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Published on October 18, 2011

Avera McKennan Rated by HealthGrades as Best in South Dakota in Four Key Medical Service Lines

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Oct. 18, 2011) – In a report released today by HealthGrades, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center is named the Best in the South Dakota in orthopedic joint replacement; neuroscience, including stroke and neurosurgery; gastrointestinal (GI) medical treatment; and critical care.

Avera McKennan received the Joint Replacement Excellence Award for 2012, which places Avera McKennan in the top 10 percent in the nation for joint replacement. Avera McKennan is also in the top 10 percent in the nation for GI medical treatment in 2012.

In addition, Avera McKennan received 5-Star ratings in orthopedics/joint replacement, neuroscience, gastrointestinal and critical care. Five-Star ratings were received for the following treatments:

  • healthgrades - guiding americans to their best healthJoint replacement
  • Total hip replacement
  • Total knee replacement
  • Treatment of stroke
  • Treatment of GI bleed
  • Treatment of bowel obstruction
  • Treatment of pancreatitis
  • Treatment of sepsis
  • Treatment of respiratory failure

“Clinical excellence is our goal at Avera McKennan, and based on this latest HealthGrades report, excellence is exactly what we are delivering to our patients. Residents of our region can receive nationally-recognized care, right here in Sioux Falls,” 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 heart failure, stroke and other serious conditions that are saving lives. The welfare of our patients always comes first, and this commitment shines through in HealthGrades, and other national awards received by Avera McKennan.”

HealthGrades is the nation’s most trusted, independent source of physician information and hospital quality ratings. Choosing a hospital can be a life or death decision. HealthGrades’ report found that patients treated at 5-star rated hospitals experience a 73 percent lower risk of mortality and a 63 percent lower risk of complications compared to 1-star rated hospitals. A quality comparison of doctors and hospitals can be found online at

“Patients today have a wide array options when it comes to choosing a health care provider,” said Kerry Hicks, HealthGrades chief executive officer. “At HealthGrades, we are proud to have led the way for empowering patient choice based on objective clinical outcomes and access to actionable quality measures. We commend Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center for its superior quality and support of consumerism and transparency.”