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Marissa Schelske, RDH, Joins Horizon Health Care, Inc.

(WESSINGTON SPRINGS, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) is pleased to welcome Marissa Schelske, Registered Dental Hygienist, to Jerauld County Dental Clinic and Aurora County Dental Clinic.

Schelske joins a team of two current providers: Dr. Nick Thome, DDS and Dr. Hilary Haley, DDS and one dental hygienist: Liza Kolousek, RDH, to provide quality dental care to the Wessington Springs and Plankinton communities.

Schelske attended the University of South Dakota where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in 2009 in Dental Hygiene. She has worked in the Huron community for the past 10 years.

“While in high school, I worked at my father’s dental office and my love for dentistry grew. From then on, I knew it would be the perfect career choice for me. I am very excited about joining the Horizon dental team to help people by educating and improving their oral health,” stated Marissa Schelske, RDH, who is currently available for appointments at Jerauld County Dental Clinic and Aurora County Dental Clinic.

Marissa, who is originally from Huron, currently resides in Virgil, SD with her husband, Adam, and their two sons, Holden and Hayes. In her spare time, she enjoys being outside, checking cows with her boys, golfing, shopping, exercising, DIY projects and traveling.

For over 40 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 110,000 patient visits annually in 32 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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Diane Inch, PA-C, Joins Martin Community Health Center

(MARTIN, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) is pleased to welcome Diane Inch, PA-C, to Martin Community Health Center. Inch joins providers Tony Berg, MD, Katlyn Rostyne, CNP, MaryAnn Fanning, CNP, Nancy Webb, CNP, and Theresa Hammerquist, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, to provide primary care medical services to the Martin community.

Inch attended Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts, graduating in 1993 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Rehabilitation. She then received a Bachelor’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies in 1996 from Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York. In 2006, she attended the University of Nebraska and received a Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies. She also has a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Education from South Dakota State University.

“Through preventative and continuing care, help patients live their lives to the fullest – physically, emotionally and spiritually,” stated Diane Inch, PA-C, when asked about her philosophy of care.

Diane, who is from Fort Thompson, South Dakota, is married to husband, Kimber, and has two children, Nicole and Robert. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening and running. She is currently available for appointments at Martin Community Health Center.

For over 40 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 110,000 patient visits annually in 32 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 Foundation receives nearly $500,000 for Building Renovations, Equipment, and Recruitment for Alcester Dental Clinic

(ALCESTER, SD) – Horizon Health Foundation has received generous donations from investors in Alcester, SD, to enhance the dental care provided at Horizon Health Care’s Alcester Dental Clinic.

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Currently, the Alcester Dental building is long-outdated and is not handicap accessible. Renovations will include larger, more accessible patient rooms, handicap-accessible entrances and bathroom, updated flooring and plumbing, plus updated dental equipment. Outside of the internal clinic updates, funds will also be used to assist in recruiting a dentist to the area to allow expanded service hours.

“Since our merger with allPOINTS in 2017, we have known that the Alcester Dental Clinic was in serious need of building and renovation updates,” said Christina Konechne, Horizon Health Care Chief Operations Officer. “However, with the uncertainty of adequate continued funding to align with our increased costs, we were not able to commit to this project on our own as soon as we would’ve liked to. When this opportunity came forward through donations to our Horizon Health Foundation, we were grateful to be able to move forward and invest in enhanced equipment to give patients a great dental experience.””

Investors involved in this project feel passionate about the long-term economic impact health care can play on the local community. Gary McKellips, a local retired businessman and Horizon Health Foundation board member, is one of the investors who spearheaded the idea of this project with the Horizon Health Foundation. “A dental office is a necessary business for Alcester and all communities,” said McKellips. “It provides local convenient care by reducing out-of-town trips for the elderly, minimizes time away from work by local employees, and actually contributes to the business community by bringing people to town for care.”

“The remodel of the dental clinic will allow us to expand access to quality dental care for Union County, due to the generosity of our investors,” said Tracy Pardy, Horizon Health Foundation Executive Director. “Their gift will make a lasting impact to many families and businesses in this community and the surrounding area for years to come.”

Other investors who have committed to supporting this project include: Alcester Community Foundation, Morningside Corporation, and Alcester Lions Club.

“There is nothing more important for the health of a community than having healthy residents,” said Gary Scott, Alcester Community Foundation President. “The Alcester Community Foundation has supported the physical health of our community with a number of grants for our medical clinic. Now, we are pleased to help support the dental health of our residents through this project.”

Alcester Dental Clinic will be closed throughout the remodel period, beginning Thursday, February 21st, to allow for a faster turn-around period and for the safety of patients. The project is expected to take 10-12 weeks before completion.

“We are looking forward to being able to provide a more patient-friendly experience and are committed to investing in this project and continuously improving the quality of care delivered in our clinics,” said Konechne.

Any dental questions or concerns will still be handled by the Alcester Dental staff, but can be routed through the Yankton location at 605-260-0310.

An open house and ribbon cutting celebration will be held this spring, following completion of the renovations.

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. 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, operating in coordination with Horizon Health Care, is the duly designated fundraising arm for Horizon Health Care.  In the broadest sense, the purpose of the Foundation is to create an awareness of the financial needs of Horizon Health Care, which are not provided by patient charges and to systematically implement plans by which dollar needs can be met.

For more information, please visit http://www.horizonhealthfoundation.com or call 605.772.4553.

About Horizon Health Care

For the past 40 years, Horizon Health Care 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 110,000 patient visits annually in 32 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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Karen Pearson, PA-C, Joins Alcester Community Health Center

Karen Pearson

(ALCESTER, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) is pleased to welcome Karen Pearson, PA-C, back to the Alcester Community Health Center. Pearson joins provider Dr. Meghan Curry O’Connell, MD, MPH, to provide primary care medical services to the Alcester community.

Pearson attended the University of South Dakota, graduating in 1991 with an Associate’s degree in Nursing. She then received a certificate in Physician Assistant Studies in 1997 from the University of South Dakota. She has previously provided care at Alcester Community Health Center through allPOINTS Health Services.

“I am looking forward to coming back to the Alcester community to care for “my people” again. I have missed walking through life events with my patients and being there for them in their time of need,” said Pearson.

Karen, who is a long-time Alcester community resident, has three daughters and three grandchildren. Her husband, Dale, works for the City of Alcester. In her spare time, she enjoys going to sporting events and watching her family compete. She is currently available for appointments at Alcester Community Health Center.

For over 40 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 110,000 patient visits annually in 32 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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Justin Risse Named Horizon Health Care Employee of the Year

(HOWARD, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) is pleased to award the 3rd Annual Employee of the Year award to Justin Risse of Martin, SD. This award is designed to recognize staff that embodies the spirit of care Horizon strives to provide its patients and communities, as well as those who exhibit professional qualities supporting Horizon’s mission, vision, and values.

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Justin has been employed with Horizon since February 2016. He began his career as a Front Desk employee for Martin Community Health Center and then was promoted to Site Coordinator for Martin Community Health Center and Martin Dental Clinic in July 2017.

“Justin’s passion for the patients we serve and for the Martin community is commendable,” said Christina Konechne, Horizon Chief Operations Officer. “He always goes above and beyond what is asked of him and is a true team player. He is always advocating for what is best for our patients and acts with professionalism and integrity. He is extremely deserving of this award and we are grateful for his continued commitment to Martin CHC and Dental Clinic.”

Justin resides in Martin with his fiancée and young daughter.

For over 40 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 110,000 patient visits annually in 32 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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Darcie Schmidt, CNP, FNP-BC, Joins Jerauld County Community Health Center

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(WESSINGTON SPRINGS, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) is pleased to introduce Darcie Schmidt, CNP, FNP-BC, as the newest medical provider at Jerauld County Community Health Center. Schmidt joins providers Dr. Lance Lim, MD, Dr. Thomas Dean, MD, Meghan Torgerson, CNP, and Francoise Bansenga, FNP-BC, to provide primary care medical services at Jerauld County Community Health Center.

Schmidt attended South Dakota State University, graduating in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and again in 2011 with a Master’s of Science degree in Nursing. Darcie, a Mount Vernon, SD native, is excited to provide care to the Wessington Springs Community.

“I believe that I am in a partnership with my patients to help them be in the best health they can be. We will always work together to come up with a plan of care to suit the patient’s needs and wishes,” said Darcie Schmidt, CNP, FNP-BC.

Darcie’s hobbies include camping and fishing in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter with her husband, four children and one grandchild. In her spare time, she enjoys reading fiction novels. She is currently available for appointments at Jerauld County Community Health Center.

For over 40 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 32 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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Katlyn Rostyne, CNP, Joins Martin Community Health Center

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(Martin, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) is pleased to introduce Katlyn Rostyne, CNP, as the newest medical provider at Martin Community Health Center. Katlyn joins providers Dr. Tony Berg, MD, Margaret Lee, PA-C, Theresa Hammerquist, CNP, MaryAnn Fanning, CNP and Nancy Webb, CNP, to provide primary care medical services to the Martin community.

Rostyne attended Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, SD, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. She later went on to attend Maryville University of St. Louis in St. Louis, MO, graduating in 2018 with a Master’s of Science in Nursing as a Nurse Practitioner.

“I believe that everyone has personal health goals that are achievable,” said Katlyn Rostyne, CNP. “I hope to provide patients with education and support to meet their health care expectations.”

Originally from Huron, SD, Katlyn enjoys camping, fishing, softball and spending time with her family. She is currently available for appointment at Martin Community Health Center.

For over 40 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 32 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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MaryAnn Fanning, CNP, Joins Martin Community Health Center

Fanning, Mary Ann

(Martin, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) is pleased to introduce MaryAnn Fanning, CNP, as the newest medical provider at Martin Community Health Center. MaryAnn joins providers Dr. Tony Berg, MD, Margaret Lee, PA-C, Theresa Hammerquist, CNP, and Nancy Webb, CNP, to provide primary care medical services to the Martin community.

Fanning attended the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD, and earned an Accredited Associate’s Degree in Nursing. She later went on to attend the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND, graduating in 2009 with a Master’s of Science in Nursing. In 2013, she earned a Post Master’s Degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Kaplan University.

“I am excited to be a part of the Horizon team, to learn and share my experiences,” said MaryAnn Fanning, CNP, who is currently available for appointments at Martin Community Health Center.

Originally from Martin, MaryAnn resides with her husband, Paul, who is a rancher in Bennett County. In her spare time she enjoys music, drama productions, traveling and spending time with her grandchildren.

For over 40 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 32 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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Meghan O’Connell, MD, MPH, Joins Horizon Health Care, Inc.

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(ELK POINT, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) is pleased to introduce Meghan O’Connell, MD, MPH, as the newest medical provider at the Elk Point Community Health Center, Alcester Community Health Center and Yankton Community Health Center and Dental Services.

O’Connell attended Grinnell College in Grinnell, IA, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics. She later went on to attend the University of Washington, graduating in 2010 with a Doctorate of Medicine degree, a Master in Public Health degree with a focus in Epidemiology, along with certificates in Indian Health Pathway and Underserved Pathway.

“I am excited to return to South Dakota and to serve my community,” said Dr. Meghan O’Connell, MD, MPH.
“I aim to provide high-quality, comprehensive, compassionate care to all patients in all stages of life.”

O’Connell, who is currently residing in Elk Point, joins a team of six current providers in Horizon’s southeast region communities of Elk Point, Alcester and Yankton. In her spare time, she enjoys running, biking, swimming, reading and traveling.

For over 40 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 32 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

Nick Moore & Madeline Pfeiffer

(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 9 – October 5.

The two students visiting De Smet are Madeline Pfeiffer of Sioux Falls, SD, and Nick Moore of Kansas City, MO. Madeline completed her undergraduate degree at Augustana College in Sioux Falls. She enjoys watching soccer, reading, playing the clarinet and spending time at the cabin with her family. After dental school, Madeline is interested in opportunities that will bring her back to South Dakota.

Nick, who is a Kansas City Chiefs fan, enjoys cooking and working out. After graduation, his goal is to provide dentistry in a rural community. “I’m looking forward to my time in South Dakota and want to thank the city of De Smet for welcoming me with open arms,” said Nick.

“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 the past forty 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 32 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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