Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Brookings Health System expanding and renovating the hospital?
Why is Brookings Health System expanding and renovating instead of building new?
Why is Brookings Health System building a medical office building?
What benefits will the expansion and renovation project have?
How is the project being financed?
What is the Brooking Health System Foundation's capital campaign goal?
What is the project timeline?

 

Why is Brookings Health System expanding and renovating the hospital?

Health care has changed radically since the hospital first opened in 1964. Then 80% of patients stayed at the hospital on an inpatient basis. Today, 70% of patients come to the hospital on an outpatient basis. In addition, technology and care practices are different.

Patients and their expectations have also changed. Today’s patients staying in the medical-surgical unit tend to have more severe illnesses and chronic conditions compared to patients staying in the hospital 50 years ago. In addition, patients today expect privacy, including private rooms and amenities and confidential transport between care areas.

Finally, our community has grown significantly. Since the hospital was first built in 1964, Brookings County population has grown by 60%.

 

Why is Brookings Health System expanding and renovating instead of building new?

Brookings Health System’s board of trustees weighed the positive and negative of both new construction and remodeling. In the end, renovating and expanding on our existing site was chosen for three reasons:

COST: The 2009 and 2014 Master Campus Plan reports both indicated building new would be more expensive than expanding and remodeling.

LAND: Brookings has a shortage of land available for growth and development. As such, the cost of available land in the amount needed to build a new hospital is at a premium.

LOCATION: Brookings Hospital’s existing site location is near the heart of the City of Brookings and has a strong presence along 22nd Avenue. While building new would allow us to continue to serve patients without interruptions and inconveniences in the short term, it would move the hospital away from the heart of the city. The hospital would also lose proximity to the Avera Medical Clinic and The Neighborhoods at Brookview and the synergies created by that proximity. In addition, any time a business or organization changes locations, it takes the community time to adjust and reference the new location.

 

Why is Brookings Health System building a medical office building?

Building a medical office building connected directly to the hospital will allow Brookings Health to recruit and retain medical specialists to Brookings. The space will be leased to current and future medical specialists, such as surgeons and OB-GYNS, who benefit from direct access to the hospital.

 

What benefits will the expansion and renovation project have?
 

BETTER ACCOMMODATE OUTPATIENT CARE

Same-day surgery and imaging areas will be built with easy patient access. Same-day surgery will also have a dedicated prep and recovery space separate from inpatient care.

INCREASE PATIENT PRIVACY, COMFORT AND TOTAL EXPERIENCE

Privacy measures will be designed in care areas, such as private rooms and private patient transport corridors. Updated building systems, such HVAC, and larger rooms will add to patient comfort. The combined effect will help increase the overall patient experience.

RECRUIT AND RETAIN MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS

Constructing a medical office building with connected access to a new, state-of-the-art hospital will attract new providers to serve Brookings, including those who choose to locate to Brookings full time and those who wish to perform outreach.

INCREASE CAPACITY

Increasing the number of endoscopy suites will increase the number of procedures that can be performed. Added labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum rooms will increase the number of deliveries that can happen simultaneously. The additional space will allow Brookings Health System to meet today’s needs and to continue growing with the community in the future. 

ALLOW FOR STAFF EFFICIENCY AND INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY

Building new patient care areas designed to flow together with lean principles in mind will allow nursing and other medical staff to work smarter, not harder.

CREATE AN EXTERIOR REFLECTIVE OF HIGH-QUALITY CARE

Updating the front façade, entrance and lobby reflects the high-quality care already happening inside the walls.

 

How is the project being financed?

70% of the project will be funded by capital financing, 20% will be funded by hospital reserves, and 10% will be funded by the Brookings Health System Foundation’s capital campaign.

 

What is the Brookings Health System Foundation’s capital campaign goal?

The Foundation’s goal is to raise $4.6 million, 10% of the total project cost. Learn more about the Foundation’s capital campaign and how you can help HERE.

 

What is the project timeline?

2015

July 13: Groundbreaking Celebration

Early August: Medical Office Building Construction Starts

Late August: East Hospital Expansion Construction Starts

2016

April: Medical Office Building Construction Complete

May: Medical Office Building Move-in

October: East Hospital Expansion Construction Complete

November: East Hospital Expansion Move-in

December: Hospital Interior Remodeling Starts

2017

March: Hospital Interior Remodeling Complete

April: Hospital Interior Remodeling Move-in