Brookings Health System Celebrates National EMS Week

Posted: 5/21/2012

Fifth Annual EMS Rodeo Scheduled for Friday at Hillcrest Park

The ambulance service staff at Brookings Health System. Back row, from left to right: Anthony Dykhouse, Wendy Crevier, Britta Engen, Gordon Dekkenga, Andi Ribstien, Barb Booton, Sean Sands, Tim Austin, Mike Hanson. Front row, from left to right: Laura Niedert, Marisa Hanson, Lauren Olson, Megan Warne, Tom Papiernik.This week, May 20-26, Brookings Health System will celebrate National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week to honor the dedication of EMTs, paramedics, first responders, and others who provide lifesaving services to our community.

“Our first responders and ambulance staff are right at the front lines, providing the urgent medical care that saves patients lives,” said Chief Nursing Officer Tammy Hillestad. “Besides being the first contact for emergency medical care, our EMS personnel are also at the ready during sporting and special events and are actively involved in educating our community about safety and wellness.”

In recognition of EMS week, Brookings Health System’s Ambulance Service will hold their fifth annual EMS Rodeo on Friday, May 25 from 12-2:30 p.m. at Hillcrest Park. The event is free to the public and includes a picnic, inflatable games, face painting, ambulance tours, and practice CPR.

In addition, ambulance service staff will pass out ice cream certificates throughout the week to local children they spot wearing their helmet while bike riding.

Brookings Health System’s Ambulance Service provides emergency 911 Advanced Life Support (ALS) services for the City of Brookings, much of Brookings county and the communities of Aurora, Bruce, Bushnell, Sinai, and Volga. The ambulance service also assists area ambulance services from Arlington, Clear Lake, Elkton, Estelline, White and Lake Preston when requested.

For more information on Brookings Health System’s Ambulance Service, please visit

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes a 49-bed hospital, the 79-bed Brookview Manor nursing home, and Brookhaven Estates apartments. It is a non-profit, city-owned facility that offers the community a full range of inpatient, outpatient, and extended care services. The emergency room is staffed 24 hours a day and provides around the clock medical-nursing care for 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