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Klinkhammer Hired as Long-Term Care Administrator

Jeremy Klinkhammer, LNHA, was recently hired as the new long-term care administrator at Brookings Health System. In this role he is responsible for leading the care team at The Neighborhoods at Brookview skilled nursing home and managing Brookhaven Estates congregate living apartments for seniors.

COVID-19 Vaccines: Where do we go from here?

On April 5, South Dakota officially entered phase 2 of the Department of Health’s COVID-19 vaccination plan, defined as a large number of vaccine doses available in the state. In the seven weeks since entering phase 2, less than 3,500 additional Brookings County residents have chosen to receive the vaccine. In comparison, nearly 5,800 Brookings County residents chose vaccination in the month of March alone, a time in which supply was limited and demand was high.

Understanding Grief Classes Start June 3

Brookings Health System’s free six-week educational series, Understanding Grief, will begin on Thursday, June 3. The class series is led by Social Worker Donna Bumann, M.S.

Safe@Home Course Prepares Kids to Stay Home Alone

Brookings Health System will offer Safe@Home by SafeSitter®, a program designed for students in grades 4 to 6 to prepare them to be safe when they are home alone. The class will be held on Wednesday, June 2 from 10 to 11 a.m. inside the Ambulance Station and Education Center.

Free Vaccination Center for 12 to 17 Year Olds Set for May 20

Following the recent emergency use authorization (EUA) expansion by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Brookings County Pandemic Planning and Coordination Committee (PPCC) will hold a free, COVID-19 community vaccination center for adolescents ages 12 to 17 on Thursday, May 20. The event will run from 4 to 8 p.m. at Swiftel Center in Brookings.

Phase Four Cardiopulmonary Rehab Moves to FIT

Last week Brookings Health System moved phase four of the cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program to the Fishback Indoor Training (FIT) Facility located at 3105 Main Avenue South in Brookings. The move improves access for patients who exercise under the guidance of cardiopulmonary health professionals.

Free, Walk-In Vaccination Centers Set for May 13 and 20

The Brookings County Pandemic Planning and Coordination Committee (PPCC) will hold free, walk-in COVID-19 community vaccination centers, also referred to as points of dispensing (PODs), on Thursday, May 13 and Thursday, May 20. Both events will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Swiftel Center in Brookings.

Free, Walk-In Vaccination Center Set for Thursday, April 29

The Brookings County Pandemic Planning and Coordination Committee (PPCC) will hold a free, walk-in COVID-19 community vaccination center, also referred to as a point of dispensing (POD), on Thursday, April 29. It will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Swiftel Center in Brookings.

Brookings Health Adds Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to Available Wound Care Services

Brookings Health System recently added two new hyperbaric oxygen chambers to its Wound Center, enabling the health system to offer hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy to care for patients with difficult to heal wounds.

Brookings Health Named a Top 20 Rural Community Hospital for Fourth Time

Brookings Health System was recently named a 2021 Top 20 Rural Community Hospital in the United States, the only hospital in South Dakota to achieve the honor in 2021.