John Mengenhausen is a distinguished leader in the field of community health center management and an accomplished accountant. After serving a 3-year tour with an army airborne company, he pursued his passion for accounting, earning his degree and returning to his roots in Howard, SD. In 1983, he assumed the role of CEO at Miner-Hamlin Health Care Project, a small community health center, where he oversaw operations at multiple clinics. Over the next three decades, Mr. Mengenhausen played a pivotal role in the growth and expansion of the organization, which eventually evolved into the prominent Horizon Health Care, Inc. Today, Horizon stands as the largest Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in SD, boasting an extensive network of 31 clinics covering an expansive 28,000 square miles of service area.
With an illustrious career spanning various leadership roles, Mr. Mengenhausen has garnered widespread recognition and respect within the industry. Serving as the board chair for both state and regional associations in SD, ND, CO, UT, MT, and WY, he has become a well-regarded figure at both regional and national levels. His influential tenure as the Board Chair for the National Association of Community Health Centers, representing over 1,200 US community health centers, further underscores his invaluable contributions to the healthcare sector.
Mr. Mengenhausen’s dedication to fostering accessible healthcare is further demonstrated through his current role at the Board Chair for Community Health Advocates, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting healthcare accessibility in medically underserved communities. Additionally, he serves as the Board Chair for Community Health Ventures, a for-profit corporation facilitating group purchasing opportunities for FQHCs, showcasing his commitment to improving operational efficiency and resource allocation within the healthcare industry.