Brookings Health System News http://brookingshealth.org/news/ News from Brookings Health System. Sun, 21 Jan 2018 14:13:54 -0600 New Board Members Elected to Brookings Health System Foundation http://brookingshealth.org/news/new-board-members-elected-to-brookings-health-system-foundation/ Brookings Health System Foundation’s board of directors welcomed Mary Minton and Tara Mills as their newest members at the Jan. 11 meeting. Minton fills the seat vacated by Roberta Olson and Mills fills the seat vacated by Bruce Lushbough. Both Olson and Lushbough served the organization as board members for the maximum of four, two year terms.

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“I’m eager to get involved withthe innovative programs that the board has developed to meet the tangible needs of the Brookings community,” says Minton.

Existing board officers Vice-Chair Joanie Holm and Secretary Jim Winterboer’s two year terms were renewed through December 2019. Existing Chair David Kneip’s two year term will be up for re-election this coming December. Kneip will have served the organization for the maximum four terms.

“I feel honored to serve on the Brookings Health System Foundation board. I can see the difference that it makes to have a Foundation that serves our community and our health system,” says Kneip. “I want to welcome our new members and look forward to them experiencing the true generosity of our community.”

Brookings Health System Foundation was formed to support Brookings Health System through philanthropic programs including financial assistance for those in need, support for on-going staff education, and upgrades to facilities, equipment and technology. For more information, please visit www.brookingshealth.org/Foundation.

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, 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 Jan 2018 14:13:00 -0600 http://brookingshealth.org/news/new-board-members-elected-to-brookings-health-system-foundation/
Davidson Appointed to Brookings Health System Board of Trustees http://brookingshealth.org/news/davidson-appointed-to-brookings-health-system-board-of-trustees/ Bill Davidson, former director of national accounts for Daikin Applied and former vice president of business development at Trane, was recently appointed to Brookings Health System’s Board of Trustees.

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“I believe my involvement will be a positive influence on supporting the strategic direction of health care in our county and community. My business and personal background should help provide a positive impact for the direction of the health care system,” says Davidson.

A long-term Brookings resident, Davidson was previously elected and served as a Brookings city council member from 1999 to2001 when the city transitioned from a commission to a council-based form of government. He played a key role in developing governance infrastructure, policy and strategy for the community, hiring the first city manager and participating in many major city projects. He currently serves on the Brookings Regional Humane Society Board.

Davidson is a graduate of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology mechanical engineering program. He has extensive global leadership experience and also holds certifications in the energy services area for demand side management, certified energy engineer and business energy professional.

Davidson fills a county-appointed position; his term will expire Dec. 31, 2020.

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 and White 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, 08 Jan 2018 13:34:00 -0600 http://brookingshealth.org/news/davidson-appointed-to-brookings-health-system-board-of-trustees/
Allergist Dr. Mark Bubak Will Begin Seeing Patients at Outreach Clinic http://brookingshealth.org/news/allergist-dr.-mark-bubak-will-begin-seeing-patients-at-outreach-clinic/ Allergist Dr. Mark Bubak from Dakota Allergy and Asthma will begin seeing patients at Brookings Health System’s outreach clinic Jan. 18. Following that clinic date, he will be available the third Thursday of every month. 

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As an allergist, Dr. Bubak cares for adults and children with asthma and allergies. He has been active in allergy research and education with a special emphasis on new allergy testing and treatment methods.

Dr. Bubak obtained his medical degree from the University Of South Dakota School Of Medicine. He performed his internal residency and allergy fellowship at Mayo Clinic. He is certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology.

For an appointment with Dr. Bubak, please call (605) 336-6385. No referral is needed.

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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Thu, 04 Jan 2018 08:08:00 -0600 http://brookingshealth.org/news/allergist-dr.-mark-bubak-will-begin-seeing-patients-at-outreach-clinic/
New Year’s Baby Arrives at Brookings Health System http://brookingshealth.org/news/new-year-s-baby-arrives-at-brookings-health-system3/

Jordan and Kristin Pratt of Ramona, S.D., welcomed their little boy, Granger, at 3:45 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2018, making him the first baby of the New Year at Brookings Health System. As the New Year Baby, Granger and his parents receive a variety of gifts from local businesses and organizations within the community.Granger Jared Pratt arrived at 3:45 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2018, making him the first baby of the New Year born at Brookings Health System.

Granger is the son and first child of Kristin and Jordan Pratt of Ramona, S.D. He weighed eight pounds and 4 ounces and measured 20.5 inches long. Mother and baby are both doing well.

The New Year’s Baby and his parents received a variety of toys, baby products, and, gift certificates of cash and services from local businesses and organizations. Contributors to the New Year’s Baby gift basket include:

  • Avera Medical Group Brookings
  • Bel Brands
  • Brookings Health System
  • Brookings Health System Auxiliary
  • Children’s Museum of South Dakota
  • Daktronics
  • First Bank & Trust
  • GCC Ready Mix
  • Interim Health Care
  • Cruise Planners
  • McCrory Gardens
  • The Optical Shop
  • SDSU Alumni Association
  • SDSU Wellness Center
  • 3M
  • Willert Wellness & Chiropractic

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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Tue, 02 Jan 2018 11:19:00 -0600 http://brookingshealth.org/news/new-year-s-baby-arrives-at-brookings-health-system3/
Brookings Health System Shows Support to Brookings High School HOSA Chapter http://brookingshealth.org/news/brookings-health-system-shows-support-to-brookings-high-school-hosa-chapter/ 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 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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Wed, 27 Dec 2017 09:42:00 -0600 http://brookingshealth.org/news/brookings-health-system-shows-support-to-brookings-high-school-hosa-chapter/
Kaufmann Appointed to NHPCO Professional Education Committee for a Second Term http://brookingshealth.org/news/kaufmann-appointed-to-nhpco-professional-education-committee-for-a-second-term/ Home Health and Hospice Director Lynne KaufmannHome Health and Hospice Director Lynne Kaufmann, RN, was recently appointed to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) professional education committee for a second term. She will serve another two years starting Jan. 1, 2018.

The professional education committee helps identify professional practice gaps in the field of hospice and palliative care for providers nationwide. It also identifies educational needs, advises NHPCO staff on the development and delivery of professional development activities, assists in evaluating professional development activities and evaluates the effectiveness of NHPCO’s professional development program.

“I like serving on this committee to help provide input from a small agency’s perspective to fill the gaps in education about end-of-life care,” says Kaufmann. “Updating education on patient care techniques will help us take better care of our patients and enhance patient/family satisfaction. This will promote success in caring for terminally ill patients.”

Kaufmann has worked in home care and hospice for 27 years, serving as a home health nurse before assuming the director role at Brookings Health System in 2005. She also serves on the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organization’s Home Care Council and the South Dakota Medicaid Advisory Committee.

With 22 years of experience, Brookings Health System’s hospice provides local nurses, volunteers, chaplain, social worker and 24-hour support to help care for patients facing end-of-life. For more information on hospice, or to request services, please call (605) 696-7700 or visit www.brookingshealth.org/Hospice.

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, 18 Dec 2017 08:34:00 -0600 http://brookingshealth.org/news/kaufmann-appointed-to-nhpco-professional-education-committee-for-a-second-term/
Ruesch Recognized with Gail P. Lenehan Advocacy Award http://brookingshealth.org/news/ruesch-recognized-with-gail-p-lenehan-advocacy-award/ Quality Director Sandra RueschQuality Director Sandra Ruesch, RN, was recently recognized with the Gail P. Lenehan Advocacy Award from the Emergency Nurses Association.

The award recognizes a nurse who has had a positive impact on emergency nurses through a sustained commitment of advocacy for emergency nurses’ well-being and welfare or the welfare of vulnerable populations.

Ruesch was nominated for her work in legislative advocacy on both the state and national levels to protect nurses from workplace violence. She encourages nurses’ participation in legislative advocacy and has doubled South Dakota Emergency Nurses Association (SDENA) representation at South Dakota Nurses Day at the Legislature. She also serves as a Management of Aggressive Behaviors instructor, teaching over 600 health care professionals how to defuse volatile confrontations in the health care setting.

As a committed Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE), Ruesch went before the South Dakota Board of Nursing to revise the advisory position for SANE scope of practice. In addition, she provides training and mentorship to SANEs in South Dakota and surrounding states.

Before being appointed quality director this fall, Ruesch served as an emergency department supervisor and clinical nurse educator at Brookings Health as well as a nurse educator at Sanford Health. She also is a current member of the Eastern Plains Sexual Assault Response Team and on the state board of directors for the Emergency Nurses Association.

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, 11 Dec 2017 10:26:00 -0600 http://brookingshealth.org/news/ruesch-recognized-with-gail-p-lenehan-advocacy-award/
Safe Sitter Class Scheduled for Christmas Break http://brookingshealth.org/news/safe-sitter-class-scheduled-for-christmas-break/ Registration is now open for Brookings Health System’s popular Safe Sitter Class. Paramedic Wendy Long will teach a session over Christmas break on Wednesday, Dec. 27 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in hospital conference room C.

The Safe Sitter Class is recommended for young teens, 11 to 16 years of age, who are interested in babysitting and working with children, infants through school age. The course teaches how to safely care for younger children and includes First Aid and CPR.

Participants should pack a sack lunch that does not require refrigeration for their noon meal. Parents are encouraged to attend a completion ceremony at the end of the day. Participants will also receive an informational packet for at-home parent education.

Cost is $50 and includes a babysitting handbook for students to keep. Class size is limited to six participants. To register, please visit www.brookingshealth.org/SafeSitter to download the registration form. Save it to your computer or print and scan it and submit it as an attachment to registersafesitter@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, 04 Dec 2017 13:10:00 -0600 http://brookingshealth.org/news/safe-sitter-class-scheduled-for-christmas-break/
Brookings Health Upgrades Newly Accredited Sleep Lab http://brookingshealth.org/news/brookings-health-upgrades-newly-accredited-sleep-lab/ Respiratory Care Practitioner Janie Isham, a registered polysomnographic technologist, test fits a CPAP mask on a patient in the sleep diagnostics facility. Brookings Health recently purchased a new polysomnography sleep system that gives care providers enhanced information on a patient’s sleep patterns. In addition, the sleep diagnostics facility is now accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care.Brookings Health System recently upgraded its sleep diagnostics facility which is now accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care.

The health system purchased a new polysomnography sleep system to give care providers enhanced information on a patient’s sleep patterns.

“Therapists and physicians use the gathered information to customize therapeutic treatments to a patient’s unique needs,” said Respiratory Care Director Lynne Thompson.

The system’s software monitors when a patient’s airway is restricted during sleep, either while inhaling or exhaling. If the patient’s problem is identifiable in the first half of the sleep study, the therapist will awaken the patient to try an adaptive device, like a CPAP machine, to see if that helps the patient during the second half of the sleep study.

In addition, the new system also includes an infrared video camera that records a patient’s movements and audio while he or she sleeps in complete darkness. Physicians, who are not on-site during a sleep study, can view the recording to have a better idea of a patient’s sleep tendencies and provide a more accurate diagnosis.

In addition to purchasing new equipment, the sleep diagnostic facility recently underwent the accreditation process from the Accreditation Commission for Health Care.

“Accreditation demonstrates we meet the established regulatory requirements and standards,” said Thompson. “It also shows our team’s commitment to quality and continuous improvement to deliver the best possible outcomes for patients.”

To meet the accreditation guidelines, Brookings Health verified it had the policies and procedures in place to meet patient safety protocols. It also demonstrated compliance with national regulations and industry best practices.

The sleep diagnostics facility further ensures a high-quality sleep study for patients with its quiet and comfortable environment.

“The level of comfort is higher at our facility than in other sleep labs because of the atmosphere,” said Thompson. “Because our sleep lab is an apartment, it feels like a home, not a hotel or a hospital room. This enables our patients to sleep more naturally like they would in their own bedroom at home.”

The sleep diagnostic facility can test two patients each night. Each patient has his or her own private bedroom with a queen-sized bed, TV and bath. A recliner option for sleeping is also available to patients.

Brookings Health provides testing for patients 16 years of age and older. Types of studies that can be performed include diagnostic testing for sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome and narcolepsy. Daytime sleep studies are also available for those patients who work overnight shifts. Individuals interested in a sleep study at Brookings Health System should speak with their physician to request a referral. More information can be found at www.brookingshealth.org/SleepLab.

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, 27 Nov 2017 11:13:00 -0600 http://brookingshealth.org/news/brookings-health-upgrades-newly-accredited-sleep-lab/
Brookings Health System Receives 2017 NOSORH Performance Leadership Award http://brookingshealth.org/news/brookings-health-system-receives-2017-nosorh-performance-leadership-award/ Emergency Department Nurse Becky Berhow asks Case Manager Sheila Ness questions about the motivational interviewing technique during the recent Nursing Skills Fair. Training activities like the Nursing Skills Fair reinforces high-quality medical practices for clinical professionals at Brookings Health System. Focus on care quality and delivering the best outcomes for patients earned Brookings Health System its most recent recognition from the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health with a 2017 Performance Leadership Award.Brookings Health System was recognized by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) with a 2017 Performance Leadership Award in the quality category. NOSORH made the announcement on Nov. 16, National Rural Health Day.

“We feel honored to be recognized with NOSORH’s Performance Leadership Award,” said CEO Jason Merkley. “Delivering high-quality, compassionate, personalized health care always comes first at Brookings Health System. Our team works together to earn recognitions like this by focusing on care quality and delivering the best outcomes for patients.”

The rankings for the Performance Leadership Awards are determined each year using The Chartis Center for Rural Health/iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX®, the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance.

In partnership with NOSORH, iVantage Health Analytics has developed a data-driven program designed to identify excellence across a broad spectrum of indicators relevant to hospital performance and patient care. The Hospital Strength INDEX captures performance metrics for all rural and Critical Access Hospitals. Leveraging data from public data sources, INDEX aggregates data from more than 50 individual metrics into three major categories and eight pillars to derive a single strength overall rating for each facility.

“As we celebrate the power of rural, it’s great to recognize these top performers who are excelling in managing risk, achieving higher quality, securing better outcomes, increasing patient satisfaction, or operating at a lower cost than their peers,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader of the Chartis Center for Rural Health. “These leaders serve as a benchmark for other rural facilities as they strive to achieve similar results and provide a blueprint for how to successfully run a hospital and serve their communities amidst today’s uncertainty and mounting pressures.”

Earlier this year Brookings Health System was recognized as one of the Top 20 Rural Community Hospitals in the nation by the National Rural Health Association, placing the health system in the top one percent of rural and community hospitals. 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 NOSORH

The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) was established in 1995 to assist State Offices of Rural Health in their efforts to improve access to, and the quality of, health care for America’s 61 million rural citizens. NOSORH enhances the capacity of SORHs to do this by supporting the development of state and community rural health leaders; creating and facilitating state, regional and national partnerships that foster information sharing and spur rural health-related programs/activities; and enhancing access to quality healthcare services in rural communities.

About The Chartis Group

The Chartis Group (Chartis) is a comprehensive advisory and analytics services 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.

About iVantage Health Analytics, a subsidiary of The Chartis Group

A subsidiary of The Chartis Group, iVantage Health Analytics (iVantage) is 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.

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Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:12:00 -0600 http://brookingshealth.org/news/brookings-health-system-receives-2017-nosorh-performance-leadership-award/
November Diabetes Awareness Program to Focus on Diabetic Eye Diseases http://brookingshealth.org/news/november-diabetes-awareness-program-to-focus-on-diabetic-eye-diseases/ The community is invited to attend a free Diabetes Awareness Meeting on Monday, Nov. 20 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 program will focus on diabetic eye disease awareness. Ophthalmologist Dr. Timothy Minton from Yorkshire Eye Clinic will discuss how people with diabetes are more likely to develop blinding eye diseases, such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and cataracts. He will also discuss proactive steps individuals with diabetes can take to protect their vision.

Diabetics, pre-diabetics and family members are encouraged to attend. For more information, please contact Diabetic Education Coordinator Bev 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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Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:19:00 -0600 http://brookingshealth.org/news/november-diabetes-awareness-program-to-focus-on-diabetic-eye-diseases/
“Building Blocks to Baby” Offers Would-Be Parents Education on Starting a Family http://brookingshealth.org/news/building-blocks-to-baby-offers-would-be-parents-education-on-starting-a-family4/ Brookings Health System and Avera Medical Group will hold “Building Blocks to Baby,” an educational event for would-be parents who are considering having a child, on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at Brookings Hospital’s new West Entrance Grand Lobby, located right off of Twenty-Second Avenue.

“Many times couples who are planning or thinking about starting a family have a lot of questions, including what a baby will cost, what do we need to do to have a healthy pregnancy, and what labor and delivery is like,” said Obstetrics Director Mary Schwaegerl. “This event will help answer those questions and give people a chance to talk one-on-one with delivering physicians, OB nurses, volunteer doulas, lactation consultants, and other local providers in Brookings to help them decide if a baby is in their future.”

In addition to care providers, attendees will also have the chance to visit with family resource network about child care options, tour the new Avera Medical Group Specialty Care clinic located inside Brookings Health System’s Medical Plaza and tour the new OB unit at Brookings Hospital.

Registration will begin at 6:30 p.m., with informational booths open from 6:45 to 8 p.m. The event is free of charge. Pre-registration is requested by logging on to www.brookingshealth.org/BuildingBlocks.

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, 13 Nov 2017 10:04:00 -0600 http://brookingshealth.org/news/building-blocks-to-baby-offers-would-be-parents-education-on-starting-a-family4/
Brookings Health System Acquires Body Box to Help Diagnose Respiratory Conditions http://brookingshealth.org/news/brookings-health-system-acquires-body-box-to-help-diagnose-respiratory-conditions/ Respiratory Therapists Janie Isham (left) and Meredith Meyer practice administering pulmonary plethysmograph testing with fellow employee Katy VanderWal. Commonly referred to as a body box, the pulmonary plethysmograph helps diagnose patients with pulmonary conditions, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other breathing conditions. The new equipment allows patients to receive advanced testing in Brookings, saving local patients time and travel expenses.Brookings Health System recently acquired a new pulmonary plethysmograph, commonly referred to as a body box, to help diagnose patients with pulmonary conditions.

“A patient sits in a clear, acrylic box about the size of a telephone booth and performs breathing maneuvers through a mouthpiece,” said Respiratory Care Director Lynne Thompson. “Through this we can get readings on how the patient’s lungs are functioning: how air moves in and out, what volumes the lungs can achieve and how the lungs overall function moving oxygen into the body.”

While Brookings Health System has performed basic testing to assess how well the lungs work for years, the addition of the body box allows them to perform advanced diagnostics to help identify asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other breathing conditions.

“Before we added the body box, patients would have to travel to Sioux Falls or another location for the advanced testing,” said Thompson. “By having it here at Brookings Hospital, we’re helping local patients save time and travel expenses.”

Results from body box testing are shared with the patient’s care provider who uses the information to prescribe appropriate therapeutic measures.

Physician referral is required for body box testing. If you think you may benefit from pulmonary plethysmograph testing, ask your primary care provider to refer you to Brookings Health System. For more information on respiratory care services offered at Brookings Health System, please visit www.brookingshealth.org/Respiratory.

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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Living With Grief Presentation Set for Nov. 16 http://brookingshealth.org/news/living-with-grief-presentation-set-for-nov-16/ Brookings Health System will offer the Hospice Foundation of America’s Living with Grief: When Grief is Complicated DVD presentation for free on Thursday, Nov. 16 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at First Lutheran Mission Coffee House.

The program is designed to assist counselors and others working with bereaved persons understand, assess and assist individuals who may be experience complicated forms of bereavement. The presentation will begin with an overview of contemporary work on complicated grief and then explore interventive strategies to support grievers experiencing complicated forms of grief.

Two-and-a-half contact hours of continuing education (CE) credit may be earned. Participants must make their own arrangements for CE credit online after the program. The CE credits fee is $21.

Registration is required by Nov. 10 at www.brookingshealth.org/LivingWithGrief. For questions, please contact Denise Larson at (605) 696-8090.

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, 30 Oct 2017 09:38:00 -0500 http://brookingshealth.org/news/living-with-grief-presentation-set-for-nov-16/
Kids Invited to Trick-or-Treat at The Neighborhoods on Oct. 28 http://brookingshealth.org/news/kids-invited-to-trick-or-treat-at-the-neighborhoods-on-oct-28/ Children 12 and younger are invited to trick-or-treat at The Neighborhoods at Brookview skilled nursing home on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Residents in all three neighborhoods will hand out candy to children. For more information or to donate bagged candy, please contact Activities Coordinator Amanda Uecker at (605) 696-8716.

The Neighborhoods at Brookview skilled nursing home offers short and long-term care to residents. The facility embraces the household model of care which aims to create a homelike, social setting for residents. Staff incorporates the five person-directed values in care: Choice, Dignity, Respect, Self-Determination and Purposeful Living. For more information, please visit www.brookingshealth.org/Neighborhoods.

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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Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:06:00 -0500 http://brookingshealth.org/news/kids-invited-to-trick-or-treat-at-the-neighborhoods-on-oct-28/
‘You’re not alone’ http://brookingshealth.org/news/you-re-not-alone/ Sinai Woman Turns to Breast Cancer Patient Champion for Support

Rita Leintz of Sinai poses with Breast Cancer Patient Champion Mary Oien Reed, a resource Rita turned to during her breast cancer journey. Mary has encouraged Rita and also reassured her she was not alone in her fight. Brookings Health System offers the Breast Cancer Patient Champion program thanks to funds raised by the Swiftel Center during the annual Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign.Rita Leintz of Sinai considers herself tough. So tough that when she was diagnosed with breast cancer on Oct. 14 last year, she kept up appearances for her family and friends. But inside, Rita felt alone.

“I was so positive about this whole process that I don’t even know if my kids took it as serious,” said Rita.

One night while lying on her side, Rita found a walnut-sized lump on the outer edge of her right breast next to her rib. She thought it was just a cyst, but she still made an appointment with CNP Tonya Buchholtz at Arlington Medical Center to have it checked out. After a mammogram, sonogram and biopsy, the lump was confirmed as breast cancer.

“When I got the call later, I just kind of knew,” said Rita. “It was harder for my family than it was on me because I have that mindset, whatever happens in life, happens. But telling them was very hard.”

Last winter, loneliness set in for Rita. She started looking online for a support group. Her search results came up with a Brookings Register article about Brookings Health System’s new Breast Cancer Patient Champion Mary Oien Reed. Brookings Health officially launched the program last December, thanks to funds raised by the Swiftel Center’s annual Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign. Rita gave Mary a call.

“I sat in my driveway in my car the whole time and just listened to her story,” said Rita. “I told her I was really okay. I didn’t want to do chemo or anything. She said, ‘Oh Rita, there’s so many things out there and things have changed since I’ve been through it… At least try.’”

Mary, a surgical nurse who recently retired from Brookings Health System, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999 with no family history. She found a lump and had it biopsied. The results came back as benign. Nine months later, the lump had enlarged. She had a lumpectomy; this time the results came back as an advanced cancer that had spread to her lymph nodes.

“As a nurse who worked among cancer patients and did surgery for breast cancer, I was blown away,” said Mary. “I felt very alone and very upended. And certainly very unsure about what the future held. I really did not feel I would be here after five years because it was so aggressive and so advanced. At that time there were no patient advocates, champions or navigators, so I did the journey on my own with the support of my family and friends.”

Six months of chemotherapy, six weeks of radiation, a lumpectomy, a double-mastectomy with reconstruction and 19 years of surviving later, Mary helps other patients with breast cancer, like Rita, so they do not have to walk their journey alone.

Mary encouraged Rita with her own story of survival. Rita talked to her oncologist, family and close friends and decided to undergo chemotherapy. Mary and Rita also started meeting with each other on a monthly basis.

“She was right there, saying, ‘Ask questions. You are your best advocate. If something doesn’t sound right, you ask. If something doesn’t feel right, you ask. It’s okay if this one isn’t working out. You go get another. This is you,’” said Rita.

Mary helped Rita develop a sense of normalcy. When Rita experienced memory lapses after starting chemotherapy, Mary reassured her it was temporary. When Rita became unable to work due to the cancer treatments, Mary encouraged her to file for disability and helped her find financial resources. Mary also helped Rita understand what was happening with her treatment process.

“She’s been great, just to have someone who has been there, done that,” said Rita.

What was more, Mary reassured Rita that is was okay for her to ask for help and to acknowledge her feelings of sadness, confusion or anger.

“You can watch people go through cancer,” said Rita. “You can assist people who go through cancer. You can see the harshness that goes with it. But until you go through it yourself, you are clueless.”

Since last October, Rita’s journey has included two rounds of chemotherapy, a double-mastectomy with reconstruction and radiation. Mary has been with her each step of the way. Short-term Rita hopes for one good year to counter her one bad year fighting cancer. After that, she plans to hope for another year. Long-term Rita hopes for 16 years so she can see her twin grandsons graduate high school. Her message to others who are fighting breast cancer is to not be afraid and to reach out.

“You’re not alone. You’re absolutely not alone, and you’re going to feel alone. There’s going to be days where you can have a million people in the same room, and you’re going to feel alone because they’re not going to understand that you’re so tired,” said Rita. “It was hard to ask for help, but you learn it’s okay to do that. Once you take that barrier down and are comfortable asking for help, you’ll be amazed at how many people are open and receptive to be with you.”

People in the Brookings region who are diagnosed with breast cancer may call Breast Cancer Patient Champion Mary Oien Reed at (515) 231-4432. She is available to listen, encourage and educate as well as help patients and their families bridge the medical, emotional and personal challenges of breast cancer.

Individuals who want to support local cancer patients may purchase Tough Enough to Wear Pink t-shirts at the Swiftel Center box office, SDSU Wellness Center, Avera Medical Group or Brookings Health System. Shirts are $12 for adult S-XL, $14 for 2XL and 3XL. Youth sizes S-L are also available. Please call the Swiftel Center with any questions at (605) 692-7539.

One-hundred percent of proceeds from the Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign stay local and go to Brookings Health System Foundation to support patient services like the Breast Cancer Patient Champion. For more information, please contact the Foundation at (605) 696-8855 or foundation@brookingshealth.org.

About the Swiftel Center

The Swiftel Center is a gathering place for cultural, recreational and educational events. With a 30,000 square foot arena, state-of-the-art banquet rooms, conference rooms and in-house catering, the Swiftel Center is an international award-winning venue of excellence and one of South Dakota’s premiere event centers. For more information, please visit www.swiftelcenter.com, call (605) 692-7539 or follow us at www.facebook.com/swiftelcenter.

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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Ruesch and Schneider Appointed Directors by Brookings Health http://brookingshealth.org/news/ruesch-and-schneider-appointed-directors-by-brookings-health/ Brookings Health System recently appointed two new directors, Sandra Ruesch, RN, and Sara Schneider.

Quality Director Sandra RueschRuesch was promoted to serve as the new quality director. In this role Ruesch provides education and training to drive organizational improvement efforts and to support staff competence. She oversees clinical data submissions as required by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and administers the physician peer review process as required by federal and state regulations for hospitals.

Ruesch also provides quality assessment and performance improvement activities as required by federal and state regulations for all Brookings Health System entities and collaborates with team members to develop and implement organizational improvement initiatives.

Ruesch brings ten years of health care experience to her position, most recently serving as an emergency department supervisor and clinical nurse educator at Brookings Health; she also served as a nurse educator at Sanford Health. She received her master of science degree in nursing education from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, and her bachelor’s in nursing from South Dakota State University. She also is a current member of the Eastern Plains Sexual Assault Response Team and on the state board of directors for the Emergency Nurses Association.

Foundation Director Sara SchneiderSchneider was recently hired as the new foundation director. In this role, Schneider manages and coordinates fundraising for Brookings Health System Foundation. She is responsible for managing grant funding, implementing fundraising strategies, and coordinating fund distribution to support Brookings Health System.

Schneider brings five years of fundraising experience to the foundation director position. She previously served as the coordinator of athletic development and special events in SDSU’s athletic department which included identifying prospective donors and leading the Jackrabbit Athletic Scholarship Auction. She received her degree in consumer affairs from SDSU. She also is active in Connect 2140, an affiliate organization of the Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce, and previously served as Connect 2140’s chairperson.

To learn more about career opportunities available at Brookings Health System, please visit 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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Thu, 12 Oct 2017 09:47:00 -0500 http://brookingshealth.org/news/ruesch-and-schneider-appointed-directors-by-brookings-health/
Brookings Health Gift Shop Now Open http://brookingshealth.org/news/brookings-health-gift-shop-now-open/ Brookings Health System’s new gift shop is now open on the first floor of the renovated hospital. The store offers a variety of merchandise that customers may purchase at the store or over-the-phone to deliver to a patient room.Brookings Health System’s new gift shop is now open on the first floor of the renovated hospital to offer visitors a convenient way to purchase a get well present for a loved one.

“We have tried to select a variety of items that appeal to many different tastes,” said Volunteer and Gift Shop Coordinator Lisa Rasmussen. “Each individual is unique, and whether you’re calling in a gift, stopping by on your way to visit a patient, or acknowledging a caregiver, we hope to have that just-right item for you.”

Gift shop merchandise includes home and seasonal décor, women’s apparel, Brookings Health branded merchandise, women’s and men’s accessories, SDSU items, books, cards, candles, balloons, flowers, plush animals, baby items and more.

The new shop is much larger than the previous gift shop location and offers a true store-front feel to customers. It is also open extended hours, from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 12 to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Personnel also now accept orders over-the-phone for patient room delivery. Orders can be placed by calling (605) 696-8860.

Volunteers staff the gift shop. People who would like to volunteer may contact Rasmussen at (605) 696-8023 or lrasmussen@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, 09 Oct 2017 08:59:00 -0500 http://brookingshealth.org/news/brookings-health-gift-shop-now-open/
Brookings Health to Host Free Understanding Medicare Seminar http://brookingshealth.org/news/brookings-health-to-host-free-understanding-medicare-seminar/ Brookings Health System will host a free Understanding Medicare seminar on Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 5 p.m. at Brookings Hospital, Conference Room A.

“Medicare is vastly different from the commercial insurance plans most individuals are enrolled in before they reach retirement,” said CFO Steve Lindemann. “Brookings Health is hosting this seminar to help those are enrolled in, or soon will be enrolled in, Medicare to learn about the differences and the coverage that best meets their needs.”

The program is recommended for individuals nearing age 65 of their initial enrollment period or those who are re-enrolling for 2018. The 2018 Medicare Open Enrollment Period starts Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7.

Information offered at the seminar includes:

  • Medicare basics, including what individuals need to know about benefits and options
  • How to enroll in Medicare during an individual’s seven-month enrollment window
  • Explanations of Medicare Parts A, B, C and D
  • What to know before joining a Medicare Advantage plan

The seminar will be conducted by Senior Health Information and Insurance Education (SHIINE), a federally funded program through the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and administered by the South Dakota Department of Human Services Division of Long Term Services and Support (LTSS).

Registration is requested, but not required. To register, please visit www.brookingshealth.org/Medicare.

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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Thu, 05 Oct 2017 09:20:00 -0500 http://brookingshealth.org/news/brookings-health-to-host-free-understanding-medicare-seminar/
Community Flu Clinics Planned in White, Volga & Arlington http://brookingshealth.org/news/community-flu-clinics-planned-in-white-volga-and-arlington/ Brookings Health System will hold flu shot clinics in White, Volga and Arlington to help protect local patients from the influenza virus.

White Medical Clinic will administer flu shots from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at Corner Gas and Goodies. Free Million Hearts screening will also be available.

Volga Medical Clinic will offer flu vaccines from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24 at the clinic. Arlington Medical Center will immunize patients from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at their clinic location.

The CDC recommends everyone who is at least six months of age receive an annual influenza vaccination. It is especially recommended for individuals who have a high risk of developing serious complications, like pneumonia, if they become sick with the flu. This includes pregnant women, people age 65 and older and people with certain medical conditions like asthma, diabetes, or chronic lung disease.

Vaccinations can be billed to health insurance providers; please bring along insurance information. Medicare eligible patients have no out-of-pocket costs. Walk-ins are welcomed; shots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For more information, call White Medical Clinic at (605) 629-3333, Volga Medical Clinic at (605) 627-5701 or Arlington Medical Center at (605) 983-3283.

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, 02 Oct 2017 10:48:00 -0500 http://brookingshealth.org/news/community-flu-clinics-planned-in-white-volga-and-arlington/