Brookings Health System News http://brookingshealth.org/news/ News from Brookings Health System. Sun, 30 Apr 2017 15:30:43 -0500 Brookings Health System Expands Volunteer Program http://brookingshealth.org/news/brookings-health-system-expands-volunteer-program/ Brookings Health System announced today it is expanding its volunteer opportunities available at Brookings Hospital. The announcement coincides with National Volunteer Week, April 23-29, which celebrates and recognizes people who engage and give back to their communities.

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

Newly added volunteer positions include:

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

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

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

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

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

About Brookings Health System

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Brookings Health System

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Brookings Health System

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

About the National Rural Health Association

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

About iVantage Health Analytics

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Brookings Health System

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

About the Chartis Group and iVantage Health Analytics

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

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

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Mon, 03 Apr 2017 12:22:00 -0500 http://brookingshealth.org/news/brookings-health-system-named-a-2017-top-100-rural-and-community-hospital/
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/
First Patients Treated at Brookings Hospital Expansion Today http://brookingshealth.org/news/first-patients-treated-at-brookings-hospital-expansion-today/ Renovation Starts Next Week in Original Hospital

The new Brookings Hospital expansion opened its doors today for surgical, inpatient care, radiology, obstetrics and pharmacy services. The entire expansion features private patient transport corridors separated from public hallways and also gives patients easy, direct access to outpatient care services like imaging procedures and same-day surgery. Renovation will start next week in the original 1964 building.After 16 months of construction, health care providers treated the first patients at the new Brookings Hospital expansion today. All services, including radiology, surgery, pharmacy, obstetrics and inpatient care, are moved into the building and are operational.

“With our new east expansion in service, we are able to provide a higher level of patient privacy, comfort and total experience,” said CEO Jason Merkley. “We’re able to give patients easy, direct access to outpatient care services like imaging procedures and same-day surgery. We’ve also increased our capacity, added amenities and accommodations for families and visitors, and increased efficiency in our staffing model in order to spend more time on patient care.”

The entire expansion features private patient transport corridors separated from public hallways. Surgery includes 12 private same-day surgery rooms located near the three OR suites and two procedure rooms. It also has a private family consultation room. Radiology now has close proximity to the ER with a private patient transfer hallway connecting the two departments. It also has a new, indoor MRI with a wide bore opening to accommodate all body types. Obstetrics increased from three to five labor, deliver, recovery and postpartum (LDRP) suites and includes a private patient elevator with direct access to the OR for emergency Caesarean deliveries. Inpatient Care features 24 private patient rooms, each with its own private bathroom and shower. The unit also has ample space for families and visitors to gather.

Construction of the 62,500 square-foot hospital completes the second leg of Brookings Health System’s entire hospital expansion and renovation project. Remodeling will start next week inside the original 1964 hospital building.

“The existing hospital space is being remodeled to accommodate services displaced by our construction project, such as outreach, cardiac rehab, and respiratory care. We’ll also bring back on campus ancillary staff who are currently located off campus,” said Merkley. “In addition, we’ll be renovating the front entry off Twenty-Second Avenue to give patients and visitors easy access to both the Medical Plaza and Brookings Hospital.”

In order to remodel, cardiac rehab will be relocated temporarily to north circle in the old hospital. Cardiac rehab patients are asked to enter through the therapy entrance on the north side of campus. The outreach specialty clinic is being relocated to the old obstetrics unit; outreach patients are asked to enter through the new southeast hospital entrance.

“We thank our patients, visitors and community for their patience thus far during our project,” said Merkley. “Renovation will create some challenges in navigating to certain services. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience and are grateful that our community continues to be excited about, and supportive of, our progress.”

Remodeling is slated for completion late this summer. 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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Tue, 07 Feb 2017 14:54:00 -0600 http://brookingshealth.org/news/first-patients-treated-at-brookings-hospital-expansion-today/
Hospitalist Program to Start at New Brookings Hospital http://brookingshealth.org/news/hospitalist-program-to-start-at-new-brookings-hospital/ Brookings Health System will implement a new hospitalist program at Brookings Hospital starting Feb. 13, nearly one week after the new hospital opens. A hospitalist physician specializes in caring for patients in the hospital setting. Advantages of a hospitalist program include more physician time at the patient bedside and quicker physician response to patient emergencies.Starting Feb. 13, Brookings Health System will implement a new hospitalist program to provide focused care for inpatients staying at Brookings Hospital. The program will launch almost one week after the new hospital opens on Feb. 7.

A hospitalist is a doctor who is trained in hospital medicine and specializes in caring for inpatients in the hospital setting. A hospitalist works closely with other members of the hospital care team to provide comprehensive care during a patient’s stay.

“Because a hospitalist works only in the hospital, he or she will be readily available to oversee the medical care of inpatients and facilitate the patient treatment plan,” said Chief Nursing Office Tammy Hillestad. “A hospitalist can also quickly respond to changes in the patient condition and works side-by-side with nursing and other professionals in the Inpatient Care unit.“

Hillestad adds that a hospitalist will not replace the patients’ primary care provider. Instead, the hospitalist will partner with the patients’ primary care physician and keep them updated on the patients’ condition and care. The on-staff hospitalist will inform the primary care physician of patient admission and provide a detailed discharge summary to help with treatment plans after patient leaves the hospital.

At Brookings Hospital, hospitalists will oversee the care of adult patients, 15 years and older, who are admitted to the Inpatient Care unit. All pediatric, OB, and surgical patients will still be seen and cared for by their respective specialty physician.

More information about the hospitalist program can be found online at www.brookingshealth.org/Hospitalist.

About Brookings Health System

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

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Tue, 31 Jan 2017 08:35:00 -0600 http://brookingshealth.org/news/hospitalist-program-to-start-at-new-brookings-hospital/
Dean Nancy Fahrenwald Appointed to Brookings Health System Board of Trustees http://brookingshealth.org/news/dean-nancy-fahrenwald-appointed-to-brookings-health-system-board-of-trustees/ Baker Leaves Board after Nine Years of Service 

Dean Nancy FahrenwaldDr. Nancy Fahrenwald, dean of the College of Nursing at SDSU, was recently appointed to Brookings Health System’s Board of Trustees.

Fahrenwald is a licensed health professional in the state of South Dakota who has practiced clinically and served as an educator, scientist and leader in nursing for more than three decades. She started at SDSU in 1995 as an instructor in the College of Nursing. She was named associate dean for nursing research in 2009 and was named dean of the College of Nursing in 2013.

"Quality, accessible, affordable health care is an essential resource in our community,” said Fahrenwald. “As a board member, I will work collaboratively with the health system administration and staff, board leaders, and community members to lead health initiatives that focus on keeping people healthy, making care available when needed, assuring that care is affordable and accessible, and meeting the diverse needs of the community we serve.”

Al BakerFahrenwald fills the city-appointed position formerly held by Al Baker, CFO at First Bank & Trust. Baker was appointed to the board of trustees in January 2008. He served as vice president in 2010 and 2011 and then served as president from January 2012 to January 2015.

Some of the major accomplishments at Brookings Health System that occurred during Baker’s nine years include doubling net revenue, significant increases in yearly operating income, and implementing the health system’s master campus plan which included remodeling the emergency department and laboratory; building The Neighborhoods at Brookview nursing home; and starting the expansion and renovation project at Brookings Hospital.

“We thank Al for his leadership and years of service to the board,” said CEO and President Jason Merkley. “His commitment to Brookings Health System and our community has improved health care in Brookings and the surrounding area.”

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, 23 Jan 2017 08:44:00 -0600 http://brookingshealth.org/news/dean-nancy-fahrenwald-appointed-to-brookings-health-system-board-of-trustees/
New Board Member Elected to Brookings Health System Foundation http://brookingshealth.org/news/new-board-member-elected-to-brookings-health-system-foundation/ Outgoing Brookings Health System Foundation board member Ardelle Roberts is replaced by Tom Fishback at the January 12 board meeting.Brookings Health System Foundation’s board of directors selected Tom Fishback as its newest member at the Jan. 12 meeting. Fishback fills the seat vacated by Ardelle Roberts who served the organization as a board member for the maximum four terms.

In addition, David Kneip was re-elected to his fourth and final term as a board member through December 2018. Existing board officers Kneip, Joanie Holm and Jim Winterboer were re-elected to one year terms through 2017 as Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary, respectively.

“We welcome Tom to the board,“ said Kneip. “And, we are very grateful to Ardelle for dedicating nearly two decades to Brookings Health System.” Roberts served on the hospital board before stepping in as one of the original Foundation board members in 2009.

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

About Brookings Health System Foundation

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

About Brookings Health System

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

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Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:35:00 -0600 http://brookingshealth.org/news/new-board-member-elected-to-brookings-health-system-foundation/
Brookings Hospital Open House Set for Jan. 28 http://brookingshealth.org/news/brookings-hospital-open-house-set-for-jan.-28/ Patient Care Commences in New Building on Feb. 7

Brookings Health System will hold a public open house showcasing the new Brookings Hospital expansion on Saturday, Jan. 28. Tours will give visitors a quick glance of the new facilities, including the new family waiting area for inpatient care, pictured above. Team members will move equipment and supplies following the open house. Patient care will commence in the new facilities on Feb. 7.Brookings Health System invites all community members to a public open house showcasing the new Brookings Hospital expansion on Saturday, Jan. 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. Guests are asked to use the new southeast entrance and parking lot.

Attendees will be offered group tours of the newly constructed 62,500 square feet of hospital space, including radiology, surgery, pharmacy, obstetrics and inpatient care.

“Our team is excited to show our community the new medical areas before we start using them for patient care,” said CEO Jason Merkley. “Our new building was constructed for patient privacy, healing and comfort. Those coming for outpatient procedures, such as imaging or same-day surgery, will have easy access to care. Patients who come to stay in the hospital will have plenty of room to accommodate family and visitors.”

Team members will move equipment and supplies the following week and weekend. Care will officially transition to the new facility on Tuesday, Feb. 7 with existing hospital patients being transferred to the new inpatient care and obstetrics areas. Renovation of the vacated areas will begin immediately following the move. Remodeled space will house services displaced during construction and ancillary staff currently located off campus.

The hospital expansion and renovation project will be completely finished Summer 2017. More information about the 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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Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:43:00 -0600 http://brookingshealth.org/news/brookings-hospital-open-house-set-for-jan.-28/
2016 an Award-Winning Year for Brookings Health System http://brookingshealth.org/news/2016-an-award-winning-year-for-brookings-health-system/ The ESGR Above and Beyond Award was one of several honors presented to Brookings Health System this past year. Pictured from left to right are CFO Steve Lindemann, CEO Jason Merley, Physician Assistant Dave Fossum, and CNO Tammy Hillestad. The health system also earned several accolades in 2016 for providing high-quality care across its line of health care services.2016 proved to be an award-winning year for Brookings Health System. The health system earned several accolades for providing high-quality care across its line of health care services.

Path to Excellence Award: Brookings Health System earned the Path to Excellence Award for Improving the Patient Experience from National Research Corporation (NRC). NRC selected Path to Excellence award recipients based on how successfully the recipients deliver quality care according to what patients identified as most important to them. The award is only bestowed upon those organizations that are ranked by patients as being a top performer.

Family/Resident Survey: The Neighborhoods at Brookview received consistently strong ratings from its biannual family/resident survey. Overall satisfaction for the facility ranked at 96%. In addition, 97% of those interviewed indicated they would recommend The Neighborhoods to others.

Blue Distinction Center+: Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield announced Brookings Health System as one of the first hospitals in South Dakota to receive the Blue Distinction Center+ for Maternity Care designations under the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers+ for Maternity Care are hospitals recognized for delivering quality specialty care safely and effectively, based on objective measures developed with input from the medical community. To receive a Blue Distinction Centers+ for Maternity Care designation, a hospital must also meet requirements for cost efficiency.

Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award: The American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) honored The Neighborhoods at Brookview for the third consecutive year with the ACHCA 2016 Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award. The award honors facility excellence reflected by leadership excellence as exemplified at The Neighborhoods at Brookview.

ESGR Above & Beyond Award: The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), part of the Department of Defense, awarded Brookings Health System with the Above and Beyond Award. The award recognizes employers at the local level who have surpassed the legal requirements of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) by providing their guard and reserve employees additional, non-mandated benefits.

Women’s Choice Awards: For the third consecutive year WomenCertified, Inc., home of the Women’s Choice Award, has named Brookings Health System among America’s best hospitals. This year Brookings Health System was recognized in two categories, America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience and America’s Best Hospitals for Emergency Care.

mPINC Survey: Brookings Health System scored 97 of 100 points on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) most recent survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC). Brookings Health System scored 23 points above the South Dakota average (74) and 18 points above the national average (79). The score places Brookings Health in the top 3% of the 2,582 facilities surveyed nationwide.

Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals: Brookings Health System was named one of iVantage Health Analytics’, “Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals”. Brookings Health System scored in the top 100 of rural and community hospitals on iVantage’s Hospital Strength INDEX®, placing the health system in the top four percent of all rural hospitals in the United States.

100 Great Community Hospitals: Brookings Health System was named to the “100 Great Community Hospitals” list by Becker’s Hospital Review. The Becker's Hospital Review editorial team recently selected hospitals from across the country for inclusion on its "100 Great Community Hospitals" list based on rankings and awards from other organizations, including iVantage Health Analytics. Brookings Health System was the only South Dakota organization to receive the honor in 2016.

More information about the high quality of care available locally 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 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 Jan 2017 08:27:00 -0600 http://brookingshealth.org/news/2016-an-award-winning-year-for-brookings-health-system/
New Year’s Baby Arrives at Brookings Health System http://brookingshealth.org/news/new-year-s-baby-arrives-at-brookings-health-system2/

Mayla Irene Petersen was born on New Year’s Day at Brookings Health System. Pictured with Mayla are her parents, Jason and Stephanie, and big brother Grayden. As the first baby of the New Year, Mayla and her family received a variety of gifts from local businesses and organizations.Mayla Irene Petersen arrived at 8:11 p.m. on Jan. 1, 2017, making her the first baby of the New Year born at Brookings Health System.

Mayla is the daughter of Stephanie and Jason Petersen of Brookings and joins older brother, Grayden, at home. She weighed six pounds and 10 ounces and measured 20 inches long. Mother and baby are both doing well.

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

  • Boys & Girls Club of Brookings
  • South Dakota State University Alumni Association
  • First Bank & Trust
  • Daktronics
  • Party Depot
  • Bel Brands
  • McCrory Gardens
  • Taco John’s
  • Mills Construction
  • Brookings Healthcare Auxiliary
  • Optical Shop
  • Avera Medical Group
  • Metabank
  • Wink’s Fine Jewelry

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 Jan 2017 13:51:00 -0600 http://brookingshealth.org/news/new-year-s-baby-arrives-at-brookings-health-system2/
Six Nurses Earn Operating Room Certification http://brookingshealth.org/news/six-nurses-earn-operating-room-certification/ Six registered nurses at Brookings Health System recently earned the credentials of Certified Nursing Operating Room (CNOR), validating the high standards required for caring patients before, during and after surgery. Pictured are (back row) McKenzie Nielsen, Terry Stauffacher, Candace Johnson; (front row) Jodi Greenfield, Sue Mahlum. Not pictured: Mandy Newman.Six registered nurses at Brookings Health System recently earned the credentials of Certified Nurse Operating Room (CNOR). CNOR certification validates the professional achievement and high standards of practice by an individual registered nurse who provides care for patients before, during and after surgery.

Nurses who earned the CNO credentials include Operating Room and Central Service Director Candace Johnson and Operating Room Nurses Jodi Greenfield, Terri Stauffacher, Mandy Newman, Sue Mahlum and McKenzie Nielsen.

“As the only credentialing program for perioperative registered nurses, CNOR is considered the gold standard for demonstrating the skill and knowledge required of for surgical nurses,” said Johnson. “Having our OR nurses achieve and work towards CNOR credentials exhibits Brookings Health System’s commitment to providing safe and high-quality surgical care to patients.”

To be eligible for CNOR certification, a perioperative nurse must have two years and 2,400 hours of operating room experience. At least half of the hours must be in the intraoperative setting. Certification requires a nurse pass an exam covering nine surgical subject areas, including preoperative patient assessment and diagnosis, preoperative plan of care, intraoperative care, instrument processing and supply management, emergency situations, and professional accountability.

Brookings Health System’s surgical services offers a full range of inpatient, outpatient (same-day surgery), and emergency surgical treatments provided by skilled surgeons and professional support staff. To learn more about Brookings Health System’s surgical services, please visit www.brookingshealth.org/surgery.

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, 19 Dec 2016 08:34:00 -0600 http://brookingshealth.org/news/six-nurses-earn-operating-room-certification/