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Where are the Hospitalizations?

On Aug. 31 Brookings County entered a new classification: substantial spread for COVID-19, meaning the county has greater than 100 cases per 100,000 people. To date, the county has had 538 positive cases and currently has 140 active cases. But, according to the publically reported data, what hasn’t increased much is the number of hospitalizations among county residents.

Stauffacher Promoted to Director of Surgical Services

Terri Stauffacher, RN, was recently promoted to director of surgical services at Brookings Health System. She served as interim director over the summer upon the retirement of Candace Johnson, RN.

Brookings Health Asks for Public’s Help to Stop Recent Virus Wave

As the number of COVID-19 positive cases continues to rise in Brookings County and the surrounding area, Brookings Health System asks the public to help stop virus transmission and reduce community spread to the minimal or none category.

Aiming to Inspire Health Fundraiser & Raffle Raises Over $18K for COVID-19 Response Fund

More than 30 teams participated in Brookings Health System Foundation‘s eleventh annual Aiming to Inspire Health sporting clays fundraiser on Thursday, Aug. 13 at Medary Creek Hunt Club, rural Aurora, S.D., presented by First Bank & Trust.

New Neurologist to See Patients at Outreach Clinic

Neurologist Dr. Carol Nelson of Avera Medical Group Neurology will begin seeing patients at Brookings Health System’s outreach specialty clinic. Her first clinic date in Brookings is Sept. 1.

New Maternal Fetal Monitoring System Increases Safety for Mothers & Babies at Brookings Health

Brookings Health System recently implemented a new maternal fetal monitoring system that further increases safety for both mothers and babies during childbirth at New Beginnings Birth Center.

Brookings Health Scores 98/100 on CDC’s Infant Feeding Practices Survey

Brookings Health System scored 98 of 100 points on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) most recent survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC). The score places Brookings Health in the top 2% of the 2,045 hospitals surveyed nationwide.

Olson Recognized as Pharmacy Technician of the Year

Sandy Olson was recognized as the South Dakota Society of Health-System Pharmacists (SDSHP) 2019 Technician of the Year. Due to the cancellation of the 2020 SDSHP annual conference, Olson will be formally recognized at the next SDSHP annual conference.

Brookings Health to Offer Safe@Home Course to Prepare 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 Tuesday, Aug. 4 from 10 – 11:30 a.m. outside the Ambulance Station and Education Center.

Brookings Health Takes Childbirth & Breastfeeding Classes Online

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, starting in August Brookings Health System will offer childbirth education and breastfeeding classes online.