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Horizon Health Foundation Welcomes New Board Members

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(HOWARD, SD) – Horizon Health Foundation has recently welcomed Doug Eidahl and Chrysti M. (Schwader) Protsch to the Foundation’s board of directors, which is comprised of eight leaders representing the Horizon Health Care service area. The board members guide the direction of the Foundation and oversee operations including financial management and advocacy efforts.

Eidahl is currently the Vice President of Regulatory and Legal for Vantage Point Solutions, Mitchell, SD, where he works on a wide variety of legal, regulatory, business and strategic planning issues, financing, mergers and acquisitions for Rural Telecommunications, Internet, CATV and wireless providers.  Doug holds a BS, MPA and Law Degrees, all from the University of South Dakota.  He was the former General Counsel for the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission and CEO for James Valley Telecommunications & Northern Valley Communications in Groton and Aberdeen, SD before joining VPS in 2003 where he has worked the last 16 years.  

In addition to his extensive career, Eidahl also has served on numerous boards, commissions and community foundations and especially enjoys preservation of rural communities and economic development. Doug is currently serving on the Mitchell Technical Institute Foundation, Strand Kjorsvig Living Center in Roslyn, and Fort Sisseton Historical Commission. He grew up on the family dairy farm 11 miles northwest of Roslyn, where he continues to farm with his son and nephew.

Protsch has lived and worked most of her life in Miner County, South Dakota. After 36 years in the Title Industry, she recently retired as Owner/President of Fidelity Abstract. Chrysti is on the Miner County Historical Society Board, serving as treasurer, and enjoys creating displays at the museum. She also volunteers where needed at Bethany Lutheran Church, especially with the Wednesday Mission Quilt group, and was a recent church council secretary.

Personally, Protsch has experienced the loss of several close relatives at a young age and helped with their care. This reason is what had led her to seek ways to provide help in healthcare and to support the mission of the Horizon Health Foundation as a board member. Her and her husband, Greg, reside in Howard and have three children and six (almost seven) grandchildren.

“We are excited to have both of these passionate individuals join us on our board,” said Tracy Pardy, Horizon Health Foundation Executive Director. “Horizon Health Foundation will benefit from their years of diverse experience, so we can continue to help our patients and communities across the state.

Other current Horizon Health Foundation board members include: Jodi Jung (De Smet, SD); Pam Locken (Isabel, SD); Kris Stocklin-Johnson (Faith, SD); Jim Burg (Wessington Springs, SD); Gary McKellips (Alcester, SD); and John Mengenhausen (Howard, SD).

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.

For more information, please visit http://www.horizonhealthfounda... or call 605.772.4553.

About Horizon Health Care

For over 40years, 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