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Published on March 29, 2010

Avera McKennan Named Among Top 100 in America Four Years in a Row


SIOUX FALLS (March 29, 2010) – For the fourth year in a row, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center is among the nation’s top hospitals. The Healthcare business of Thomson Reuters today released its annual study identifying the 100 top U.S. hospitals based on their overall organizational performance. The Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals®: National Benchmarks study is based on the 100 Top Hospitals National Balanced Scorecard that evaluates performance in nine areas: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay, expenses, profitability, cash-to-debt ratio, patient satisfaction, and adherence to clinical standards of care. The study has been conducted annually since 1993.

“We’re proud to be the only hospital in South Dakota to achieve this level for the last four years consecutively,” said Fred Slunecka, Regional President of Avera McKennan. “We strive to provide the best health care possible, and achieving the Thomson Reuters Top 100 list again proves we’re among the finest hospitals in America and we’re meeting our goals.”

To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Thomson Reuters researchers evaluated 2,926 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals. They used public information — Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare data set.

If all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in these 100 Top Hospitals award winners:

-More than 98,000 additional patients would survive each year.
-More than 197,000 patient complications would be avoided annually.
-Expenses would decline by an aggregate $5.5 billion a year.
-The average patient stay would decrease by nearly half a day.
If the same standards were applied to all inpatients, the impact would be even greater.


About Avera McKennan

Avera McKennan is an integrated delivery network that includes Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., as well as 115 locations in more than 50 communities in four states. Our ministry, our people and our superior value distinguish Avera. We carry on the health care legacy of the Benedictine and Presentation Sisters, delivering care in an environment guided by our values of compassion, hospitality and stewardship. Avera McKennan colleagues work for the largest health system in the region. The Avera network has some 13,100 employees and physicians, serving nearly 300 locations and 95 communities in a five-state region. Inpatient, outpatient and clinic visits totaled 2.2 million in the last fiscal year, a number equal to more than twice the population of the Avera service area.  

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