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Avera Awards

Avera Quality Awards

2013 AARP Best Employers for Workers Over 50

  • Avera McKennan Hospital, Sioux Falls
    One of 50 employers that have demonstrated exemplary practices with regard to recruitment, retention and promotion of older workers.

2012 Top Cataract Surgeons

  • Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center, Marshall
    Avera Medical Group Ophthalmologists Curtis Louwagie, MD, and Chris Buntrock, MD, were recently named 2012 Top Cataract Surgeons in the U.S. by Sightpath Medical

Association of Community Cancer Centers 2013 Innovator Award

  • Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center, Avera Cancer Institute
    Sponsored by GE Healthcare. Avera McKennan is the only hospital in the Midwest to receive this award.

Becker’s Hospital Review

  • Avera St. Luke’s Hospital, Aberdeen
    One of 50 hospitals with the lowest 30-day readmission rates for heart attack patients
     
  • Avera Heart Hospital, Sioux Falls
    One of 50 hospitals with the lowest 30-day readmission rates for heart attack patients
     
  • Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center, Sioux Falls
    One of “100 Great Hospitals in America”

Community Value Leadership Award

  • Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center, Sioux Falls

    Community Value 100® Hospitals list and Community Value Five-Star Provider as named by Cleverley + Associates

  • Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center, Sioux Falls
    No. 1 in South Dakota among teaching hospitals for hospital safety No. 8 in the nation among teaching

Don Miller and Associates

  • Avera St. Luke’s, Aberdeen
    Best Performance in Hospital Room Service Planning and Implementation.

HEALTHGRADES®

  • Avera St. Luke’s Hospital, Aberdeen
    • Recipient of the Healthgrades Coronary Intervention Excellence Award™ in 2013
    • Ranked Among the Top 10 percent in the Nation for Coronary Interventional Procedures in 2013
    • Ranked Among the Top 5 in S.D. for Coronary Interventional Procedures for 2 Years in a row (2012 – 2013)
    • Five-Star Recipient for Coronary Interventional Procedures for 2 Years in a row (2012 – 2013)
    • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Attack for 2 years in a row (2012 – 2013)
  • Avera Heart Hospital, Sioux Falls
    • Recipient of the Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ for 5 Years in a Row (2009 – 2012)
    • Ranked Among the Top 5 percent in the Nation for Outstanding Patient Experience for 5 Years in a Row (2009 – 2012)
    • America’s Best 100 Hospitals
    • One of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care™ for 2 Years in a Row (2012 – 2013)
    • One of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery™ for 2 Years in a Row (2012 – 2013)
    • Recipient of the Healthgrades Cardiac Care Excellence Award™ for 9 Years in a Row (2005 – 2013)
    • Recipient of the Healthgrades Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award™ for 7 Years in a Row (2007 – 2013)
    • Recipient of the Healthgrades Coronary Intervention Excellence Award™ in 2013
    • Ranked Among the Top 5 percent in the Nation for Overall Cardiac Services in 2013
    • Ranked Among the Top 5 percent in the Nation for Cardiac Surgery for 2 Years in a Row (2012 – 2013)
    • Ranked Among the Top 10 percent in the Nation for Coronary Interventional Procedures in 2013
    • Ranked No. 1 in S.D. for Overall Cardiac Services for 10 Years in a Row (2004 – 2013)
    • Ranked No. 1 in S.D. for Cardiac Surgery for 10 Years in a Row (2004 – 2013)
    • Ranked No. 1 in S.D. for Cardiology Services for 10 Years in a Row (2004 – 2013)
    • Ranked No. 1 in S.D. for Coronary Interventional Procedures in 2013
    • Five-Star Recipient for Overall Cardiac Services in 2013
    • Five-Star Recipient for Coronary Bypass Surgery for 10 Years in a Row (2004 – 2013)
    • Five-Star Recipient for Coronary Interventional Procedures in 2013
    • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Attack for 11 Years in a Row (2003 – 2013)
    • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure in 2013
    • Five-Star Recipient for Carotid Surgery for 5 Years in a Row (2009 – 2013)
  • Avera Queen of Peace Hospital, Mitchell
    • One of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Prostatectomy™ in 2013
    • One of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Gastrointestinal Care™ in 2013
    • One of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for General Surgery™ in 2013
    • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure in 2013
    • Ranked No. 3 in S.D. for Joint Replacement in 2013
    • Five-Star Recipient for Joint Replacement for 2 Years in a Row (2012 – 2013)
    • Five-Star Recipient for Total Knee Replacement for 2 Years in a Row (2012 – 2013)
    • Five-Star Recipient for Hip Fracture Treatment for 2 Years in a Row (2012 – 2013)
    • Recipient of the Healthgrades Gastrointestinal Care Excellence Award™ for 2 Years in a Row (2012 – 2013)
    • Recipient of the Healthgrades General Surgery Excellence Award™ in 2013
    • Ranked Among the Top 5 percent in the Nation for Overall GI Services in 2013
    • Ranked Among the Top 5 percent in the Nation for General Surgery in 2013
    • Ranked No. 2 in S.D. for GI Services in 2013
    • Ranked No. 2 in S.D. for General Surgery in 2013
    • Five-Star Recipient for GI Procedures and Surgeries for 3 Years in a Row (2011 – 2013)
    • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of GI Bleed for 2 Years in a Row (2012 – 2013)
    • Five-Star Recipient for Cholecystectomy in 2013
  • Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center, Sioux Falls
    • Top 5 percent of the nation’s 4,500 hospitals or clinical performance
    • Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™
    • No. 1 in South Dakota for GI Services
    • No. 1 in South Dakota for General Surgery
    • No. 1 in South Dakota for GI Medical Treatment
    • One of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Gastrointestinal Care™
    • One of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for General Surgery™
    • Healthgrades Gastrointestinal Care Excellence Award™
    • HealthGrades General Surgery Excellence Award™
    • Top 5 percent in the Nation for Overall GI Services
    • Top 5 percent in the Nation for General Surgery
    • Top 5 percent in the Nation for GI Medical Treatment
    • No. 1 in South Dakota for Critical Care
    • No. 1 in South Dakota for Neurosciences
    • No. 1 in South Dakota for Treatment of Stroke
    • Avera McKennan also received Healthgrades Five-Star Ratings for the following treatments:
      • General surgery (gastrointestinal)
      • GI medical treatment
      • GI procedures and surgeries
      • Treatment of GI bleed
      • Treatment of bowel obstruction
      • Treatment of respiratory failure
      • Treatment of stroke
      • Treatment of pneumonia

HEALTHGRADES®

  • Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton
    • Recipient of the Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ for 5 Years in a Row (2009 – 2013)
    • Ranked Among the Top 5 percent in the Nation for Outstanding Patient Experience in 2012
    • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Attack for 2 Years in a Row 2012 – 2013)
    • Ranked No. 2 in S.D. for Treatment of Stroke in 2013
    • Ranked Among the Top 5 in S.D. for Treatment of Stroke for 2 Years in a Row (2012 – 2013) (Ranked No. 1 in 2013)
    • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Stroke for 2 Years in a Row (2012 – 2013)
    • Ranked No. 1 in S.D. for Overall Pulmonary Services for 2 Years in a Row (2012 – 2013)
    • Ranked Among the Top 5 in S.D. for Overall Pulmonary Services for 2 Years in a Row (2012 – 2013) (Ranked No. 1 in 2013)
    • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Pneumonia for 2 Years in a Row (2012 – 2013)
    • Five-Star Recipient for Carotid Surgery in 2013
    • Ranked No. 4 in S.D. for GI Services in 2013
    • Ranked No. 4 in S.D. for General Surgery in 2013
    • Ranked Among the Top 5 in S.D. for GI Services for 2 Years in a Row (2012 – 2013) (Ranked No. 4 in 2013)
    • Ranked Among the Top 5 in S.D. for General Surgery for 2 Years in a Row (2012 – 2013) (Ranked No. 4 in 2013)
    • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Bowel Obstruction in 2013
    • Five-Star Recipient for Excellence in Patient Safety in 2013
    • Five-Star Recipient for Outstanding Patient Experience Award in 2013 

HealthStrong™ Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in the United States

Named one of the HealthStrong™ Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in the United States awarded to:

  • Avera Health
  • Avera Hand County Memorial 
    Hospital in Miller, S.D.
  • Avera Holy Family Health, Estherville, Iowa
  • Floyd Valley Hospital, LeMars, Iowa
    Milbank Area Hospital in Milbank, S.D.
  • Sioux Center Community Hospital & Health
    Center Avera in Sioux Center, Iowa

Long-term facility care awards

  • Excellence in Action awarded to:
    • Avera Eureka Health Care Center in Eureka, S.D.
    • Avera Brady Health and Rehab in Mitchell, S.D.
    • Royale Meadows Care Center/Avera Health in Sioux Center, Iowa
    • Avera Yankton Care Center in Yankton, S.D.    
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
    • Avera Brady Health and Rehab in Mitchell - 5 stars, in all categories (staffing, quality and inspections) 
  • U.S. News & World Report
    • Avera Brady Health and Rehab in Mitchell
    • Platte Care Center Avera

Monroe E. Trout Premier Cares Award

  • Avera eCARE Services™
    One of six finalists for the annual Monroe E. Trout Premier Cares Award presented by Premier hospitals for hospital safety

Most Wired Awards

  • Avera Health
    One of the nation’s Most Wired health systems. This is Avera’s 14th Most Wired Award. The information was released in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks (H&HN) magazine

Most Wired Innovator Awards

  • Avera eCARE Services™
    Avera’s eEmergency service has been recognized as a winner of one of only three Most Wired Innovator Awards given by Hospitals & Health Networks (H&HN) magazine

Renal Network

  • Avera St. Mary’s Hospital, Pierre
    Recipient of the 5 Diamond Designation in Kidney Dialysis. 

Premier "Partnership for Patients"

  • Avera St. Luke's Hospital, Aberdeen
    Citation of Merit 

Premier Top Performers in the Premier Healthcare Alliance's QUEST: High Performing Hospitals®

  • Avera Queen of Peace Hospital, Mitchell
    Premier top performers in the Premier Healthcare Alliance’s QUEST: High Performing Hospitals®
  • Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center, Sioux Falls
    Named a QUEST: High Performing Hospital® in 2013 in the following areas:
    • Reducing mortality by at least 31 percent
    • Reducing the average cost of care to less than $5,690 per discharge
      • Improving the hospital experience so that patients favorably rate their stay and would recommend the facility to others at least 73 percent of the time
    • Reducing preventable harm events

TRUVEN

    • Avera Heart Hospital, Sioux Falls
      One of the nation’s 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals
  • Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center, Sioux Falls
      One of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals®

U.S. News & World Report

  • Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center, Sioux Falls
    • Ranked the No. 1 hospital in South Dakota by U.S. News & World Report two years in a row
    • Nationally ranked in gynecology
    • Named a high-performer in ten medical specialties:
      • Cancer

      • Diabetes and endocrinology

      • Ear, Nose and Throat

      • Gastroenterology

      • Geriatrics

      • Nephrology

      • Neurology and neurosurgery

      • Orthopedics

      • Pulmonology

      • Urology

VHA Leadership

  • Floyd Valley Hospital, LeMars, Iowa
    Recipient of the award for clinical excellence

Wellmark® Blue Cross® and Blue Shield®

  • Avera McKennan Hospital  & University Health Center, Sioux Falls
    Blue Distinction Center in the areas of spine surgery and knee and hip replacement