Brookings Health System Foundation Helps Purchase Two New Vehicles

Posted: 6/16/2015

Funds raised during Brookings Health System Foundation’s “Come to the Rescue” campaign helped to purchase a new advanced life support ambulance for Brookings Health System. Pictured from left to right: Foundation Board of Trustees Member David Kneip, Paramedic Mike Hansen, Foundation Board of Trustees Chair Roberta Olson, Foundation Board Member Bruce Lushbough, Foundation Development Officer Barb Anderson and EMT Tyler Hageman. Two new vehicles were recently purchased for Brookings Health System thanks to funds raised by Brookings Health System Foundation.

A new Type III ambulance was added to Brookings Health System’s five-vehicle ambulance fleet thanks in part to funds raised during the 2014 “Come to the Rescue” campaign. Community donations to the Foundation’s campaign, which ran from August to December 2014, totaled over $47,000.

Brookings Health System’s 2013 “Make This House a Home” campaign raised money to support The Neigbhorhoods at Brookview, including a recently purchased handicap accessible van. Pictured from left to right: The Neighborhoods at Brookview Administrator Jason Hanssen, Foundation Board of Trustees Member Bruce Lushbough, Foundation Board of Trustees Member David Kneip, Foundation Board of Trustee Chair Roberta Olson and Foundation Development Officer Barb Anderson. The new ambulance replaces an older Type III ambulance. It is built and stocked as an advanced life support (ALS) unit and now serves as the primary 911 response unit. Brookings Health System’s ambulance team provides the only ALS service in Brookings County.

In addition, the Foundation purchased a new resident transport van for The Neighborhoods at Brookview skilled nursing home. Monies came from the “Make This House a Home” fund, the Foundation’s 2013 campaign which raised over $620,000 to purchase items identified as above and beyond the nursing home building project. The van was identified as a need for the facility during the campaign.

“Our new van is a great asset to our residents,” said The Neighborhoods at Brookview Administrator Jason Hanssen. “It is handicap accessible and includes a loading ramp and room to transport two residents in wheelchairs. It also has room for four other passengers.”

The van will be used to transport residents to and from shopping, medical appointments and other social activities like fishing and dining at restaurants.

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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 Officer 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, Arlington Medical Center, White Medical Clinic and Volga Medical Clinic. 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