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Horizon Health Foundation Welcomes New Board Members

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(HOWARD, SD) – Horizon Health Foundation has recently welcomed two new board members to the foundation’s board of directors, which is comprised of six leaders representing the Horizon Health Care, Inc. service area. The board members guide the direction of the foundation and oversee operations including financial management and advocacy efforts.

New members to the board of directors include Doug Kazmerzak and Krissy Stocklin-Johnson.

Doug is a graduate of Lake Preston High School and Mitchell Technical Institute. Doug has a strong history of community involvement and philanthropy, including being a founding member of the “MTI Ag Class of ’74 Scholarship”. Over the years, Doug has served on several community boards including: Kingsbury Arts Council, Lake Preston School Board, Kingsbury County Pork Producers, Good Samaritan Advisory Board and his local church and township boards. He is also a member of the Lake Preston Alumni Committee, Farm Commodity Organizations, and is a past president of the South Dakota Association of Towns and Townships. In 1998, Doug was elected to the South Dakota House of Representatives, where he served two terms. Currently, Doug is the president of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant Society. He resides in rural Erwin, SD, with his wife, Carol, where he has been farming since 1974. “I look forward to the opportunity serving on the Horizon Health Foundation board by sharing my thoughts and opinions concerning rural health care needs, particularly in the area of children’s needs,” says Doug.

Krissy is a graduate of Faith High School and was introduced to the health care field in 2013, when she began working at Prairie Community Health. Through her tenure with Prairie Community Health, and later Horizon Health Care, she was involved with the organizations’ marketing and rural health care advocacy efforts. Through her experiences with these organizations, Krissy has experienced how vital it is to keep community-based health care in rural South Dakota. In fall of 2017, Krissy followed a new career opportunity and is now the current editor of the local newspaper in Faith, SD, where she is able to continue her passion for community involvement and advocacy. Krissy resides in rural Faith, with her husband and two sons, operating their cattle ranch as fifth generation owners, and feed business, Bar E2 Feeds. “I am one of many who are rural South Dakota. We live and breathe this way of life every day. Being able to help our rural communities have access to a community health center is extremely important to me. I am excited to join the Horizon Health Foundation in efforts to keep health care affordable and local well into the future,” says Krissy.

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, Inc. 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, Inc., 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.

For more information, please visit http://www.horizonhealthfounda... or call 605.772.5907.

About Horizon Health Care, Inc.

For the past 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 105,000 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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