Theodosopoulos Gift Upgrades Dialysis TVs

Posted: 6/13/2017

Family members gathered at the dialysis unit housed inside Brookings Health System and operated by Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center to see the newly installed televisions made possible by gifts in memory of Spiro Theodosopoulos. Left to right: Donna Theodosopoulos, Gus Theodosopoulos, Yoita Theodosopoulos, Robert Lynn, Georgia Theodosopoulos-Lynn, Vickie Knutson and Avera Dialysis Nurse Tina McGuire, RN. Not pictured: Darvin Knutson.Thanks to donations honoring the late Spyridon (Spiro) K. Theodosopoulos, patients at the dialysis unit housed inside Brookings Hospital and operated by Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center now have new larger, high resolution televisions enhancing the quality of their experience as they view programs during renal treatment sessions.

A long-time Brookings dialysis patient, Spiro often recommended the unit invest in new televisions for the patient chairs. To honor his wishes, his family consulted with the dialysis staff and decided to purchase six patient televisions with arms that attach to the dialysis chairs.

“Dad would be so happy,” said daughter Georgia Theodosopoulos-Lynn. “These TVs give patients something to help take their minds off the monotonous treatments.”

Spiro owned and helped establish George’s Pizza as a Brookings landmark. He was passionate about cooking and feeding people. He and his family often brought food to the dialysis staff to show their affection for the care team.

When Spiro passed away peacefully last fall, his family asked that memorials be given to the Brookings Health System Foundation to be used at the dialysis unit in Spiro’s name. More than 30 people from three states gave a total of $2,040 to the special fund.

“We are very thankful for this wonderful gift,” said Glen Geditz, dialysis regional manager. “Spiro brought so much joy to his fellow patients and to our staff. We will always remember his generosity.”

Geditz added that Avera recently upgraded dialysis patient chairs with built-in heat and massage capability and the unit is being remodeled with new window blinds, flooring and color scheme.

Friends and family gathered at the dialysis unit on June 7 to see the newly installed equipment and remember Spiro’s legacy.

If you would like to honor a loved one, or leave your own personal legacy, by donating to Brookings Health System Foundation, 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 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.

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.