Madison Regional Health Foundation

Scholarship Winner Announced

Madison Regional Health Foundation is proud to announce that Mikayla DeNoon has been awarded the 2020-2021 Doris Garwood Pharmacy Scholarship. DeNoon is from Dell Rapids and is currently enrolled in the South Dakota State College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions. Mikayla has earned a 3.95 GPA and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor's of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences.

"Every scholarship I receive is very helpful and appreciated," said Mikayla. "This past year, I was a co-chair of the Operation Diabetes Committee of SCAPP, a pharmacy organization. I led a new event this year in making care packages to donate to pediatric patients at Avera McKennan who were diagnosed with type one diabetes," DeNoon continued.

Stephen Klekas, Madison Regional Health Foundation Director, shared the purpose and history of the scholarship, saying, "The $1000 scholarship, in memory of Doris Garwood, is given to a student from the Madison, S.D. area with at least two years of college completed. The applicant must also be accepted or enrolled in a pharmacy program. The Doris Garwood Pharmacy Scholarship was established with the Madison Hospital Auxiliary in 1988 by her husband and family when Garwood suddenly passed away from heart failure. This scholarship has been awarded annually since 1989 and has helped many pharmacy students complete their education."

Madison Regional Health Foundation Board of Directors, Dr. Ashley Crabtree and Marlin Brozik, met with Mikayla DeNoon recently to present the scholarship award. During their meeting, Brozik and Crabtree asked Mikayla to share about her educational experience. DeNoon stated, "My education is extremely important to me, which is evident by my cumulative GPA of 3.957 and graduating Summa Cum Laude distinction." DeNoon also shared with the Foundation members what her future goals are by saying, "Continuing my education at SDSU not only teaches me needed skills and knowledge for my future career as a clinical pharmacist, but it also enhances my leadership, determination, responsibility, and learning skills, which are all very important for a successful career. Upon graduation, I would like to complete a residency in a hospital setting in order to advance my knowledge and become specialized in a certain area of pharmacy. After which, I aim to be a clinical pharmacist in a hospital setting where I can achieve my ultimate goal of helping others."

For the summer, Mikayla is a pharmacy intern at the Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. After finishing her degree, Mikayla would like to complete a residency in a hospital setting to advance her knowledge and become a specialist in certain areas of pharmacy. DeNoon plans to be a clinical pharmacist.

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About Us

The Madison Regional Health Foundation was established in 2013 to promote and advocate for local health care philanthropy. The Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax deductible.

The Foundation is building an endowment to address the future needs of the MRHS and the Madison community. Through this endowment, your gifts will have an even greater impact. Contributions can be made to the areas of:

Future Needs

Established to ensure that long-term goals can be achieved, the Future Needs fund focuses on supporting projects that address the changing needs of MRHS and surrounding communities. As our communities grow, medical needs change, and technology advances, your gift will help to keep quality, progressive health care close to home for our patients.

Scholarship & Recruitment

Through scholarship and recruitment initiatives, the Foundation wants to ensure that you can invest in those who want to provide high quality care for our area. The Scholarship and Recruitment fund will provide assistance to those wishing to return to or start their careers in Madison at MRHS.

Health & Well-Being

MRHS is dedicated to providing the area with health services and education, some at no cost to the individual. Through our community needs assessment, we have learned that there is an interest in preventative care and other well-being areas. Your contribution will allow us to expand our services and educational opportunities for our patients and the community through this fund.

Want to visit about your ideas for funding the future of rural health care? Call Beth Knuths at 605-256-8817 or email

Our Foundation, Your Legacy

Donors to MRHF have already impacted patients' lives in creating therapeutic and comforting environments in the facility. The stained glass within the chapel/meditation room and benches throughout the healing garden were made possible through gifts from our donors. We have purchased state-of-the-art equipment like the electric parallel bars in physical therapy and have awarded scholarships to future pharmacists.



The Madison Regional Health Foundation exists to support the Madison Regional Health System and the healthcare needs of the greater Madison community. The Foundation will seek donations and raise funds to be utilized for capital improvements, enhancements to patient care, technology upgrades and to otherwise fulfill Madison Regional Health System's mission of healthcare philanthropy in the Madison area.

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The Madison Regional Health Foundation aspires to provide resources to assist the Madison Regional Health System in identifying and meeting the ever-changing health care needs of the communities we serve for the present and future years to come.

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