Brookings Health System Shows Support to Brookings High School HOSA Chapter

Posted: 12/27/2017

Terri Stauffacher, OR Registered Nurse, teaches students from Brookings High School’s HOSA Chapter about the new OR in Brookings Health System. The OR was one of the five stops on their tour of the expanded Brookings Hospital. Brookings, S.D. – Dec. 27, 2017 –Last Wednesday Brookings Health System provided Brookings High School HOSA students a tour of the freshly completed Brookings Hospital expansion.

“Students who did the tour last year were excited to see the final renovations that have taken place since,” said Marcie Welsh and Jamie Tucker co-advisors of the HOSA chapter.

HOSA Future Health Professionals is a career and technical student organization that gives many high schoolers their first experiences with health care careers. Participating students may perform job shadows, participate in competitive events and interact with medical professionals.

This is the second year that HOSA has been a chapter in Brookings High School. They have increased their membership numbers by 10 people with a total of 56.

“Going into our second year, we hope that our members take better advantage of the resources HOSA and the community of Brookings has to offer through shadowing and volunteer opportunities,” said Welsh and Tucker.

While touring the health system, students got the opportunity to see different departments’ work environments such as radiology, lab, inpatient care, emergency room, obstetrics and operating room.

“I really liked the OB unit because hospitals are where you go when you’re sick or not doing well and the OB is the happiest part of the hospital,” says Anna Ayres, senior at Brookings High School. “If I were to be a doctor, I would be an OBGYN.”

Brookings Health likes to support student organizations like HOSA and sees it as an opportunity to develop the future healthcare workforce in Brookings. Brookings Health System is the fifth largest employer in Brookings. More information about career and job opportunities can be found online at

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