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

Published on July 16, 2013

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


SIOUX FALLS (July 16, 2013) - Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center once again has been ranked the number one hospital in South Dakota by U.S. News & World Report.  Rankings recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. This is the second straight year that Avera McKennan has earned the ranking of top hospital in South Dakota from U.S. News & World Report.

U.S. News and World Report 2013-14 badgeIn the past year, Avera McKennan has also received other major national quality accolades, including being named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics, 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™.

U.S. News & World Report today released its 24th annual Best Hospitals rankings. Avera McKennan was also nationally ranked No. 48 in gynecology and received high-performing status in 10 medical specialties, including cancer; diabetes and endocrinology; ear, nose and throat; gastroenterology and GI surgery; geriatrics; nephrology; neurology and neurosurgery; orthopedics; pulmonology; and urology.

“Over the past 12 months, Avera McKennan has received repeated national recognitions for our clinical quality. 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,” said Dr. Dave Kapaska, Regional President and CEO for Avera McKennan. “For our physicians and staff, the welfare of our patients always comes first, and this commitment shines through in this report, and other national awards. The credit for this high honor belongs to our more than 6,100 employees. I congratulate them, and thank them for their hard work and dedication.” 

U.S. News evaluates hospitals in 16 adult specialties. In most specialties, it ranks the nation’s top 50 hospitals and recognizes other high-performing hospitals that provide care at nearly the level of their nationally ranked peers.

“A hospital that emerges from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. “Only about 15 percent of hospitals are recognized for their high performance as among their region’s best. Just 3 percent of all hospitals earn a national ranking in any specialty.”

U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, the adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.

The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Using the same data, U.S. News produced the state and metro rankings.

The rankings have been published at and will appear in print in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook, available in bookstores and on newsstands August 27.