Brookings Health System holds open house for new hospital expansion
By Bridget Bennett, KSFY
Next month, people living in Brookings will have access to a brand new hospital after an expansion at the Brookings Regional Health Care System.
Hospital leaders and people in Brookings say the expansion is a big step for their growing community.
“We want to grow with the city, and so the city of Brookings has grown exponentially and so we want to keep up with that and provide for people,” Julia Yoder, marketing and public relations director at Brookings Heath System, said.
Leaders at the Brookings Health System say they’ve been working on the hospital expansion for the past two years to try and improve services for their growing number of patients.
“Initial hospital was built and opened in 1964, and so then the model of care, people usually stayed two in a room at a hospital,” Yoder said. “So having that older facility challenged and limited us in some means, and it really wasn’t the type of amenities that patients were looking for.”
The new expansion is centered around patients’ needs.
“It’s designed for patience privacy – private rooms, private bathrooms, private showers,” Tammy Hillestad, chief nursing officer, said. “An experience that allows the patient to be separate from public corridors.”
“More one on one. They are not going to have to share rooms with anybody, so that’s kind of the bonus, so that way the family can be in with them,” Brookings resident Mary Jo-Wallenberg said.
The hospital also focused on increasing services by adding a new operating room, medical imaging and a birth center.
“The growth that we have experienced in the last few years is going to allow the members of the community to be able to see specialists, to have outpatient procedures done,” Hillestad said.
“For people to get their care locally, and not have to drive somewhere else to get care,” Yoder said.
While people will still have to travel for some specialized care, the Brookings Health Care System says it works with doctors from both Avera and Sanford to provide people in their community healthcare close to home.