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.
For the past 2 weeks, Thompson Electric, Electric Innovations and TEC Corp of Sioux City have volunteered to ring bells for the Salvation Army Red Kettles. Many employees took part in this and we had some wonderful experiences.
Thanks to all who rang the bell for the Salvation Army.
Thompson’s Service Vans were all decked out for the Christmas parades in Yankton, SD and Le Mars, IA this past week.
In Yankton, Barrie Larson (PM) his wife Tona and their kids, Ryker & Cooper, Shannon Vornhagen (PM) and son, Colton, Joey Nickles (Apprentice), Brice Sayler (Apprentice), his wife, Kristen and their kids, Corbin & Quinn and Frank Acosta (Service Electrician) all participated in the parade. They walked by the Thompson van and handed out candy to kids along the parade route and help spread the Thompson holiday cheer.
In Le Mars, Ed Anderson not only decked out the Thompson’s service van, he also pulled the Le Mars Chamber of Commerce float promoting Ice Cream Day’s in Le Mars. Christine Rasmussen, a friend of Ed’s, also helped in handing out candy and spreading the holiday cheer.
It’s great to see so many of Thompson Electric’s employees participating in their local community events. Thanks for making the Holidays a little more special.
Five motorcycle riders, 3 Miracle Riders from Siouxland and 2 Miracle Riders from Georgia, have set out from Sioux City on a long journey for a good cause. The Unity Point Health/St. Luke’s “Miracle Riders” left Monday morning from Thompson Electric, who sponsored the send-off, for a 4,500 mile trip through the Great Lakes region of the United States and Canada to raise money for UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Children’s Miracle Network and all of Siouxland. This is the inaugural “Ride for Miracles” for Sioux City.
Matt Thompson, a miracle rider said, “we are riding to raise money to buy new equipment for their units, a new Giraffe OmniBed Carestation for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and a new Cub Pediatric Crib for the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit which allows the kids up there to stay in one unit and the nurses are able to care for them from start to finish on all sides, so it’s a good thing for them.”
The riders, riding through whatever the weather is, are scheduled to return home Friday September 30th with a reception at the Firehouse Bar.
Check out their web site, www.miracleriders.com to follow their progress as they make their way around the Great Lakes and to learn more about Ride for Miracles. Their goal is to raise $50,000 during their trip.
Labor Day is a day of rest or the last chance for many people to go on trips before the summer ends. For students, it is the last chance to organize parties before school starts again. In some neighborhoods, people organize fireworks displays, barbecues and public arts or sports events. The football season starts on or around Labor Day and many teams play their first game of the year during Labor Day weekend.
History of Labor Day
The first observance of Labor Day was likely on Sept. 5, 1882, when some 10,000 workers assembled in New York City for a parade. The parade inspired similar events across the country, and by 1894 more than half the states were observing a “workingmen’s holiday” on one day or another. Later that year, with Congress passing legislation and President Grover Cleveland signing the bill on June 29, the first Monday in September was designated “Labor Day.” This national holiday is a creation of the labor movement in the late 19th century and pays tribute to the social and economic achievements of American workers.
Sometimes, we don’t appreciate the everyday things we take for granted, like our employees. I want to thank all of the people that work at Thompson Electric, Electric Innovations, Thompson Specialty Services and TEC Corp. for their contribution to making this holiday something special to celebrate. Without them, Labor Day would be a meaningless holiday.
Thank you and enjoy the Holiday that was created for you.
The OSHA 30 Training Program provides training for workers and employers on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of safety and health hazards in workplaces. The program also provides information regarding workers’ rights, employer responsibilities, and how to file a complaint. This is a voluntary program and attended on their own time.
The OSHA 30 Training Program employees attend 30 hours of classes delivered by Jeff Bennett, Thompson Electric’s authorized trainer. The 30 hour class is intended for employees with responsibility for safety in the field or as a refresher class for their personal well-being.
The past 3 weekends Jeff Bennett provided OSHA 30 training for 19 employees from our Omaha office. This was the second OSHA 30 Training class in the past year in Omaha and this class was asked for by a group of our employees. We think it’s great when a group of employees ask for Safety Training.
The 19 employees that attended the OSHA 30 Training were Joe Perchal, Kevin Dawson, Russ Armstrong, Garrett Taub, Chris Estelle, Austin Taylor, Riley Fischer, Ryan Gilbert, Tom Plambeck, John McCaul, John Hilt, Charlie Wenck, Dwayne Goodman, Dean McCarthy, Bill O’Shea, Christian Thomas, Chris Osborn, Corey Osborn and Steve Tebben.
We are proud of the commitment made to achieve the OSHA 30 Certification and recognize those who attended with an OSHA 30 Hooded Sweatshirt.
Congratulations to all…
With school starting next week for many students, I thought it would be appropriate to give the adults a refresher course of what we learned in school. We learned this lesson at a very early age and should be using this knowledge today.