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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COVID-19 Response Fund

Help support Brookings Health System as we respond to community needs during the COVID-19 epidemic.

You may also support the COVID-19 Response Fund by participating in this year's Aiming to Inspire Health sporting clays fundraiser and raffle on Thursday, Aug. 13. All proceeds will go toward the COVID-19 Response Fund.


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

Joanie Holm, CNP, Chairperson

Joanie Holm, CNP


Jim Winterboer, Vice Chairperson

Jim Winterboer

Vice Chairperson

Tom Fishback, Secretary/Treasurer

Tom Fishback


Jason Merkley, CEO & President of Brookings Health System

Jason Merkley

CEO & President of Brookings Health System

Tara Mills

Tara Mills

Mary Minton

Mary Minton

David Jones

David Jones

Foundation News

Annual Aiming to Inspire Health Fundraiser & Raffle to Support Brookings Health’s COVID-19 Response Fund

Brookings Health System Foundation will hold the eleventh annual Aiming to Inspire Health sporting clays fundraiser, presented by First Bank & Trust, on Thursday, Aug. 13 from 3 to 8 p.m. at Medary Creek Hunt Club, rural Aurora, S.D.

Community Asked to Show Support for Brookings Health During #GivingTuesdayNow

Brookings Health System Foundation is asking the community to show support for Brookings Health System during #GivingTuesdayNow on May 5. #GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19.

Brookings Health Receives LUCAS Device from Helmsley Charitable Trust

Brookings Health System will receive a new LUCAS mechanical chest compression device thanks to the multimillion-dollar effort made by the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to save the lives of COVID-19 patients and protect the frontline healthcare workers caring for them.