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John Mengenhausen Named Recipient of 2016 CHAMPS Presidential Award

(HOWARD, SD) – John Mengenhausen was recently named the recipient of the Community Health Association of the Mountains/Plains States’ (CHAMPS) 2016 Presidential Award. The award was presented by CHAMPS with sincere appreciation for his commitment, vision, and steadfast leadership.

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“John is an exceptional leader for this organization and is quite deserving of this award,” said Sally Rosin, Horizon Board Chair. “Our entire board is grateful for his expertise and leadership over the years, as well as his commitment to our mission and values, ensuring health care access for many rural communities across the state.”

Mengenhausen has led Horizon Health Care, Inc. as Chief Executive Officer for over thirty years. Through a number of mergers and expansions over the past three decades, Mengenhausen has led the organization to grow into 26 medical and dental clinics across the state of South Dakota. Horizon has also become the largest Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in South Dakota. Mengenhausen serves on numerous state, regional, and national boards and organizations and is respected for his expertise in the field of community health center leadership.

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 83,000 patient visits annually in 26 community health centers in: Aberdeen, Bison, Bryant, De Smet, Eagle Butte, Faith, Fort Thompson, Howard, Huron, Isabel, La Plant, Lake Preston, Martin, McIntosh, Mission, Plankinton, Wessington Springs, White River and Woonsocket. For more information please visit www.horizonhealthcare.org.

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Horizon Health Care, Inc. Receives Nearly $60,000 for Quality Improvement Efforts

(HOWARD, SD) – In a recent announcement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) has been named as one of five health centers in South Dakota to receive funding dedicated to recognized their health center’s quality improvement efforts. Nationwide, more than $100 million was awarded to 1,304 health centers across the United States.

“Horizon is very pleased to be recognized again for the high quality of care our patients receive through this quality improvement award,” said Lindsey Karlson, Horizon’s Director of Quality Improvement. “As community health centers, our clinicians, nurses, and support staff provide care to patients from diverse backgrounds and rural communities, many of whom would not have access to healthcare otherwise. This award acknowledges that rural healthcare quality can compete and many times exceed the quality of healthcare provided in more urban areas.”

Locally, Horizon will receive nearly $60,000 in recognition of their continuous quality improvement efforts. Health centers receive these funds based upon high levels of performance in one or more of the following categories: Improving Quality Care, Advancing Health Equity, Maintaining Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition, Enhancing Access to Care, and Delivering Value. This funding comes from the Affordable Care Act’s Community Health Center (CHC) Fund, which was extended with bipartisan support in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015.

These quality improvement awards are designed to support health centers in continuing to deliver health care that engages patients, improves care coordination, and enhances overall access to care.

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 25 community health centers in: Aberdeen, Bison, Bryant, De Smet, Eagle Butte, Faith, Fort Thompson, Howard, Huron, Isabel, La Plant, Lake Preston, Martin, McIntosh, Mission, Plankinton, Wessington Springs, White River and Woonsocket. For more information please visit www.horizonhealthcare.org.

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Horizon Health Care, Inc. Receives $300,000 Three-Year Rural HIT Workforce Development Grant

The grant will fund the “It’s a HIT!” –Health IT Training for Rural Healthcare Providers initiative  which includes Prairie Health IT Network Members including Horizon’s 14 medical clinic locations and two additional rural FQHC organizations, Prairie Community Health with five clinics in central and northwest South Dakota and allPOINTS Health Services, with two clinics in southeast South Dakota, for a total of 21 primary care clinics across the state.

“Through the “It’s a HIT!” project, a health IT training program for incumbent rural South Dakota workers will be developed. The training will include skills enhancement in areas such as technology adoption and meaningful use of electronic medical records,” said Scott Weatherill, CIO of Horizon.

The ‘It’s a HIT!’ project will include the creation of an online HIT curriculum as well as a certified electronic health record training and apprenticeship program for its participants.  As part of the “It’s a HIT!” program, Prairie Health IT Network members will partner with Dakota State University (DSU) in Madison, SD.

DSU will provide a key role in the success of the “It’s a HIT!” program through curriculum design and development as well as publishing the HIT training online. The training will incorporate adult learning styles and be delivered across the state using various technologies used by the Prairie Health IT Network.

“DSU will play a pivotal role in the “It’s a HIT!” project. The curriculum must be relevant, engaging and accessible for rural health workers in order for it to be a success.  Having access to DSU’s staff and student expertise will ensure the curriculum achieves the project goal,” says Lindsey Karlson, Network Director of the Prairie Health IT Network.

ORHP announced the release of the Rural Health Information Technology Workforce Development Program in the spring of 2013.  The purpose of the program is to support formal rural health networks that focus on activities relating to the recruitment, education, training and retention of HIT specialists. This program also provides support to rural health networks that can leverage and enhance existing HIT training materials to develop formal training programs, which will provide instructional opportunities to current health care staff, local displaced workers, rural residents, veterans and other potential students. Ten to fifteen grant awards were given across the nation for an estimated $4.5 million of program funding.

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