Aiming to Inspire Health fundraiser to support ENT services


BROOKINGS – Brookings Health System Foundation will hold the 10th annual Aiming to Inspire Health sporting clays fundraiser, presented by First Bank & Trust, from 3-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at Medary Creek Hunt Club, rural Aurora.

To support the recent additions of Otolaryngologists Dr. Thomas Tamura of Midwest ENT and Dr. Jonathan Mellema of Avera Medical Group, proceeds from the 2019 event will help purchase new Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) surgical equipment and instrumentation for Brookings Hospital.

Otolaryngology, the surgical expertise that deals with conditions of the ear, nose and throat, requires specialized equipment and instruments designed for the delicate areas of the head and neck. The equipment and instruments will enable otolaryngologists to perform minimally invasive procedures for patients, including pediatric procedures like PE tube insertion and tonsil and adenoid removal for kids. 

The equipment will also include a surgical platform and navigation system for image-guided sinus surgery.

“Image guidance is becoming the standard of care for ENT procedures,” said OR Director Candace Johnson. “To avoid scars, sinus procedures are typically performed through the patient’s nasal cavity, a very fragile area. The ENT surgical platform will increase sinus procedure accuracy and safety which will result in shorter recovery, less pain and better outcomes for patients.”

The surgical platform creates 3D images using pre-operative CT scans of the patient’s sinus cavities. ENT surgeons use the 3D images to help guide and track instruments in real-time through the patient’s sinuses. 

The Foundation encourages families, businesses, youths and adults to participate in the sporting clays event and help support ENT surgical services. Participants will receive a meal plus ammunition provided by Runnings. Over $2,000 in prizes will be awarded. Registration costs $250 per five-person team or $65 per individual. To register, go online to; deadline is Friday, Aug. 2. 

For more information on event sponsorships, contact Foundation Director Sara Schneider at (605) 696-8855 or