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De Smet Dental Services Welcomes Outreach Students

De Smet Dental Students(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 11 – October 9.

The two students visiting De Smet are Jake Stricherz of South Shore, SD, and John Weber of Milbank, SD. Jake attended University of Minnesota for his undergraduate degree, and then joined the Air Force, prior to moving back to Minneapolis for dental school. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, and watching his younger brother play football. After dental school, he plans to work in Western MN for a small practice.

John completed his undergraduate degree at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. He enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, traveling, and anything that involves the outdoors. When he was younger, John participated in many wrestling and basketball tournaments in the De Smet community. After graduation, John plans to come back to South Dakota to join a dental practice. “I am very excited to return to my home state to serve and gain experience in De Smet,” said John.

“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 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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Misty Rudebusch, PA-C, MPAS, Named Horizon’s Clinical Director

Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) is pleased to announce the appointment of Misty Rudebusch, PA-C, MPAS, to the position of Clinical Director for the organization. In this position, Rudebusch will provide leadership to Horizon’s Misty Rudebuschquality management program, including working with providers and clinical teams as an on-site resource, and providing medical feedback and expertise to the Horizon administrative team.

Rudebusch joined Horizon and the team at the Howard Community Health Center in the fall of 2016, following the acquisition of the Avera Medical Group in Howard. During her time in Howard, she has built a successful primary care practice. Prior to moving to Howard, Rudebusch was a Certified Physician’s Assistant in Brookings, SD, where she practiced in General Surgery, Urgent Care, and Women’s Health.

“I am excited for this opportunity to grow with Horizon and provide leadership to our medical staff, while still continuing to see my patients in Howard,” said Rudebusch. “We have many talented medical professionals throughout our organization, and I look forward to leveraging their expertise to continue to deliver the best possible patient care to rural communities across the state.”
Rudebusch will begin her duties as Clinical Director role in mid-July. She will continue to be available for appointments at the Howard Community Health Center, in addition to her position.

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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Horizon Health Care, Inc. to Expand Oral Health Services in Faith, SD

US Department of Health and Human Services awards $1,049,999 to health centers in South Dakota to expand oral health services

(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 two health centers in South Dakota to receive funding to expand oral health care services. The funding will increase access to integrated oral health care services and improve oral health outcomes for Health Center Program patients. Nationwide, nearly $156 million was awarded in funding to support 420 health centers in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

Locally, Horizon will receive $525,000 in funding and plans to use this to establish a new dental clinic in Faith, SD. In collaboration with community partners, Horizon will expand oral health services in their existing primary care clinic located in Faith, to improve the availability of and accessibility to quality oral health care services for the patients. This expansion will bring oral health services to a community and surrounding service area that has not had dental services locally for well over a decade. Currently, the closest oral health care facility accepting uninsured patients is over 125 miles from Faith.

“We are pleased to expand our oral health care services into the Northwest region of South Dakota with this funding,” said John Mengenhausen, Horizon CEO. “In South Dakota, dental disease and lack of access to dental care are critical health care issues. We knew there was especially a need in Faith and Meade County, as well as the surrounding areas, so we look forward to the opportunities this brings for the area.”

The new dental clinic will be located within the current Faith Community Health Center and will be opening in late October 2016.

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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U.S. Army, Horizon Health Care, Inc., partner in recruiting program

HOWARD, S.D. – Representatives of the U.S. Army, 3rd Medical Recruiting Battalion, and for Horizon Healthcare, Inc., will sign an agreement on 14 April, 2016 to provide priority hiring status to qualified soldiers participating in the Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) Program.

LTC John P. Staley will sign the agreement with John Mengenhausen, Horizon Health Care, Inc. Chief Executive Officer, during a ceremony at the Howard Hotel and Conference Center located in Howard, South Dakota.

South Dakota Secretary of State, Secretary Shantel Krebs; South Dakota Army National Guard TAG, Major General Timothy A. Reisch, South Dakota Representative Mathew Wollmann, Howard Mayor Andrew Dold, and many other state and local business leaders will be in attendance for this groundbreaking event.

PaYS is a strategic partnership program between the Army and a cross section of U.S. corporations and public sector agencies. This is the first PaYS signing for the Army Medical Department in all of South Dakota. “Horizon Health Care, Inc. is honored and privileged to be the first company in South Dakota to partner with the Army PaYS program,” said John Mengenhausen, Horizon Health Care, Inc. CEO. “As a military veteran myself, I am proud that we are able to pledge our support and dedication to providing job opportunities for those serving our country.”

PaYS was developed to help the Army attract, train and deploy talented young people who want to serve their country, but also want to help secure their future success once their Army service is complete.

Under the terms of the agreement between the U.S. Army Medical Recruiting Brigade and Horizon Health Care, Inc., all soldiers commissioning in the Army who are interested in gaining health care specific job training and qualifications, will receive that training while in the U.S. Army. As part of the commissioning process, recruits sign a statement of intent to work for Horizon Health Care, Inc. upon completion of their term of service or completion of their military training. As they near the end of their contract, the soldiers will have the opportunity to interview with Horizon Health Care, Inc. for a specific job at a specific location.

Horizon Health Care, Inc. jobs are scheduled to be available in the Army’s PaYS database soon. For more information, interested applicants may visit their local recruiter or log on to www.armypays.com.

The Army now has more than 460 partner corporations and public sector agencies across the nation, including the Cleveland Clinic and Ohio State University Medical Center.

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 82,000 patient visits annually in 24 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.

Horizon is governed by a volunteer community board of directors. The 14 members represent the communities served by the organization and the current board chair is Sally Rosin from Bryant, SD. In October, 1983, John Mengenhausen was hired as the Chief Executive Officer to work under the guidance and director of the community board of directors. He has provided direction and guidance to the staff for 30 years. For more information please visit www.horizonhealthcare.org.

About U.S. Army Recruiting Command
The U.S. Army Recruiting Command, headquartered at Fort Knox, recruits quality men and women to serve in the Army and Army Reserve. More than 8,000 Soldiers and civilian employees conduct recruiting operations throughout the States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and at U.S. facilities in Germany and Asia. www.armypays.com

Telephone: (502) 626-1041 Fax: (502) 626-0955

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Horizon Health Care, Inc. To Open Community Health Center in Fort Thompson

Horizon’s Community-Based Health Care Network Welcomes the Opportunity to Provide Fort Thompson Patients Quality Medical Care and Financial Resources

(FORT THOMPSON, SD) – Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon), a rural, community-based network providing affordable, high-quality primary healthcare throughout 18 medical and dental clinics in South Dakota, received federal funding May 6, 2015 to open a community health center in Fort Thompson. The funding, which will go to 164 health centers in 33 states, is expected to increase access for over 650,000 patients.

Horizon’s newest community health center will provide patients with personalized, quality, primary health care with the extra benefit of enhanced resources like the Sliding Fee Program, 340B Program, and acceptance of most health insurance. The funding will help Horizon cover start-up costs and allow Horizon to offset the costs of providing reduced patient fees through the Sliding Fee Program.

“Our main focus is to offer quality health care that is accessible to the community as a whole,” said John Mengenhausen, CEO of Horizon Health Care, Inc. “And with Horizon’s Sliding Fee Program, partnerships with providers in neighboring areas, as well as expanded medical services, we’re excited about being able to serve even more people in Fort Thompson and the surrounding communities.”

The new community health center will provide the Fort Thompson community with a wide range of health services such as family medicine, pediatrics, emergency treatment, lab services and mental/behavioral health. The new facility also plans on partnering with Sanford in Chamberlain for additional specialty services. The Fort Thompson office will begin as a paperless office with the implementation of Horizon’s Practice Management/Electronic Medical Record and telemedicine capability.

Scheduled to begin serving patients on September 1, 2015, Horizon is actively looking for the location of the new health center and new staff recruitment is underway. Horizon’s existing providers in the surrounding areas will be available for training and to provide specialty services.

For over 35 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 78,000 patient visits annually in 18 community health centers in: Aberdeen, Bryant, DeSmet, Fort Thompson, Howard, Huron, Lake Preston, Martin, Mission, Plankinton, Wessington Springs, White River and Woonsocket. For more information please visit www.horizonhealthcare.org

 

 

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