Brookings Health System

Robotic Surgery

Brookings Health leads in robotic surgery for rural health, offering patients procedures near home. Patients receive advanced care from experienced surgeons and staff who treat them like family.

surgery being performed in the OR using the da Vinci robot

Leading Rural

Brookings Health was the first rural community hospital in South Dakota to offer both da Vinci robotic surgical procedures and Mako robotic-arm assisted surgeries.

  • Feb. 2013: added da Vinci Si robotic surgical system for general surgery and gynecologic procedures
  • April 2018: added Mako robotic-arm assisted surgery for knee and hip joint replacements
  • Oct. 2021: re-invested in da Vinci robotic surgical system by upgrading to da Vinci Xi

Quick, Local Access

Our robotic technology investments give patients first-class care for orthopedics, gynecology and general surgery procedures close to home. When it’s time for surgery, patients do not need to wait weeks or months for their procedure. Brookings Health prides ourselves in our ability to quickly schedule patients for robotic surgery.

Quality & Safety Focused

Robotic surgery increases procedure precision and accuracy, resulting in better outcomes and quicker healing for patients. We also invest in comprehensive robot support training for all surgical staff: nurses, surgical technicians and sterile processing technicians. In all robotic procedures the surgeon remains 100% in control throughout the surgery.

Ready for Surgery? 

Our surgery team delivers compassionate and personalized care, treating patients like family and friends, not just a chart. If you want to experience the benefits of robotic surgery at Brookings Health System, make an appointment to see one of our system providers listed below.

System Providers:

Kirstin Sholes, M.D.

Kirstin Sholes, M.D.

  • Obstetrics
  • Gynecological Surgery
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Avera Medical Group Specialty Care
  • Brookings Hospital
Larissa Bennis, M.D.

Larissa Bennis, M.D.

  • Obstetrics
  • Gynecological Surgery
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Avera Medical Group Specialty Care
  • Brookings Hospital
Mark Mayer, M.D.

Mark Mayer, M.D.

  • Orthopedics
  • Sports Medicine
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Brookings Hospital
  • Avera Medical Group Specialty Care
  • Madison Regional Health System
Sara Marroquin, MD, MPH

Sara Marroquin, MD, MPH

  • General Surgery
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Avera Medical Group Specialty Care
  • Brookings Hospital
Tara Haarsma, D.O.

Tara Haarsma, D.O.

  • Obstetrics
  • Gynecological Surgery
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Avera Medical Group Specialty Care
  • Brookings Hospital
Theresa Oey, M.D.

Theresa Oey, M.D.

  • General Surgery
  • Robotic Surgery
  • Avera Medical Group Specialty Care
  • Brookings Hospital