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Pipestone, MN (February 11, 2020) - Reach Out and Read integrates reading aloud into pediatric care, providing books and coaching that help every family make reading a part of their daily routine. Clinicians at Pipestone County Medical Center have decided to introduce this important evidence-based model into regular pediatric checkups, by advising parents about the importance of reading aloud and giving developmentally-appropriate books to children during well-child visits.

"Evidence shows that our program fosters parent engagement, literacy, and social and emotional development. We're thrilled to promote the life-changing power of sharing a book to the children and families at Pipestone County Medical Center,” said Kris Hoplin, Executive Director of Reach Out and Read Minnesota.

The Reach Out and Read program begins at the 6-month well-child visit and continues through age 5, with a special emphasis on children growing up in low-income communities. Families served by Reach Out and Read read together more often, and their children enter school with larger vocabularies and stronger language skills, better prepared to achieve their potential.

“PCMC is proud to join the Reach Out and Read program of Minnesota and to offer new books to our young patients and their families so that they can read together,” said Bradley Burris, CEO of Pipestone County Medical Center.  “Helping our children stay healthy and encouraging their education at the same time is good for everybody,” he added.

For more information about Reach Out and Read at Pipestone County Medical Center,or if you would like to donate funds or volunteer as a reader, please contact


About Reach Out and Read

Reach Out and Read Minnesota currently serves approximately 180,000 children between the ages of six months and five years at over 270 clinics across the state.Many of these children are growing up at risk for language and learning delays. We encourage early literacy by:

  • Training pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants to use books during well-child exams to promote early language and literacy development. With age-appropriate tips and encouragement about book-sharing, storytelling, and reading aloud, parents are empowered to become their child’s first and most important teacher.
  • Providing new, developmentally, and culturally appropriate books for children to take home and share over and over and over again.
  • Partnering with multiple vendors to negotiate deep discounts to give our clinics access to quality books in English, Spanish, Somali, Hmong, Karen, Burmese, and Ojibwe.
  • Helping clinics create literacy-rich waiting areas and exam rooms.
  • Recruiting, supporting, and guiding clinics to implement an intervention that extensive research has shown doubles the likelihood that parents will read to their children, improves children’s language ability, and reduces delays in language ability in at-risk children.  


Reach Out and Read is endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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About Pipestone County Medical Center (PCMC)

Pipestone County Medical Center is a Critical Access Hospital offering a complete range of inpatient and outpatient services. Pipestone County Medical Center is part of Avera Health and works with Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Pipestone County Medical Center and Family Clinic will meet the health needs of the region by providing quality, personalized health services for the best value. We will achieve our mission by collaborating with others; by serving our customers’ and patients’ needs and expectations; by acting with integrity, respect, and compassion; and by practicing sound financial stewardship.

For more information, contact Dan Smilloff, Marketing Coordinator, at 507-825-6040 or via email at