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 Over $19,000 for Local Health Care

Over $19,000 was raised Brookings Health System Foundation‘s thirteenth annual Aiming to Inspire Health fundraiser on Thursday, Aug. 11 at Brookings Gun Club, rural Brookings, S.D., presented by First Bank & Trust.

King Joins Brookings Health System Foundation Board

Retired Physician Assistant Rod King recently joined Brookings Health System Foundation’s board of directors. He was elected at the May 12 board meeting to serve a two-year term through December 2023.

New Beginnings Birth Center Nursery Named in Honor of Isaac Scot Hemmestad

On June 28 representatives from Brookings Health System and Team Isaac gathered to dedicate New Beginnings Birth Center’s nursery in honor of Isaac Scot Hemmestad, the son of Team Isaac founders Jason and Amber Hemmestad. The Isaac Scot Nursery recognizes the funds given to Brookings Health System Foundation by Team Isaac.