Brookings Health System Foundation, created on December 30, 2009, was formed to help build and support Brookings Health System. It is a 501(c)(3) organization, legally separate from the health system, and is governed by its own board of trustees.

Our Mission

Inspiring people to support Brookings Health System through philanthropy, recognizing the vital role of healthcare in sustaining quality of life in our community.

Brookings Health System Foundation relies on your gifts to achieve its mission.

Foundation Board of Trustees

David Kneip, Chairperson

David Kneip


Joanie Holm, CNP, Vice Chairperson

Joanie Holm, CNP

Vice Chairperson

Jason Merkley, CEO & President of Brookings Health System

Jason Merkley

CEO & President of Brookings Health System

Jim Winterboer, Secretary/Treasurer

Jim Winterboer


Tom Fishback

Tom Fishback

Tara Mills

Tara Mills

Mary Minton

Mary Minton

Foundation News

Brookings Health System Foundation to Hold Ninth Annual Aiming to Inspire Health Fundraiser

Brookings Health System Foundation will hold the ninth annual Aiming to Inspire Health sporting clays fundraiser, presented by First Bank & Trust, on Thursday, Aug. 9 from 3 to 8 p.m. at Medary Creek Hunt Club, rural Aurora, S.D.

Health System Board Approves Plans for New Ambulance Station & Education Center

Brookings Health System’s Board of Trustees recently approved plans to build a new ambulance station and education center on health system property located along Yorkshire Drive, just south of Brookings Hospital. The health system will break ground later this summer.

You're Not Alone

Rita Leintz of Sinai considers herself tough. So tough that when she was diagnosed with breast cancer on Oct. 14 last year, she kept up appearances for her family and friends. But inside, Rita felt alone