Thirty years ago, groups of concerned citizens from
the communities of Howard and Bryant (Miner-Hamlin Health Care Project)
and Wessington Springs, Plankinton, and
In 1998 the two organizations, Miner-Hamlin Health Care Project (which is now called East River Health Care) and Tri-County Health Care merged and formed Horizon Health Care, Inc. to better serve their patients.Today, Horizon serves the health care and dental needs of South Dakotans by means of 63,000 patient visits throughout its 17 medical and dental clinics in the communities of Bryant, DeSmet, Howard, Huron, Lake Preston, Martin, Mission, Plankinton, Springfield, Wessington Springs, White River and Woonsocket. The organization employs over 100 professional staff and maintains an annual budget of over $8 million. Many changes have taken place within the organization over the past three decades including mergers, new starts, acquisitions and an expansion into dental services, telemedicine, and computer technology. Since the mergers of the two organizations, the scope of funding from the BPHC changed. Instead of assisting the clinics in substantiality, the current goal of the funding is to provide quality, affordable health care to the medically uninsured and/or medically underserved. This has been Horizon Health Care's mission for for over 30 years.
Horizon Health Care, Inc. is governed by a volunteer community board of directors. The sixteen members represent the communities served by the organization and the current board chair is Echo Peterson from Plankinton. In October, 1983, John Mengenhausen was hired as the chief executive officer to work under the guidance and director of a community board of directors and has provided direction and guidance to the staff for 25 years.