Horizon Health Foundation receives gift from Mellette County Community Foundation

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Horizon Health Foundation recently received a $5,000 grant donation from Mellette County Community Foundation for the purchase of a Hi-Low Treatment Table for Mellette County Community Health Center in White River.

The Hi-Low Treatment Table combines an exam chair with a power table to allow greater patient comfort and ease in getting on and off the table without a step. As a fundamental piece of equipment, it’s designed for patients who may not be able to step up on a standard exam table and creates a smoother process for the patient in receiving primary medical care.

“Members of the board believe it’s a good use of dollars to support the clinic so they can continue to help members of our community with their healthcare needs," said Jerry Krogman, Mellette County Community Foundation Board member.

Mellette County Community Health Center’s current equipment has been used for nearly 30 years and recently broke. This upgrade helps ensure a better experience for patients.

“With Horizon’s wide expanse of operation in 32 clinics across 22 communities, we depend on gifts from the community to help fund equipment upgrades, assist patients with financial burden, and help increase our impact in remote areas. All investments through the Horizon Health Foundation are able to remain local if desired, to support health care in your rural communities and for patients in need,” said Tracy Pardy, Chief Philanthropy Officer. “We simply do not have the budget to purchase new equipment for every clinic so we are grateful for our partnership with the Mellette Community Foundation to help with patient care in our communities.”

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