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

Repercussions of a Pandemic

A year ago during the holiday season Brookings Health cared for its highest number of COVID-19 patients to date. Thanks to the vaccine and advancements in treatments, Brookings Hospital hasn't housed as many critically ill COVID patients at one time this fall, but the effects of the pandemic are still at play.

Foundation Raises Funds in Support of Local Health Care

A total of 28 teams participated in Brookings Health System Foundation‘s twelfth annual Aiming to Inspire Health sporting clays fundraiser on Thursday, Aug. 12 at Medary Creek Hunt Club, rural Aurora, S.D., presented by First Bank & Trust.

Aiming to Inspire Health Fundraiser & Raffle Set for Aug. 12

Brookings Health System Foundation will hold the 12th annual Aiming to Inspire Health sporting clays fundraiser, presented by First Bank & Trust, on Thursday, Aug. 12 from 3 to 8 p.m. at Medary Creek Hunt Club, rural Aurora, S.D.