Brookings Health System News http://brookingshealth.org/news/ News from Brookings Health System. Fri, 23 Jun 2017 22:41:22 -0500 Brookings Health System Foundation to Hold Eighth Annual Aiming to Inspire Health Fundraiser http://brookingshealth.org/news/brookings-health-system-foundation-to-hold-eighth-annual-aiming-to-inspire-health-fundraiser/ Proceeds to Fund Police Vehicle Defibrillators

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes the 49-bed Brookings Hospital, the 79-bed The Neighborhoods at Brookview nursing home, Brookhaven Estates senior living apartments, Yorkshire Eye Clinic, and medical clinics in Arlington, White and Volga, South Dakota. It is a non-profit, city-owned facility that offers the community a full range of inpatient, outpatient, surgical and extended care services. The emergency room is staffed 24 hours a day and provides around the clock patient needs ranging from minor injuries to life threatening crises. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at brookingshealth.org.

About Brookings Health System Foundation

The mission of Brookings Health System Foundation is “Inspiring people to support Brookings Health System through philanthropy, recognizing the vital role of local healthcare in sustaining quality of life in our community.” Gifts to the Foundation support charity health care for those less fortunate, health and wellness education, facility, equipment, and technology upgrades and other needs as they arise at Brookings Health System. For more information about Brookings Health System Foundation or how you may contribute, please contact Foundation Director Barb Anderson at (605) 696-8855 or foundation@brookingshealth.org.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes the 49-bed Brookings Hospital, the 79-bed The Neighborhoods at Brookview nursing home, Brookhaven Estates senior living apartments, Yorkshire Eye Clinic, and medical clinics in Arlington, White and Volga, South Dakota. It is a non-profit, city-owned facility that offers the community a full range of inpatient, outpatient, surgical and extended care services. The emergency room is staffed 24 hours a day and provides around the clock patient needs ranging from minor injuries to life threatening crises. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at brookingshealth.org.

About Brookings Health System Foundation

The mission of Brookings Health System Foundation is “Inspiring people to support Brookings Health System through philanthropy, recognizing the vital role of local healthcare in sustaining quality of life in our community.” Gifts to the Foundation support charity health care for those less fortunate, health and wellness education, facility, equipment, and technology upgrades and other needs as they arise at Brookings Health System. For more information about Brookings Health System Foundation or how you may contribute, please contact Foundation Director Barb Anderson at (605) 696-8855 or foundation@brookingshealth.org.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If you would like to honor a loved one, or leave your own personal legacy, by donating to Brookings Health System Foundation, please contact Foundation Director Barb Anderson at (605) 696-8855 or foundation@brookingshealth.org.

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes the 49-bed Brookings Hospital, the 79-bed The Neighborhoods at Brookview nursing home, Brookhaven Estates senior living apartments, Yorkshire Eye Clinic, and medical clinics in Arlington, White and Volga, South Dakota. It is a non-profit, city-owned facility that offers the community a full range of inpatient, outpatient, surgical and extended care services. The emergency room is staffed 24 hours a day and provides around the clock patient needs ranging from minor injuries to life threatening crises. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at brookingshealth.org.

About Brookings Health System Foundation

The mission of Brookings Health System Foundation is “Inspiring people to support Brookings Health System through philanthropy, recognizing the vital role of local healthcare in sustaining quality of life in our community.” Gifts to the Foundation support charity health care for those less fortunate, health and wellness education, facility, equipment, and technology upgrades and other needs as they arise at Brookings Health System. For more information about Brookings Health System Foundation or how you may contribute, please contact Foundation Director Barb Anderson at (605) 696-8855 or foundation@brookingshealth.org.

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

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

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

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

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

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes the 49-bed Brookings Hospital, the 79-bed The Neighborhoods at Brookview nursing home, Brookhaven Estates senior living apartments, Yorkshire Eye Clinic, and medical clinics in Arlington, White and Volga, South Dakota. It is a non-profit, city-owned facility that offers the community a full range of inpatient, outpatient, surgical and extended care services. The emergency room is staffed 24 hours a day and provides around the clock patient needs ranging from minor injuries to life threatening crises. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at brookingshealth.org.

About Becker’s Hospital Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes the 49-bed Brookings Hospital, the 79-bed The Neighborhoods at Brookview nursing home, Brookhaven Estates senior living apartments, Yorkshire Eye Clinic, and medical clinics in Arlington, White and Volga, South Dakota. It is a non-profit, city-owned facility that offers the community a full range of inpatient, outpatient, surgical and extended care services. The emergency room is staffed 24 hours a day and provides around the clock patient needs ranging from minor injuries to life threatening crises. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at brookingshealth.org.

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Theodosopoulos Receives Brookings Health System’s Educational Scholarship http://brookingshealth.org/news/theodosopoulos-receives-brookings-health-system-s-educational-scholarship/ Kristina TheodosopoulosBrookings High School senior Kristina Theodosopoulos is this year’s recipient of Brookings Health System’s Educational Scholarship.

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

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

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

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

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes the 49-bed Brookings Hospital, the 79-bed The Neighborhoods at Brookview nursing home, Brookhaven Estates senior living apartments, Yorkshire Eye Clinic, and medical clinics in Arlington, White and Volga, South Dakota. It is a non-profit, city-owned facility that offers the community a full range of inpatient, outpatient, surgical and extended care services. The emergency room is staffed 24 hours a day and provides around the clock patient needs ranging from minor injuries to life threatening crises. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at brookingshealth.org.

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

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

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

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

Brookings Health System’s Ambulance Service provides emergency 911 Advanced Life Support (ALS) services for the City of Brookings, much of Brookings county and the communities of Aurora, Bruce, Bushnell, Sinai, and Volga. The ambulance service also assists area ambulance services from Arlington, Clear Lake, Elkton, Estelline, White and Lake Preston when requested.

For more information on Brookings Health System’s Ambulance Service, please visit www.brookingshealth.org/ambulance.

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes the 49-bed Brookings Hospital, the 79-bed The Neighborhoods at Brookview nursing home, Brookhaven Estates senior living apartments, Yorkshire Eye Clinic, and medical clinics in Arlington, White and Volga, South Dakota. It is a non-profit, city-owned facility that offers the community a full range of inpatient, outpatient, surgical and extended care services. The emergency room is staffed 24 hours a day and provides around the clock patient needs ranging from minor injuries to life threatening crises. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at brookingshealth.org.

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes the 49-bed Brookings Hospital, the 79-bed The Neighborhoods at Brookview nursing home, Brookhaven Estates senior living apartments, Yorkshire Eye Clinic, and medical clinics in Arlington, White and Volga, South Dakota. It is a non-profit, city-owned facility that offers the community a full range of inpatient, outpatient, surgical and extended care services. The emergency room is staffed 24 hours a day and provides around the clock patient needs ranging from minor injuries to life threatening crises. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at brookingshealth.org.

About Lions Club International

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

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

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

Newly added volunteer positions include:

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

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

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

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

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

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes a 49-bed hospital, the 79-bed The Neighborhoods at Brookview nursing home, Brookhaven Estates senior living apartments, Yorkshire Eye Clinic, and medical clinics in Arlington, White and Volga, South Dakota. It is a non-profit, city-owned facility that offers the community a full range of inpatient, outpatient, surgical and extended care services. The emergency room is staffed 24 hours a day and provides around the clock patient needs ranging from minor injuries to life threatening crises. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at brookingshealth.org.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes a 49-bed hospital, the 79-bed The Neighborhoods at Brookview nursing home, Brookhaven Estates senior living apartments, Yorkshire Eye Clinic, and medical clinics in Arlington, White and Volga, South Dakota. It is a non-profit, city-owned facility that offers the community a full range of inpatient, outpatient, surgical and extended care services. The emergency room is staffed 24 hours a day and provides around the clock patient needs ranging from minor injuries to life threatening crises. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at brookingshealth.org.

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

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

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

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

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

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes a 49-bed hospital, the 79-bed The Neighborhoods at Brookview nursing home, Brookhaven Estates senior living apartments, Yorkshire Eye Clinic, and medical clinics in Arlington, White and Volga, South Dakota. It is a non-profit, city-owned facility that offers the community a full range of inpatient, outpatient, surgical and extended care services. The emergency room is staffed 24 hours a day and provides around the clock patient needs ranging from minor injuries to life threatening crises. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at brookingshealth.org.

About the National Rural Health Association

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

About iVantage Health Analytics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes a 49-bed hospital, the 79-bed The Neighborhoods at Brookview nursing home, Brookhaven Estates senior living apartments, Yorkshire Eye Clinic, and medical clinics in Arlington, White and Volga, South Dakota. It is a non-profit, city-owned facility that offers the community a full range of inpatient, outpatient, surgical and extended care services. The emergency room is staffed 24 hours a day and provides around the clock patient needs ranging from minor injuries to life threatening crises. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at brookingshealth.org. 

About the Chartis Group and iVantage Health Analytics

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

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

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Mon, 03 Apr 2017 12:22:00 -0500 http://brookingshealth.org/news/brookings-health-system-named-a-2017-top-100-rural-and-community-hospital/
Auxiliary Funds The Period of Purple Crying Program http://brookingshealth.org/news/auxiliary-funds-the-period-of-purple-crying-program/ Brookings Healthcare Auxiliary President Patty Porter (left) and Treasurer Ruth Hevle (right) present a check to OB Director Mary Schwaegerl (center) to continue funding for The Period of Purple Crying, a program designed to help prevent shaken baby syndrome. Thanks to the Auxiliary’s donation, all new parents who deliver at Brookings Health System will continue to receive The Period of Purple Crying DVD and booklet as a free gift. Brookings Healthcare Auxiliary is continuing to fund The Period of Purple Crying, a program offered at Brookings Health System designed to help prevent shaken baby syndrome.

Crying for no apparent reason can happen often during a baby’s first five months of life. An infant’s cries can frustrate parents and care givers. According to the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome, frustration with a baby’s crying is the number one trigger for shaken baby syndrome.

“Although no parent likes to hear their baby cry, crying is a natural and normal part of infant development. This program is based on more than 25 years of research and is designed to help parents through this difficult time and understand the dangers of shaking a baby,” said Obstetrics Director Mary Schwaegerl.

The Period of Purple Crying provides support, education and information to a newborn’s parents and care givers on regular crying spells. Along with providing parents and care givers soothing tips, the program stresses that sometimes there is nothing a parent or care giver can do to calm a newborn’s cries. And, because a healthy newborn may cry anywhere from 45 minutes to five hours on a regular basis during the first five months, it works to educate parents on what to do if or when they become frustrated.

Brookings Healthcare Auxiliary began funding the program at Brookings Health System since its start in 2013. The Auxiliary’s recent donation will continue to help provide the DVD and booklet as a free gift to all new parents who deliver at Brookings Health System’s OB unit, New Beginnings Birth Center.

New Beginnings Birth Center is an eight-bed OB unit with five labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum (LDRP) rooms, four postpartum recovery rooms and triage. 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 this and other educational programs New Beginnings Birth Center provides to new parents, visit 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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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:47:00 -0500 http://brookingshealth.org/news/auxiliary-funds-the-period-of-purple-crying-program/
Registration Now Open for DONA Birth Doula Workshop http://brookingshealth.org/news/registration-now-open-for-dona-birth-doula-workshop1/ To further develop the volunteer doula program for parents delivering their baby at New Beginnings Birth Center, Brookings Health System will again host the popular DONA Birth Doula workshop on April 29 and 30.

Class instruction will be held in hospital conference room A from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. The workshop provides hands-on education for providing physical and emotional support to birthing women and their families. It is one step in meeting the requirements for becoming a volunteer doula at Brookings Health System.

The workshop costs $350, with the fee waived if applying to become a volunteer doula at Brookings Health System. It is recommended for doulas, nurses, nursing students, lactation counselors, childbirth educators and other health care professionals.

The workshop will be led by Marilyn Hildreth of JM Birth Consultants, a registered nurse and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.

People interested in this workshop may register by e-mailing Marilyn Hildreth at marilyn@jmbirthconsultants.com. Questions may be directed to Brookings Health System’s OB Director Mary Schwaegerl at (605) 696-8811 or mschwaegerl@brookingshealth.org.

For more information on Brookings Health System’s volunteer doula program, please visit www.brookingshealth.org/doula.

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, 23 Mar 2017 08:23:00 -0500 http://brookingshealth.org/news/registration-now-open-for-dona-birth-doula-workshop1/
The Neighborhoods at Brookview Earns Perfect 5-Star Rating from Nursing Home Compare http://brookingshealth.org/news/the-neighborhoods-at-brookview-earns-perfect-5-star-rating-from-nursing-home-compare/ The Neighborhoods at Brookview recently received a perfect 5-star rating from Nursing Home Compare across all four measurable dimensions. Pictured above, Social Worker Jill Kerr visits with Dorothy Schaller, a current resident on the Maple Ridge/Ash Boulevard neighborhood. The Neighborhoods’ household care model, which creates a homelike, social setting for residents to live, and 98% overall resident-family satisfaction rating has contributed to the recent success.New quality data recently issued on Nursing Home Compare, www.medicare.gov/ nursinghomecompare, ranks The Neighborhoods at Brookview with a perfect five-star rating across all four measureable dimensions. The four dimensions include health inspections, quality measures, staffing and overall rating.

“We are currently the only skilled nursing facility in South Dakota to have a perfect 5-star score in all four categories,” said Administrator Jason Hanssen. “By embracing the household care model, our team creates a homelike, social setting for our residents to live. Our care philosophy has enabled us to achieve a 98% overall resident-family satisfaction rating which has also contributed to our success.”

The Neighborhoods first earned the overall 5-star rating from Nursing Home Compare in 2013. Nursing Home Compare allows consumers to compare quality of care information on every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country. It provides residents and their families the ability to make informed decisions on where to seek care. Star ratings are based on a one to five star scale, with more stars indicating better quality.

The Neighborhoods at Brookview 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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Tue, 14 Mar 2017 13:09:00 -0500 http://brookingshealth.org/news/the-neighborhoods-at-brookview-earns-perfect-5-star-rating-from-nursing-home-compare/
Safe Sitter Classes Scheduled for this Spring http://brookingshealth.org/news/safe-sitter-classes-scheduled-for-this-spring/ Registration is now open for Brookings Health System’s popular Safe Sitter Classes. Paramedic Wendy Long will teach two sessions this spring on Saturday, Mar. 25 and Saturday, May 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in hospital conference room A.

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 or contact Wendy Long at wlong@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, 06 Mar 2017 13:13:00 -0600 http://brookingshealth.org/news/safe-sitter-classes-scheduled-for-this-spring/
Spring Understanding Grief Classes Start March 6 http://brookingshealth.org/news/spring-understanding-grief-classes-start-march-6/ Brookings Health System’s free six-week educational series, Understanding Grief, will begin on Monday, March 6. The class series is led by Social Worker Denise Larson.

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 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, 27 Feb 2017 12:40:00 -0600 http://brookingshealth.org/news/spring-understanding-grief-classes-start-march-6/
New Beginnings Baby Café Expanded to Thursday Afternoons http://brookingshealth.org/news/new-beginnings-baby-cafe-expanded-to-thursday-afternoons/ Mother LeAnn Hansen-Conn places her three-week old baby boy, Jackson, on a scale at New Beginnings Baby Café to weigh him with the assistance of IBCLC Lactation Consultants Aleycia Gerlach, left, and Charlotte Bachman, right. Brookings Health System recently expanded Baby Café hours to Thursday afternoons in order to better support mothers and help them successfully breastfeed their infants.Brookings Health System recently added a Thursday afternoon meeting time for New Beginnings Baby Café, the free, drop-in breastfeeding support session for nursing and expecting mothers.

In addition to meeting on Tuesdays from 5 to 7 p.m., IBCLC Lactation Consultants and Registered Nurses Aleycia Gerlach and Charlotte Bachman will also be available on Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Both sessions are now held in the new family lounge on the OB unit at Brookings Hospital.

“We received feedback from mothers that Tuesday evening didn’t always work well in their schedules,” said Obstetrics Director Mary Schwaegerl. “Moms asked us to add daytime hours. With our new OB unit, we now have the room to accommodate a daytime session so we can better support mothers to successfully breastfeed their babies.”

New Beginnings Baby Café supports breastfeeding mothers in every aspect of nursing, from starting to weaning and every variation in between. It also allows mothers to receive free one-on-one help from lactation consultants.

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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Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:07:00 -0600 http://brookingshealth.org/news/new-beginnings-baby-cafe-expanded-to-thursday-afternoons/
The First Babies at the New Hospital in 1964 http://brookingshealth.org/news/the-first-babies-at-the-new-hospital-in-1964/ In this photo from the Brookings Register, Lynne Omar poses with her daughter, Vickie, the first baby born at the new Brookings Hospital location in 1964.First babies at new hospitals are exciting for staff, giving them a chance to try out new birthing rooms and equipment to welcome their smallest patients into the world.

In 1964 when Brookings Hospital first opened at its current location on Twenty-Second Avenue, a wave of 100 babies were born in less than two-and-a-half months. But both the first and the third baby born at the hospital were very lucky to make it home.

Vickie, daughter of Omar and Lynne Olson, arrived at 3:45 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 6, and was the first baby born at the new hospital. Lynne experienced placenta previa, a condition in which the baby’s placenta grows over the mother’s cervix. She started bleeding severely and was rushed by ambulance to Brookings Hospital.

“They were still moving,” said Omar. “The ambulance driver had to call and ask if he should take Lynne to the old or the new hospital.”

Once at the new hospital, things progressed quickly.

“They called the doctor in and I was taken to the OR,” said Lynne. “I was the first surgical patient and had a C-section.”

Vickie weighed 4 lbs., 13 oz. and neither her nor her mother were quite out of the woods after her birth.

“Lynne is Catholic and they gave the last rights to both her and the baby,” said Omar. “I was scared to death.”

The next day another baby girl, Barb (Begalka) Mogler arrived at 1:20 a.m. on Labor Day, Sept. 7. About 12 weeks early and baptized immediately at the hospital, Barb wasn’t supposed to arrive until after Thanksgiving.

Barb’s family lived up by Estelline at the time, and both of her parents worked for farmers in the area. Her mother had chicken out and was ready to cook when she started going into labor on Saturday, Sept. 5, the day they moved patients from the old hospital to the new one.

“Mom and Dad said that they were still moving in the new hospital and had to go to the old hospital to get the incubator for me,” said Barb. “I am thankful to be alive because I only weighed 2 lbs., 11 oz.”

In fact, staff had to quickly move isolettes, incubators specifically for premature infants, for both girls to the new hospital. Today premature babies are often rushed to a NICU to give them their best chance at survival. But in 1964, both Vickie and Barb stayed at the Brookings Hospital nursery until they weighed 5 lbs.

“They were worried about Vickie,” said Lynne. “Her low birth weight and her breathing weren’t good.” Vickie ended up staying at the hospital for over a month before she reached a point to go home with Lynne.

Barb finally reached her 5 lbs. weight goal closer to her original due date in November, two months after Barb’s mother was discharged on Sept. 9. Her parents were by her side every day, hoping and praying to take her home. Soon after she was finally released from the hospital, Barb came down with the mumps, giving her parents an added challenge to caring for her.

Despite the challenges they faced, both girls had fight in them and survived. Today, Vickie lives in Minneapolis. Barb works for Brookings Health System at The Neighborhoods at Brookview nursing home. She is a homemaker, helping to prepare meals and cook for the residents, a job she loves and feels like she was born to do.

“Born here, baptized here[at the hospital]. My kids were born here; my grandkids were born here. I started working here and my family works here. I got engaged at the hospital because my second husband knew I loved this job so much,” said Barb. “I’ve always felt like I’ve had a purpose to be here.”

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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Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:25:00 -0600 http://brookingshealth.org/news/the-first-babies-at-the-new-hospital-in-1964/
First Baby Born at Brookings Hospital Expansion http://brookingshealth.org/news/first-baby-born-at-brookings-hospital-expansion/ Tyler and Melody Sieh of Revillo, S.D., had the first baby born at the new Brookings Hospital expansion. Scott David arrived 2:32 p.m. on Feb. 8, just one day after the new expansion opened.Scott David, son of Melody and Tyler Sieh of Revillo, S.D., is the first baby born at the new Brookings Hospital expansion. But that’s not the only thing that makes the 8 lb., 14 oz. baby boy who measures 21 inches long so special to his parents.

Melody and Tyler already have two girls, Vivian, 6, and Luann, 3, at home. In addition to being their first son, Scott is named in honor of Tyler’s brother who passed away. Naming a son after his brother meant so much to Tyler that he told Melody of his plans when they first met.

“It was a 13-year secret,” said Melody. “We wanted to surprise Tyler’s step-dad. Even the nurses were great at keeping the secret under wraps for us until the reveal.”

Scott arrived at 2:32 p.m. on Feb. 8, 2017, just one day after patients moved to the new hospital. Melody was excited about the new expansion, hoping she’d get to deliver there with Dr. Richard Gudvangen, her OB-GYN who delivered her first two babies. In fact, when the couple moved to Miller, S.D., after college and became pregnant with their second daughter, Melody couldn’t find a physician she liked as well as Dr. Gudvangen.

“We drove all the way from Miller then just to deliver here,” said Tyler.

As such, when they moved closer to family in Revillo and became pregnant with Scott, the couple decided to have him at Brookings Health System, too. As for the differences between the two hospitals, both Tyler and Melody like how much more room they have.

“It’s spacious and good for entertaining guests,” said Melody.

Tyler adds, “It’s nice to stay in one spot and not have to move rooms.”

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, 09 Feb 2017 15:43:00 -0600 http://brookingshealth.org/news/first-baby-born-at-brookings-hospital-expansion/