Brookings Health System and Foundation Donate to Volunteer Service Bank

Posted: 4/6/2016

Brookings Health System CEO Jason Merkley (left) and Foundation Director Barb Anderson (right) present a $5,000 check to Kyleigh Cramer (center), program director of the Volunteer Service Bank. The organization matches volunteers with people and projects needing help within Brookings County.Brookings Health System and Brookings Health System Foundation donated a total of $5,000 to Brookings Volunteer Service Bank for the sixth consecutive year.

Volunteer Service Bank (VSB) matches volunteers with people and projects needing help within Brookings County. The organization acts as a volunteer clearing house for exchanging services between community members.

“Volunteer Service Bank offers important, health-related services to patients within Brookings County,” said CEO and President Jason Merkley. “Brookings Health System is proud to continue our support of Volunteer Service Bank.”

One of Volunteer Service Bank’s largest projects involves providing drivers for patient transportation. In 2015, escort and transport drivers made over 400 trips to help area patients in need of specialized treatments, such as radiation and chemotherapy, reach their treatment destination both inside and outside of the Brookings area.

The non-profit organization, which was organized in 1992 by the Brookings Coalition on Aging, is locally funded and commits to making a difference in the lives of the elderly, disabled, youth, and disadvantaged in Brookings County.

People interested in joining Volunteer Service Bank may contact Program Director Kyleigh Cramer 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 Barb Anderson at (605) 696-8855 or

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, 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, surgical and extended care services. The emergency room is staffed 24 hours a day and provides around the clock patient needs ranging from minor injuries to life threatening crises. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at