RAPID CITY, SD (Sept. 20, 2022) – Brad Haupt, Vice President of Supply Chain and Contract Management for Monument Health received the Friend of Transit 2022 award from the Dakota Transit Association. Haupt was nominated for his efforts working with Prairie Hills Transit (PHT) to facilitate affordable transportation for Monument Health patients and nursing home residents to facilities in South Dakota and around the country during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Barb Cline, Executive Director of PHT, nominated Haupt and Monument Health for the award. In her nomination she noted the steps taken to get drivers educated and prepared in March 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic began to impact western South Dakota. She credited Haupt with providing the materials that allowed transportation services to continue operation.
Cline said, “We were never lacking for the equipment, masks or sanitizer we needed to keep our staff and passengers safe.” Cline says Haupt also provided valuable training to drivers. “PPE was provided for our discharge driver,” she continued, “he was trained, at no cost, similarly to hospital personnel.”
The Friend of Transit Award is given to an individual, business or agencies from North and South Dakota, who have done an outstanding job in supporting transit in their communities or state. Nominees range from volunteers to state legislators and cannot be paid or employed by a transit entity.