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New Brookings Hospital Welcomes its First Patients

Feb 22, 2017 07:30PM ● By Med Magazine
The newly expanded Brooking Hospital opened its doors to patients in early February and renovation work has started on the original 1964 hospital building. After a 16-month construction project, all services, including radiology, surgery, pharmacy, obstetrics and inpatient care, are moved into the building and are operational.
“We’re able to give patients easy, direct access to outpatient care services like imaging procedures and same-day surgery. We’ve also increased our capacity, added amenities and accommodations for families and visitors, and increased efficiency in our staffing model in order to spend more time on patient care,” says CEO Jason Merkley.
The expansion features private patient transport corridors separated from public hallways. Surgery includes 12 private same-day surgery rooms located near the three OR suites and two procedure rooms. It also has a private family consultation room.
Radiology is now located closer to the ER with a private patient transfer hallway connecting the two departments. The department also has a new MRI with a wide bore opening to accommodate all body types.
Obstetrics increased from three to five LDRP suites and includes a private patient elevator with direct access to the OR for emergency Caesarean deliveries. Inpatient Care features 24 private patient rooms, each with its own private bathroom and shower. The unit also has ample space for families and visitors to gather.
Construction of the 62,500 square-foot hospital completes the second leg of Brookings Health System’s entire hospital expansion and renovation project. The space currently being remodeled with house ancillary services such as outreach, cardiac rehab, and respiratory care. Staff currently located off campus will have room to move back to the campus.
Remodeling is slated for completion late this summer. More information about the hospital expansion and renovation project can be found online at