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Kylie Beckman, RDH, Joins Prairie Winds Dental

Kylie Beckman

(Howard, SD)

Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) is pleased to welcome Kylie Beckman, Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH), to Prairie Winds Dental in Howard, SD. Beckman joins Michelle Scholtz, DDS, Madeline Pfeiffer, DDS and Megan Palmquist, RDH, to provide quality dental care to the Howard community.

Beckman attended the University of South Dakota where she received her bachelor’s degree in 2017 for Dental Hygiene. She has practiced as a dental hygienist for the past 3 years in the Madison community.

“I am excited to join the Prairie Winds Dental team in helping provide quality care to Howard and the surrounding areas,” stated Kylie Beckman, RDH. “I believe in educating patients about oral hygiene and home care instructions to better improve oral health for patients of all ages.”

Originally from Hartford, SD, Beckman currently resides in Howard. In her spare time, she enjoys golfing and spending time with her significant other, Taylor, and their dog, Walter.

Beckman is currently available for appointments at Prairie Winds Dental.

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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Teresa Marts, MD, and Alyssa Hicks, CNP, Join Mission Community Health Center

(Mission, SD

Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) is pleased to welcome Teresa Marts, MD, and Alyssa Hicks, CNP, to Mission Community Health Center. Marts and Hicks will join Larry Dubray, PA, Rachele Vietor, PA-C, Spencer Mason, PA-C, Autumn Tucker, CNP, Ryan Rowe, CNP, and Haley Brunke, PA-C, to provide primary care medical services to the Mission community.

Alyssa Hicks

Alyssa Hicks, CNP

Teresa Marts, MD

Teresa Marts, MD

Teresa Marts, MD, attended Mount Marty College in Yankton, SD, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. She then went on to receive a Doctorate of Medicine degree from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine. She completed her residency at the Siouxland Medical Education Foundation in Sioux City, IA. Marts has prior experience with Horizon’s patients and providers, having served as a contracted supervising physician. Along with seeing patients at Mission Community Health Center, she will also be available for appointments at Horizon’s Mellette County Community Health Center and Martin Community Health Center.

“I am looking forward to returning to Horizon after being gone the last 2 years,” said Teresa Marts, MD. “I would like to emphasize preventative care, care of the whole family, and chronic disease management.” Marts, who is from Winner, SD, is married to husband, Ed, and has 4 children.

Alyssa Hicks, CNP, attended South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. After practicing as a registered nurse for the past 6 years, with nearly 4 of those years spent with Horizon, she chose to continue her education by attending Walden University of Minneapolis, MN. She is a recent graduate with a Master’s of Science in Nursing as a family nurse practitioner.

“I chose to pursue a career as a family nurse practitioner after practicing as a registered nurse for 6 years. I look forward to staying close to home and providing care to the communities I grew up around,” said Alyssa Hicks, CNP. “I believe in compassionate, patient-centered care that focuses on preventative health to promote happy and healthy lifestyles.”

Hicks, who is from White River, SD, is married to husband, Joshua, and has a daughter, Stella. In her free time, she enjoys ranching, sports, gardening and spending time with family.

Both providers are now available for appointments and accepting new patients.

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 Care CEO Earns Regional Award


Video courtesy of Community Health Care Association of Mountains/Plains States.

Creating a Legacy in the Health Center Movement

John Mengenhausen, Horizon Health Care Chief Executive Officer, has been named the recipient of the 2020 Stanley J. Brasher Legacy Award from the Community Health Association of Mountains/Plains States (CHAMPS).

Mengenhausen was chosen from nominees representing Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. Established in 2013, the Stanley J. Brasher Legacy Award honors individuals “who have dedicated their careers to solving the problems of health, poverty and human rights and who have contributed toward the mission and recognition of community and migrant health centers in the Mountain/Plains States.

“I had the opportunity to work closely with Stanley, “Jerry”, as co-founders of CHAMPS and consider him a longtime mentor and friend,” said Mengenhausen. “So it is truly humbling and an honor to receive this award that honors his legacy and commitment to the health center movement.”

In 1983, Mengenhausen assumed the role of CEO of a small South Dakota community health center in two communities with a staff of 14 and a budget of $700,000. Not quite four decades later, Horizon Health Care’s workforce has grown to nearly 300 individuals, serving almost 28,000 South Dakotans in 2019, in 22 communities via 32 medical and dental clinic locations across 28,000 square miles. Under John’s leadership, Horizon Health Care has become one of the most respected rural FQHCs in the nation.

In addition to Mengenhausen’s commitment to his communities, he has been instrumental at the state, regional, and national levels in support of health centers across our country. He has been active in the governance of the Community HealthCare Association of the Dakotas (CHAD), of CHAMPS, and of the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) and he has lent his experience and expertise to countless state, regional, and national boards, committees, workgroups, and taskforces.

“What started as a career nearly forty years ago, evolved into a passion to ensure our rural and underserved communities had access to health care. I am proud of how far we have come and couldn’t continue to achieve our mission every day without my dedicated team and Board of Directors.”

As Mengenhausen prepares for retirement in 2021, CHAMPS also honored his commitment to the health center movement with a newly renamed award in his honor, the CHAMPS John Mengenhausen Presidential Award. Mengenhausen was the founding President of CHAMPS thirty-five years ago and has served on the CHAMPS Executive Committee for many years including as Vice President for six years, as President for six years, and as Immediate Past President for five years.

“John is a steadfast advocate for all patients facing access barriers and for the Community Health Center Movement,” said Julie Hulstein, CHAMPS Executive Director. “He has a heart for community health and the Horizon mission; and he has a strong determination to achieve the goal of affordable health care for all.”

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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Diabetes is Never Just You

Len, Maria & Hispanic woman

Huron Provider Explains His Passion During Diabetes Awareness Month

Len Wonnenberg, PA-C, has been around diabetes his entire life. Now, he has immersed his life in helping treat and prevent diabetes in South Dakota.

“Diabetes is never just you. It’s a mother or father or your child,” said Wonnenberg, a Horizon Health Care provider in Huron. “Every patient has a story. And our job here is not to judge a person, but treat them.”

November is National Diabetes Month, where communities team up to bring attention to diabetes. It’s something Wonnenberg has done his whole career.

An avid wrestler back in high school, Wonnenberg always had an interest in nutrition. He paid careful attention to how diet influenced his performance. Diet is just one of the elements he stresses today with his patients.

Carb counting, moderate exercise, regular exams, support programs and mental health counseling are all emphasized by Wonnenberg and Horizon Health Care. Together, they work to help prevent diabetes and improve the health of those considered pre-diabetic or diabetic.

“My passion for diabetes really started out as a necessity. As a community health center, we see a very diverse group of people with complex physical and social problems. One of the most recurring themes is diabetes, especially among low income and vulnerable people who have a difficult time taking care of themselves.”

Wonnenberg adds that the clinic is uniquely suited to serve Huron’s diverse population. Horizon employs five full-time providers and six interpreters. They use simple learning tools and pictures for patients who speak very little English. They also connect patients to support groups, social workers, mental health services and telemedicine.

“If we can prevent someone from becoming diabetic, it not only improves their lives, it reduces the economic burden for everyone.” Wonnenberg cites a 2017 study that estimates the cost of being diabetic is approximately $13,000 a year.

The physical toll of diabetes, when combined with other chronic health problems, can be even worse. Wonnenberg notes that patients who manage their diabetes and do the things they should have generally fared better when getting COVID.

During COVID, the clinic has adjusted to see their diabetic and hypertension patients in the morning hours and their remaining patients in the afternoon. The clinics do an extensive cleaning when they close so their higher risk patients are in the safest environment possible the following day. Every morning, staff are temperature checked and screened.

“It’s really important to keep your regular exams right now, especially if you have diabetes or other chronic problems,” says Wonnenberg. “You can feel safe coming in to our clinic and know we’ve taken every extra precaution.”

Wonnenberg’s efforts to treat and prevent diabetes extend well outside the clinic. He is Vice President of the South Dakota Diabetes Coalition, a collaborative group of healthcare professionals, advocacy groups, government agencies, tribal health representatives and persons with diabetes. Their mission is to improve the lives of all South Dakotans at risk for, or affected by diabetes.

He works at the local level too. Wonnenberg, along with several other members of the Huron Medical community, helped form James Valley Diabetes Group, organized Diabetes Day educational fairs and speaks regularly to community and civic groups.

“It’s wonderful, I love it. I really hope other communities do the same things we have,” says Wonnenberg. “We need more passionate people working on diabetes.”

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Horizon Health Care Announces Kendra Newbold as Chief Operations Officer

Horizon Health Care (Horizon) recently announced the appointment of Kendra Newbold to the role of Chief Operations Officer. Newbold will be responsible for primary oversight of all areas of the health center operations to ensure efficient and effective delivery of Horizon’s services and programs in the 22 communities served by Horizon.

“I am pleased to have Kendra join Horizon’s executive leadership team,” said John Mengenhausen, CEO. “Her experience across multiple health care disciplines will serve the organization well and her leadership will help guide our ability to continue making forward progress that benefits the patients and populations we serve.”

Newbold holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Accounting and Business Administration from University of Sioux Falls. Prior to joining Horizon, Newbold was the Executive Director of Edgewood Healthcare, a long-term healthcare facility in Mitchell, SD, where she led and directed the overall operations of the facility in accordance with resident needs, government regulations, and company policies. Prior to Edgewood, she has multiple years of experience in human resources, compensation analytics and revenue management for other health care organizations.

“I am excited about the opportunity to serve rural South Dakota,” said Newbold. “I am passionate about helping others and believe in the values of Horizon Health Care. I am excited to join the exceptional people at Horizon, to utilize my healthcare knowledge and passion for great leadership to drive high-quality, patient-centered, affordable primary health care in the communities of South Dakota.”

A South Dakota native originally from Wood, SD, Newbold currently resides in Mitchell with her husband, Colter, and children, Sean, Ryker, Asher, and Keira. In her spare time, she enjoys running, personal development, and travel.

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Ajay Nathani, DDS, Joins Faith Dental Clinic

Ajay Nathani

(Faith, SD)

Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) is pleased to welcome Ajay Nathani, DDS, to Faith Dental Clinic. Dr. Nathani will join Jessica Lawson, RDH, to provide dental care services to the Faith community.

Dr. Nathani attended the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. He graduated in 2019 with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree.

“My priority is to provide good quality care to everyone that walks in through the door,” stated Ajay Nathani, DDS. “I believe in treating the patient just the way I want to be treated.”

In his spare time, Dr. Nathani enjoys hiking and cooking. He is originally from California and believes that everyone deserves quality and affordable care. He is currently available for appointments at Faith Dental Clinic.

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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Jocelyn Bergh, PA-C, MPAS, Joins Martin Community Health Center

Jocelyn Bergh

(Martin, SD)

Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) is pleased to welcome Jocelyn Bergh, PA-C, MPAS, to Martin Community Health Center. Bergh will join Tony Berg, MD, Diane Inch, MPA-C, MaryAnn Fanning, CNP, Nancy Webb, CNP, and Mark Cali, MPAS, PA-C, to provide primary care medical services to the Martin community.

Bergh attended South Dakota State University, graduating in 2012 with a degree in Spanish and Global Studies. She then received a Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) in 2020 from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD.

“I enjoy fitting puzzles together, and more than that, I enjoy putting puzzles together with others. That is where being a PA and working with patients and other health care professionals comes in,” stated Jocelyn Bergh, PA-C, MPAS, “I’m looking forward to working as a team with my patients and my colleagues to become puzzle masters.”

Bergh, who is originally from Murdo, SD, is married to husband, Ferdinand. They have two daughters, Roslyn and Bonnie. In her spare time, Bergh enjoys bicycling, hiking, baking, painting, crocheting, knitting and stargazing.

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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Mark Cali, MPAS, PA-C, Joins Martin Community Health Center

Mark Cali

(Martin, SD)

Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) is pleased to welcome Mark Cali, MPAS, PA-C, to Martin Community Health Center. Cali will join Tony Berg, MD, Diane Inch, MPA-C, MaryAnn Fanning, CNP, and Nancy Webb, CNP, to provide primary care medical services to the Martin community.

Cali received a Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) in 2006 from Daemen College in Amherst, New York. He comes to Martin Community Health Center with many years of experience, including providing care for Indian Health Service for three years.

“I have spent a lifetime in various service-related work and activities. It’s something I got from my parents. I’d call it a gift of understanding the rewards of service to others,” stated Mark Cali, MPAS, PA-C, “I look forward to getting to know my new neighbors and joining the Martin community.”

Cali, who is originally from Perry, NY, is married to wife, Lynn. They have a son and daughter who are both grown and out of the house. In his spare time, Cali enjoys history, current events and metal working.

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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Curtis Collins, DDS, Joins Jerauld County Dental Clinic

Curtis Collins

(Wessington Springs, SD)

Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) is pleased to welcome Curtis Collins, DDS, to Jerauld County Dental Clinic. Dr. Collins will join Hilary Haley, DDS, Lisa Kolousek, RDH, and Marissa Schelske, RDH to provide dental care services to the Wessington Springs community.

Dr. Collins attended the University of Nebraska, graduating in 2012 with a degree in Exercise Science. He then went on to receive a Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree in 2020 from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Lincoln, NE.

“I chose dentistry because I loved the personal interaction I get to have with my patients,” stated Curtis Collins, DDS. “So not only can I impact their oral health, but also impact their lives.”

Dr. Collins, who is originally from North Platte, NE, is married to wife, Andrea. They have four children: Alicia, Amelia, Easton and Cecilia. In his spare time, Dr. Collins enjoys sports, Husker athletics, fishing, hunting and spending time with family. He is currently available for appointments at Jerauld County Dental Clinic.

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 Care Announces Nurse Manager

Darcie Lee, Registered Nurse, of De Smet, South Dakota, was recently named Horizon Health Care’s Nurse Manager, a new position within the organization.

The Nurse Manager position was created to provide leadership and support to clinic nursing staff to ensure the delivery of high-patient care. She will work closely with medical leadership to implement and oversee clinical programs to maintain compliance, develop and implement workflows to support evidence-based nursing care, and lead meetings and training sessions for clinic care teams in all twenty-four Horizon medical locations.

“I’m looking forward to being a voice at the table for the nurses in our organization, as well as a resource in solving any problems that may arise, so nursing staff can remain focused on providing high-quality patient care,” said Lee.

Lee graduated from South Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree. She joined Horizon Health Care in 2018 as an RN for De Smet Community Health Center and served as the nurse for the De Smet School. Prior to Horizon, she has eight years of experience as a labor and delivery nurse at local hospitals.

Lee has used her passion for health and wellness to be involved with numerous committees in the De Smet community, such as: De Smet Wellness Coalition, De Smet Cardiac Readiness Community Committee, De Smet School COVID Taskforce, and was Girls on the Run coach for the past three years. She has also had the honor of being a participant in the EmBe Center for Nursing Workforce Leadership Program and Farmers Union Enterprise Leadership Program in the 2019-20 cohorts.

“We are excited to have Darcie step into this new role for our organization,” said Misty Rudebusch, MPAS, PA-C, Horizon Health Care Medical Director. “She brings a wealth of knowledge to the position, and her motivation and desire to provide support and leadership for our nurses and clinics across the organization will be a tremendous asset.”

Lee’s new position will be located from Howard due to proximity to the Horizon administration building, but she will continue to reside in De Smet with her husband, Robert, and children, Everett and Rosie Jo.

For over 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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