Club 22

Horizon Health Care employees make hope happen for local patients

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(HOWARD, SD) – Horizon Health Care has a long history of providing help to those in need. In 2016, the Horizon Health Foundation launched its annual Employee Giving Campaign, which creates yet another monumental opportunity to provide hope by removing barriers to care for Horizon patients across South Dakota.

Over the last six years, the employees of Horizon Health Care have donated $309,210, helping over 1,800 patients across the state of South Dakota.

Horizon’s employees are dedicated to their patients and communities, with 40% giving back to the Horizon Health Foundation during the campaign. A total of 120 employees contributed, donating $48,599 to this year’s campaign that will benefit Horizon’s patients by providing help with transportation, cancer screenings, and medical, dental and behavioral health expenses.

The Employee Giving Campaign is a chance for Horizon employees to unite, show support and give back to their patients. As an example of unification, Horizon employee Shae Jung from Howard Community Health Center painted her idea of generosity through Horizon’s commitment to serving 28,000 patients across the state, each one with their own unique background, story, and health goals. Her painting showed the diversity of patients Horizon serves, while focusing on the ways that Horizon employees show generosity to their patients every day.

“I find that generosity is clearly present in tight-knit communities where everyone feels like a friendly neighbor that is willing to lend a helping hand – hence the interlocking hands seen in the painting,” said Jung.

Jung’s original piece can be seen through the window at the Howard Community Health Center, and replicas will be posted in every Horizon clinic for all to enjoy.

Individuals can join their local health care employees in spreading generosity on Giving Tuesday on Tuesday, November 29th by considering a $22 per month gift in their honor to the Horizon Health Foundation. Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities, and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. By joining Club 22, you can save patient lives, be entered into the Cancun All-Inclusive Raffle for 2, and unlock $1,000 in matching funds for your community, thanks to SDN Communication’s and its member’s $22,000 lead matching gift. For more information on how you can spread generosity, please visit

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, 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 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