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HOPE $20,000 Match Challenge Raises Nearly $13,000 for South Dakota Patients

(HOWARD, SD) – Donors across South Dakota joined with Creative Printing of Huron, SD to raise nearly $13,000 for Horizon Health Care patients unable to afford a colonoscopy.

In honor of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in March, Creative Printing owners Brad and Laura McGirr partnered with the Horizon Health Foundation to offer the HOPE $20,000 Match Challenge to double gifts to support South Dakota patients.

Sixty-three donors contributed to the challenge, which was designed to raise money for patients, as well as raise awareness about the importance of screenings and how they can save lives. All funds contributed to the challenge were matched by Creative Printing.

“The Foundation Board of Directors, along with our Horizon staff, is grateful for the impact made from this partnership with Creative Printing and the generosity of our donors,” said Tracy Pardy, Horizon Health Foundation Director. “This challenge has been a wonderful example of South Dakota individuals and businesses coming together to make a difference and support their neighbors and colleagues across the state.”

In 2016, over 500 Horizon Health Care patients completed an at-home colorectal cancer screening test. Of those, 119 tested positive and needed a follow-up screening. Funds raised from this match challenge will directly benefit patients and will be used to provide colonoscopies to individuals needing the follow-up screening, but unable to afford it.

The Horizon Health 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 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 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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Autumn Tucker, CNP, Joins Mission Community Health Center

(MISSION, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) is pleased to introduce Autumn Tucker, CNP, as the newest medical provider at Mission Community Health Center. Autumn joins providers Betty Kalblinger, PA, Larry Dubray, PA, Rachele Vietor, PA-C, Spencer Mason, PA-C, Dr. Tony Berg and Dr. Mark Butterbrodt to provide primary care medical services at the Mission Community Health Center.

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A graduate of Walden University, Tucker holds a Master’s of Science in Nursing degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Prior to joining Horizon, Tucker has been previously employed with Winner Regional Health Care Center and also through R Vision Medical Staffing as a traveling RN.

Tucker will be available for appointments at Mission Community Health Center beginning March 28th. “I enjoy helping others,” said Tucker. “I treat all patients as I would want my family treated.”

Originally from Winner, SD, Tucker received her undergraduate degree from the University of South Dakota. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, camping and fishing with her husband, Mark, and two sons, Gavin and Gage.

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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Howard Farmers Co-op Invests in Colorectal Cancer Prevention for Rural South Dakotans

(HOWARD, SD) – With limited days remaining to donate to the HOPE $20,000 Match Challenge, Howard Farmers Co-op has demonstrated the “neighbors helping neighbors” mentality by joining the Horizon Health Foundation’s efforts in providing life-saving care to South Dakotans.

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Horizon Health Foundation is pleased to announce a gift from Howard Farmer’s Co-op, in support of the $20,000 Match Challenge, which will benefit your South Dakota friends and neighbors who cannot afford a colonoscopy.

Howard Farmers Co-op is led by General Manager Bruce Yanish and a seven-member board of directors, who made the decision to donate to the challenge to raise awareness, while making a statement of support to their employees, customers, and everyone in our agricultural communities that have been or may be affected by colorectal cancer.

“As one of the largest employers in town, we felt that it was important to support this cause that can affect so many in our rural communities,” said Norman Andenas, Howard Farmers Co-op Board of Director. “These are our customers and neighbors that we could be helping. Anyone can suddenly find themselves without health insurance or unable to pay for their health care through some twist of fate.”

During the month of March, Creative Printing of Huron has partnered with the Horizon Health Foundation to offer this $20,000 Match Challenge. This challenge coincides with Colorectal Cancer Awareness month and all gifts made through the challenge will be directed to patients in need of a colonoscopy. “Colon cancer and colonoscopies aren’t an everyday topic of discussion, but they’re something everyone has experienced and should be talking about,” said Yanish. “Either you’ve experienced it yourself or someone you know has…this challenge is an opportunity to give a gift to spark more conversation on the topic.”

In these final days of March, individuals and businesses, have the opportunity to join Howard Farmers Co-op in making a gift to the Horizon Health Foundation in support of colorectal cancer prevention and awareness – a gift that will be matched to double the number of South Dakotans that will be touched with a potentially life-saving colonoscopy.
To join in this special opportunity to have your support make twice the difference, please visit horizonhealthfoundation.com/colon-care or call 605.772.5907 before March 31st.

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 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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Kristin VanBuskirk, CNP, Joins James Valley Community Health Center

(HURON, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) is pleased to introduce Kristin VanBuskirk, CNP, as the newest medical provider at James Valley Community Health Center. Kristin joins providers Len Wonnenberg, PA-C, Paul Brown, PA-C, Amanda Adams, PA-C, and Dr. Ruth Lim to provide primary care medical services at the James Valley Community Health Center.

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A graduate of Mount Marty College in Yankton, SD, VanBuskirk holds a Master’s Degree in Pediatrics and a Post Master’s Degree in Family Practice. Prior to joining Horizon, VanBuskirk has been previously employed with the South Dakota Department of Health. Most recently, she was employed as a Nursing Instructor at Presentation College in Aberdeen. “I love my profession! There is always a new opportunity to be the best part of someone’s worst day,” said VanBuskirk. “Helping others has always been a passion of mine.”

A Hitchcock native, VanBuskirk enjoys playing volleyball, traveling and camping with her husband, Patrick, three sons, Caden, Sawyer and Carson, and daughter Karter.

VanBuskirk will be available for appointments at James Valley Community Health Center beginning the week of March 20th. “I enjoy working in small rural communities because you become family with your co-workers and personable with patients,” said VanBuskirk.

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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Tony Berg, MD, Joins Southwest Region Clinics

(MISSION, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) is pleased to introduce new medical provider, Tony Berg, MD, to the southwest region communities of Mission, Martin and White River.

Berg is a Winner, SD native, with thirty-five years of experience in the community health center setting in South Dakota. He attended South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology and went on to receive a Doctorate of Medicine degree from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine and the University of Alabama.

Tony has been a contracted physician with Horizon for many years and will be a great addition to our health care team in this region,” said Jessica Weber, Horizon Regional Office Manager. “We look forward to having him on staff at all three clinics to provide the best comprehensive care for our patients.”

Berg joins a team of eleven current providers in the region and is available for appointments several days a month at Mission Community Health Center, Martin Community Health Center and Mellette County Community Health Center.

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 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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Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) is pleased to introduce new medical provider, Ashley Rook, PA-C, to the Martin community.

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Ashley Rook is a Rapid City, SD, native, with three years of experience in the community health center setting in South Dakota. She attended South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, SD, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry and went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Pittsburgh.
“Ashley started with us in December and has been a great addition to our health care team at Martin Community Health Center,” said Jessica Weber, Horizon Regional Office Manager. “We are excited for her to meet our patients in the Martin community and know that she will strive to provide the best comprehensive care.”
Rook joins a team of four current providers (Tiffany Spears, NP-C, Anna Waldner, CNP, Francoise Bansenga, FNP-BC, and Dr. Tony Berg) and is available for appointments, Monday-Thursday.

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 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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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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Richard “Dick” Bair Named Recipient of Exceptional Board Leadership Award

(HOWARD, SD) – Richard “Dick” Bair was recently named the recipient of the Community Health Association of the Mountains/Plains States’ (CHAMPS) 2016 Exceptional Board Leadership Award.

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Bair has served on the Horizon Health Care, Inc. Board of Directors for the past twelve years and started serving on the newly formed Horizon Health Foundation Board of Directors this spring. “I have enjoyed working with Dick over the years and could not ask for a board member more supportive than him,” said John Mengenhausen, Horizon CEO. “Dick is an involved board member, staying abreast of what is happening at a local level, as well as on national level. He strives to attend every board meeting and has reviewed his information, proud and ready to represent Martin Community Health Center and the Martin community. He is more than deserving of this award.”

This award was presented to Bair at the annual CHAMPS Conference in Denver, CO., in October. He currently resides in Martin, SD, where he owns and operates a Ford dealership, and is actively involved with many organizations in the community.

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