Brookings Health System News http://brookingshealth.org/news/ News from Brookings Health System. Mon, 23 Oct 2017 01:18:01 -0500 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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Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:24:00 -0500 http://brookingshealth.org/news/you-re-not-alone/
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/
New Beginnings Baby Café Anniversary Celebration Set for Oct. 12 http://brookingshealth.org/news/new-beginnings-baby-cafe-anniversary-celebration-set-for-oct-12/ New Beginnings Baby Café graduates will receive a free t-shirt during Baby Café’s second anniversary celebration on Thursday, Oct. 12 at Brookings Hospital. New Beginnings Baby Café is a free, drop-in breastfeeding support session for nursing and expecting mothers that helps breastfeeding mothers in all aspects of nursing.New Beginnings Baby Café, the free, drop-in breastfeeding support session for nursing and expecting mothers, will celebrate its second anniversary on Thursday, Oct. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m in Brookings Hospital Conference Room A.

Interested community members, mothers and baby graduates from New Beginnings Baby Café are invited to attend. Snacks and refreshments will be served. Each Baby Café graduate will receive a free onesie or toddler t-shirt.

As a Baby-Friendly® designated hospital, Brookings Health System established New Beginnings Baby Café in 2015 to give free support to breastfeeding mothers in all aspects of nursing, from starting to weaning and every variation in between. IBCLC Lactation Consultants and Registered Nurses Aleycia Gerlach and Charlotte Bachman and Certified Lactation Counselor Nancy DeBoer, RN, meet with mothers during Baby Café sessions on Tuesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. and Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Mothers who attend Baby Café have the opportunity to weigh-feed-weigh their babies to measure how much their infants drink in one feeding. In addition, Gerlach and Bachmann record the babies’ weights to chart growth. Because the group is free to all pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, moms can also talk with other moms.

New Beginning Baby Café is currently the only Baby Café session in South Dakota registered with Baby Café USA. More information about New Beginnings Baby Café and Brookings Health System’s OB unit can be found at www.brookingshealth.org/OB.

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, 28 Sep 2017 09:16:00 -0500 http://brookingshealth.org/news/new-beginnings-baby-cafe-anniversary-celebration-set-for-oct-12/
Sundberg Receives SDAHO Distinguished Service Award http://brookingshealth.org/news/sundberg-receives-sdaho-distinguished-service-award/ Emergency Department Nurse Chelsey Sundberg, RN, was honored last week at the 91st annual SDAHO convention with the Distinguished Service Award in the Young Professional category. She was recognized for her demonstrated leadership in both her military and civilian careers. Pictured from left to right: Medical Surgical and Emergency Department Director Karen Weber, Sundberg, and CEO Jason Merkley.Emergency Department Nurse Chelsey Sundberg, RN, received the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations (SDAHO) Young Professional Distinguished Service Award last week at SDAHO’s 91st annual convention.

Sundberg was selected for the honor based on her demonstrated leadership in both her military and civilian careers.

Sundberg has served in the South Dakota National Guard for over 16 years. She was deployed to Iraq and Kuwait in 2003-2004 with the 740th Transportation Company. In 2015, Sundberg was commissioned to first lieutenant and currently serves in the Medical Command as a medical-surgical nurse. In this role, she is responsible for managing and training a team of health care noncommissioned officers and for performing nursing procedures during period health assessments.

Her skills learned in the military carry over to her civilian duties as an emergency nurse. Sundberg received her nursing degree from South Dakota State University and started working at Brookings Health System in June 2014. In her three years with Brookings Health, she has sought and embraced several leadership roles, serving as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner and Trauma Coordinator. Last year, Sundberg was promoted to Nursing Supervisor.

SDAHO’s Young Professional award honors individuals under 40 who demonstrate leadership and a passion for making a difference in health care in their community.

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, 25 Sep 2017 09:18:00 -0500 http://brookingshealth.org/news/sundberg-receives-sdaho-distinguished-service-award/
Severtson Named Healthcare Hero http://brookingshealth.org/news/severtson-named-healthcare-hero/ Helping Kids Round First Delivers Donated Hospital Equipment to Nicaragua

Craig Severtson, founder of the non-profit Helping Kids Round First, was honored today by the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations with the 2017 Healthcare Hero Distinguished Service Award. Severtson’s organization improves access to, and quality of, healthcare services to the poorest regions of Nicaragua by delivering donated hospital equipment. Pictured from left to right: Madison Regional Health System CEO Tamara Miller; Severtson’s wife, Joan; Severtson; Brookings Health System CEO Jason Merkley.Craig Severtson, founder of the non-profit Helping Kids Round First (HKRF), was honored today by the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations (SDAHO) with the 2017 Healthcare Hero Distinguished Service Award.

The award recognizes an individual who goes above and beyond to provide extraordinary patient care. Severtson’s organization, HKRF, improves access to, and quality of, healthcare services to the poorest regions of Nicaragua by delivering donated hospital equipment.

Severtson, who farms and ranches near Flandreau, SD, was an amateur baseball player and founded HKRF in 2009 to give underprivileged youth in Nicaragua opportunities through baseball. The organization’s mission has since expanded to better serve the Nicaraguan people. Today delegations travel to Nicaragua every four to six weeks to bring baseball and softball gear, school supplies, agricultural resources and medical equipment to impoverished communities.

HKRF’s entry into health care was unexpected and unplanned, but Severtson and the organization said yes to a need. For years, delegations brought basic medical and hygiene supplies to children, families and HIV patients. When the South Dakota ELCA Synod, one of HKRF’s partners, connected with doctor and Pastor Soliette Lopez of the Nicaraguan Lutheran Church, she used the medical and hygiene supplies for families with HIV. Supporting her mission became a priority for HKRF.

Severtson and his fellow delegates began touring medical facilities in Nicaragua. They saw beds that were simple blanket pallets on the floor and were provided by family members, not the facility. In some facilities, all the rooms would be filled with patients lying on cots in the hallways. Medical equipment was outdated and rudimentary. Rooms were dirty and patients were uncomfortable. Beds, linens, pillows and simple toiletries were a luxury most rural hospitals only dreamt of having, let alone surgical trays, privacy screens, and other items American hospital patients take for granted as a part of their medical care.

Medical equipment perceived as surplus or outdated in the United States is considered state-of-the-art in Nicaragua. One delegate inquired with Madison Regional Health System, which opened a new facility in October 2015, and asked the health system to give surplus equipment from their project. Madison Regional donated a variety of medical equipment to HKRF, including all 25 patient beds and lights from the operating and emergency rooms. Severtson and his team built relationships with the Nicaraguan government and made connections with local hospitals to get the surplus equipment in to the country. After 22 months of planning, packing, paperwork and bureaucratic red tape, the hospital arrived in Managua in November 2016. The equipment and supplies were distributed to under-resourced hospitals in Masaya and Nueva Segovia.

Brookings Health System started expanding and renovating its hospital in 2015. The health system’s leadership heard how HKRF planned to use items from Madison Reigonal’s old hospital. Leadership reached out to Severtson to see if HKRF could use the surplus items from Brookings Hospital to continue to modernize health care facilities in Nicaragua. Severtson said yes. Equipment from the old Brookings Hospital included hospital beds, surgical lights, desks, shelving, linens, bedspreads, and a portable X-ray system. Two shipments have gone out so far; the third shipment will be sent to Nicaragua in the next two weeks.

Severtson and HKRF plan to continue to work with area healthcare organizations to support the health needs of the Nicaraguan people. For more information about HKRF and how you can support the organization’s mission, please visit www.helpingkidsroundfirst.org.

About Madison Regional Health System

Madison Regional Health is a 22 bed non-profit, independent, facility that has been serving Madison and its surrounding communities for over a century. The Madison Regional Health System and its 200 employees are dedicated to providing cost-effective, quality clinical, inpatient and outpatient healthcare services. This facility is certified by Medicare and Medicaid. More information can be found at www.madisonregionalhealth.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 www.brookingshealth.org.

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Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:19:00 -0500 http://brookingshealth.org/news/severtson-named-healthcare-hero/
Renovated Hospital Opens for Patient Care http://brookingshealth.org/news/renovated-hospital-opens-for-patient-care/ Twenty-Second Avenue Entrance to be Completed in October

Outreach/Patient Services Representative Miah Badawi and Outreach Clinic Coordinator Jennifer Chandler, RN, move a bed in to one of the new outreach clinic exam rooms. Team members moved into the newly renovated portion of the original 1964 Brookings Hospital building last week. Care providers will start seeing patients in the remodeled spaces this week.Team members moved into the newly renovated portion of the original 1964 Brookings Hospital building last week, edging the two year hospital expansion and renovation project closer to the finish line. Care providers will start seeing patients in their newly remodeled areas this week.

“We remodeled the existing hospital space to accommodate services displaced by our construction project, such as outreach, cardiac rehab, and respiratory care. We’ve also brought back on campus ancillary staff who were located off campus,” said President and CEO Jason Merkley.

The new outreach clinic is located on the second floor of the original hospital in the area once occupied by pharmacy and cardiac rehab. The clinic was expanded to include two more exam rooms, meaning it can now host two out-of-town specialists at the same time. The added space within the outreach clinic should continue to attract additional medical specialists to serve the Brookings Community.

Also on the second floor is the new cardiopulmonary rehabilitation gym, located on half of the old south circle. The new gym has ample space for Phase 2 cardiac rehab patients to work out while being monitored for cardiac rhythm, heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen levels as needed. In addition, the new gym has men’s and women’s locker rooms.

The new respiratory care area is on the first floor, located in part of the old operating room space. Respiratory care has expanded from one outpatient treatment room to four and is adding a plethysmograph, commonly called a body box. The body box allows respiratory therapists to perform advanced testing to help identify asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other breathing problems. In addition, respiratory care now has a new cardiac stress test procedure room, conveniently located across from nuclear medicine, the imaging test that measures how well blood flows into the heart muscle both at rest and during physical activity.

Also slated to open later this month on the first floor are the new gift shop and a new coffee shop operated by Scooter’s. The gift shop will include items like balloons, flowers, cards, books, apparel, stuffed animals and baby gear. Scooter’s coffee shop will offer a variety of beverage options along with breakfast items, such as sandwiches and burritos.

“Our last part of the project is finishing the new front entry off Twenty-Second Avenue,” said Merkley. “That will be finished in October and will give patients and visitors easy access to both the Medical Plaza and Brookings Hospital. It will also lead to the grand hallway that connects the original building with the new hospital.

“We thank our patients, visitors and community for their patience during our project. We know renovation created some challenges in navigating to certain services. We apologize for any inconveniences created during the project and are grateful that our community is excited about, and supportive of, our progress.”

More information about the hospital expansion and renovation project can be found online at www.brookingshealth.org/renovation.

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 Sep 2017 08:45:00 -0500 http://brookingshealth.org/news/renovated-hospital-opens-for-patient-care/
Pediatric Pulmonologist Dr. Wilfredo Veloira Begins Seeing Patients at Outreach Clinic http://brookingshealth.org/news/pediatric-pulmonologist-dr-wilfredo-veloira-begins-seeing-patients-at-outreach-clinic/ Pediatric Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine Physician Dr. Wilfredo VeloiraPediatric Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine Physician Dr. Wilfredo Veloira from Avera Medical Group Pediatric Specialists began seeing patients at Brookings Health System’s outreach clinic this week. His next available date will be Wednesday, Oct. 4. Following that clinic date, he will be available the first Wednesday of every other month.

As a pediatric pulmonologist, Dr. Veloira evaluates and treats children with respiratory and sleep problems, such as asthma, pneumonia, bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, obstructive sleep apnea and insomnia. By seeing patients at the outreach clinic, Dr. Veloira’s team can easily coordinate laboratory and diagnostic tests with Brookings Health System.

Dr. Veloira attended De La Salle University College of Medicine, Philippines. He performed his pediatric residency at Nassau University Medical Center and pediatric pulmonary fellowship at Winthrop University Hospital, State University of New York Stony Brook School of Medicine. He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in pulmonology and sleep medicine.

For an appointment with Dr. Veloira, please call (605) 322-2200.

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, 07 Sep 2017 14:43:00 -0500 http://brookingshealth.org/news/pediatric-pulmonologist-dr-wilfredo-veloira-begins-seeing-patients-at-outreach-clinic/
Fall Understanding Grief Classes Start Sept. 11 http://brookingshealth.org/news/fall-understanding-grief-classes-start-sept-11/ Brookings Health System’s free six-week educational series, Understanding Grief, will begin on Monday, Sept. 11. The class series is led by Social Worker Denise Larson, MSW, CSW.

Classes will be held on Mondays at Brookings Health System in Conference Room D; attendees are encouraged to enter on the north side of the hospital by the cafeteria. There will be two class sessions and participants may attend either one. The first session will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and the second session will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The content will be the same for both the afternoon and evening sessions.

The classes are designed to help those who have lost a loved one learn about the process of grief and how to navigate it. Topics include the symptoms and process of grief, coping strategies, caring for one’s self, and the continuing bond that occurs. Discussions are confidential and carried out in an atmosphere of understanding and support.

The free class series is open to everyone. To register, please visit www.brookingshealth.org/grief or call (605) 696-8089.

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, 28 Aug 2017 08:30:00 -0500 http://brookingshealth.org/news/fall-understanding-grief-classes-start-sept-11/
Yoder Named 2017 Rising Star Award Recipient http://brookingshealth.org/news/yoder-named-2017-rising-star-award-recipient/ Marketing & PR Director Julia YoderBrookings Health System Marketing and PR Director Julia Yoder was recently named the 2017 Rising Star Award recipient by the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development (SHSMD), a personal membership group of the American Hospital Association.

The SHSMD Rising Star Award recognizes healthcare strategy professionals under the age of 40 who have demonstrated outstanding promise in their respective fields. Established in 2014, this award shines a spotlight on SHSMD members who are on their way to making significant contributions to their profession and the SHSMD membership.

Yoder attained her Master of Business Administration from the University of South Dakota and Bachelor of Arts in English from South Dakota State University. She joined Brookings Health System in 2011.

Yoder was selected based on her demonstrated achievement within her career, leadership skills, personal qualities, and innovation. Her exceptional communications skills, demonstrated expertise in social media marketing, and branding strategy established a new face for her organization, which was recently named to the “Top 20 Rural and Community Hospitals” by the National Rural Health Association as well as the “100 Great Community Hospitals” list by Becker’s Hospital Review for the second consecutive year.

A leader in her profession, Yoder is past president of the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations. She is also a founding member of the Brookings Supports Breastfeeding initiative.

Yoder will be recognized in September at an award ceremony held at the SHSMD Connection 2017 conference in Orlando.

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, 24 Aug 2017 08:39:00 -0500 http://brookingshealth.org/news/yoder-named-2017-rising-star-award-recipient/
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/