Dr. Holm to Sign Book at Brookings Health System Gift Shop
- October 11, 2018
Internist Dr. Rick Holm, M.D., will sign his new book, “Life’s Final Season: A Guide for Aging and Dying with Grace,” on Thursday, Oct. 25 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Brookings Health System’s gift shop as a part of the gift shop’s holiday open house.
“I wrote this book for those who are aging, which means all of us,” said Holm. “This book addresses issues to help the well, the sick, those who are dying and those caring for elderly persons in the final season of their lives.”
Holm began his medical practice in Brookings in 1981 and has volunteered as the medical director for Brookings Health System’s Hospice program since it started in 1995. Well into the process of writing his book, Holm at age 67 was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. His book tells of surviving his initial battle with the aid of chemotherapy and surgery. However, the storm is not over. The cancer returned and Holm is back on chemo, facing additional surgery this fall.
“This is one tale I never thought I would tell,” said Holm. “I was a half-marathon-running, spiritually healthy, family man. I had abundant friends, more interests and activities than I could accomplish. I was a person at minimal risk of an early death, or so I thought.”
Copies of Holm’s book will also be available for purchase during the signing.
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 brookingshealth.org.