Home Health Earns High Rating from State

Posted: 8/8/2011

Brookings Health System's home health services staff. Back Row (left to right): Gregg Tebeest, Randi Bauman, Deb Prodoehl, Deb Moore, Shelley Hagenson, Lynne Kaufmann, Lisa Malone, Mavis Gehant, Julie Henry. Front Row (left to right): Nina Nordby, Ashley Bohman, Jan Olson, Emily Erickson, Shelly Deknikker, Lynette RicharzBrookings Health System's home health department recently earned a high, no deficiencies rating from the South Dakota Department of Health.

The Department of Health routinely surveys medical providers every two to three years based on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidelines. It examines all aspects of care, including the type of care provided and supporting documentation.

"Brookings Health System's home health team has consistently earned high ratings from the department of health," said interim CEO Kevin Coffey. "In 2009, Brookings Health System's home health department also received a no deficiencies rating. The rating reassures home health patients and their families they are receiving the best quality of care."

Home health provides customized care plans to patients who are recovering from an illness, undergoing treatment, disabled, chronically ill, or terminally ill. They provide skilled nursing care, home health aides for personal care, rehabilitation therapy, social services, patient and family education, medication monitoring and hospice services seven days a week.

For more information on home health, or to request services, call 605-696-7700 or visit brookingshealth.org.

About Brookings Health System
Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes a 49-bed hospital, the 79-bed Brookview Manor nursing home, and Brookhaven Estates apartments. It is a non-profit, city-owned facility that offers the community a full range of inpatient, outpatient, and extended care services. The emergency room is staffed 24 hours a day and provides around the clock medical-nursing care for 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.