Health System Donates $5,000 to Brookings Volunteer Service Bank

Posted: 2/4/2014

Brookings Health System CEO Jason Merkley presents a $5,000 check to Don Boone of the Volunteer Service Bank. The organization matches volunteers with people and projects needing help within Brookings County. For the fourth consecutive year, Brookings Health System has donated $5,000 to Brookings Volunteer Service Bank.

Volunteer Service Bank (VSB) matches volunteers with people and projects needing help within Brookings County. The organization acts as a volunteer clearing house for exchanging services between community members.

“Supporting Volunteer Service Bank allows Brookings Health System to give back to our community and directly impact the lives of many of the friends and neighbors we have the privilege to serve,” said CEO and President Jason Merkley.

One of Volunteer Service Bank’s largest projects involves providing drivers for patient transportation. Nearly 70 escort and transport drivers help area patients in need of specialized treatments, such as radiation and chemotherapy, reach their treatment destination both inside and outside of the Brookings region.

The non-profit organization, which was organized in 1992 by the Brookings Coalition on Aging, is locally funded and commits to making a difference in the lives of the elderly, disabled, youth, and disadvantaged in Brookings County.

People interested in joining Volunteer Service Bank may contact Don Boone at brookingsvsb@swiftel.net.

About Brookings Health System

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