Brookings Health System Donates $5000 to Brookings Volunteer Service Bank

Posted: 1/30/2012

Brookings Health System Board of Trustees Chair Al Baker (left) and CEO and President Jason Merkley (right) present a $5000 check to Don Boone of the Volunteer Service Bank.

For the second consecutive year, Brookings Health System has donated $5000 to Brookings Volunteer Service Bank.

Volunteer Service Bank 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.

“Supporting Volunteer Service Bank is a great way for Brookings Health System to give back to our community and directly impact the lives of many of the friends and
neighbors we have the privilege to serve,” said CEO and President Jason Merkley.

One of Volunteer Service Bank’s largest projects involves providing drivers for patient transportation. Nearly 70 escort and transport drivers help area patients in need of specialized treatments, such as radiation and chemotherapy, reach their treatment destination both inside and outside of the Brookings region.

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 Don Boone at

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