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Published on July 23, 2012

Avera McKennan ranked No. 1 in South Dakota by U.S. News & World Report


SIOUX FALLS (July 20, 2012) - Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center has been ranked the number one hospital in South Dakota by U.S. News and World Report.  Rankings are based in part on patient safety, reputation and advanced technologies.

U.S. News & World Report recently released its annual Best Hospitals rankings. This year’s Best Hospitals, the 23rd annual edition, showcases more than 720 of the nation’s roughly 5,000 hospitals.

Avera McKennan was also nationally ranked No. 38 in gynecology and received high-performing status in nine medical specialties, including cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, geriatrics, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology.

“We’re focusing on delivering the very best care, right here in Sioux Falls, and that’s why I believe we have achieved the number one ranking in the state of South Dakota. Clinical excellence is our goal, and based on the U.S. News and World Report rankings, excellence is exactly what we are delivering to our patients.” said Dr. David Kapaska, regional president and CEO for Avera McKennan. “For example, our physicians and professional staff have developed care protocols in the treatment of cancer, stroke and other serious conditions that are saving lives. The welfare of our patients always comes first, and this commitment shines through in this report, and other national awards received by Avera McKennan. The credit for this high honor belongs to our more than 5,700 employees. I congratulate them, and thank them for their hard work and dedication.” 

The hospital rankings, said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow, are like a GPS-type aid to help steer patients to hospitals with strong skills in the procedures and medical conditions that present the biggest challenges. “All of these hospitals are the kinds of medical centers that should be on your list when you need the best care,” said Comarow. “They are where other hospitals send the toughest cases.”

The rankings were published by U.S. News in collaboration with RTI International, a research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Highlights of the 2012-13 rankings will appear in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2013 guidebook, to go on sale in August.

The complete rankings and methodology are available at