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Published on April 05, 2013

Milbank Area Hospital Avera Named One of Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in U.S

MILBANK, S.D. (April 1, 2013) - Milbank Area Hospital Avera was recently named one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States. This recognition comes from iVantage Health Analytics and is determined by the Hospital Strength Index™. The Top 100 list is compiled by an objective way of measuring 56 different performance metrics in three categories: market conditions, clinical and operational performance, and financial and qualitative outcomes.

“Being recognized as one of the top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the country is a testimonial to the patient-centered care Milbank Area Hospital Avera provides,” said Natalie Gauer, Administrator. “This recognition honors the skill and dedication particularly of our medical staff and employees as well as the guidance provided by our volunteer Board of Directors and Avera. We are setting benchmarks for the rest of the nation’s healthcare facilities right here in Milbank”. Milbank was one of two hospitals to make this list in South Dakota.

Small and rural hospitals play a critical role in providing efficient and effective healthcare that is on par with other larger suburban and urban counterparts. “Rural hospitals have new and difficult demands that are best managed with actionable information. The Hospital Strength Index reflects the multiple challenges of running a hospital by incorporating the measures on which the industry has worked to gain consensus and standardization,” said John Morrow, executive vice president of iVantage Health Analytics, Inc.

A Critical Access Hospital (CAH) is a hospital certified to receive cost-based reimbursement from Medicare. This program is intended to reduce hospital closures in rural areas, promotes a process for improving rural health care, and focuses on community needs. CAHs can have a maximum of 25 acute care inpatient beds and provide 24-hour emergency services and be located in a rural area.

Milbank Area Hospital Avera in conjunction with Avera Medical Group Milbank, with satellites in Big Stone City, Revillo, Waubay, and Wilmot provide compassionate care in core services including: clinic visits, obstetrics, general surgery, orthopedics, chemotherapy, along with access to medical specialists including audiology; cardiology; ear, nose, throat; nephrology; oncology and hematology; ophthalmology; orthopedics; pain management; podiatry; and urology. This places a strong commitment to providing state-of-the-art equipment and the latest technology. Through local and outreach specialists a total of 25 providers offer care on the campus.