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Published on October 29, 2012

Avera McKennan rated by Healthgrades as best in South Dakota in GI care and Surgery, Critical Care and Neurosciences

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Oct. 29, 2012) – In a report released by Healthgrades, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center is named the Best in South Dakota in these key specialties: Gastrointestinal services, GI medical care and general surgery; critical care; and neurosciences and treatment of stroke. Healthgrades is the leading provider of information to help consumers make an informed decision about a physician or hospital.

Avera McKennan was named one of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals and received Healthgrades’ Excellence Award™ for both Gastrointestinal Care and General Surgery. Avera McKennan is ranked in the top 5 percent in the nation for overall GI services, GI medical treatment and general surgery.

In addition, Avera McKennan received Five-Star ratings for the following treatments:

  • General surgery (gastrointestinal)
  • GI medical treatment
  • GI procedures and surgeries
  • Treatment of GI bleed
  • Treatment of bowel obstruction
  • Treatment of respiratory failure
  • Treatment of stroke
  • Treatment of pneumonia

The Avera Heart Hospital of South Dakota also achieved numerous Healthgrades awards, including a ranking of No. 1 in South Dakota for overall cardiac services, cardiac surgery, cardiology services and coronary interventional procedures. The Avera Heart Hospital was named one of Healthgrades America's Best 100 Hospitals for Cardiac Care and Cardiac Surgery, and ranked in the top 5 percent in the nation for overall cardiac services and cardiac surgery and in the top 10 percent in the nation for coronary interventional procedures. Five-Star ratings were received for overall cardiac services, cardiac surgery, coronary bypass surgery, coronary interventional procedures, treatment of heart attack and treatment of heart failure. In addition, the Avera Heart Hospital has earned Healthgrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ for five years in a row.

“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 respiratory failure, pneumonia, 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.”  

Learn more about Avera McKennan Healthgrades awards at: http://www.avera.org/healthgrades-siouxfalls

The American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation evaluates the performance of approximately 4,500 hospitals nationwide across nearly 30 of the most common conditions and procedures.

Patient outcomes are important to consumers making choices today about hospitals. According to new research conducted by Harris Interactive for Healthgrades, 86 percent of Americans in 27 top designated market areas agree they would be more likely to choose—or not choose—a hospital if they could learn ahead of time the mortality rates for a certain procedure.

According to the Healthgrades study, the risk of death is 58 percent lower at hospitals receiving five stars versus all other hospitals. The 2013 performance outcomes are now available free to the public at www.healthgrades.com.

For its 2013 hospital quality outcomes analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare hospitalization records for services performed from 2009 through 2011 at approximately 4,500 short-term, acute care hospitals nationwide. Healthgrades independently measures hospitals based on data that hospitals submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of being measured, and no hospital pays to be measured. Mortality and complication rates are risk adjusted, which takes into account each hospital’s unique population (demographics and severity of illness).

The American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2013: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, including the complete methodology, can be found at www.healthgrades.com/quality.