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Geoffrey Whitney, DMD, Joins Horizon Health Care

Geoffrey Whitney

(Yankton, SD)

Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) is pleased to welcome Geoffrey Whitney, DMD, to Alcester Dental Clinic and Yankton Community Health Center and Dental Services. Dr. Whitney joins Jacqueline Creelman, RDH, to provide dental care to the Alcester and Yankton communities.

Dr. Whitney attended Southern Virginia University in Buena Vista, Virginia, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and Biology. He later went on to attend Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois, graduating in 2016 with a Master of Arts in Biomedical Sciences and in 2020 as a Doctor of Dental Medicine.

“I’m excited to start my career with Horizon,” stated Geoffrey Whitney, DMD. “Treating the underserved is a big reason for becoming a dentist. I believe everyone deserves quality healthcare.”

Originally from Huron, SD, Dr. Whitney enjoys playing music, fishing and spending time with family. He is currently available for appointments at Alcester Dental Clinic. Beginning in September, he will also be available for appointments at Yankton Community Health Center and Dental Services. The clinic has relocated to a new location on Broadway Ave in Yankton and will be open for dental care in September. For more information on Horizon Health Care’s new Yankton clinic location, visit www.horizonhealthcare.org/yankton-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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Amanda Thoms, CNP, Joins Yankton Community Health Center and Dental Services

Amanda Thoms

(Yankton, SD)

Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) is pleased to welcome Amanda Thoms, CNP, to Yankton Community Health Center and Dental Services. Thoms joins Thyra Crissey, CNP-PMHNP, and Meghan Curry O’Connell, MD, MPH to provide primary care medical services to the Yankton community.

Thoms attended the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD, and earned a bachelor’s degree in Nursing. She later went on to attend Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, IA, graduating in 2018 with a Master of Science in Nursing as a Family Practice Nurse Practitioner.

“I chose to be a Family Practice Nurse Practitioner to be able to care for people of all ages,” said Thoms. “I enjoy getting to care for the entire family. I believe that getting to know my patients is very important.”

Originally from Wakonda, SD, Thoms enjoys being outside, boating and spending time with family and friends. Beginning in August, she will be available for appointments at Yankton Community Health Center and Dental Services. The clinic has relocated to a new location on Broadway Ave in Yankton and will be open for medical care in August. For more information on Horizon Health Care’s new Yankton clinic location, visit www.horizonhealthcare.org/yankton-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 Receives Grant to Improve Rates of Cancer Screening

Horizon Health Care, Inc. (Horizon) has been awarded a grant from the South Dakota Department of Health for $19,493.76 to increase the breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening rates in the communities of Alcester, Elk Point and Yankton, SD.

Horizon will be working with the South Dakota Department of Health Comprehensive Cancer Control Program and All Women Count! Program to develop strategies to ensure all people of appropriate age are screened.
According to the South Dakota Cancer Registry, cancer was the second leading cause of death in South Dakota in 2014 with 4,498 cancer cases diagnosed and 1,679 deaths. Each day, 12 cases of cancer are diagnosed in South Dakota residents, and four South Dakotans die from the disease. In 2014, the most common cancer diagnosis in the state was female breast cancer.

Many cancers are survivable if found and treated in their early stages. Completing recommended cancer screening tests helps find breast, cervical and colorectal cancer before they have advanced.
Horizon will utilize grant funds to improve breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening rates by increasing awareness for the need for screening, sending reminders to patients who need to complete screening and working in partnership with clinicians to review rates of screening and develop strategies to increase screening rates among targeted populations.

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 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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