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Inspiring Health SUMMER 2018

A Baby’s First Cry Brookings Hospital staff calms a mother’s nerves in the delivery room

The Healthy Benefits of Breastfeeding Support Giving infants the best start to life

New Enhancements for Volunteer Doulas Improving labor and delivery support for parents

Welcome Paige Jones, PA-C! Brookings Health System proudly welcomes Paige Jones, PA-C of Avera Medical Group Specialty Care. Jones is available to offer full-time dermatology services in the Brookings community. Jones completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Nebraska and her Masters of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Midwestern University. Jones belongs to the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants. She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She provides comprehensive skin services to men, women and children of all ages. She treats mild to severe acne, dermatitis, moles, warts, birthmarks, psoriasis, skin cancer and more. To schedule your appointment with Paige Jones, call Avera Medical Group Specialty Care at (605) 696-2700.


FIGHT the BITE In 2017, a total of 47 states and the District of Columbia reported cases of West Nile virus infections in people, birds or mosquitos. Altogether, there were 2,002 cases reported to the CDC.

During these times use insect repellent, wear long sleeves and pants and consider staying indoors.

According to the CDC, the best way to prevent the West Nile Virus is to avoid mosquito bites. As the 2018 West Nile season approaches, Brookings Health System encourages you to follow these tips:

Drain standing water that serves as mosquito breeding sites. Change water in pet dishes and bird baths weekly. Drill holes in tire swings to drain water. Keep children wading pools empty and on their sides when not in use.

Install good screens on your windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out.

Use an EPA-registered insect repellent when outdoors. Mosquitos are most active at dusk and dawn.

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Brookings Health System Foundation and First Bank & Trust present the 9th annual

Aiming to Inspire Health Fundraiser August 9, 2018   Medary Creek Hunt Club    3– 8 p.m.  Aurora, SD Proceeds will support educational and training resources in Brookings Health System’s new Ambulance Station and Education Center Register as a team for $250 or individual for $65 Register by 5 p.m. Friday, July 27 to be eligible to win an Early Bird prize! Registration includes ammunition and meal Email or call (605) 696-8855 for more information or to register today!

Shooter Pre-Registration Form Please make checks payable to Brookings Health System Foundation and send completed forms and payment to 300 22nd Ave. Brookings, SD 57006 or email   Youth Shooter (under 16) $55     Youth 4-Person Team (under 16) $210   Adult Shooter (16+) $65  

   Adult 4-Person Team (16+) $250

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Enhancements for Volunteer


Brookings Health System established its volunteer doula program in 2011 as a means to provide a pool of doula candidates, free of charge, to support parents during the labor and delivery process. Now in its seventh year, Brookings Health is revisiting the volunteer doula program, aiming to improve the volunteer experience and increase doula service usage by parents. A doula is a woman who provides continuous support during labor and delivery and helps expectant parents have healthier, easier births. She assists parents with emotional and physical needs, making the experience as comfortable and memorable as possible. One change the health system is making to its volunteer doula program is asking volunteer doulas to stay on the obstetrics unit during their monthly 12 or 24 hour shift. “Before we asked our volunteer doulas to be on-call during their monthly shift,” said Obstetrics Director Mary Schwaegerl. “If parents didn’t request a doula, the doulas weren’t called to come in. That also meant the doulas missed the opportunity to get to know the nurses and doctors during their shift as well as the general feel for the unit. Having the doulas regularly report to the OB unit during their shift not only allows them to forge relationships, but also helps them gain experience and should increase overall doula service usage by parents.”

Brookings Health is also focusing on mentorship. Novice doulas will now be paired with experienced doulas until they feel comfortable assisting parents on their own. In addition, Brookings Health will hold monthly gatherings for volunteer doulas to network, share their experiences, exchange ideas and gain further professional development. “We want our doula volunteers to feel safe, competent and professional when they assist parents and work alongside other OB team members,” said Schwaegerl. The qualifications to volunteer as a doula at Brookings Health remain the same: complete a Doulas of North America (DONA) training course or its equivalent. Certification is not required to volunteer. For those volunteers who wish to become certified, Brookings Health will help them attend three qualified births to gain the necessary experience toward certification. “If doulas meet our volunteer qualifications and collaborate with our team, we know they will work toward the best outcomes for our patients,” said Schwaegerl. All-in-all, the changes help enhance the experience of doulas and parents alike and improve the labor and delivery options at Brookings Health System. Interested in volunteering as a doula at Brookings Health System? Contact Obstetrics Director Mary Schwaegerl at or (605) 696-8053.

A Baby’s First Cry Mackenzie Siegling’s baby, Jack, was born with his cord wrapped around his neck, a condition called a nuchal cord. When Jack didn’t immediately take his initial first breath, the labor and delivery team at Brookings Health quickly and calmly reacted to the situation and helped him breathe. Mackenzie’s water broke in the morning at work the day Jack, her second little boy, was born. The labor process from that point went smoothly until delivery. “When it came time to actually deliver Jack, we noticed his cord was wrapped very tightly around his neck. And at that point, Dr. Bennis delivered him very quickly,” said Mackenzie. It’s common for babies to be born with a nuchal cord. Up to one-third of babies are born with the condition, most without any complications. When a rare complication does occur, labor and delivery teams need to act swiftly. “[The labor and delivery team] reacted quickly and professionally. It was like all hands were on deck,” said Mackenzie.

“Every mom and parent hopes and wishes for that first cry and we didn’t hear that right away.” It took only two to three minutes for Jack to sound his first cry. But to a parent, those critical minutes can seem like an eternity. To reassure Mackenzie and her husband, the medical team kept them well informed while they worked on Jack. “They gave us enough information to calm our nerves, but they didn’t give us too much information where I was super nervous,” said Mackenzie. About an hour after the medical team had stabilized Jack, Mackenzie finally got to hold him, thankful those anxious initial moments had passed. “We couldn’t ask for a better situation with what was happening,” said Mackenzie. “Everybody knew exactly what to do. You could tell they had prepped for this type of situation.” Thanks to the labor and delivery team’s training and fast action, today Jack is a healthy baby boy.

Within moments of Jack’s birth, Mackenzie and her husband saw additional nurses, a laboratory professional, an X-ray technologist and a nurse anesthetist enter their room as well as Dr. Shelby Eischens. All were there to help Jack take his first real cry.

“I can’t speak enough about how professional everybody stayed and how supportive everybody stayed throughout that process.” Want to know more? Listen to Mackenzie tell her story online at

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of Breastfeeding Support

In 2015, Brookings Health System was the first hospital in our region to become designated Baby Friendly®, meaning Brookings Health has established practices to promote and support breastfeeding. One of those practices is New Beginnings Baby Café, a free support session that helps mothers in every aspect of nursing to keep their babies healthy. Breastfeeding gives newborns the perfect nutrition for their best start in life. “When you are born, your immune system is immature and has never seen any kind of diseases. Everything your mom has been vaccinated for and been infected with throughout her life, she produces antibodies to those that crosses the breast milk. That is the baby’s only protection for up to the first two years of their life,” said OB-GYN Dr. Richard Gudvangen of Avera Medical Group Specialty Care.

But sometimes breastfeeding can be challenging for a new mom and baby to adapt to. According to the CDC’s 2016 Breastfeeding Report Card, only 45.1% of South Dakota babies are exclusively breastfed for three months. That number sharply declines to only 23.4% for six months of exclusive breastfeeding. Support groups, like New Beginnings Baby Café, guide mothers through challenges and reassure them they are making the best choice for their baby. In fact, surveys show 68% of mothers who attend New Beginnings Baby Café exclusively nurse their babies for six months.

All expecting and breastfeeding moms are invited to attend New Beginnings Baby Café. Support sessions are held every Tuesday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. and every Thursday afternoon from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the New Beginnings Family Room on the OB unit. Baby Café offers certified lactation consultants and counselors on standby free-of-charge to help mothers with every aspect of breastfeeding, from initiating to weaning. Attendees have the opportunity to open up about their successes and struggles with other breastfeeding mothers, receive free help from lactation consultants and weigh-feed-weigh their babies to reassure their babies drink enough milk. By supporting mothers to breastfeed their babies, New Beginnings Baby Café helps mothers give their infants a healthy start to life. Want to learn more about the New Beginnings Baby Café and the breastfeeding support Brookings Health System offers? Visit



Studies have also shown that nursing reduces adolescent and adult obesity and the risk of several childhood diseases. Because of the advantages of breastfeeding, the World Health Organization and UNICEF recommend mothers breastfeed their babies exclusively for six months and continue to breastfeed babies for at least one year.

“We started New Beginnings Baby Café to give breastfeeding support to women after discharge due to the challenges they meet in the community, at work and with family,” said Obstetrics Director Mary Schwaegerl.

Joint pain isn’t new. But how we treat it is.

Mako robotic-arm assisted surgery is a new joint replacement approach that offers patient-specific implant alignment and positioning. It lets orthopedic surgeons more accurately place total hip, total knee and partial knee replacements. And it means shorter hospital stays and recovery times for patients. Before surgery with the Mako system, a patient has CT imaging performed to create a 3D virtual model of his or her anatomy. Using the 3D model, surgeons create each patient’s surgical plan before entering the operating room. During procedures, surgeons can validate that plan and make any necessary adjustments while guiding the robotic arm that helps place the patient’s new joint with a high degree of accuracy. The demand for joint replacements is expected to rise in the next decade as the American population ages. Total knee replacements in the United States are estimated to increase by 673 percent by 2030, while primary total hip replacements are estimated to increase by 174 percent. Mako joint replacement applications are treatment options for adults who suffer from degenerative joint disease of the hip; knee joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis; and knee joint degeneration and pain due to osteoarthritis that has not yet progressed to all three compartments of the knee.

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White Medical Clinic’s MAKEOVER at the Farmstead

White Medical Clinic has a new look at the Farmstead, the development project that transformed the White nursing home building into a 20,007 square-foot multi-use community center. In 2012 Brookings Health System began leasing space for White Medical Clinic in the nursing home. While the clinic provided critical services to the community, the space itself wasn’t ideally designed to meet patient needs. “The remodeled clinic is absolutely beautiful and meets the updated guidelines for handicap accessibility. Patients and visitors marvel at the unbelievable transformation,” said Nurse Practitioner Jo Gibson, medical provider at White Medical Clinic. “Without the generous support and vision of the local Development Investment Group (DIG) and remarkable efforts of Mills Construction, this dream would not have become a reality.” The new clinic design improves the patient experience while increasing staff efficiency. It occupies the same location inside the building and features several improvements, including two separate exams rooms, a private lab area, a larger bathroom and a private office for the medical provider.

What hasn’t changed at White Medical Clinic is the high-quality care. Local patients may still receive primary care and preventive medicine as well as treatment for acute illnesses and injuries. Other services include: Physical exams for all ages Sports/athletics physicals DOT/CDL physicals Same-day/urgent care appointments Immunizations Enhanced laboratory services Diabetic foot care Health education Million Hearts® health screenings To schedule your appointment at White Medical Clinic, please call (605) 629-3333. Clinic hours are Mondays 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Wednesdays 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; and Fridays 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Inspiring Health Summer 2018  
Inspiring Health Summer 2018