Brookings Health System Foundation to Hold Seventh Annual Aiming to Inspire Health Fundraiser

Posted: 6/28/2016

Proceeds to Fund Infant Warmers in New OB Suites

Obstetrics Nurse Deb Stover, who educates Brookings Health System’s care team on neonatal resuscitation, performs routine operating tests one of the hospital’s current infant warmers. The Foundation’s annual Aiming to Inspiring Health sporting clays fundraiser will raise funds to replace the aging infant warmers with top-of-the-line technology that is easier for staff to operate when performing neonatal resuscitation on babies born in critical condition.Brookings Health System Foundation will hold the seventh annual Aiming to Inspire Health sporting clays fundraiser, presented by First Bank & Trust, on Thursday, Aug. 11 from 3 to 8 p.m. at Medary Creek Hunt Club, rural Aurora, S.D.

Proceeds from the 2016 event will help purchase three new infant warmers for New Beginnings Birth Center, replacing aging equipment with top-of-the-line technology that is easier for staff to operate when performing neonatal resuscitation.

“When New Beginnings moves to the new hospital expansion, we’ll be expanding from three labor and delivery suites to five suites plus one triage room,” said OB Director Mary Schwaegerl. “Each room needs an infant warmer to be prepared to care for any baby born in critical condition. We’ve budgeted in the construction project to buy three new warmers for the additional labor and delivery suites, but we will also eventually need to replace the existing warmers we currently use as they reach end-of-life.”

Brookings Health System has scheduled to purchase one replacement infant warmer for the next three years. The proceeds from Aiming to Inspire Health will expedite this schedule, placing new infant warmers in all of the new labor and delivery suites.

Participants of all ages helped raise funds for last year’s Aiming to Inspire Health sporting clays fundraiser. This year Brookings Health System Foundation will hold the event on Thursday, Aug. 11. Interested participants may register by contacting the Foundation at (605) 696-8855 or foundation@brookingshealth.org. “Brookings Health System already makes a significant investment in equipment upgrades every year as its budget allows,” said Foundation Director Barb Anderson. “We hope to raise enough money to help accelerate the infant warmer upgrades so when the new OB opens next year, all six warmers will be brand new just like the building.”

Families, businesses, youths and adults are encouraged to participate at the event. Registration is limited to the first 35 teams or 140 shooters and includes a meal and ammunition.

Over $2000 in prizes will be awarded. All registrations paid and received or postmarked by July 29 are eligible to win a $200 early bird prize.

In addition to First Bank & Trust, event sponsors to date include Runnings; US Foods; Thompson Electric; Banner Associates; Kerry’s Landscaping & Irrigation; Dacotah Bank; Helsper, McCarty & Rasmussen; Kraus-Anderson Construction; Avera Medical Group Brookings; Larson Manufacturing; Valero Renewables; Dimensional Insight; Metropolitan Mechanical; Kone Elevator; Jensen Masonry; Cubby’s; Sanford Brookings Clinic; Syverson Tile & Stone; Clites Electric; The Exchange; Owens & Minor; HyVee, CDW-G; Central Business Supply; Allegra and Brookings Register.

To sponsor the event or to register to participate in the event, contact Anderson at (605) 696-8855 or foundation@brookingshealth.org. A registration form is available online at www.brookingshealth.org/foundation.

About Brookings Health System Foundation

Brookings Health System Foundation works to cultivate philanthropic gifts to 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 foundation@brookingshealth.org.

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 brookingshealth.org.