They see first-hand the support needed for our patients and their families in our rural communities and the commitment made by their donation proves how much they care – to them, it’s not just a job – it’s their mission.

The Horizon Health Foundation was established in 2016 to ensure rural health care access to those in need and provide funding for Horizon Health Care, Inc. Horizon Health Foundation, a tax-exempt, non-profit corporation, seeks through responsible activities to encourage and derive sustaining gift support from current and former patients and interested friends, including corporate entities. The Horizon Health Foundation Office, operating in coordination with Horizon Health Care, Inc., is the duly designated fund-raising arm for Horizon Health Care, Inc. In the broadest sense, the purpose of the Foundation is to create an awareness of the financial needs of Horizon Health which are not provided by patient charges and to systematically implement plans by which dollar needs can be met.

For more information, please visit horizonhealthfoundation.com or call 605.772.5907.

About Horizon Health Care, Inc.

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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Tia Chase, PA-C, Joins Jerauld County Community Health Center

Tia Chase

(WESSINGTON SPRINGS, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) is pleased to introduce Tia Chase, PA-C, as the newest medical provider at Jerauld County Community Health Center. Tia joins providers Dr. Lance Lim, MD, Dr. Michael Peña, MD, Dr. Thomas Dean, MD and Meghan Torgerson, CNP to provide primary care medical services at Jerauld County Community Health Center.

Chase attended the University of Sioux Falls, graduating in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Chemistry, and is a recent graduate of the University of South Dakota with a Master’s of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies. Tia, who is currently available for appointments at Jerauld County Community Health Center, is originally from Huron, SD.

“I believe each patient has the right to be provided with high-quality care by a provider who would treat them like their own family,” said Tia Chase, PA-C. “Being a part of Horizon Health Care allows for the patient-provider relationship to feel like family, and I am truly grateful to provide this type of care.”

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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Margaret Lee, PA-C, Joins Martin Community Health Center

Margaret Lee

(MARTIN, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) is pleased to introduce Margaret Lee, PA-C, as the newest medical provider at Martin Community Health Center. Margaret joins providers Francoise Bansenga, CNP-FNP, BC, Jennifer Franke, CNP, Courtney Carmichael, PA-C and Dr. Tony Berg, MD to provide primary care medical services at the Martin Community Health Center.

A graduate of the University of South Dakota, Margaret holds a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies. Lee, who is currently available for appointments at Martin Community Health Center, is originally from San Diego, CA.

“Our family was among the many Chinese families who piled outside the gate of the U.S. Embassy as American troops were withdrawing from Vietnam. The American people didn’t forget about my family, but saved us and brought us here to safety,” said Margaret Lee, PA-C. “I want to give back to the people who sacrificed their own lives to preserve mine. I realized we are all connected in wonderful ways. I lived with a farmer/rancher family during one of my clinical rotations in Avon last year, and learned that each farmer and rancher here in the U.S. is carrying the country on their backs. I want to be part of the healthcare team who takes care of these people that toil night and day. I’ve come to Martin to learn from the people, to grow with the community and hopefully to take good care of the families along the way.”

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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Horizon Receives Grant to Improve Rates of Cancer Screening

Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) has been awarded a grant from the South Dakota Department of Health for $19,493.76 to increase the breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening rates in the communities of Alcester, Elk Point and Yankton, SD.

Horizon will be working with the South Dakota Department of Health Comprehensive Cancer Control Program and All Women Count! Program to develop strategies to ensure all people of appropriate age are screened.
According to the South Dakota Cancer Registry, cancer was the second leading cause of death in South Dakota in 2014 with 4,498 cancer cases diagnosed and 1,679 deaths. Each day, 12 cases of cancer are diagnosed in South Dakota residents, and four South Dakotans die from the disease. In 2014, the most common cancer diagnosis in the state was female breast cancer.

Many cancers are survivable if found and treated in their early stages. Completing recommended cancer screening tests helps find breast, cervical and colorectal cancer before they have advanced.
Horizon will utilize grant funds to improve breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening rates by increasing awareness for the need for screening, sending reminders to patients who need to complete screening and working in partnership with clinicians to review rates of screening and develop strategies to increase screening rates among targeted populations.

For over 38 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 83,000 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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Randall Law, 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, Randall Law, PA-C, to the Aberdeen community. Randall joins provider Leah Bennett, PA-C to provide primary care medical services at Aberdeen Community Health Center.

Law attended Brigham Young University – Idaho, graduating in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, and is a recent graduate of Idaho State University with a Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies.

“I am excited to join the outstanding team already in place at Aberdeen Community Health Center in providing medical care to the people of this great region,” said Randall Law, PA-C. “As a recent graduate, I don’t know everything. However, I am dedicated to learning all that I can in order to best serve those who place their trust in me. I look forward to working closely with patients to enhance and improve their lives.”

Law, a St. Anthony, Idaho native, is currently available for appointments at Aberdeen Community Health Center. His hobbies include playing and watching sports, exploring the outdoors, playing guitar and spending time with his family.

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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Courtney Carmichael, PA-C, Joins Martin Community Health Center

Courtney Carmichael

(MARTIN, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) is pleased to introduce Courtney Carmichael, PA-C, as the newest medical provider at Martin Community Health Center. Courtney joins providers Francoise Bansenga, CNP-FNP, BC, Jennifer Franke, CNP and Dr. Tony Berg to provide primary care medical services at the Martin Community Health Center.

“I am very excited to begin my career in Martin, SD,” said Courtney Carmichael, PA-C. “My philosophy is to take care of the patient and everything else will follow.”

A recent graduate of the University of South Dakota, Carmichael holds a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies. Carmichael, who is currently available for appointments at Martin Community Health Center, is originally from Rapid City, SD. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, volleyball and spending time in the Black Hills.

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 Davis, CNP, Named 2017 Horizon Provider of the Year

Melissa Davis, CNP, of Aurora County Community Health Center in Plankinton, SD, was recently named the recipient of Horizon Health Care’s second annual Provider of the Year award.

The Provider of the Year Award recognizes one medical or dental provider each year who embodies the spirit of care Horizon strives to provide to its patients and communities. Selection is based on a number of items, including patient satisfaction, quality of care, service to the community, and effective leadership.

Melissa has been with Horizon Health Care, Inc. for over three years. Since joining the organization, Melissa has nearly doubled the total patient visits per year at Aurora County Community Health Center, averaging over 250 patients per month. “Melissa is well liked and respected among her patients,” said Dr. Lance Lim, MD, Horizon’s Chief Medical Officer. “Her dedication and passion for patients is evident in everything she does.”

In addition to the time Melissa dedicates to her patients each week, she is an important part of the Plankinton community and Aurora County. “Melissa is everywhere you turn,” said Dr. Lim. “She has a strong community presence all year long at both community and school activities. We are pleased to have the opportunity to recognize her efforts and her dedication to her patients with this award.”

Melissa resides in Plankinton with her husband and three children.

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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De Smet Dental Services Welcomes Outreach Students

De Smet Dental Students(DE SMET, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) and De Smet Dental Services, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota, are pleased to introduce two dental students who are doing their clinical rotations in De Smet from September 11 – October 9.

The two students visiting De Smet are Jake Stricherz of South Shore, SD, and John Weber of Milbank, SD. Jake attended University of Minnesota for his undergraduate degree, and then joined the Air Force, prior to moving back to Minneapolis for dental school. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, and watching his younger brother play football. After dental school, he plans to work in Western MN for a small practice.

John completed his undergraduate degree at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. He enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, traveling, and anything that involves the outdoors. When he was younger, John participated in many wrestling and basketball tournaments in the De Smet community. After graduation, John plans to come back to South Dakota to join a dental practice. “I am very excited to return to my home state to serve and gain experience in De Smet,” said John.

“It is a pleasure to once again welcome the dental students from UMN to De Smet,” 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. Brady Weispfennig and Dr. Lamar Koistinen of De Smet Dental Services) 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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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.

Jerauld County Dental Students

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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