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Eidahls join Horizon Health Foundation’s 1978 Founders Society

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Horizon Health Foundation is pleased to announce that Doug Eidahl and Catherine Friesen-Eidahl are the first to join their prestigious 1978 Founders Society through a legacy gift in their will.

“Doug and Catherine have hearts of gold and care deeply for South Dakotans in need of healthcare,” said Tracy Pardy, executive director at Horizon Health Foundation. “We’re so grateful to them for ensuring rural healthcare thrives for future generations.”

The 1978 Founders Society was established in honor of the year Horizon Health Care was founded. Members of the society have named Horizon Health Foundation as the beneficiary of a planned gift. By including the Horizon Health Foundation in their will, Doug and Catherine are supporting Horizon Health Care’s rural clinics and the patients they serve for generations to come.

“The generosity and compassion shown by Doug and Catherine with this gift is a testament to their generosity and compassion for their family, friends, neighbors and their entire community,” said Wade Erickson, chief executive officer at Horizon Health Care. “This will have a lasting impact on future generations and ensure that access to high-quality, affordable healthcare is available to everyone.”

Doug serves as the vice chairman of the Horizon Health Foundation Board of Directors and is Vice President of Regulatory and Legal for Vantage Point Solutions in Mitchell, South Dakota, where he has worked since 2003. He also farms near Roslyn. Catherine has been a Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP) at Horizon Health Care's Aberdeen Community Health Center for almost 4 years. Both grew up in small rural South Dakota towns and have witnessed firsthand the need for quality healthcare in all areas of South Dakota.

“Healthcare, including dental and mental health, is an essential service for all rural South Dakotans and Horizon meets that need across some of the most rural areas of the state that are underserved,” said Catherine Friesen-Eidahl. “We’re glad to play a part in helping Horizon meet those long-term needs.”

To join Doug and Catherine in providing healthcare for rural communities across South Dakota, please reach out to Tracy Pardy at (605) 772-4553 or visit www.horizonhealthfoundationleg... for more information.

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

About Horizon Health Care

For over 40 years, Horizon Health Care has been providing personalized, affordable, high-quality medical, dental and behavioral 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