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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.

John and Dick CHAMPS Conf. 2016 Board Member Award

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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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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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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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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