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Published on February 25, 2013

Avera McKennan Named One of the Nation's 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Feb. 25, 2013) – Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center was today named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics formerly the health care business of Thomson Reuters. Truven Health Analytics is a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care. Avera McKennan is the only hospital in Sioux Falls and South Dakota to be named to the list.

This is the fifth time Avera McKennan has been listed among the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals. It is also the third major national quality award Avera McKennan has received in the past year. Avera McKennan was also named among the nation’s Best Hospitals and the No. 1 hospital in South Dakota by U.S. News & World Report, and in the nation’s top 5 percent of hospitals for clinical performance as measured by Healthgrades, and the only hospital in South Dakota to earn Healthgrades’ prestigious Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence.

The Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals® study evaluates performance in 10 areas: mortality; medical complications; patient safety; average patient stay; expenses; profitability; patient satisfaction; adherence to clinical standards of care; post-discharge mortality; and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, and pneumonia. The study is celebrating its 20th year, and has been conducted annually since 1993.

“Avera McKennan is extremely focused on providing quality care, right here in our region. We believe residents of our area deserve access to a very high level of care locally, and that’s exactly what we’re delivering, according to the Truven study and other national award programs,” said Dr. David Kapaska, Regional President and CEO of Avera McKennan. “Our commitment is simply to always do the very best for our patients, from both a quality standpoint and a service standpoint. Our employees deserve the credit for making this happen each and every day.”

Avera McKennan is a 545-bed tertiary hospital, nationally recognized in numerous key service lines, including cancer treatment, critical care, surgery, trauma and emergency care, orthopedics, behavioral health, rehabilitation, stroke care and neuroscience, gastrointestinal medicine, pediatrics and neonatology, women’s care and more. Avera McKennan is home to the region’s longest standing solid organ transplant program, the region’s only bone marrow transplant program and medical research.

To conduct the 100 Top Hospitals study, Truven Health researchers evaluated 2,922 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 website. Hospitals do not apply, and winners do not pay to market this honor.

The winning hospitals were announced in the February 25 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

“The winners of the 100 Top Hospitals award have driven the national benchmarks higher every year for 20 years. This year’s winners have brought even higher value to their local communities - better quality, higher efficiency and high patient perceptions of care, while confronting the challenges of massive industry-wide transformation to implement healthcare reform,” said Jean Chenoweth, Senior Vice President at Truven Health Analytics.  “The key to success in a tumultuous environment is visionary leadership that develops and maintains a hospital-wide culture of excellence that cuts across everything, from patient care to housekeeping to administration, and the refusal to rest on laurels when it comes to adopting new technologies and techniques. I congratulate this year’s winners for their persistent drive for excellence.”

If all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in the award-winning facilities:

  • More than 164,000 additional lives could be saved.
  • Approximately 82,000 additional patients could be complication free.
  • $6 billion could be saved.
  • 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.

More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at