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

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.

Aiming to Inspire Health Raises Nearly $21,000 for Local Health Care

Nearly $21,000 was raised at Brookings Health System Foundation‘s fourteenth annual Aiming to Inspire Health fundraiser on Thursday, Aug. 10. The event was held at Brookings Gun Club, rural Brookings, S.D., and presented by First Bank & Trust.

Aiming to Inspire Health Fundraiser & Raffle Set for Aug. 10

Brookings Health System Foundation will hold the 14th annual Aiming to Inspire Health fundraiser, presented by First Bank & Trust, on Thursday, Aug. 10 from 3 to 8 p.m. at Brookings Gun Club, rural Brookings, S.D.