2016 Heart of the Community Grant Winners Named

Seeking to make a positive impact on community health and wellness for the benefit of current residents and future generations, the Canton-Inwood Area Health Foundation has awarded $30,000 in grant monies to local agencies.

A $7,500 grant was awarded to the Canton Volunteer Fire Department to purchase self-contained breathing apparatus. Bethesda of Beresford was granted $4,900 to purchase equipment needed for patient efficiency and safety. A grant of $4,000 was given to Love INC to support holiday food purchases for Canton children in need. Another $4,000 was awarded to the City of Canton Recreation Board for repairs at the Kennedy Park ball fields. The Inwood Community Center will purchase fitness equipment with a $3,600 grant. The Canton Senior Fitness program received $2,000. The Hiawatha Healing Garden and the Therapeutic Courtyard Project at Good Samaritan each received $2,000.

Grants were awarded based on the agencies’ ability to promote and advance community health and wellness initiatives.

The Canton-Inwood Area Health Foundation was established in 2009 with funds created by the sale of the Canton-Inwood Memorial Hospital, assisted living and related assets to Sanford Health. Using interest earnings only, the grant program allows the Foundation to meet one of its identified goals of supporting projects that impact community health and inspire additional community investments in projects that benefit health and wellness opportunities.

Other Foundation goals include sustaining and improving health care in the Sanford Canton-Inwood service area; supporting Sanford Canton-Inwood, which includes Sanford Canton-Inwood Medical Center, Sanford Canton and Inwood Clinics and Sanford Hiawatha Heights assisted living, as important community assets; and providing financial assistance for the education of future health care professionals through scholarships and grants.

For more information about the Foundation, visit or call (605) 764-1495.

2016 Healthcare of Tomorrow Scholarship Winners Announced

The Canton-Inwood Area Health Care Foundation offers scholarships annually to deserving students who are pursuing an education in health care.

The 2016 Health Care of Tomorrow Scholarships were recently awarded to Heather Moser, Damarys Hernandez, Rachel Bauder, Tyra Knoblock, Kristen Jennings, Samuel Peterson and Shania Scheidt. Each received $1,000.

A 2016 graduate of West Lyon High School, Moser plans to pursue a medical laboratory science degree at South Dakota State University.

Another 2016 graduate of West Lyon High School, Hernandez will attend Western Iowa Technical Community College where she will be enrolled in the addictions counseling program.

Fellow West Lyon graduate, Bauder has been accepted into the dental hygiene program at the University of South Dakota.

Knoblock is the final recipient from West Lyon High School. She plans to attend South Dakota State University where she will major in nursing.

A 2016 graduate of Canton High School, Jennings will attend Dakota Wesleyan University and major in nursing.

Peterson, also a 2016 graduate of Canton High School, will attend South Dakota State University. He plans to explore the health care field prior to determining a major.

Scheidt is currently a Biology/Chemistry major at the University of Sioux Falls. She anticipates attending medical school in the future and hopes to work as an orthopedic physician.

According to Canton-Inwood Area Health Foundation Director Brendyn Richards, one of the goals identified by the Foundation Board of Trustees is to provide financial assistance towards the education of future health care professionals through scholarships and grants. “We are very happy to meet that goal by awarding these qualified recipients with the2016 Health Care of Tomorrow Scholarships,” said Richards.

To find out more about the Canton Inwood Area Health Foundation and how you can support its mission to support the education of students, please visit or call Richards at (605) 764-1495.