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Michael DiGrazia elected to the Winner Regional Health and Wellness Foundation Board of Directors

Michael DiGrazia recently was elected to the Winner Regional Health and Wellness Foundation Board of Directors. Mr.
DiGrazia currently serves as a physical therapist assistant at Winner Regional Health. He grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana,
which is in the northwest portion of the state that is referred to as the Ark-La-Tex region, where Arkansas, Louisiana, and
Texas border each other.

Mr. DiGrazia started his career in physical therapy in 2007 at Louisiana State University Medical Center (LSUMC) as a physical therapist technician. He received his associate’s degree as a physical therapy assistant (PTA) from Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) in 2012. Upon completion of his degree, he returned to work at LSUMC as a PTA. While working as a PTA, Mr. DiGrazia attended Louisiana State University Shreveport (LSUS), where he went onto
graduate in 2014 with his bachelor’s degree in Community Health. His area of professional interest is with neuro, ortho,
and geriatrics.

In 2015, he made the decision to start travel therapy, as it provided him with more financial opportunities and the ability
to travel abroad between his assignments. Mr. DiGrazia traveled to many countries and continents, including Europe,
South America, Africa, and the Caribbean. Aside from his joy for traveling; he enjoys camping, hiking, golfing, fishing,
boating, and exercising.

In 2018, his travel assignment brought him to Winner, South Dakota, where he stayed a year before becoming a full-time employee of Winner Regional Health in May of 2019. He has a strong commitment to the critical access system, as it is a multi-setting design that allows him to get to know the patient better than any other hospital he had worked at.

In 2022, Mr. DiGrazia was invited to attend one of the Board meetings to gain a better understanding of what the
Foundation does and the mission it serves. Following the meeting, he felt he could have a positive impact in the Foundation
and knew he needed to be a part of that. Mr. DiGrazia strongly believes and supports the work of the Foundation, as it is
dedicated to support Winner Regional Health in providing high quality healthcare for the ever-evolving needs of a rural
community.

His application was met with great support and was unanimously elected to the Winner Regional Foundation
Board of Directors.

Currently the Foundation meets every other month for one hour. The Board generally meets on the first or second Wednesday of the month. As we expand our presence in each of the counties we
serve, we invite you to consider applying to the Board of Directors. As we understand and respect that everyone leads busy lives, we can accommodate virtual meetings for those who may reside
outside of Winner.

If you’re looking to give back to your community that truly impacts thousands of individuals each year, we invite you to contact Brady Kerkman at Winner Regional Health at (605) 842-7231. The Foundation is forward thinking, takes an out-of-the box approach, and is driven to bring strategic goals and plans to reality.

River City Friday Nights back in Chamberlain July 1st

River City Friday Nights will take place tomorrow night on Main Street in Chamberlain with many activities and the theme this time around will be “First Responder Appreciation Night”.  Activities tomorrow night include:

Live music by Drive by Night, sponsored by KPI Insurance
Roller Skating at the community center, sponsored by Modern Woodmen
Ax Throwing
Big Wheel Races
Touch a Truck with the National Guard
Performance by Balance Studio
Photo Booth + Make your own Frame
Games for the whole family

Downtown Daze Coming to Chamberlain July 8th

Downtown Daze is coming to Chamberlain, South Dakota on Friday, July 8th. This promotion will consist of several businesses in the Chamberlain area offering maps to complete by shopping at all of the participating businesses for a chance to win chamber bucks.

Participating businesses include:

Downtown Styles, Bad River Jerky, BFF’s Sip and Shop Boutique, Fabulous Finds, Hair Expressions, Main St. Café, Eastwards Art Gallery and Berry and Basil.