Brookings Hospital Opening:

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It was a big moving day for more than a dozen patients at Brookings Hospital Tuesday.  The $46 million, 62,400 sq. foot expansion is complete after about 16 months of work.  The state-of-the-art addition includes 24 private rooms for patients, visitors and family.  They also welcome a new indoor MRI unit that can accommodate all body sizes.

CEO, Jason Merkley said the additions they have added, both in equipment and space, will help Brookings residents get local care.  “Some of the amenities that we didn’t have that some of our folks in Sioux Falls had was something we needed to have updated,” said Merkley.  Some new features, specifically the indoor MRI, seem self-explanatory.  Merkley said changes like these gives the staff the opportunity to do more.  “It’ll make us more efficient. It’ll have a much better experience for our patients to be able to enter into how we take care of them within our world,” said Merkley.

Thompson Electric of Sioux Falls was the electrical contractor for the Brookings Hospital.  Thompson Electric provided value enhancement, project management and an experienced field team. Overall, phase one was very successful and now work has started on phase 2, renovating parts of the old hospital.