Horizon is led by a solid group of seasoned professionals who are highly adaptable, and knowledgeable in all aspects of community health centers. Horizon blends new leaders with those raised from within the organization to achieve both balance and insight.
Following a three year tour with an army airborne company, Mr. Mengenhausen received his degree in Business and Accounting from Nettleton College located in Sioux Falls, SD. After receiving his degree, he returned to his hometown of Howard, SD and opened a small accounting and tax preparation firm. In October of 1983, he assumed the role of CEO of a small community health center, Miner-Hamlin Health Care Project which included clinics in Howard and Bryant, with a total staff of 14 and an annual budget of approximately $700,000. Through a number of mergers and expansions over the course of three decades, Mr. Mengenhausen led the organization to grow into what is today Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon). Horizon is the largest Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in South Dakota with 31 clinics covering 28,000 square miles of service area. Having served as board chair for the State and Regional Associations which include SD, ND, CO, UT, MT and WY, he is respected at the state, regional and national level for his expertise in the field of community health center leadership. He also served as the Board Chair for the National Association of Community Health Centers representing all 1,200 U.S. community health centers. He currently serves as the Vice Board Chair for Community Health Advocates, Inc. a for-profit corporation formed to promote the accessibility of adequate health care to individuals residing in medically underserved US communities. He currently serves as the Vice Board Chair for Community Health Ventures, a for profit corporation that provides group purchasing opportunities for FQHCs.
Mr. Erickson began his finance career working for a public accounting firm conducting audits, bookkeeping, payroll, and business consulting, as well as preparing corporate, partnership and individual tax returns for a multitude of clients. In 2000, he was hired to lead the finance department for Horizon and has since participated in multiple successful New Access Point applications, Successor in Interest merger/acquisitions, as well as opening the doors on various other locations without any additional grant funding. He also led and played a critical role in the clinical operations and Human Resource departments prior to the addition of the COO and Director of Human Resources. He has been instrumental in growing Horizon from a small Community Health Center, with a budget of $2.5 million to a mid-sized organization with a current budget of $29 million, that is one of the most respected in the rural healthcare setting and is often consulted by Community Health Center colleagues for advice. He is responsible for ensuring compliance with laws and regulations, auditing standards, grants management, implementing internal controls and the overall management of the business functions for the organization.
Mr. Weatherill began his career in Health Information Technology while coordinating the regional Wiring the Clinics Project in 1999. In 2002, he secured grant funding for a TeleEmergency Project for Horizon and was hired as the organization’s IT Technician. Since starting at Horizon, he has secured close to $2 million in telemedicine grant funds and provided oversight for numerous grant funded projects. He has also helped secure $1.8 million in funding and provided project oversight for several FQHC Network Initiatives. In 2006, he was promoted to Horizon’s Chief Information Officer and remains in the role overseeing the development and maintenance of Horizon’s Wide Area Network that includes data, video, and wireless technology. He oversees the day-to-day communication of IT/HIT plans, policies and technology trends among the management team and healthcare providers.
Mrs. Konechne began her healthcare career in long term care management and was the Executive Director at Golden Living prior to joining Horizon, where she led and directed the overall operations of the facility in accordance with customer needs, government regulations and Company policies. She joined Horizon in 2013 and has served as the Director of Operations prior to being promoted to Chief Operations Officer in February of 2015. She manages the day-to-day operations and financial viability of 31 medical/dental clinics covering 28,000 square miles of service area in South Dakota with over 105,000 patient encounters annually. Mrs. Konechne is passionate about building a culture of teamwork and mutual respect among providers, support staff and administration as Horizon continues to provide quality, affordable healthcare to the patients we serve. With a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration from Minnesota State University Moorhead, a graduate certificate in Long Term Care Management and Master of Science in Health Care Administration, Mrs. Konechne is well suited for her role at Horizon.
A graduate of the Cebu Institute of Medicine in Cebu City Philippines, Dr. Lim completed his physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at St. Francis Medical Center in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Lim has served as a medical provider at Horizon for nearly 10 years and was appointed Chief Medical Officer in 2011. In addition to seeing patients at Horizon’s De Smet, Lake Preston, Woonsocket and Wessington Springs locations, he is responsible for managing clinical quality and patient safety and strengthening relationships among Horizon’s numerous providers.
Dr. Scholtz graduated from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN with her dental hygiene degree in 2008. From there, she went straight into dental school continuing at the University of Minnesota to obtain her Doctor of Dental Surgery. Throughout dental school, she worked as a temporary dental hygienist at various clinics throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN metro area. After graduating dental school Dr. Scholtz joined Horizon in June 2012 starting her practice at Prairie Winds Dental in Howard, SD. In August of 2013 Dr. Scholtz was appointed as the Chief Dental Officer. She is responsible for supervising the dental staff, providing dental advice and counsel to the CEO and the Board of Directors.