News Feed https://www.brookingshealth.org/ en New Beginnings Baby Café Open House Set for Aug. 23 https://www.brookingshealth.org/news-events/news/new-beginnings-baby-cafe-open-house-set-aug-23 <span>New Beginnings Baby Café Open House Set for Aug. 23</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/8" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jyoder</span></span> <span>Mon, 08/08/2022 - 08:47</span> <div><time datetime="2022-08-08T13:47:50Z">Mon, 08/08/2022 - 08:47</time> </div> <div class="rich-text-editor"><p>To celebrate National Breastfeeding Month, New Beginnings Baby Café will hold an open house “birthday party” from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 23. The event will take place outdoors in the picnic area just west of Brookings Hospital’s ER entrance. Cupcakes and punch will be served.</p> <p>As a Baby-Friendly® designated hospital, Brookings Health System established New Beginnings Baby Café in 2015 to give free support to breastfeeding mothers in all aspects of nursing, from starting to weaning and every variation in between.</p> <p>IBCLC Lactation Consultant Aleycia Gerlach, RN, and Certified Lactation Counselor Nancy DeBoer, RN, meet with mothers during Baby Café sessions on Tuesdays from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Prairie Perk Up Coffee Shop, located inside Brookings Hospital. Mothers who attend Baby Café can weigh-feed-weigh their babies to measure how much their infants drink in one feeding. In addition, Gerlach and DeBoer record the babies’ weights to chart growth.</p> <p>New Beginning Baby Café is currently the only Baby Café session in South Dakota registered with Baby Café USA. More information about New Beginnings Baby Café and Brookings Health System’s OB unit can be found at <a href="https://www.brookingshealth.org/services/obstetrics">brookingshealth.org/OB</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Brookings Health System</strong></p> <p>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 &amp; Optical, 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, emergency and extended care services. Brookings Hospital provides local access to doctors in Brookings and offers robotic da Vinci surgery and Mako robotic-arm assisted procedures, making it one of the premier rural community hospitals in South Dakota. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at <a href="https://www.brookingshealth.org/">brookingshealth.org</a>.</p></div> Mon, 08 Aug 2022 13:47:50 +0000 jyoder 4131 at https://www.brookingshealth.org Marissia Schaefer, CNP, Joins Arlington Medical Center https://www.brookingshealth.org/news-events/news/marissia-schaefer-cnp-joins-arlington-medical-center <span>Marissia Schaefer, CNP, Joins Arlington Medical Center</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/8" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jyoder</span></span> <span>Mon, 08/01/2022 - 08:32</span> <div><time datetime="2022-08-01T13:32:15Z">Mon, 08/01/2022 - 08:32</time> </div> <div class="rich-text-editor"><figure role="group" class="align-right"> <img alt="Marissia Schaefer, CNP" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/Our%20Team/Marissia_Schaefer.jpg" /> <figcaption>Marissia Schaefer, CNP</figcaption> </figure> <p>Family Nurse Practitioner Marissia Schaefer, CNP, will become the new primary care provider at Arlington Medical Center. The community is invited to meet and welcome Schaefer during an open house on Wednesday, Aug. 17 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Arlington clinic.</p> <p>Schaefer takes the place of Mandy Wilde, CNP, who recently chose to reduce her clinical hours in order to spend more time with her young family. Wilde will still serve patients at Volga Medical Clinic.</p> <p>As the primary care provider at Arlington Medical Center, Schaefer will see patients of all ages. She is available for any health concern as well as physicals and preventative medicine. She is also able to refer patients to specialists as needed.</p> <p>Schaefer has practiced as a nurse practitioner for the past year at both Sanford Health Brookings and Avera Medical Group Brookings. She graduated with her Master of Science in Nursing from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, IA, in 2021. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from South Dakota State University and worked as a registered nurse for five years. She has also acted as a clinical instructor for undergraduate nursing students at both SDSU and the University of Sioux Falls.</p> <p>To make an appointment with Schaefer, please call Arlington Medical Center at (605) 983-3283.</p> <p><strong>About Brookings Health System</strong></p> <p>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 &amp; Optical, 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, emergency and extended care services. Brookings Hospital provides local access to doctors in Brookings and offers robotic da Vinci surgery and Mako robotic-arm assisted procedures, making it one of the premier rural community hospitals in South Dakota. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at <a href="https://www.brookingshealth.org/">brookingshealth.org</a>.</p></div> Mon, 01 Aug 2022 13:32:15 +0000 jyoder 4122 at https://www.brookingshealth.org Winseman Named Diagnostic Imaging Director https://www.brookingshealth.org/news-events/news/winseman-named-diagnostic-imaging-director <span>Winseman Named Diagnostic Imaging Director</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/8" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jyoder</span></span> <span>Thu, 07/28/2022 - 11:53</span> <div><time datetime="2022-07-28T16:53:55Z">Thu, 07/28/2022 - 11:53</time> </div> <div class="rich-text-editor"><figure role="group" class="align-right"> <img alt="Diagnostic Imaging Director Nicole Winseman" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/2022-07/Winseman_Nikki.jpg" /> <figcaption>Diagnostic Imaging Director Nicole Winseman</figcaption> </figure> <p>Nicole Winseman was recently named diagnostic imaging director at Brookings Health System.  </p> <p>Winseman was hired as a nuclear medicine technologist at Brookings Health System last fall and served as the interim radiology director this spring during a candidate search. She has 23 years of radiology experience, including nuclear medicine and PET/CT. She holds an associate degree in nuclear medicine from Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls.</p> <p>As diagnostic imaging director, Winseman will oversee routine radiologic, ultrasound, CT, MRI and nuclear medicine procedures performed at Brookings Health System. She will maintain the system for reporting imaging study results to providers and ensure all radiology team members perform diagnostic testing in accordance with quality standards and government requirements. She will also spearhead department process improvement and service initiatives.</p> <p>For more information on job opportunities available at Brookings Health System, please visit <a href="https://www.brookingshealth.org/jobs">brookingshealth.org/jobs</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Brookings Health System</strong></p> <p>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 &amp; Optical, 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, emergency and extended care services. Brookings Hospital provides local access to doctors in Brookings and offers robotic da Vinci surgery and Mako robotic-arm assisted procedures, making it one of the premier rural community hospitals in South Dakota. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at <a href="https://www.brookingshealth.org/">brookingshealth.org</a>.</p></div> Thu, 28 Jul 2022 16:53:55 +0000 jyoder 4115 at https://www.brookingshealth.org King Joins Brookings Health System Foundation Board https://www.brookingshealth.org/news-events/news/king-joins-brookings-health-system-foundation-board <span>King Joins Brookings Health System Foundation Board</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/8" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jyoder</span></span> <span>Mon, 07/25/2022 - 08:37</span> <div><time datetime="2022-07-25T13:37:40Z">Mon, 07/25/2022 - 08:37</time> </div> <div class="rich-text-editor"><figure role="group" class="align-right"> <img alt="Rod King" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://www.brookingshealth.org/sites/default/files/media/images/articles/King_Rod.jpg" /> <figcaption>Rod King</figcaption> </figure> <p>Retired Physician Assistant Rod King recently joined Brookings Health System Foundation’s board of directors. He was elected at the May 12 board meeting to serve a two-year term through December 2023.</p> <p>King served the Volga community for over 30 years as the primary care provider at the local clinic, now operated by Brookings Health System as Volga Medical Clinic. During the same time, he also worked as a clinic provider at Avera Medical Group Brookings. As an experienced healthcare provider, King brings to the Foundation board his medical knowledge and passion for giving back.</p> <p>“I’ve seen the positive impact of the Brookings Health System Foundation and the helpful resources it has provided our local community and surrounding area,” said King.</p> <p>King replaces long-time Foundation board member Joanie Holm, CNP. Holm served Brookings Health System Foundation as a board member for the maximum of four, two-year terms.</p> <p>Founded in 2009, Brookings Health System Foundation has supported Brookings Health System through facility, equipment and technology upgrades; health and wellness education for our community and employees; and assistance for patients and their families. For more information, please visit <a href="https://www.brookingshealth.org/about-us/foundation">brookingshealth.org/Foundation</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Brookings Health System</strong></p> <p>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 &amp; Optical, 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, emergency and extended care services. Brookings Hospital provides local access to doctors in Brookings and offers robotic da Vinci surgery and Mako robotic-arm assisted procedures, making it one of the premier rural community hospitals in South Dakota. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at <a href="https://www.brookingshealth.org/">brookingshealth.org</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Brookings Health System Foundation</strong></p> <p>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 Sara Schneider at (605) 696-8855 or <a href="mailto:foundation@brookingshealth.org">foundation@brookingshealth.org</a>.</p></div> Mon, 25 Jul 2022 13:37:40 +0000 jyoder 4110 at https://www.brookingshealth.org ‘Mini Facelifts’ Now Available at Näva Medical Spa https://www.brookingshealth.org/news-events/news/mini-facelifts-now-available-nava-medical-spa <span>‘Mini Facelifts’ Now Available at Näva Medical Spa</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/8" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jyoder</span></span> <span>Thu, 07/21/2022 - 13:30</span> <div><time datetime="2022-07-21T18:30:23Z">Thu, 07/21/2022 - 13:30</time> </div> <div class="rich-text-editor"><figure role="group" class="align-right"> <img alt="Polydioxanone (PDO) threads are injected into skin using hypodermic needles, as shown in the photo above, to tighten and lift sagging skin in the jaw, cheek and neck area. The FDA-approved procedure, sometimes referred to as a mini facelift, is now available at Näva Medical Spa. PDO thread lifts are a less invasive alternative to facelift surgery, with results typically lasting four to six months. " data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/2022-07/PDO-threads.jpg" /> <figcaption>Polydioxanone (PDO) threads are injected into skin using hypodermic needles, as shown in the photo above, to tighten and lift sagging skin in the jaw, cheek and neck area. The FDA-approved procedure, sometimes referred to as a mini facelift, is now available at Näva Medical Spa. PDO thread lifts are a less invasive alternative to facelift surgery, with results typically lasting four to six months.</figcaption> </figure> <p>Näva Medical Spa, Brookings Health System’s aesthetic medicine clinic, now offers polydioxanone (PDO) thread lifts to help tighten loose skin on the jaw, cheek and neck area without surgery. Sometimes referred to as a mini facelift, the procedure uses dissolvable sutures to tighten and lift sagging skin.</p> <p>“Polydioxanone has been used for over 30 years in cardiothoracic surgery,” said Tonya Buchholz, CNP, clinician at Näva Medical Spa. “The material is fully absorbed by the body in four to six months. It doesn’t leave scars but does stimulate collagen growth. Collagen loss causes our skin to age. By reproducing collagen, our skin regains its structure and elasticity. The results from PDO thread injections include enhanced face contours, increased volume and improved skin texture.”</p> <p>The FDA-approved process uses hypodermic needles preloaded with PDO thread. Several threads are injected into the skin, often in a mesh technique to recreate the face’s natural V-shape. The inserted threads create a scaffolding to support the tissues. The threads also delicately grasp onto the loose skin and soft tissue, repositioning them to the V-shape. Once injected in the skin, the threads’ presence triggers collagen production which builds upon the scaffold.</p> <p>PDO thread lifts are less invasive than facelift surgery. They can be performed in under 45 minutes and do not use a scalpel or any incisions. Patients report minimal to no pain after thread insertion. PDO threads are also cheaper than facelifts and provide immediate results with full results noticed after one to two weeks. Results typically last four to six months.</p> <p>Appointments for PDO thread lifts are available every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at Näva Medical Spa. Individuals may make an appointment by calling or texting (605) 695-7394.</p> <p>Näva Medical Spa, located in Brookings Health System’s Outreach Clinic, offers private, confidential services tailored to individuals’ unique skin needs. State-of-the-art cosmetic techniques create natural results. Non-invasive procedures include laser hair removal and skin treatments to minimize the signs of aging. Medical-grade skin care products are offered as a part of a medically supervised skin care regimen selected for a patient’s skin type. More information on Näva medical spa can be found at <a href="https://www.brookingshealth.org/services/aesthetic-medicine">brookingshealth.org/Nava</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Brookings Health System</strong></p> <p>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 &amp; Optical, 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, emergency and extended care services. Brookings Hospital provides local access to doctors in Brookings and offers robotic da Vinci surgery and Mako robotic-arm assisted procedures, making it one of the premier rural community hospitals in South Dakota. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at <a href="https://www.brookingshealth.org/">brookingshealth.org</a>.</p></div> Thu, 21 Jul 2022 18:30:22 +0000 jyoder 4105 at https://www.brookingshealth.org Dr. Ali Chaudhry Joins Hospitalist Team at Brookings Health https://www.brookingshealth.org/news-events/news/dr-ali-chaudhry-joins-hospitalist-team-brookings-health <span>Dr. Ali Chaudhry Joins Hospitalist Team at Brookings Health</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/8" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jyoder</span></span> <span>Wed, 07/13/2022 - 08:35</span> <div><time datetime="2022-07-13T13:35:53Z">Wed, 07/13/2022 - 08:35</time> </div> <div class="rich-text-editor"><figure role="group" class="align-right"> <img alt="Hospitalist Dr. Ali Chaudhry, M.D." data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/Our%20Team/Chaudhry-Ali-2.jpg" /> <figcaption>Hospitalist Dr. Ali Chaudhry, M.D.</figcaption> </figure> <p>Dr. Ali Chaudhry, M.D., recently joined the hospitalist team at Brookings Health System.</p> <p>As a hospitalist, Dr. Chaudhry will help oversee the care of adult patients, ages 15 years and older, who are admitted to Brookings Hospital’s inpatient care and intensive care units. He will work closely with other members of the hospital care team to provide comprehensive treatment during a patient’s stay.</p> <p>Dr. Chaudhry specializes in internal medicine and has over 12 years of medical experience. He has practiced medicine primarily in South Dakota, most recently serving as a hospitalist at Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen. He earned his medical degree from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark. He performed his internship in internal medicine at North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, NY, and his residency in internal medicine at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, Hempstead, NY.</p> <p>Hospitalists at Brookings Health System focus on providing medical treatment to patients who stay at Brookings Hospital’s inpatient care unit. For more information about the hospitalist program at Brookings Health System, please visit <a href="https://www.brookingshealth.org/services/hospitalist-program">brookingshealth.org/Hospitalist</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Brookings Health System</strong></p> <p>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 &amp; Optical, 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, emergency and extended care services. Brookings Hospital provides local access to doctors in Brookings and offers robotic da Vinci surgery and Mako robotic-arm assisted procedures, making it one of the premier rural community hospitals in South Dakota. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at <a href="https://www.brookingshealth.org/">brookingshealth.org</a>.</p></div> Wed, 13 Jul 2022 13:35:53 +0000 jyoder 4094 at https://www.brookingshealth.org Workforce Education Grant to Help Prepare Students for Future Healthcare Careers https://www.brookingshealth.org/news-events/news/workforce-education-grant-help-prepare-students-future-healthcare-careers <span>Workforce Education Grant to Help Prepare Students for Future Healthcare Careers</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/8" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jyoder</span></span> <span>Mon, 07/11/2022 - 08:30</span> <div><time datetime="2022-07-11T13:30:10Z">Mon, 07/11/2022 - 08:30</time> </div> <div class="rich-text-editor"><figure role="group" class="align-right"> <img alt="Director of Surgical Services Terri Stauffacher, RN, led a tour of Brookings Health’s surgery department for HOSA – Future Health Professionals high school students in December 2017. Brookings School District and Brookings Health System recently partnered to procedure a Workforce Education Grant. Grant funds will help to modernize Career and Technical Education resources for health sciences and increase opportunities for students interested in health careers. Brookings Health has committed to providing students meaningful industry experience to support the program and address immediate workforce needs." data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/2022-07/Use-for-Media.jpg" /> <figcaption>Director of Surgical Services Terri Stauffacher, RN, led a tour of Brookings Health’s surgery department for HOSA – Future Health Professionals high school students in December 2017. Brookings School District and Brookings Health System recently partnered to procure a Workforce Education Grant. Grant funds will help to modernize Career and Technical Education resources for health sciences and increase opportunities for students interested in health careers. Brookings Health has committed to providing students meaningful industry experience to support the program and address immediate workforce needs.</figcaption> </figure> <p>Brookings Health System recently partnered with Brookings School District to support and procure a Workforce Education Grant from the South Dakota Department of Education. Programs generated from the grant will impact the future healthcare and health sciences workforce in the greater Brookings region.</p> <p>The grant will help Brookings School District to modernize Career and Technical Education (CTE) resources for health sciences and increase opportunities for students interested in pursuing healthcare careers. Using the funds, the school district intends to purchase multiple manikins for classroom and HOSA – Future Health Professionals use, modern hospital beds, emergency medical resources, simulators, training resources and industry-standard storage solutions.</p> <p>The CTE programs will build awareness among high school students of high-skill, high-demand and high-wage job opportunities within healthcare and health sciences. The programs will also prepare students to be career and college ready after graduation. Starting the second semester of the 2022-23 school year, students who participate in the program may earn postsecondary credit. They may also become certified to enter the workforce after graduation as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) or an emergency medical technician (EMT).</p> <p>To support the CTE program and help address immediate workforce needs, Brookings Health System has committed to providing students meaningful industry experience through facility tours, job shadows and internships.</p> <p>"The Brookings School District is fortunate and thankful to have community partners assisting our school system in providing the best educational opportunities possible for our students,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Klint Willert. “Through partnerships like the one we have with Brookings Health System, we can create awareness, opportunities, and support for students and their interests. I am excited about our CTE programs and efforts going forward."</p> <p>Brookings Health will also help match grant funds to support program costs, donate equipment and work with CTE program students to bring expertise from the field to the classroom.</p> <p>“As the largest healthcare employer in Brookings County, part of Brookings Health System’s vision includes investing in tomorrow’s workforce,” said President and CEO Jason Merkley. “By supporting the Brookings School District’s health sciences CTE program, Brookings Health helps ensure we continue to have the talent needed to provide high-quality, compassionate, personalized health care to our community.”</p> <p>Brookings Health’s workforce embodies the spirit of teamwork, working together across disciplines to care for local patients and residents. Individuals who want to join Brookings Health System’s Top 20 Rural Community Hospital team can find a position right for them at <a href="https://www.brookingshealth.org/jobs">brookingshealth.org/Careers</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Brookings Health System</strong></p> <p>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 &amp; Optical, 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, emergency and extended care services. Brookings Hospital provides local access to doctors in Brookings and offers robotic da Vinci surgery and Mako robotic-arm assisted procedures, making it one of the premier rural community hospitals in South Dakota. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at <a href="https://www.brookingshealth.org/">brookingshealth.org</a>.</p></div> Mon, 11 Jul 2022 13:30:10 +0000 jyoder 4090 at https://www.brookingshealth.org Registration Now Open for Doula Training https://www.brookingshealth.org/news-events/news/registration-now-open-doula-training <span>Registration Now Open for Doula Training</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/8" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jyoder</span></span> <span>Thu, 07/07/2022 - 08:49</span> <div><time datetime="2022-07-07T13:49:58Z">Thu, 07/07/2022 - 08:49</time> </div> <div class="rich-text-editor"><figure role="group" class="align-right"> <img alt=": Doula Program Coordinator Victoria Wakeman works with an expectant mother at Brookings Health System’s OB unit. Wakeman will teach a birth and postpartum doula workshop on Sept. 9 and 10 at Brookings Health System. The workshop is one step in becoming a doula at Brookings Health. Interested individuals may register at thechildbirthprofession.com/Wakeman. " data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/2022-07/doula.jpg" /> <figcaption>: Doula Program Coordinator Victoria Wakeman works with an expectant mother at Brookings Health System’s OB unit. Wakeman will teach a birth and postpartum doula workshop on Sept. 9 and 10 at Brookings Health System. The workshop is one step in becoming a doula at Brookings Health. Interested individuals may register at <a href="https://thechildbirthprofession.com/wakeman/">thechildbirthprofession.com/Wakeman</a>.</figcaption> </figure> <p>Registration is now open for the Childbirth Professionals International Birth and Postpartum Doula workshop scheduled for Sept. 9 and 10 at Brookings Health System.</p> <p>Class instruction will be held in Brookings Hospital’s conference room A from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The workshop will provide hands-on education for providing physical and emotional support to birthing women and their families. It is one step in meeting the requirements for becoming a doula at Brookings Health System and is worth 16 continuing education credits (CEUs).</p> <p>The workshop is recommended for doulas, nurses, nursing students, lactation counselors, childbirth educators and other health care professionals. It will be led by Victoria Wakeman of Childbirth Professionals International, a certified birth and postpartum doula, childbirth educator and peer lactation consultant who also serves at Brookings Health’s doula program coordinator.</p> <p>Class fees are $650 and include workshop materials and certification upon completion. Attendees may save $30 and pay $620 by submitting early-bird registration by Aug. 1. In accordance with CDC guidelines, masks are required to be worn during class. People interested in this workshop may register by visiting <a href="https://thechildbirthprofession.com/wakeman/">thechildbirthprofession.com/Wakeman.</a></p> <p>Questions may be directed to Wakeman at (605) 691-9319 or <a href="mailto:babysmart@brookings.net">babysmart@brookings.net</a>. More information on Brookings Health System’s doula program may be found at <a href="https://www.brookingshealth.org/services/doula">brookingshealth.org/doula</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Brookings Health System</strong></p> <p>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 &amp; Optical, 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, emergency and extended care services. Brookings Hospital provides local access to doctors in Brookings and offers robotic da Vinci surgery and Mako robotic-arm assisted procedures, making it one of the premier rural community hospitals in South Dakota. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at <a href="https://www.brookingshealth.org/">brookingshealth.org</a>.</p></div> Thu, 07 Jul 2022 13:49:58 +0000 jyoder 4085 at https://www.brookingshealth.org New Beginnings Birth Center Nursery Named in Honor of Isaac Scot Hemmestad https://www.brookingshealth.org/news-events/news/new-beginnings-birth-center-nursery-named-honor-isaac-scot-hemmestad <span>New Beginnings Birth Center Nursery Named in Honor of Isaac Scot Hemmestad</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/8" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jyoder</span></span> <span>Thu, 06/30/2022 - 09:58</span> <div><time datetime="2022-06-30T14:58:33Z">Thu, 06/30/2022 - 09:58</time> </div> <div class="rich-text-editor"><p><figure role="group" class="align-right"> <img alt="The Hemmestad family recently gathered with Brookings Health System representatives to dedicate New Beginnings Birth Center’s nursery in honor of Isaac Scot Hemmestad. The Isaac Scot Nursery recognizes the funds given to Brookings Health System Foundation by Team Isaac. Pictured from left to right are Obstetrics Director Michelle Sand, RN; Foundation Director Sara Schneider, Team Isaac Co-Founders Jason and Amber Hemmestad and CEO Jason Merkley." data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/2022-06/Isaac-Scot-Nursery.jpg" /> <figcaption>The Hemmestad family recently gathered with Brookings Health System representatives to dedicate New Beginnings Birth Center’s nursery in honor of Isaac Scot Hemmestad. The Isaac Scot Nursery recognizes the funds given to Brookings Health System Foundation by Team Isaac. Pictured from left to right are Obstetrics Director Michelle Sand, RN; Foundation Director Sara Schneider, Team Isaac Co-Founders Jason and Amber Hemmestad and CEO Jason Merkley.</figcaption> </figure> </p> <p>On June 28 representatives from Brookings Health System and Team Isaac gathered to dedicate New Beginnings Birth Center’s nursery in honor of Isaac Scot Hemmestad, the son of Team Isaac founders Jason and Amber Hemmestad. The Isaac Scot Nursery recognizes the funds given to Brookings Health System Foundation by Team Isaac.</p> <p>“We are grateful to the Hemmestad family and all that Team Isaac does within our community to make a positive impact for babies and their families,” said Foundation Director Sara Schneider. “Isaac touched so many lives and continues to do so through Team Isaac.”</p> <p>The nursery at New Beginnings Birth Center was included in the 2018 Brookings Hospital expansion and renovation project. Now as the Isaac Scot Nursery, it will continue to provide resources for newborns who need special monitoring and care as well as provide a space for team members to perform other routine medical procedures.</p> <p>Isaac was born at Brookings Hospital 15 years ago on June 28. He passed away from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) on Feb. 15, 2008, at seven and a half months old. The Hemmestads founded Team Isaac in memory of their baby.</p> <p>Team Isaac’s mission is to provide awareness of SIDS and to help local babies reach their first steps. To date, over 3,500 Safe to Sleep gift packs funded by Team Isaac have been distributed to babies born at New Beginnings Birth Center. Each gift pack contains a HALO SleepSack swaddle and Charlie’s Kids Sleep Baby Safe and Snug board book. It also includes educational information to encourage parents to put their baby safely to sleep to prevent SIDS.</p> <p>Individuals who would like to give to the Team Isaac Fund and help continue Isaac Scot’s legacy may do so at <a href="https://www.brookingshealth.org/about-us/foundation/support-foundation/donate-foundation">brookingshealth.org/Donate</a>. For more information about philanthropic opportunities with Brookings Health System Foundation, please contact Foundation Director Sara Schneider at (605) 696-8855 or <a href="mailto:foundation@brookingshealth.org">foundation@brookingshealth.org</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Brookings Health System</strong></p> <p>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 &amp; Optical, 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, emergency and extended care services. Brookings Hospital provides local access to doctors in Brookings and offers robotic da Vinci surgery and Mako robotic-arm assisted procedures, making it one of the premier rural community hospitals in South Dakota. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at <a href="https://www.brookingshealth.org">brookingshealth.org</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Brookings Health System Foundation</strong></p> <p>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 Sara Schneider at (605) 696-8855 or <a href="mailto:foundation@brookingshealth.org">foundation@brookingshealth.org</a>.</p></div> Thu, 30 Jun 2022 14:58:33 +0000 jyoder 4078 at https://www.brookingshealth.org Nitrous Oxide Available for Pain Management at New Beginnings Birth Center https://www.brookingshealth.org/news-events/news/nitrous-oxide-available-pain-management-new-beginnings-birth-center <span>Nitrous Oxide Available for Pain Management at New Beginnings Birth Center</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/8" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jyoder</span></span> <span>Thu, 06/23/2022 - 11:27</span> <div><time datetime="2022-06-23T16:27:17Z">Thu, 06/23/2022 - 11:27</time> </div> <div class="rich-text-editor"><figure role="group" class="align-right"> <img alt="Obstetrics Nurse Amanda Anderson, RN, assists a laboring mother to breathe in nitrous oxide to help with pain during a contraction. New Beginnings Birth Center added nitrous oxide, also called laughing gas, as a pain management option for mothers who want a more natural birth experience or a non-invasive pain reliever they can control. The gas dulls the sensations of contractions and pain for women in labor, making the pain easier to cope with." data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="/sites/default/files/2022-06/Nitrous-Oxide.jpg" /> <figcaption>Obstetrics Nurse Amanda Anderson, RN, assists a laboring mother to breathe in nitrous oxide to help with pain during a contraction. New Beginnings Birth Center added nitrous oxide, also called laughing gas, as a pain management option for mothers who want a more natural birth experience or a non-invasive pain reliever they can control. The gas dulls the sensations of contractions and pain for women in labor, making the pain easier to cope with.</figcaption> </figure> <p>New Beginnings Birth Center at Brookings Health System recently added nitrous oxide as a pain relieving option for laboring mothers.</p> <p>“Nitrous oxide is a pain management option for moms who want a more natural birth experience or a non-invasive pain reliever they can control,” said Obstetrics Director Michelle Sand, RN. “Evidence-based research shows using nitrous oxide for pain relief during labor is safe for both mothers and babies. It also allows mothers freedom of movement during labor. In addition, nitrous oxide does not disrupt the release of oxytocin, the hormone that promotes early mother-baby bonding and breast milk production.”</p> <p>Commonly referred to as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is an inhaled anesthetic gas that mothers can self-administer during labor by holding a small mask to their mouth. Women who use nitrous oxide still have an awareness of contractions and labor pain, but the pain is dulled and made easier to cope with. The gas also helps women relax by reducing anxiety. Because women self-administer the gas, they also feel more in control of their pain management.</p> <p>Nitrous oxide can be used continuously throughout labor, up until the time of delivery. Its use may be stopped at any point, with its effects leaving both the mother’s and baby’s bodies within five minutes. It may be used in conjunction with an epidural or in cases where it’s too early or too late for an epidural. Nitrous oxide can also be used in place of narcotic pain medication during labor.</p> <p>Brookings Health System’s OB unit, New Beginnings Birth Center, has eight beds consisting of five labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum (LDRP) suites and three postpartum recovery rooms. The unit provides full OB services to expectant parents and enables area residents to deliver their baby close to home with a local physician. As a Baby-Friendly® Hospital, Brookings Health ensures mothers who deliver at New Beginnings Birth Center and intend to breastfeed, as well as those who cannot or decide not to breastfeed, are supported. To learn more about New Beginnings Birth Center, please visit <a href="https://www.brookingshealth.org/services/obstetrics">brookingshealth.org/OB</a>.</p> <p><strong>About Brookings Health System</strong></p> <p>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 &amp; Optical, 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, emergency and extended care services. Brookings Hospital provides local access to doctors in Brookings and offers robotic da Vinci surgery and Mako robotic-arm assisted procedures, making it one of the premier rural community hospitals in South Dakota. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at <a href="https://www.brookingshealth.org/">brookingshealth.org</a>.</p></div> Thu, 23 Jun 2022 16:27:17 +0000 jyoder 4071 at https://www.brookingshealth.org