Brookings Health System Foundation Adds Two New Board Members

Brookings, S.D. – Feb. 11, 2021 – 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. 

Emery serves as the Assistant Dean for the College of Nursing at South Dakota State University. Hemmestad co-founded Team Isaac, a local organization providing resources to newborn families and increasing awareness of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Elected officers in 2021 include: Jim Winterboer as Chairperson, Tom Fishback as Vice Chair and Tara Mills serving as Secretary/Treasurer. 

Winterboer will complete his final term this coming December. Winterboer will have served the organization for the maximum four terms. 

“It has been rewarding to see the accomplishments of the Foundation and the generosity of our community through the years,” says Winterboer. “This past year has highlighted the value of having access to local health care within our community and the importance of supporting these efforts.”

For over 10 years Brookings Health System Foundation has supported Brookings Health System through facility, equipment and technology upgrades; health and wellness education for our community and employees; and assistance for patients and their families. For more information, please visit

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes a 49-bed hospital, the 79-bed The Neighborhoods at Brookview nursing home, Brookhaven Estates senior living apartments, Yorkshire Eye Clinic & Optical, and medical clinics in Arlington, White and Volga, South Dakota. It is a non-profit, city-owned facility that offers the community a full range of inpatient, outpatient, emergency and extended care services. Brookings Hospital provides local access to doctors in Brookings and offers robotic da Vinci surgery and Mako robotic-arm assisted procedures, making it one of the premier rural community hospitals in South Dakota. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at

About Brookings Health System Foundation

The mission of Brookings Health System Foundation is “Inspiring people to support Brookings Health System through philanthropy, recognizing the vital role of local healthcare in sustaining quality of life in our community.” Gifts to the Foundation support charity health care for those less fortunate, health and wellness education, facility, equipment, and technology upgrades and other needs as they arise at Brookings Health System. For more information about Brookings Health System Foundation or how you may contribute, please contact Foundation Director Sara Schneider at (605) 696-8855 or [email protected].

PHOTO: Karin Emery  Amber Hemmestad