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.


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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

Tom Fishback, Chairperson

Tom Fishback


Tara Mills, Vice Chairperson

Tara Mills

Vice Chairperson

Karin Emery, Secretary/Treasurer

Karin Emery


Amber Hemmestad

Amber Hemmestad

Rod King

Rod King

Jason Merkley, CEO & President of Brookings Health System

Jason Merkley

CEO & President of Brookings Health System

Foundation News

Aiming to Inspire Health Raises Nearly $21,000 for Local Health Care

Nearly $21,000 was raised at Brookings Health System Foundation‘s fourteenth annual Aiming to Inspire Health fundraiser on Thursday, Aug. 10. The event was held at Brookings Gun Club, rural Brookings, S.D., and presented by First Bank & Trust.

Aiming to Inspire Health Fundraiser & Raffle Set for Aug. 10

Brookings Health System Foundation will hold the 14th annual Aiming to Inspire Health fundraiser, presented by First Bank & Trust, on Thursday, Aug. 10 from 3 to 8 p.m. at Brookings Gun Club, rural Brookings, S.D.

Venekamp Hired as Brookings Health System Foundation Director

Brittany Venekamp was recently hired as the director of Brookings Health System Foundation.