Brookings Health System News http://brookingshealth.org/news/ News from Brookings Health System. Sat, 19 Aug 2017 19:17:20 -0500 Brookings Health System Foundation Raises Funds for Brookings Police AEDs http://brookingshealth.org/news/brookings-health-system-foundation-raises-funds-for-brookings-police-aeds/ The Big Dogs repeat at first place in the Adult Team category. From left: Mark Widman, Terry Wieczorek, Rich Widman and Conor Rude.More than 30 teams participated in Brookings Health System Foundation‘s eighth annual Aiming to Inspire Health sporting clays fundraiser on Thursday, Aug. 10 at Medary Creek Hunt Club, rural Aurora, S.D., presented by First Bank & Trust.

Net proceeds of $21,650 will help purchase ten new Automated External Defibrillators (AED) units for Brookings Police Department vehicles. 

“Many situations require our law enforcement officers to serve as first responders to a medical situation and AED units are essential tools in performing that service to our community,” said Brookings Acting Chief of Police Dave Erickson. “Thanks to all who supported this event and the resulting funding from Brookings Health System Foundation, we can upgrade our vehicles to the most current AEDs.”

Top youth individual with a score of 40, Evan Koerner and runner up Landon Moe with his score of 34.AEDs are easy-to-operate tools for individuals without a medical background to help treat sudden cardiac arrest and analyze the heart’s rhythm. If necessary, they deliver an electrical shock, known as defibrillation, to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm.

“Many thanks to our sponsors and the more than 150 participants and volunteers,” said Foundation Director Barb Anderson. “Runnings provided the ammunition, HyVee contributed a great meal, and thanks to the weatherman, the teams enjoyed cool temperatures as they took turns completing the nine-station sporting clays course.”

Three youth teams were underwritten by Ardelle Roberts, Back in Motion Chiropractic, Brother’s Pharmacy, The Exchange, Falcon Plastics, Dimensional Insight, Swanson & Young and US Foods.

“We are thankful that a number of our kids could be part of this competition today,“ said Ron Koerner, one of the coaches for the Brookings High School clay target club. “This is only the second year for the State of South Dakota clay target league and Brookings had 41 kids participate at the high school level. Events like this help us improve our skills for league, plus the kids can win some great prizes.”

The perfect individual score is 50. Winners from the event include:

  • First Place Adult Team —135; Big Dogs (defending champions): Mark Widman (Tea, S.D.) and Rich Widman, Conor Rude and Terry Wieczorek, all of Brookings.
  • First Place Adult Individual — 40; Chris Karch (Brookings, S.D.)
  • Second Place Adult Individual— 36; three-way tie Rich Widman (Brookings, S.D.); Jamie Lantgen (Lake Nordan, S.D.) and Jeff Smyrak (Brookings, S.D.)
  • First Place Youth Individual— 40; Evan Koerner (Brookings, S.D.)
  • Second Place Youth Individual— 34; Landon Moe (Brookings, S.D.)
  • Drawing, Individual Participant— Jim Kramer (Brookings, S.D.)
  • Drawing, Team— Helsper, McCarty & Rasmussen (Brookings, S.D.)
  • Ghost Clay Drawing— David  Wagner (Sioux Falls, S.D.)
  • Lowest Individual Score –  Bailey Jo Galbraith (Brookings, S.D.)
  • Top Score Station Nine –  Bill Retterath (Brookings, S.D.)
  • Early Bird Drawing –  Glenn Hofer (Elkton, S.D.)

Other event sponsors included Dacotah Bank; Larson Manufacturing; Kraus-Anderson Construction; Avera Medical Group Brookings; Banner Associates; Thompson Electric; 3M Brookings; Mills Construction; Valero Renewables; Kerry’s Landscaping; Helsper, McCarty & Rasmussen; Kjergaard Sports; Kone Elevators; Bowes Construction; Cubby’s Sports Bar & Grill; Scheels Sioux Falls; Sanford Brookings; Midwest Glass; Eide Bailly and Metropolitan Mechanical.

The following businesses sponsored adult teams: Avangrid Renewables; Basin Electric Power Cooperative Deer Creek Station; Brookings Police; Century Business Products; Daktronics; Regional Home Builders; Tessier’s; Twin City Fan and WW Tire. Two teams were organized by individual SDSU employees.

For more information about Brookings Health System Foundation please contact Foundation Director Barb Anderson at (605) 696-8855 or foundation@brookingshealth.org.

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 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, 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 brookingshealth.org.

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Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:17:00 -0500 http://brookingshealth.org/news/brookings-health-system-foundation-raises-funds-for-brookings-police-aeds/
Solar Eclipse Requires Safe Viewing http://brookingshealth.org/news/solar-eclipse-requires-safe-viewing/ Dr. Timothy Minton, Dr. Kenneth Knudtson and Dr. Ronold Tesch, ophthalmologists at Yorkshire Eye Clinic, show eclipse glasses with specially designed solar filters that allow people to safely view a solar eclipse. Yorkshire Eye Clinic is currently giving away eclipse glasses so area residents can safely view the upcoming Aug. 21 solar eclipse.On Aug. 21, the greater part of North America will experience a solar eclipse, when the moon blocks the sun from Earth’s view. While Brookings will not be in the total eclipse path, our community will still have a pretty good show, experiencing a partial eclipse with .91 magnitude. This means, weather permitting, we will see a majority of the sun’s diameter covered by the moon and experience unnatural darkness in the midday.

The partial eclipse is scheduled to start in Brookings at 11:37 a.m. Maximum coverage will happen at 1 p.m. The total event will be completed by 2:24 p.m., lasting a total of two hours and 47 minutes. While watching a solar eclipse can be a memorable experience, the ophthalmologists at Yorkshire Eye Clinic stress it should be viewed safely so as not to damage your eyes.

“Staring at the sun for even a short time without the right protective eyewear can damage your retina permanently and even cause blindness called solar retinopathy,” said Dr. Timothy Minton.

The safest way to look at the sun, whether during an eclipse or not, is through specially designed solar filters. The solar filters, which must meet the worldwide standard ISO 12312-2, are used in eclipse glasses and hand-held filters.

“People need to remember that ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun,” adds Dr. Kenneth Knudtson.

To safely watch a solar eclipse:

  1. Examine your solar filters or eclipse glasses before using them. If you notice any scratches or damages, do not use them.
  2. Read and follow all directions that come with your glasses or filters.
  3. Before looking at the sun, stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar filters.
  4. After looking at the sun, turn away to remove your filters or glasses. Do not remove them while looking at the sun.

“Make sure to help children to use solar filters and eclipse glasses properly,” said Dr. Ronold Tesch. “Also, never look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope or binoculars, even if you are wearing eclipse glasses or holding solar filters. The intense solar rays coming through the devices will damage your eyes.”

To help our community safely view the Aug. 21 eclipse, Yorkshire Eye Clinic is giving away free eclipse glasses on a first-come, first-serve basis. The glasses are available at the clinic front desk between regular office hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The clinic is located at 2311 Yorkshire Drive.

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes the 49-bed Brookings 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.

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Thu, 10 Aug 2017 12:43:00 -0500 http://brookingshealth.org/news/solar-eclipse-requires-safe-viewing/
Anderson Named to “100 Community Hospital CIOs to Know” List http://brookingshealth.org/news/anderson-named-to-100-community-hospital-cios-to-know-list/ IT Director Nathan AndersonBecker’s Hospital Review recently named IT Director Nathan Anderson to its 2017 “100 Community Hospital CIOs to Know” list. Becker’s selected individuals who hold senior IT positions at their institutions and are set apart by the exciting new projects they’re piloting.

Anderson joined Brookings Health System’s team in 2012. As the IT Director, he is responsible for managing the development of information systems, data processing systems and related functional activities to support Brookings Health System’s information technology.

Hospitals and health systems rely on CIOs and IT leaders to develop a long-term technology strategy and oversee EMR implementation and support, telehealth, health information exchanges, cybersecurity and more. Community hospital’s IT departments face unique challenges in their efforts to connect with patients, physician offices and other care settings, often across broad geographies and using limited resources.

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes the 49-bed Brookings 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.

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Mon, 07 Aug 2017 08:19:00 -0500 http://brookingshealth.org/news/anderson-named-to-100-community-hospital-cios-to-know-list/
Auxiliary Funds New Equipment for Brookings Health System http://brookingshealth.org/news/auxiliary-funds-new-equipment-for-brookings-health-system/ Brookings Healthcare Auxiliary recently donated funds for Brookings Health System to buy three new pieces of medical equipment, including this Doppler monitor to check the babies of OB patients who have a C-section birth. Other equipment purchased with the funds included an EZ IO drill to help care providers deliver medications or fluids directly into the bone marrow and a pager system to notify surgical patients’ families when a procedure is finished.Brookings Healthcare Auxiliary recently provided funding for three new pieces of medical equipment at Brookings Health System. The equipment will benefit surgical, OB and emergency patients.

The Auxiliary funds will help Brookings Health System implement a new pager system in the surgical area. The system will help staff manage time for families as they wait during their loved one’s procedure. Family members will be given a pager, similar to those given in restaurants, to notify them when the patient is out of surgery. This allows family members to visit the cafeteria or other areas of Brookings Health System’s campus while they wait. The pagers will vibrate and flash, alerting family members when the surgeon is ready to visit with them.

Also thanks to the Auxiliary donation, providers in the operating room will now have their own dedicated Doppler monitor. The monitor allows providers to listen to a baby’s heartbeat during a Caesarean delivery. The hand-held unit assures care providers of a baby’s health status during the procedure.

For the emergency room, the Auxiliary donation helped purchase an EZ IO drill for intraosseous infusion (IO), a process of injecting medication or fluids directly into the bone marrow when vascular IV access is not available. IO is often used in critical situations and life-threatening emergencies, such as cardiac events, stroke or respiratory failure.

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.

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Mon, 31 Jul 2017 08:31:00 -0500 http://brookingshealth.org/news/auxiliary-funds-new-equipment-for-brookings-health-system/
Registration Now Open for Super Hero 5K Fun Run & Walk http://brookingshealth.org/news/registration-now-open-for-super-hero-5k-fun-run-and-walk/ Event to Include 1-Mile Kids’ Race & Family Health Fair

5k_flyer_ajp_071017.jpgBrookings Health System and Brookings Hy-Vee will host the third annual Super Hero 5K Fun Run and Walk on Saturday, Sept. 9. The race will start and end at the Sanford Jackrabbit Athletic Complex (S-JAC) on the SDSU campus.

The event will include a kids’ 1-mile race at 8:30 a.m. with the main race starting at 9 a.m. Participants are encouraged to dress as their favorite super hero; prizes will be given for the best costumes. Participants who register by Aug. 26 will receive a race t-shirt; participating children will receive a race medal, courtesy of race sponsor First Bank and Trust.

In addition to the races, the event will include a family-oriented health fair with informational booths on wellness activities, safety, and nutrition. Fun activities and games for all ages will also be available.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Kelly McGeough Foundation which helps families in Brookings County who have been stricken with catastrophic medical expenses for a child under age 18.

Cost is $15 for adults and $7 for the kids’ 1-mile run. Race packets may be picked up 45 minutes before the kids’ 1-mile start; registration closes at 8 a.m. the day of the race. Participants may register online at www.brookingshealth.org/SuperHero.

For more information or to sign-up for a free health fair booth, please contact Cody Williams at (605) 696-8018.

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes the 49-bed Brookings 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.

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Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:38:00 -0500 http://brookingshealth.org/news/registration-now-open-for-super-hero-5k-fun-run-and-walk/
Deboer Becomes Certified Lactation Counselor http://brookingshealth.org/news/deboer-becomes-certified-lactation-counselor/ Obstetrics Nurse Nancy Deboer, RNBrookings Health System Obstetrics Nurse Nancy Deboer, RN, recently became a certified lactation counselor (CLC) from the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice. CLC is the premier national certification for lactation management in the United States.

A CLC is a professional in lactation counseling who provides clinical management and support to breastfeeding families. A CLC is dedicated to the promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding and human lactation to prevent and solve breastfeeding problems. As a member of the health care team, a CLC also ensures appropriate referrals and recommendations for breastfeeding mothers.

As a CLC, Deboer will work within a counseling model, understanding that breastfeeding decisions are made by the mother, who may have values and goals different from the counselor. She will provide knowledge and counseling about optimal and sub-optimal breastfeeding to help improve breastfeeding exclusivity and duration.

To earn CLC certification, Deboer passed a comprehensive examination and demonstrated competence in lactation skills, including assessing the latching and feeding process; providing corrective interventions; counseling mothers; understanding and applying knowledge of milk production and other commonly encountered situations.

Deboer’s recent certification aligns with Brookings Health System’s objectives as a Baby-Friendly® Designated hospital. Brookings Health System has implemented the policies and practices to promote and support breastfeeding as outlined by WHO and UNICEF’s Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding for Hospitals and Birth Centers.

Brookings Health System’s OB unit, New Beginnings Birth Center, has eight beds with five labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum (LDRP) suites. The unit provides full OB services to expectant parents and enables area residents to deliver their baby close to home with a local physician. To learn more about New Beginnings Birth Center, please visit www.brookingshealth.org/OB.

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes the 49-bed Brookings 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.

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Mon, 17 Jul 2017 08:17:00 -0500 http://brookingshealth.org/news/deboer-becomes-certified-lactation-counselor/
Halseide and Weber Become Orthopedic Certified Specialists http://brookingshealth.org/news/halseide-and-weber-become-orthopedic-certified-specialists/ BPhysical Therapist Stan Halseide, DPT, ATCrookings Health System Physical Therapist Stan Halseide and Rehab Services Director Gavin Weber were named board-certified orthopedic clinical specialists by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

Orthopedic certified specialists are recognized as having advanced knowledge, experience, and skills in the practice of orthopedic physical therapy and the conditions affecting bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves. In some cases, the therapeutic techniques they implement can prevent or delay surgery for patients. Their knowledge areas and procedures focus specifically on the needs of patients with orthopedic disorders, including orthopedic medical and surgical interventions.

To earn board certification, Halseide and Weber both logged over 2,000 clinical hours related to orthopedic conditions, received further education on orthopedic physical therapy practice, and passed a certification exam.

Rehab Services Director Gavin Weber, DPT, ATCHalseide and Weber currently are the only physical therapists in Brookings to become orthopedic certified specialists. In addition to doctorate degrees in physical therapy, both are certified athletic trainers.

Physical therapy is one of the comprehensive rehabilitative services offered at Brookings Health System. For more information on how you or a loved one may benefit from the services of physical therapist, please visit www.brookingshealth.org/PT or call (605) 696-8060.

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes the 49-bed Brookings 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.

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Wed, 05 Jul 2017 15:40:00 -0500 http://brookingshealth.org/news/halseide-and-weber-become-orthopedic-certified-specialists/
Women’s Choice Recognizes Brookings Health System for Emergency Care for Fourth Consecutive Year http://brookingshealth.org/news/women-s-choice-recognizes-brookings-health-system-for-emergency-care-for-fourth-consecutive-year/ For the fourth consecutive year Brookings Health System has been recognized by WomenCertified, Inc. as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Emergency Care. Pictured are members of Brookings Health System’s emergency department team. Back row, from left: Chelsey Sundberg, Jessica Prouty, Tara Rodriguez, Deb Conatser, Laurinda Jacobsen, Sue Bjordal. Seated, from left: Ashley Baszler, Sandra Minter, Becka Foerster, Karen Weber.For the fourth consecutive year WomenCertified, Inc., home of the Women’s Choice Award, has named Brookings Health System as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Emergency Care.

“Our team cares greatly about patients and strives to make a positive, lasting impression no matter what service patients receive,” said President and CEO Jason Merkley. “Receiving this recognition from WomenCertified, Inc. demonstrates to our community our continued effort to provide high-quality, compassionate, personalized health care.”

Selection is based on the eight core measures for emergency care as selected by women and rated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services. This includes how quickly patients are seen by a care provider and how much time they spend in the emergency room.

The Women’s Choice Award is a seal reserved for hospitals across America who partner with WomenCertified in its mission to empower women to make smart health care choices. The distinction is the only award that identifies the country’s best health care institutions based on robust criteria that consider female patient satisfaction, clinical excellence, and what women say they want from a hospital, including quality physician communications, responsiveness of nurses and support staff, cleanliness and trusted referrals from other women.

More information about the quality of care at Brookings Health System can be found online at www.brookingshealth.org/Quality.

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes the 49-bed Brookings 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.

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Thu, 29 Jun 2017 08:20:00 -0500 http://brookingshealth.org/news/women-s-choice-recognizes-brookings-health-system-for-emergency-care-for-fourth-consecutive-year/
Brookings Health System Foundation to Hold Eighth Annual Aiming to Inspire Health Fundraiser http://brookingshealth.org/news/brookings-health-system-foundation-to-hold-eighth-annual-aiming-to-inspire-health-fundraiser/ Proceeds to Fund Police Vehicle Defibrillators

Brookings Police Department Patrol Officer Damian Weets holds one of the current portable AED units purchased in 2001 for department vehicles. Brookings Health System Foundation plans to raise funds at its eighth annual Aiming to Inspire Health sporting clays tournament to replace the old technology with state-of-the-art AEDs to better serve the community.Brookings Health System Foundation will hold the eighth annual Aiming to Inspire Health sporting clays fundraiser, presented by First Bank & Trust, on Thursday, Aug. 10 from 3 to 8 p.m. at Medary Creek Hunt Club, rural Aurora, S.D.

Proceeds from the 2017 event will help purchase new portable Automated External Defibrillators (AED) for Brookings Police Department vehicles. AED units are easy-to-operate tools for individuals without a medical background to help treat sudden cardiac arrest and analyze the heart’s rhythm. If necessary, they deliver an electrical shock, known as defibrillation, to help the heart re-establish an effective rhythm.

“Law enforcement officers often serve as first responders to a medical situation so we continually train our officers how to use AEDs,” said Brookings Chief of Police Jeff Miller. “Thanks to this funding from Brookings Health System Foundation we can upgrade our vehicles to the most current AEDs and our officers can continue to help save lives.”

According to the American Red Cross, sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. An AED is the only effective treatment for restoring regular heart rhythm during sudden cardiac arrest. Time is of the essence. For each minute defibrillation is delayed, a person’s chance of survival decreases by approximately 10 percent.

“Cardiac arrest can happen to any of us, at any time, and at any age,” said Foundation Director Barb Anderson. “This is a perfect opportunity for Brookings Health System and the Foundation to partner with the community in support of new medical emergency equipment for the Brookings Police Department.”

Families, businesses, youths and adults are encouraged to take part in the event. Participants will receive a meal served by Hy-Vee, ammunition provided by Runnings and over $2000 in prizes will be awarded.

Deadline for registrations is July 28 but Anderson encourages those interested to act now. “We already have 20 teams confirmed and registration is limited to the first 35 teams or 140 shooters,” she said.  

In addition to First Bank & Trust, Runnings and Hy-Vee, event sponsors to date include Dacotah Bank; Larson Manufacturing; Kraus-Anderson Construction; Avera Medical Group Brookings; Banner Associates; Thompson Electric; 3M Brookings; Mills Construction; Valero Renewables; US Foods; Kerry’s Landscaping; Dimensional Insight; Helsper, McCarty & Rasmussen; Kjergaard Sports; Kone Elevators; Bowes Construction; Cubby’s Sports Bar & Grill; Scheels Sioux Falls; Sanford Brookings; Midwest Glass; Metropolitan Mechanical; The Exchange; Brother’s Pharmacy; Back In Motion Chiropractic; Iberdrola Renewables; Century Business Products; Basin Electric Power Cooperative; Twin City Fan and Tessier’s.

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

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes the 49-bed Brookings 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.

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 Director Barb Anderson at (605) 696-8855 or foundation@brookingshealth.org.

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Wed, 21 Jun 2017 08:23:00 -0500 http://brookingshealth.org/news/brookings-health-system-foundation-to-hold-eighth-annual-aiming-to-inspire-health-fundraiser/
Brookings Health System Joins Million Hearts® Campaign http://brookingshealth.org/news/brookings-health-system-joins-million-hearts-campaign/ Million Hearts logoTo improve local access to health care, Brookings Health System is joining the Million Hearts® 2022 campaign, a national initiative co-led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes within five years.

“Through free community screenings that assess people’s risk for heart attack or stroke, we hope to educate the public on healthy lifestyle choices to prevent, or treat, these conditions,” said Chief Nursing Officer Tammy Hillestad. “Our team, along with SDSU nursing students, will deliver a seven-point screening assessment to rural and underserved individuals in Brookings and surrounding communities, including military veterans.”

Screenings will be offered to adults ages 18 and older at no charge thanks to funds provided by Brookings Health System Foundation. Participants will be asked to provide their medical history and fast eight to nine hours before the screening. Assessments include blood pressure, body mass index (BMI) calculation using height and weight, cholesterol panel, glucose, and a stress questionnaire.

Once the care team has assessed a participant’s health, the participant will receive counseling and education as well as appropriate referrals as needed for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diet modifications, diabetes management, stress management and smoking cessation.

Brookings Health hopes to reach 500 people through Million Hearts screenings this summer. Dates for screenings include:

  • June 26, 4 – 6 p.m.: First United Methodist Church Community Life Center, Brookings
  • July 13, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.: K-Country Cookout, White
  • July 15, 9 – 11 a.m.; 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Pioneer Days, McKnight Community Hall, White
  • July 29, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Arlington Days, Arlington Medical Center
  • July 31, 4 – 6 p.m.: First United Methodist Church Community Life Center, Brookings

To learn more about Million Hearts® 2022, please visit https://millionhearts.hhs.gov.

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes the 49-bed Brookings 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.

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 Director Barb Anderson at (605) 696-8855 or foundation@brookingshealth.org.

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Mon, 19 Jun 2017 09:16:00 -0500 http://brookingshealth.org/news/brookings-health-system-joins-million-hearts-campaign/
Theodosopoulos Gift Upgrades Dialysis TVs http://brookingshealth.org/news/theodosopoulos-gift-upgrades-dialysis-tvs/ Family members gathered at the dialysis unit housed inside Brookings Health System and operated by Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center to see the newly installed televisions made possible by gifts in memory of Spiro Theodosopoulos. Left to right: Donna Theodosopoulos, Gus Theodosopoulos, Yoita Theodosopoulos, Robert Lynn, Georgia Theodosopoulos-Lynn, Vickie Knutson and Avera Dialysis Nurse Tina McGuire, RN. Not pictured: Darvin Knutson.Thanks to donations honoring the late Spyridon (Spiro) K. Theodosopoulos, patients at the dialysis unit housed inside Brookings Hospital and operated by Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center now have new larger, high resolution televisions enhancing the quality of their experience as they view programs during renal treatment sessions.

A long-time Brookings dialysis patient, Spiro often recommended the unit invest in new televisions for the patient chairs. To honor his wishes, his family consulted with the dialysis staff and decided to purchase six patient televisions with arms that attach to the dialysis chairs.

“Dad would be so happy,” said daughter Georgia Theodosopoulos-Lynn. “These TVs give patients something to help take their minds off the monotonous treatments.”

Spiro owned and helped establish George’s Pizza as a Brookings landmark. He was passionate about cooking and feeding people. He and his family often brought food to the dialysis staff to show their affection for the care team.

When Spiro passed away peacefully last fall, his family asked that memorials be given to the Brookings Health System Foundation to be used at the dialysis unit in Spiro’s name. More than 30 people from three states gave a total of $2,040 to the special fund.

“We are very thankful for this wonderful gift,” said Glen Geditz, dialysis regional manager. “Spiro brought so much joy to his fellow patients and to our staff. We will always remember his generosity.”

Geditz added that Avera recently upgraded dialysis patient chairs with built-in heat and massage capability and the unit is being remodeled with new window blinds, flooring and color scheme.

Friends and family gathered at the dialysis unit on June 7 to see the newly installed equipment and remember Spiro’s legacy.

If you would like to honor a loved one, or leave your own personal legacy, by donating to Brookings Health System Foundation, 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 the 49-bed Brookings 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.

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 Director Barb Anderson at (605) 696-8855 or foundation@brookingshealth.org.

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Tue, 13 Jun 2017 09:22:00 -0500 http://brookingshealth.org/news/theodosopoulos-gift-upgrades-dialysis-tvs/
Becker’s Names Brookings Health to“100 Great Community Hospitals” for Second Consecutive Year http://brookingshealth.org/news/becker-s-names-brookings-health-to-100-great-community-hospitals-for-second-consecutive-year/ General Surgeon Dr. Theresa Oey, M.D. (left), starts a surgical procedure in one of Brookings Health System’s new OR suites, assisted by Nurse Anesthetist Cory Kirby and OR Technician Jody Feucht. For the second consecutive year, Brookings Health System was named to Becker’s “100 Great Community Hospitals.” The list recognizes hospitals for quality, patient satisfaction and overall excellence.Today Becker’s Hospital Review released the 2017 edition of its “100 Great Community Hospitals” list and named Brookings Health System to the list for the second consecutive year.

The hospitals included on this list are recognized for quality, patient satisfaction and overall excellence. The institutions featured on the list play a key role in their communities as the centerpiece for health care. Several of the hospitals have rolled out unique population health initiatives over the past few years and are among the largest employers in their region.

The Becker's Hospital Review editorial team selected hospitals for inclusion based on analysis of key awards, rankings and certifications in addition to the hospital’s reputation for leadership and innovation. Brookings Health System was mentioned for being named to the National Rural Health Association’s Top 20 Rural Community Hospitals list.

Becker's has published a version of the list annually since 2011. For the purposes of this list, Becker's defines a "community hospital" as one with fewer than 550 beds that have minimal teaching programs.

More information about the quality of care at Brookings Health System can be found online at www.brookingshealth.org/Quality.

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes the 49-bed Brookings 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.

About Becker’s Hospital Review

Becker's Hospital Review is a monthly publication offering up-to-date business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and health systems. Articles are geared toward high-level hospital leaders, and we work to provide valuable information, including hospital and health system news, best practices and legal guidance specifically for these decision-makers. Each issue of Becker's Hospital Review reaches more than 18,000 people, primarily acute care hospital CEOs, CFOs and CIOs.

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Mon, 05 Jun 2017 11:27:00 -0500 http://brookingshealth.org/news/becker-s-names-brookings-health-to-100-great-community-hospitals-for-second-consecutive-year/
Brookings Health System Installs New Nuclear Medicine Camera http://brookingshealth.org/news/brookings-health-system-installs-new-nuclear-medicine-camera/ Technologist Marquette Nelsen positions a patient under the new nuclear medicine camera for a cardiac stress test. Nuclear medicine helps physicians evaluate how well particular body areas or organs are working. The new system has larger bore to reduce anxiety for claustrophobic patients and to comfortably accommodate all body types. Brookings Health System recently installed a new nuclear medicine camera in the radiology department at Brookings Hospital, replacing an older system. The new system has a larger bore to reduce anxiety for claustrophobic patients and to comfortably accommodate all body types.

“We can now also perform nuclear medicine tests on a bed or gurney,” said Diagnostic Imaging Director Tim Watson. “For patients who stay at Brookings Hospital and have limited mobility, we can transfer them in their bed and scan them without needing to lift them to an imaging table.”

Nuclear medicine uses a safe, small amount of radioactive medication to diagnose and treat disease. The medication makes the body slightly radioactive for a short time. The nuclear medicine camera tracks the movement of the radioactive medication by detecting the gamma radiation it emits.

A nuclear medicine study helps physicians evaluate how a particular body area or organ is working. Common studies include a cardiac stress test to show how well blood flows into the heart muscle; gall bladder evaluations; bone scans; kidney scans; thyroid and parathyroid scans; gastric emptying studies; and evaluations of bloodflow and airflow to the lungs.

Nuclear medicine is just one of the medical imaging services offered at Brookings Health System. Local patients can also receive MRI, CT, ultrasound and x-ray procedures close to home, saving them time and travel expenses. Images can be shared with any provider. For more information, please visit www.brookingshealth.org/Imaging.

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes the 49-bed Brookings 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.

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Tue, 30 May 2017 08:44:00 -0500 http://brookingshealth.org/news/brookings-health-system-installs-new-nuclear-medicine-camera/
Theodosopoulos Receives Brookings Health System’s Educational Scholarship http://brookingshealth.org/news/theodosopoulos-receives-brookings-health-system-s-educational-scholarship/ Kristina TheodosopoulosBrookings High School senior Kristina Theodosopoulos is this year’s recipient of Brookings Health System’s Educational Scholarship.

The $1,000 scholarship encourages and recognizes a student attending a post-secondary education institution with an interest in the health care field. In the fall, Theodosopoulos will attend Augustana University in Sioux Falls to study biology in the pre-optometry program.

Theodosopoulos participates in numerous activities at Brookings High School including the National Honor Society, Student Council, Family Career and Community Leaders of America, Students Against Destructive Decisions and Health Occupation Students of America. She also sang in All State Chorus and the Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church choir and volunteered for Building Friend Forever-Youth Mentoring, the Brookings Marathon, and the Superhero 5K Fun-Run Walk.

Brookings Health System’s Educational Scholarship provides financial assistance to a senior who best meets the criteria of the program. Brookings Health System selects the recipient based on a number of criteria including the location of their chosen school, the career area the student is interested in pursuing, the student’s extracurricular activities both in school and in the community, and their outside employment. Recipients are also assessed based on their GPA and personal essay.

The scholarship is another way Brookings Health System invests in building tomorrow’s workforce, which is part of the organization’s vision. As the fifth largest employer in Brookings, Brookings Health System provides employees a variety of benefits, including paid time off, retirement plans, health insurance and wellness reimbursement. More information about career and job opportunities can be found online at www.brookingshealth.org.

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes the 49-bed Brookings 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.

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Mon, 15 May 2017 09:20:00 -0500 http://brookingshealth.org/news/theodosopoulos-receives-brookings-health-system-s-educational-scholarship/
Tenth Annual EMS Rodeo Scheduled for May 23 http://brookingshealth.org/news/tenth-annual-ems-rodeo-scheduled-for-may-23/ In recognition of National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week, Brookings Health System’s Ambulance Service will hold their tenth annual EMS Rodeo on Tuesday, May 23 from 12 to 2:30 p.m. at Hillcrest Park.

The event is free to the public and includes a picnic with grilled hamburgers, inflatable games, face painting and ambulance tours. In addition, EMTs and paramedics will teach attendees hands-only CPR.

National EMS Week, May 21-27, honors the dedication of EMTs, paramedics, first responders, and others who provide lifesaving services to our community.

“Access to quality emergency care dramatically improves the survival and recovery rates of those who experience sudden illness or injury,” said Chief Nursing Officer Tammy Hillestad. “Our team of emergency medical technicians and paramedics are always ready to provide compassionate, lifesaving care to those in need 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

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 www.brookingshealth.org/ambulance.

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes the 49-bed Brookings 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.

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Mon, 08 May 2017 08:33:00 -0500 http://brookingshealth.org/news/tenth-annual-ems-rodeo-scheduled-for-may-23/
Free Diabetes Awareness Program Scheduled for May 15 http://brookingshealth.org/news/free-diabetes-awareness-program-scheduled-for-may-15/ Meeting to focus on needs for diabetic resources in community

The community is invited to attend a free Diabetes Awareness Meeting on Monday, May 15 at 7 p.m. in Brookings Hospital’s conference room A. The session is co-sponsored by Brookings Noon Lions Club and Brookings Health System.

The session will be led by Diabetic Nurse Educator Bev Cotton, RN. Attendees will be asked their interest level of establishing and participating in regularly scheduled Diabetic Awareness Programs or other resources in the future.

“Having diabetes can often be a financial burden,” said Cotton. “Free information sessions like this can help those who can’t afford ongoing diabetic education to manage their condition and health. Both the Lions Club and Brookings Health System are committed to continuing these sessions if the diabetes community feels they are worthwhile.”

Diabetics, pre-diabetics and family members are encouraged to attend and voice their resource need. During construction, attendees are asked to use the north driveway off 22nd Avenue, enter the cafeteria door, and go through the cafeteria to conference room A.

For more information, please contact Cotton at bcotton@brookingshealth.org or Lions members Rich Howard at jrhoward@brookings.net and Lance Howard at lwhowar@gmail.com.  

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes the 49-bed Brookings 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.

About Lions Club International

Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit the Web site at www.lionsclubs.org.

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Mon, 01 May 2017 08:53:00 -0500 http://brookingshealth.org/news/free-diabetes-awareness-program-scheduled-for-may-15/
Brookings Health System Expands Volunteer Program http://brookingshealth.org/news/brookings-health-system-expands-volunteer-program/ Brookings Health System announced today it is expanding its volunteer opportunities available at Brookings Hospital. The announcement coincides with National Volunteer Week, April 23-29, which celebrates and recognizes people who engage and give back to their communities.

“With the new hospital expansion and renovation opening, we’ve worked with team members to identify meaningful ways in which volunteers can help impact the high-quality care we deliver to patients,” said Human Resource Director September Bessler.

Newly added volunteer positions include:

  • Information/Wayfinding: help patients and visitors navigate Brookings Hospital, make deliveries to patients’ rooms, and assist with clerical duties.
  • Inpatient Care: interact with patients in the swing bed area. Provide companionship by playing games, doing puzzles, sharing interests or simply visiting with patients.
  • Gift Shop: assist with daily operations of the gift shop once open in its new location. Activities will vary depending on ability and interest but include: unpacking merchandise, entering merchandise into computer, pricing and displaying merchandise, assisting customers and ringing sales, stocking and light housekeeping of gift shop.

Volunteer candidates may also apply for existing opportunities, including birth/postpartum doulas, hospice and The Neighborhoods at Brookview skilled nursing home.

To become a volunteer at Brookings Health System, candidates should apply for the opportunity areas they are interested in. Brookings Health System will match the candidate to the area that best suits their skills and qualifications. Volunteers must submit their medical immunization records and pass a background check. Candidates may also have to train for the opportunity they apply for.

Volunteers working four-hour or longer shifts will receive a meal voucher good at Brookings Health System’s cafeteria.

For more information or to apply for volunteer opportunities, please visit www.brookingshealth.org/Volunteer. Questions about volunteering may be directed to Volunteer/Gift Shop Coordinator Lisa Rasmussen at volunteer@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.

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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:25:00 -0500 http://brookingshealth.org/news/brookings-health-system-expands-volunteer-program/
Brookings Health System Fosters Workforce Development by Supporting Brookings High School HOSA Chapter http://brookingshealth.org/news/brookings-health-system-fosters-workforce-development-by-supporting-brookings-high-school-hosa-chapter/ Operating Room and CSR Director Candy Johnson, RN, explains the da Vinci robot control console to Brookings High School’s HOSA chapter during a tour of one of the new operating rooms at Brookings Hospital last Wednesday. In addition to hosting tours, Brookings Health System also recently donated many of the medical supplies HOSA students needed for their state competition. As the largest health care employer in Brookings, workforce development is a critical strategy for Brookings Health System. When the new HOSA chapter started at Brookings High School at the beginning of this school year, Brookings Health System’s leadership team knew they wanted to support the group in molding future health care professionals.

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.

Last Wednesday Brookings Health System provided HOSA students tours of the new Brookings Hospital expansion and The Neighborhoods at Brookview skilled nursing home. While touring the health system, students learned about careers in emergency medicine, inpatient care, obstetrics, radiology, surgery and long-term care.

“One of the things we want students to get out of HOSA is that there are more job opportunities in health care than just being a nurse or a doctor,” said HOSA Co-Advisor Marcie Welsh. “By touring Brookings Health, the students also learn they can have really great jobs in the medical field while staying in Brookings.”

Touring medical facilities helps broaden students’ horizons regarding future career possibilities.

“We’ve had so many kids say they want to do a certain job after a tour,” said Jamie Tucker, HOSA’s other co-advisor. “HOSA’s giving them direction. They’ve also been able to network with peers from other schools who have the same goals.”

Peer networking happens by competing at the State Annual Leadership Conference. This year, 11 students participated at the state competition held April 6-7 in Sioux Falls. Competition events included debate, persuasive communication skills and creative problem solving as well as performing procedural skills, such as CPR/first aid, nursing assisting and biomedical lab science.

To compete in the procedural skills categories, students need to bring along their own medical supplies. Brookings Health System helped contestants by donating most of the items needed for state competition. Items included disposable masks, disposable gowns, sterile surgical gloves, CPR bags and masks, sterile gauze pads, roller gauze, roller bandages, biohazard bags, trauma dressings and sterile dressings.

“In our first year, we just didn’t have a lot of funds,” said Tucker. “We really appreciate Brookings Health System’s donation so we could compete at state.”

The competition paid off. A team of students qualified for nationals in creative problem solving and one student qualified for nationals in laboratory science, something she wouldn’t have been able to do without the medical supplies donated by the health system.

“Supporting HOSA students is a natural extension of Brookings Health System’s vision which includes investing in tomorrow’s health care workforce,” said Human Resources Director September Bessler. “We know a highly-skilled labor pool is the lifeblood of health care. Supporting the Brookings High School HOSA chapter helps ensure our community will have the health care professionals it needs in the future.”

Brookings Health System is the fifth largest employer in Brookings. The organization provides employees a variety of benefits, including paid time off, retirement plans, health insurance and wellness reimbursement. More information about career and job opportunities can be found online at www.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.

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Mon, 17 Apr 2017 10:18:00 -0500 http://brookingshealth.org/news/brookings-health-system-fosters-workforce-development-by-supporting-brookings-high-school-hosa-chapter/
Brookings Health System Named to Elite Top 20 Rural Community Hospital List http://brookingshealth.org/news/brookings-health-system-named-to-elite-top-20-rural-community-hospital-list/ Nursing Supervisor Sandra Ruesch, RN, trains Patient Care Tech Samantha Alfke to refill supplies in the nurse servers on the Inpatient Care unit at Brookings Hospital. Brookings Health System was recently named a Top 20 Rural Community Hospital by the National Rural Health Association and ranked at the 99th percentile of all rural and community hospitals in the nation.Brookings Health System was recently named one of the Top 20 Rural Community Hospitals in the United States by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA).

The Top 20 Rural Community Hospitals, including Brookings Health System, are those which scored the highest on the iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength Index™. Brookings Health System ranked at the 99th percentile of all rural and community hospitals in the nation on the Hospital Strength Index.

“We are honored to be named to this elite list of hospitals,” said CEO Jason Merkley. “Delivering high-quality, compassionate, personalized health care to patients comes first at Brookings Health System. Our team’s focus on delivering this level of patient care with the best possible outcomes and satisfaction has catapulted us to the top one percent of rural and community hospitals in the nation.”

The Top 20 Rural Community Hospital winners are those hospitals who have achieved success in the overall performance based on a composite rating from eight indices of strength: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspectives, costs, charges and financial stability. An awards ceremony will be held during NRHA’s Rural Hospital Innovation Summit conference May 11 in San Diego, Calif.

The group was selected from iVantage’s Top 100 Rural Community Hospital list, released earlier this year and located at www.iVantageINDEX.com. More information about Brookings Health System’s care quality can be found at www.brookingshealth.org/Quality.

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.

About the National Rural Health Association

NRHA is a nonprofit organization working to improve the health and wellbeing of rural Americans and providing leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communications, education and research. NRHA membership is made up of 21,000 diverse individuals and organizations, all of whom share the common bond of an interest in rural health. For more information, visit RuralHealthWeb.org.

About iVantage Health Analytics

iVantage Health Analytics, Inc.™ is a privately held healthcare business intelligence and technology company. The company is a leading provider of information products serving an expansive healthcare industry. iVantage Health Analytics™ integrates diverse information with innovative delivery platforms to ensure customers’ timely, concise, and relevant strategic action. For more information, visit www.iVantageHealth.com.

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Mon, 10 Apr 2017 08:15:00 -0500 http://brookingshealth.org/news/brookings-health-system-named-to-elite-top-20-rural-community-hospital-list/
Brookings Health System Named a 2017 Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital http://brookingshealth.org/news/brookings-health-system-named-a-2017-top-100-rural-and-community-hospital/ Health System Places in Top 1 Percent

Inpatient Care Nurse Emilie Hesby, RN, takes Delores Beynon’s blood pressure during her stay at Brookings Health System. The health system was recently named one of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the nation by iVantage Health Analytics and The Chartis Center. Overall, the health system placed in the top one percent of all rural and community hospitals in the U.S.Brookings Health System announced today it was recently named one of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the United States by iVantage Health Analytics and The Chartis Center for Rural Health. This is the second consecutive year Brookings Health has been included on the list.

Brookings Health System scored in the top 100 of rural and community hospitals on iVantage’s Hospital Strength INDEX®. Overall, the health system placed in the top one percent of all rural and community hospitals in the United States.

The INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive rating of rural providers. It provides the data foundation for the annual Rural Relevance Study and its results are the basis for many of rural healthcare’s most prominent awards, advocacy efforts and legislative initiatives.

The Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals play a key role in providing a safety net to communities across America – and the INDEX measures them across eight pillars of hospital strength: Inpatient Share Ranking, Outpatient Share Ranking, Cost, Charge, Quality, Outcomes, Patient Perspectives, and Financial Stability.

The list of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals and more information about the study can be found at www.iVantageINDEX.com. More information about Brookings Health System’s care quality can be found at www.brookingshealth.org/Quality.

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. 

About the Chartis Group and iVantage Health Analytics

The Chartis Group (Chartis) is a national advisory services firm dedicated to the healthcare industry. Chartis provides strategic planning, value-based care, advanced performance, informatics and technology consulting services as well as leading-edge decision support tools to the country’s leading healthcare providers. The Chartis Center for Rural Health (CCRH) was formed in 2016 to offer tailored services, performance management solutions, research and education to rural hospitals and facilities. Learn more at Chartisrural.com.

iVantage Health Analytics is a subsidiary of The Chartis Group and a leading provider of healthcare analytic and performance management analytic tools. Health system and hospital leadership teams across the country rely on the company’s software and services to deliver customized insights on clinical and financial performance, strategic planning, market assessment and payment optimization. iVantage’s analytics are the basis of continuing thought leadership and insight in the areas of healthcare policy and research. Learn more at iVantageHealth.com.

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Mon, 03 Apr 2017 12:22:00 -0500 http://brookingshealth.org/news/brookings-health-system-named-a-2017-top-100-rural-and-community-hospital/