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Catherine Friesen, CNP, Joins Aberdeen Community Health Center

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(ABERDEEN, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) is pleased to introduce Catherine Friesen, CNP, as the newest medical provider at Aberdeen Community Health Center. Catherine joins provider Leah Bennett, PA-C, to provide primary care medical services to the Aberdeen community.

Friesen attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. She later went on to attend South Dakota State University, graduating in 1997 with a Master’s of Science in Nursing Degree as a Nurse Practitioner.

“My philosophy of care is to provide holistic, compassionate, quality healthcare at an affordable cost to patients of all ages,” said Catherine Friesen, CNP, who is currently available for appointments at Aberdeen Community Health Center.

Friesen, a Menno, SD native, will make her home in rural Groton. She has three children: Melissa, who lives in Africa, Matthew, a student at Portland Bible College, and Michal, an incoming high school freshman. Her hobbies include baking, cooking, perennial flower gardening and spending time with her pets.

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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Theresa Hammerquist, CNP, Joins Martin Community Health Center

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

Hammerquist attended University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Spanish. She later went on to attend South Dakota State University, graduating in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree. In 2017, she graduated from Georgetown University with a Master’s of Science in Nursing.

“I chose to earn my advanced degree in nursing to learn more and to provide care to those in rural settings. I believe in the team approach where patient and provider work as a team to guide prevention and care with the ultimate goal for healthier living,” said Theresa Hammerquist, CNP, who is currently available for appointments at Martin Community Health Center.

Hammerquist, who is originally from Rapid City, SD, enjoys cooking and having company at the dinner table. In her spare time she also enjoys hiking and kayaking with her family.

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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Horizon Health Beat: Bug Bites

Today’s health beat question – how can I protect my family from ticks, mosquitos and other bug bites?

When enjoying outdoor activities there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your family from ticks, mosquitos, and other biting bugs.
First – Use Insect Repellent: Apply insect repellent every time you plan to be outside.
Next – Cover exposed skin areas. When enjoying outdoor activities such as hiking and camping, wear a hat, long sleeves, pants and socks to prevent ticks from getting on your skin or crawling up pant legs. And, apply insect repellent to the outside of clothing.
Finally, avoid insect and tick habitats. Stay away from standing water where mosquitos lay their eggs. Check areas around your home for standing water, such as children’s swimming pools, outdoor toys, and gardening areas.
Ticks thrive in wooded areas with brush, trees, and high grass and unlike mosquitoes, they don’t fly and can go unnoticed. After you leave the area check your clothing for ticks, paying special attention to creases and areas such as the backs of your knees, behind the ears and armpits.
With the proper information about ticks, mosquitos, and bug bite prevention it’s possible to enjoy the outdoors and keep yourself and your family healthy.

Horizon’s goal is to keep you and your family healthy.

Horizon Health Care, Keeping Communities Well.

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Prairie Winds Dental Clinic Welcomes Outreach Student

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(HOWARD, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) and Prairie Winds Dental Clinic, in collaboration with the University of Nebraska Medical Center, are pleased to introduce a dental student who is doing her clinical rotations in Howard from March 19 – April 5.

The student visiting Howard is Megan Eitemiller of Chadron, NE. Eitemiller’s plans after dental school include joining a private practice closer to home as an associate dentist. Her interests include cooking, outdoor activities and traveling.

“It is a pleasure to once again welcome a dental student from the University of Nebraska Medical Center to Howard,” said Dr. Michelle Scholtz, Chief Dental Officer of Horizon. “Our partnership has been very beneficial to Horizon, as these dental rotations are a great opportunity to bring dental students back to our rural communities.”

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 Prestn, Marin, McIntosh, Mission, Plankinton, Wessington Springs, White River, Woonsocket, and Yankton. For more information please visit www.horizonhealthcare.org.

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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

By: Daniel Kvale, PA-C
Bison Community Clinic – Bison, SD

Nearly every one has been touched in some manner by a friend or family member with cancer. Some cancers strike without warning and can be fatal, while other cancers are slow growing and can be successfully screened for. In March, Horizon Health Care, Inc. recognizes National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month to bring attention both to the prevalence of colon cancer and the important role screening plays in preventing colon cancer.

Colon cancer screening should begin at age 50 for both men and women with an average risk for developing colon cancer. People who experience symptoms like abdominal pain, bloody or black stools, unexplained weight loss or change in bowel habits should be screened regardless of their age.

There are several options available to screen for colon cancer. Non-invasive methods of screening include a fecal immunochemical test (FIT test) or stool DNA test. These tests detect blood or DNA in the stool, and if positive, require additional screening. FIT tests are given out in your doctor’s office to be completed at home. When they are returned to the office, they are immediately read to determine if blood is present in the stool. As a screening tool, the FIT test should be done on annual basis.

The American Cancer Society also recommends colonoscopy screening as an option for those who would like to lengthen the interval between screenings, have a higher risk for colon cancer or for people with a positive stool test. Colonoscopies are more expensive, invasive and require a bowel preparation. The physician directly observes the colon and can remove and test any suspicious polyps or lesions during the procedure. As a screening tool, the colonoscopy should be performed at least every 10 years.

If detected early, colon cancer is highly treatable. This March, Horizon Health Care, Inc. encourages you to take the first step towards preventing colon cancer by getting screened. Visit with your local primary care provider to determine what screening method is best for you and schedule your screening today.

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Barbara De Witt, CNP, Joins Yankton Community Health Center and Dental Services

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(YANKTON, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) is pleased to introduce Barbara De Witt, CNP, as the newest medical provider at Yankton Community Health Center and Dental Services. Barbara joins providers Dr. Nelson Batoon, MD, and Thyra Crissey, CNP, to provide primary care medical services to the Yankton community.

De Witt attended Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing in Quincy, IL, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. She later went on to attend Mount Marty College, graduating in 2015 with a Master’s of Science in Nursing Degree as a Nurse Practitioner.

“I am excited to practice as a CNP at Horizon Health Care. I look forward to serving the community of Yankton,” said Barbara De Witt, CNP, who is currently available for appointments at Yankton Community Health Center and Dental Services.

De Witt, a Hastings, NE native, has resided in the Yankton community for over 11 years. Her hobbies include baking and music. In her spare time she also enjoys supporting her children, John, David and Julie, by attending their events with her husband, Dana.

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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Horizon Health Care to Provide Free Dental Exams to Children in February 2018

Horizon Health Care, Inc.’s eight dental locations will be offering a free dental exam and cleaning for all children ages five and under during the month of February, in conjunction with Children’s Oral Health Month.

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, more than fifty percent of children will be affected by tooth decay before age five. “It is recommended that a child should see a dentist when their first tooth appears, or by his or her first birthday,” said Dr. Michelle Scholtz, Horizon’s Chief Dental Officer. “If it’s time to plan your child’s first visit to the dentist or a return check-up and cleaning, this is the perfect opportunity for them to receive a free dental exam.”

The American Dental Association started Children’s Oral Health Month to bring together thousands of dental professionals, healthcare providers, and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers, and many others. It is crucial for children to begin seeing the dentist at an early age to avoid developing dental issues or tooth decay. Tooth decay is the most common childhood disease, affecting nearly sixty percent of children, and impacts your kids’ medical health as well. According to the American Dental Hygienists Association, every dollar spent on preventative dental care could save you $8 to $50 in restorative and emergency dental treatments (and potentially more in additional types of medical treatment).
Free dental exams will be offered at all of the Horizon Health Care dental locations during the entire month of February. All patients must have an appointment to receive this promotion, which will include a free dental exam, cleaning, and fluoride treatment. If you are interested in scheduling a free dental exam for your young child, call your local Horizon dental clinic today.

For over 39 years, Horizon Health Care, Inc. has been providing personalized, affordable, high-quality medical, dental and mental health care through a rural, community-based network in South Dakota. Horizon is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves the medical, dental and mental health care needs of South Dakotans in rural, medically underserved areas through 105,000 patient visits annually in 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 Employee Giving Campaign raises over $41,000

(HOWARD, SD) – In October 2017, the Horizon Health Foundation kicked off their second Employee Giving Campaign, “Planting the Seed for Healthcare.” Through this campaign, Horizon Health Care employees across the state were challenged to raise $40,000 in 40 days with over 40% of staff participating. For the second year in a row, employees exceeded the campaign goals and raised over $41,000, with 43% participation within the 40 day period. Last year the employee campaign raised $31,000, with 35% participation within 40 days.

All donations raised through the employee campaign, will be designated to the Horizon Health Foundation’s funds of behavioral health, cancer care, charity care, diabetes, employee emergency, service area clinics, and the Horizon Impact – our greatest needs fund. Donations raised will be used to benefit Horizon’s patients and local clinics in these fund areas. One example of how funds were used from the first campaign was the recent purchase of over 100 gas cards for patients at every Horizon clinic. When patients are unable to get to follow-up appointments because they can’t afford the gas to travel back to the clinic, providers and clinic staff are able to give them one of these gas cards to ensure they continue to have access to their health care.

“Our employees are amazing, over 40% of our staff gave from their own pocket because they want to make a difference,” said Tracy Pardy, Horizon Health Foundation Director. They see first-hand the support needed for our patients and their families in our rural communities and the commitment made by their donation proves how much they care – to them, it’s not just a job – it’s their mission.

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

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 105,000 patient visits annually in 31 community health centers in: Aberdeen, Alcester, Bison, Bryant, De Smet, Eagle Butte, Elk Point, Faith, Fort Thompson, Howard, Huron, Isabel, La Plant, Lake Preston, Martin, McIntosh, Mission, Plankinton, Wessington Springs, White River, Woonsocket, and Yankton. For more information please visit www.horizonhealthcare.org.

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Tia Chase, PA-C, Joins Jerauld County Community Health Center

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(WESSINGTON SPRINGS, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) is pleased to introduce Tia Chase, PA-C, as the newest medical provider at Jerauld County Community Health Center. Tia joins providers Dr. Lance Lim, MD, Dr. Michael Peña, MD, Dr. Thomas Dean, MD and Meghan Torgerson, CNP to provide primary care medical services at Jerauld County Community Health Center.

Chase attended the University of Sioux Falls, graduating in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Chemistry, and is a recent graduate of the University of South Dakota with a Master’s of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies. Tia, who is currently available for appointments at Jerauld County Community Health Center, is originally from Huron, SD.

“I believe each patient has the right to be provided with high-quality care by a provider who would treat them like their own family,” said Tia Chase, PA-C. “Being a part of Horizon Health Care allows for the patient-provider relationship to feel like family, and I am truly grateful to provide this type of care.”

For over 39 years, Horizon Health Care, Inc. has been providing personalized, affordable, high-quality medical, dental and mental health care through a rural, community-based network in South Dakota. Horizon is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves the medical, dental and mental health care needs of South Dakotans in rural, medically underserved areas through 105,000 patient visits annually in 31 community health centers in: Aberdeen, Alcester, Bison, Bryant, De Smet, Eagle Butte, Elk Point, Faith, Fort Thompson, Howard, Huron, Isabel, La Plant, Lake Preston, Martin, McIntosh, Mission, Plankinton, Wessington Springs, White River, Woonsocket, and Yankton. For more information please visit www.horizonhealthcare.org.

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Margaret Lee, PA-C, Joins Martin Community Health Center

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(MARTIN, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) is pleased to introduce Margaret Lee, PA-C, as the newest medical provider at Martin Community Health Center. Margaret joins providers Francoise Bansenga, CNP-FNP, BC, Jennifer Franke, CNP, Courtney Carmichael, PA-C and Dr. Tony Berg, MD to provide primary care medical services at the Martin Community Health Center.

A graduate of the University of South Dakota, Margaret holds a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies. Lee, who is currently available for appointments at Martin Community Health Center, is originally from San Diego, CA.

“Our family was among the many Chinese families who piled outside the gate of the U.S. Embassy as American troops were withdrawing from Vietnam. The American people didn’t forget about my family, but saved us and brought us here to safety,” said Margaret Lee, PA-C. “I want to give back to the people who sacrificed their own lives to preserve mine. I realized we are all connected in wonderful ways. I lived with a farmer/rancher family during one of my clinical rotations in Avon last year, and learned that each farmer and rancher here in the U.S. is carrying the country on their backs. I want to be part of the healthcare team who takes care of these people that toil night and day. I’ve come to Martin to learn from the people, to grow with the community and hopefully to take good care of the families along the way.”

For over 39 years, Horizon Health Care, Inc. has been providing personalized, affordable, high-quality medical, dental and mental health care through a rural, community-based network in South Dakota. Horizon is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves the medical, dental and mental health care needs of South Dakotans in rural, medically underserved areas through 105,000 patient visits annually in 31 community health centers in: Aberdeen, Alcester, Bison, Bryant, De Smet, Eagle Butte, Elk Point, Faith, Fort Thompson, Howard, Huron, Isabel, La Plant, Lake Preston, Martin, McIntosh, Mission, Plankinton, Wessington Springs, White River, Woonsocket, and Yankton. For more information please visit www.horizonhealthcare.org.

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