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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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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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