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

Tenth Annual Aiming to Inspire Health Fundraiser to Support ENT Services at Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System Foundation will hold the tenth annual Aiming to Inspire Health sporting clays fundraiser, presented by First Bank & Trust, on Thursday, Aug. 15 from 3 to 8 p.m. at Medary Creek Hunt Club, rural Aurora, S.D.

Valero Gives $25,000 Grant to Lifesavers Campaign

Brookings Health System Foundation received a $25,000 grant from the Valero Energy Foundation in support of the new Ambulance Station and Education Center which recently opened along Yorkshire Drive.

3M Supports Lifesavers Campaign with Capital Investments 2018 Grant

Brookings Health System Foundation recently received a $25,000 3M grant from the 3M Capital Investments 2018 program in support of the new Ambulance Station and Education Center currently being constructed along Yorkshire Drive.