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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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Horizon Health Care, Inc. and allPOINTS Health Services Merger Final

(HOWARD, SD) – As of June 1, 2017, Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) and allPOINTS Health Services have successfully completed the previously announced merger that will expand Horizon’s network to include 31 medical and dental clinics across the state of South Dakota.

All located in southeastern South Dakota, Horizon will now operate: Alcester Community Health Center, Alcester Dental Clinic, Elk Point Community Health Center, and Yankton Community Health Center and Dental Services.

While the clinics will see a few visual changes outside with new logos and signage, patients can be assured that the providers and staff they have formed relationships with over the years will still be providing quality care. “We are pleased with how smoothly the preparations for this merger went and are eager to continue building relationships in these communities that allPOINTS Health Services has created throughout the years,” said John Mengenhausen, Horizon Health Care, Inc. CEO. “We have a great team in our five newest Horizon locations and we will remain committed to serving our rural patients who deserve affordable health care.”

Many of the clinics will be changing hours as of June 5th to offer a more consistent, open schedule. Details regarding these hours can be found on the website and in local media outlets.

This merger will bring new opportunities to Horizon’s southeastern sites in years to come, including access to Horizon’s telemedicine capabilities. These telehealth services will provide patients with expanded access to services and communications with mental health professionals and specialty physicians, without having to leave their local clinics and travel long distances.

An open house and ribbon cutting celebration will be held in each location in mid-August to commemorate the merge and introduce Horizon Health Care to each of the 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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Horizon Health Care, Inc. and allPOINTS Health Services Merger on track for June 1, 2017

(HOWARD, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) and allPOINTS Health Services (allPOINTS) are on track to merge their organizations on June 1, 2017; a date previously announced in January 2017. The respective community health centers will form a network of 31 medical, dental, and school-based clinics throughout the entire state of South Dakota that will operate as Horizon clinics.


The clinics will not be closed during the merger transition, but there are a few changes that can be expected at the time of the transition. The allPOINTS clinics will be changing names to: Alcester Community Health Center, Alcester Dental Clinic, Elk Point Community Health Center, and Yankton Community Health Center and Dental Services, to be consistent with the names of other Horizon clinics. However, the phone numbers and addresses for each of the facilities will remain the same.

Patients can expect to be greeted by their same primary care provider and support staff that they are accustomed to through the transition, but there will be some new faces added to the clinics. Dr. Nelson Batoon and Anna Waldner, CNP, both current Horizon providers, will be transferring to the Elk Point, Alcester, and Yankton clinics and will begin seeing patients on Monday, June 5th. Dr. Batoon will see patients at all three locations and Anna Waldner will be available in Alcester. A former familiar face with allPOINTS, Kristin Morrow, CNP, will be returning to the organization at the time of the merger and will be located in Elk Point. She previously served patients in Alcester while she was with allPOINTS. Other current allPOINTS providers, Traci Holmquist, CNP, Holly Haberman, CNP, Dr. Paul Cortez, and Jack Creelman, Hygienist will all continue to see patients in their respective locations.


Horizon has also hired a new Regional Office Manager, Janet Fulk, to oversee the Southeastern medical and dental clinics currently operated as allPOINTS. Janet had been overseeing the Physician Assistant’s program at USD since 2004, prior to joining Horizon. She has already started training with the organization and will begin managing the facilities at the time of the merger.

For 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 97,000 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 Foundation Announces HOPE $20,000 Match Challenge to Support South Dakota Patients

Horizon Health Foundation, a non-profit serving Horizon Health Care patients, announces a partnership with Creative Printing and Huron Regional Medical Center to support South Dakotans in need. Creative Printing will offer a $20,000 Match Challenge now through March 31, 2017 to double gifts to support South Dakota patients who cannot afford the life-saving colonoscopy.

In honor of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, these partners are joining forces to ask fellow South Dakotans, businesses, and organizations to donate to colorectal cancer prevention and awareness. The Huron Regional Medical Center has partnered with Horizon by offering a colonoscopy at a reduced rate to eligible participants. Last year over 500 Horizon Health Care patients completed an at-home colorectal cancer screening test. Of those, 119 tested positive and need a follow-up screening.

“Without Horizon Health Care, many of our rural and frontier communities wouldn’t have access to medical care. They reach thousands of people across South Dakota. We know where our money is going—directly into the hands of people who need it. We support what we believe in, and we believe in our local community. If we save one life, this challenge will be successful,” said Laura McGirr, co-owner of Creative Printing.

Tracy Pardy, Horizon Health Foundation’s Director, adds, “This $20,000 Match Challenge is truly an example of neighbors helping neighbors. This partnership between Horizon and Huron Regional Medical Center shows how community health centers can join together with other healthcare providers to do greater good.”

To donate, givers are asked to visit the Horizon Health Foundation website. Every amount is welcome, and every gift matters to South Dakotans in need. The Horizon Health Foundation ensures that all funds donated and matched by Creative Printing will be directed to patients in need of this service.
The Foundation was formed to pursue the mission of inspiring and empowering patients by providing funding for accessible and affordable health care now and into the future. For more information, please visit horizonhealthfoundation.com/colon-care or call 605.772.5907.

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Horizon Health Care, Inc. and allPOINTS Health Services to Merge

(HOWARD, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) and allPOINTS Health Services (allPOINTS) board members and leadership are pleased to announce the intended merger of their respective community health centers to form a network of 31 medical, dental, and school-based clinics throughout the entire state of South Dakota.

“After months of discussion leading up to this decision, we are pleased with this opportunity to join forces with allPOINTS and add five well-established medical and dental clinics to our network,” said John Mengenhausen, CEO of Horizon Health Care, Inc. “Both organizations have a rich history in striving to improve the quality of life for those we serve through delivery of affordable health care in many of our state’s most rural areas. Horizon will continue to provide allPOINTS Health Services’ patients with access to the same quality health care they currently receive.”

allPOINTS Health Services is a Community Health Center with five medical and dental clinic locations in the communities of Alcestor, Elk Point, and Yankton, SD. Horizon and allPOINTS have been fortunate to have a long-standing relationship throughout the years, especially over the past fifteen years. Since 2003, Horizon has provided direct support to allPOINTS in the area of information technology, and most recently, the organizations have shared a partnership in the Prairie Health IT Network that provides shared IT staffing and health information technology training to staff.

Once the merger is complete, the allPOINTS clinics will operate as a part of Horizon Health Care, Inc. The current allPOINTS employees and providers will continue to serve patients at each clinic site. AllPOINTS Board Chair, Jerry Miller, has served on the board for the past five years and believes the merger will strengthen the services current patients are accustomed to. “We have given this decision a lot of consideration and wanted to move in the direction that was best for the nearly 3,000 patients we serve each year,” said Miller. “As a board, we would like to express our sincere appreciation to our patients and staff for their support over the past years. We have had great success in recent partnerships with Horizon and I feel confident that they will continue to strive for excellence.”

As the organizations work to integrate their locations and services, Mengenhausen and Sally Rosin, Horizon Board Chair, hope to have the merger completed by June 2017. “Throughout this upcoming integration period, Horizon is dedicated to merging the two organizations with minimal disruptions to patient care. As a board, we strongly believe that leveraging the strengths in both organizations will allow Horizon to improve and align processes in the delivery of quality patient care. We have a very exciting road ahead of us,” said Rosin.

For 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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Howard Community Health Center to Collect Outer Wear for Children

(HOWARD, SD) – A Mitten Tree to collect warm outer wear for children in need in the Howard area is on display in the waiting room at Howard Community Health Center. This tree was a long running project by Avera Medical Group Howard staff and has been taken over by Horizon Health Care this year.

Howard Mitten Tree 2016

Throughout the years, this project has been well supported by the community and thanks to the donations; many children in the area were gifted mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves. Families, individuals, clubs, church groups, businesses, and others are invited to purchase outerwear suitable for boys or girls, aged kindergarten through high school; the items may be brought to the clinic during business hours and hung on the Christmas tree. The goal for staff is to “fill up the tree”. Shortly after Christmas, the items will be taken to the Howard School and they will work with the teachers and staff to provide outerwear to the kids who are going outside without appropriate clothing.

“We are excited to continue this project with Horizon,” said Misty Rudebusch, PA-C. “We invite our community to join us this holiday season to bring warmth to the children of our community.”

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Dannica Callies, DNP, NP Named Horizon Health Care Provider of the Year

(LAKE PRESTON, SD) – Dannica Callies, DNP, NP was honored with Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon)’s inaugural Provider of the Year Award last week at the organization’s annual All Provider Meeting.

2016 Provider of the Year

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.

Dannica has worked for Horizon’s Lake Preston Community Health Center for three years. In that time, she has dedicated herself to her patients, their families, and the community of Lake Preston. She also provides services in the De Smet Community Health Center and through telemedicine to patients in Martin, SD.

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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Fort Thompson Community Health Center Celebrates One Year Anniversary

(FORT THOMPSON, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon)’s Fort Thompson Community Health Center is celebrating one year of service this month.

On September 1, 2015 the Fort Thompson Community Health Center opened their doors to provide quality health care to the Fort Thompson and Crow Creek Reservation area. Led by Sarah Newton, PA-C, the clinic offers a full range of health services, including: family medicine, pediatrics, lab services, immunizations, free sports physicals, and mental/behavioral health. They also offer additional resources, such as the Sliding Fee Program and 340B Prescription Drug Program, as well as accept most health insurances.

Since opening last year, Horizon has been steadily working to bring additional services to the Fort Thompson CHC. This fall, they will begin offering OB services through Sanford in Chamberlain, with OB appointments available at the clinic. They also recently added Donna Linke, CNP, MSN, to the team as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner to provide mental health services.

“We would like to thank our wonderful patients, community, colleagues, and business partners as we celebrate one year in business,” said Newton and her Fort Thompson care team. “We’ve built many great relationships already and we’re looking forward to strengthening them further. Thanks for letting us help serve the medical community in and around the Fort Thompson area.”

The Fort Thompson Community Health Center care team includes: Sarah Newton, PA-C, Dr. Michael Pena, Donna Linke, CNP, MSN, Tara Weeman, Audra Alberts, Andrea Schaub, Red Olson, and Lori Feller.

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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Construction in Progress for Horizon Health Care’s New Faith Dental Clinic

(FAITH, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon)’s new Faith Dental Clinic project is moving forward and on track to be completed in mid-October.

Renovations began in mid-August to make room for the dental clinic, which will be located in the upstairs portion of the Faith Community Health Center building, behind the current front desk and reception area. Construction plans include two dental exam rooms and a full dental lab, as well as a renovated waiting room and reception area.

“We are excited about the progress the dental clinic has made thus far and to be able to start seeing dental patients,” said Dr. Michelle Scholtz, Horizon’s Chief Dental Officer. “This is a wonderful opportunity for the community of Faith and the surrounding area, as we continue to provide close-to home access to primary, and now, oral health care in a cost-effective setting.”

The clinic will be open four ten-hour days, Tuesday through Friday each week. Mark Kampfe, DDS, and Jessica Lawson, Registered Dental Hygienist, have been hired to lead the dental team and provide the oral health services. “Dr. Kampfe and Jessica both have extensive previous experience in the Rapid City area and will be an asset to our Faith Dental team,” said Dr. Scholtz.

Appointments will be available starting September 19th by calling the Faith Community Health Center at 605-967-2644. A grand opening celebration will be held on Thursday, November 3rd from 11:30 am – 1:30 p.m., which the community is invited to attend. More information will be released in the coming weeks as the dental clinic prepares to open.

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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Karley Fischer, PA-C Joins De Smet Community Health Center

(DE SMET, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) is pleased to introduce Karley Fischer, PA-C, as the newest medical provider at De Smet Community Health Center. Karley joins providers Jodi Jung, CNP, Lindy Holland, CNP, Dannica Callies, DNP, NP-C, and Dr. Lance Lim to provide primary care medical services at the De Smet CHC.

Karley Fischer

A graduate of University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND, Fischer holds a Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies and brings eight years of experience in the medical field to her position at De Smet Community Health Center.
Prior to joining Horizon, Fischer has been previously employed in De Smet as an Athletic Trainer and Physical Therapist Assistant. Most recently, she was employed at Avera Medical Group in Brookings as a Physician Assistant in Acute Care. “After graduating and working as an athletic trainer, along with spending time on the local ambulance crew, I was always the initial person that arrived to the injured individual first and I found myself wanting to know the end results,” said Fischer. “I wanted to learn more about the medical field and being able to treat and care for the patients. Therefore, I made the decision to return to school as a Physician Assistant.”

A Huron native, Fischer currently resides in De Smet with her husband, Brian, and daughter, Anikyn. In her spare time, she enjoys being on the farm riding horse, running, spending time at the lake fishing, and being with family.
Fischer will be available for appointments beginning the week of September 26th. “I am looking forward to working at De Smet Community Health Center in the small, rural community where my family lives and farms,” said Fischer. “I have had the opportunity to meet many great people in the community while living here and serving as an EMT in the community, so I am excited to now be able to provide great patient care through Horizon.”

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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