Medical Plaza Opens for Patients

Posted: 10/10/2016

Registered Nurses Maria Evans and Sarah Bowen, who work with General Surgeons Dr. Theresa Oey and Dr. Jeffrey Johnson, move into the new Avera Medical Group Specialty Care clinic located on the first floor of Brookings Health System’s new Medical Plaza. Staff moved in Thursday and Friday last week and began seeing patients at the new clinic today. The opening of the Medical Plaza completes Brookings Health System’s first leg of the hospital expansion and renovation project.Brookings Health System officially opened the newly constructed Medical Plaza building today, completing the first leg of the health system’s hospital expansion and renovation project. To accommodate patient access to the Medical Plaza, the new west entrance off the Twenty-Second Avenue and Third Street stoplight also opened today.

According to Brookings Health System CEO Jason Merkley, “The Medical Plaza will be an instrumental tool for retaining and recruiting physicians to our community.”

The Medical Plaza’s first floor tenant, Avera Medical Group Specialty Care clinic, includes familiar Brookings faces. Avera Medical Group moved its obstetrics/gynecology, general surgery and podiatry services last week from their 400 Twenty-Second Avenue clinic to the new building. Providers began seeing patients in their new clinic space this morning.

The Medical Plaza’s second floor is currently available for lease. Intentionally built as an open shell, the second floor may be setup for tenants’ unique needs.

“The goal is to continue to grow Brookings Health System and its medical staff to meet the needs of this region,” said Merkley. “The second floor of the Medical Plaza will accommodate those provider office space needs well into the future. The building even contains infrastructure to add on a third floor if the demand for space exceeds the second floor capacity.”

With the Medical Plaza open for business, construction continues on the rest of Brookings Health System’s campus.

“We thank our patients, visitors and community for their patience thus far during our project,” said Merkley. “With the Medical Plaza opening, parking on our campus will become somewhat congested until the new hospital expansion opens this winter. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience and are grateful that our community continues to be excited about, and supportive of, our progress.”

Once the east hospital expansion is completed, remodeling will start inside the original 1964 building. The entire project is slated for completion Summer 2017.

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