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Horizon Health Foundation Receives Grants, Continues to Aid Coronavirus Relief Efforts

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(HOWARD, SD) – Horizon Health Foundation has received two grants this past week totaling $17,400 towards coronavirus relief efforts. To date, the foundation has raised over $44,000 to aid healthcare workers in their fight against Coronavirus.

The funds raised break down is as follows:

  • $10,000 is a gift from the South Dakota Fund of the South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) for personal protective equipment (PPE) and Horizon’s Employee Emergency Fund
  • $3,700 is from the Alcester Community Foundation with a matching gift of $3,700 from the South Dakota Community Foundation to aid Horizon’s Alcester medical and dental clinics

"In Alcester we are in need of additional PPE and equipment to help with the reuse and reduction of throw-away PPE and to prepare for the anticipated surge of patients. The $7,400 will be used to purchase essential PPE like reusable gowns, gloves and masks as well as the purchase and installation of a washer and dryer to allow for the use of reusable personal protective equipment like gowns and lab coats”, said Mary Honomichl, Southeast Regional Office Manager for Horizon Health Care. 

“The COVID-19 virus and the ramifications resulting from it are not going away soon. As a statewide community foundation, we work to serve and strengthen communities across South Dakota every day,” said Stephanie Judson, SDCF President & CEO. “We are committed to continue working with communities and nonprofits as they deal with the myriad of issues posed by this virus. None of this would be possible without the support of our generous donors and we send a huge thank you to them.”

“The members of the Alcester Community Foundation recognize the contributions to the health of our community that both the Alcester Medical Clinic and the Alcester Dental Clinic provide. We know they are very essential to the well-being of our community,” said Christi Wegh, Alcester Community Foundation board member.

Horizon Health Foundation Executive Director Tracy Pardy adds, “On behalf of the patients and communities we serve, thank you to the South Dakota Community Foundation and the Alcester Community Foundation. Your partnership enables us to continue critical care for our patients in South Dakota’s most rural and frontier communities. Your gift inspires our employees and lets them know they are not alone in the fight against Coronavirus.”

About the SDCF

SDCF is a public non-profit organization established in 1987. SDCF, with offices in Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls and Aberdeen administers over 980 funds benefiting hundreds of charitable organizations annually. The Foundation distributed nearly $18 million in grants in 2019 which made a tremendous difference in communities statewide. This would not have been possible without the generosity of our donors. If you have a specific cause you would like to support or would prefer to give for the general good of our state, please visit https://sdcommunityfoundation.org/for-donors/ to learn more or call 1-800-888-1842.

About Horizon Health Care, Inc.

For over 40 years, Horizon Health Care has been providing personalized, affordable, high-quality medical, dental and behavioral healthcare through a rural, community-based network in South Dakota. Horizon is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that serves the medical, dental and mental healthcare 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.

About Horizon Health Foundation

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 Office, operating in coordination with Horizon Health Care, is the duly designated fund-raising arm for Horizon Health Care, Inc.  In the broadest sense, the purpose of the Foundation is to create an awareness of the financial needs of Horizon Health which are not provided by patient charges and to systematically implement plans by which dollar needs can be met. For more information, please visit http://www.horizonhealthfoundation.com or call 605.772.4553.