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

Tara Mills, Chairperson

Tara Mills


Karin Emery, Vice Chairperson

Karin Emery

Vice Chairperson

Amber Hemmestad, Secretary/Treasurer

Amber Hemmestad


Tom Fishback

Tom Fishback

Rod King

Rod King

Scott Krantz

Scott Krantz

Jason Merkley, CEO & President of Brookings Health System

Jason Merkley

CEO & President of Brookings Health System

Foundation News

Brookings Health Adds eNICU Plus New OB Equipment

Brookings Health System recently added eNICU services and new obstetrical equipment to enhance delivery and nursery care at New Beginnings Birth Center.

Aiming to Inspire Health Fundraiser & Raffle to Raise Funds for a New Ambulance

Brookings Health System Foundation will hold the 15th annual Aiming to Inspire Health fundraiser, presented by First Bank & Trust, on Thursday, Aug. 8 from 3 to 8 p.m. at Brookings Gun Club, rural Brookings, S.D.

Krantz Joins Brookings Health System Foundation Board

Scott Krantz was elected to the Brookings Health System Foundation board of trustees at the December 2023 board meeting. He will serve a two-year term through December 2025.