Hospital Has Second Consecutive Deficiency Free Survey from Department of Health

Posted: 6/1/2015

Medical-Surgical Nurse Elizabeth Kuhl, RN, explains contents of the MyHealth Matters binder to a hospital patient. The binder is used for patient discharge planning, one of the areas examined by the South Dakota Department of Health’s new Patient Safety Initiative survey. For the second consecutive year, the department of health cited no deficiencies to Brookings Health System’s hospital during its most recent health survey. For the second consecutive year the South Dakota Department of Health cited no deficiencies to Brookings Health System’s hospital during its most recent health survey, placing the hospital at the top of the class for facilities statewide.

“Our continued deficiency free status means we follow all regulatory requirements and demonstrates to our community our team’s dedication to providing excellent patient care,” said CEO and President Jason Merkley. “I’m very proud of our employees and how they deliver our mission to provide high-quality, compassionate, personalized health care.”

The department of health’s new Patient Safety Initiative survey examined how the hospital handles infection control, quality improvement and discharge planning. The department of health assessed processes in place for measuring care quality and patient safety as well as making sure patients receive proper education and information upon being discharged from the hospital.

Brookings Health System has been proven to deliver high-quality care rated at or above the South Dakota averages and above the national averages for patient safety, outcomes and satisfaction. To learn more about the quality of health care at Brookings Health System, please visit 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, 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.