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Published on November 04, 2012

Avera Sacred Heart Hospital Wins Honors

Five Avera hospitals in South Dakota, including Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, received distinctions from Healthgrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital.

The findings are part of American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, which evaluates the performance of approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide across nearly 30 of the most common conditions and procedures.

Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen, Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell, Avera Heart Hospital and Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center in Sioux Falls and Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton all received recognition. Four of these Avera hospitals are regional centers and all partner with hospitals and clinics serving patients throughout the region.

Patient outcomes are important to consumers making choices today about hospitals. According to new research conducted by Harris Interactive for Healthgrades, 86 percent of Americans in 27 top designated market areas agree they would be more likely to choose — or not choose — a hospital if they could learn ahead of time the mortality rates for a certain procedure.

Avera Sacred Heart Hospital’s notable Healthgrades recognitions include:

  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience AwardTM for 5 Years in a Row
  • Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Attack for 2 Years in a Row (2012-2013)
  • Ranked Among the Top 5 in South Dakota for Treatment of Stroke for 2 years in a row (2012-2013)
  • Ranked No. 1 in South Dakota for Overall Pulmonary Services for 2 Years in a row (2012-2013)

“We are very proud of the patient care provided at hospitals across the Avera system,” said Dr. David Erickson, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer. “We strive to provide the highest possible care to every patient at every encounter. This recognition from Healthgrades affirms that we are indeed providing the best quality of care in the region.”

According to the Healthgrades study, the risk of death is 58 percent lower at hospitals receiving 5 stars versus all other hospitals. The 2013 performance outcomes are now available free to the public at

For its 2013 hospital quality outcomes analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare hospitalization records for services performed from 2009 through 2011 at approximately 4,500 short-term, acute care hospitals nationwide. Healthgrades independently measures hospitals based on data that hospitals submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of being measured, and no hospital pays to be measured. Mortality and complication rates are risk adjusted, which takes into account each hospital’s unique population (demographics and severity of illness).

The American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, including the complete methodology, can be found at