Brookings ER Earns National Award
by Brian Kirk, Meteorologist/Reporter
March 11, 2014 5:12 PM
At the beginning of 2014, there were over 5,700 registered hospitals in the United States. Recently, awards were given out to 241 hospitals across the nation, recognizing the top 4.2%.
A hospital in Brookings has made its way into the ranks.
"What has made it really special for this organization is that we didn't consciously apply for it, it was given to us," said Tammy Hillestad, Chief Nursing Officer of Brookings Health System. The quality of care is taken into consideration, but also as important, the time a patient spends in the facility. Hillestad said their priorities are clear, "We are working as a team to make sure the patients is taken care of, and in a efficient manner."
The hospital averages half the national average when it comes to wait time, and about 45 minutes less than the South Dakota average. The average time spent at the hospital is just over an hour.
Emergency Department Director Karen Weber, "The nurses and the medical providers that work in the emergency department sat down with the architects on several occasions to make a decision on design so that it worked for us, that we had great work flow." That doesn't mean stripping it down to the bare bones, in fact quite the opposite...
"State of the art technology, all the way from diagnostics, CAT scan, MRI - we have 24 hour lab services to highly qualified, trained professionals that can take care of their patients right here at home,” continued Weber.
The hospital prides itself on keeping the care local, and treating patients like family.