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

Jim Winterboer, Chairperson

Jim Winterboer


Tom Fishback, Vice Chairperson

Tom Fishback

Vice Chairperson

Tara Mills, Secretary/Treasurer

Tara Mills


Karin Emery

Karin Emery

Amber Hemmestad

Amber Hemmestad

Joanie Holm, CNP

Joanie Holm, CNP

Jason Merkley, CEO & President of Brookings Health System

Jason Merkley

CEO & President of Brookings Health System

Foundation News

Flower Fundraiser to Support Brookings Health System Foundation

Brookings Health System Foundation and Medary Acres Greenhouse have teamed together to create a Flower Fundraiser benefiting the mission of local health care.

Brookings Health System Foundation Adds Two New Board Members

Brookings Health System Foundation’s board of directors welcomed Karin Emery and Amber Hemmestad as their newest members at the Jan. 14 meeting. Each were elected for a two-year term through December 2022.

“Maskstaches” Remind Men to Care for Their Health

Worldwide men die on average six years earlier than women. For American men, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer. Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young American males between the ages of 15 and 34. On average, men experience a first heart attack at age 65, seven years before women.