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Published on April 19, 2013

Avera Bulletin - April 2013

Schwan’s Corporate Giving Foundation Commits $600,000 to Avera Cancer Institute Marshall

Schwan’s Corporate Giving Foundation has committed $600,000 to Avera Cancer Institute Marshall. The donation is the largest single donation from a business or family ever given to the medical center in its history.

The donation becomes the lead gift for the cancer center and now brings the philanthropic campaign to more than 40-percent completion.

“Avera Marshall is deeply grateful to Schwan’s Corporate Giving Foundation for being a leader in this project,” said Marty Seifert, Executive Director of the Avera Marshall Foundation. “Their commitment to the people of our area is illustrated by this major gift, and we hope that it will challenge others in the region to help us as well.”

“We applaud the vision of Avera Marshall in taking this step to make a significant difference in the health and wellness of so many people in Southwest Minnesota,” said Greg Flack, President and CEO of The Schwan Food Company and Chairman of Schwan’s Corporate Giving Foundation. “The new cancer center will be a tremendous benefit to Marshall-area residents whose lives and families are affected by these terrible illnesses.”

Avera Creighton Hospital Certifies as a Basic Level Trauma Center

Avera Creighton Hospital is pleased to announce its certification as a Basic Level Trauma Center by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. This certification places Avera Creighton Hospital as an integral and elite member of the Statewide Trauma System. According to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, the goal of the Statewide Trauma System is to create an integrated trauma system that includes health care providers and facilities throughout the state and to match each patient’s needs to the resources of the facilities, from activation of the Emergency Medical Services system until their return home.

Hospital in Sioux Center Receives Award

Sioux Center Community Hospital & Health Center Avera was recently named one of the HealthStrong™ Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in the United States.

Sioux Center Community Hospital & Health Center Avera scored among the best critical access hospitals on the iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength Index™. The Hospital Strength Index its first-ever comprehensive rating of Critical Access Hospitals and the results recognize the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals that provide a “safety- net” to communities across rural America ­— measuring them across 56 different performance metrics, including quality, outcomes, patient perspective, affordability and efficiency.

Avera McKennan: Safest teaching hospital in South Dakota

According to an article to be published in the May 2013 issue of Consumer Reports Magazine, Avera McKennan ranks No. 1 in South Dakota and No. 8 in the nation among teaching hospitals for hospital safety. The hospital safety score focuses on readmissions, complications, communication, overuse of CT scans, and infections, based on data from federal and state governments.

Avera Medical Group Huron on Track

The construction of the Avera Medical Group Huron clinic space in the Huron Mall is on target to be complete by May 15. The Avera standards for remodeling and decorating were used in the remodeling of the interior and exterior of the clinic site. The clinic will provide specialty services in orthopedics, surgery, OB/GYN, pediatrics, occupational medicine and possibly ear, nose and throat specialists.

Healthgrades Awards Avera Sacred Heart Hospital and the Avera Heart Hospital

The Avera Sacred Heart Hospital received from Healthgrades®, the Outstanding Patient Experience Award. This is the third consecutive year Avera Sacred Heart has received the actual physical award and the sixth year they have qualified. And for the first time, Avera Sacred Heart received the Outstanding Patient Safety Award. The Avera Heart Hospital also received these awards.

These awards are a testament to the level of care and quality of services provided at Avera Sacred Heart and Avera Heart Hospital. The Outstanding Patient Experience Award is based on HCAHPS scores and how patients perceive their experience while using services. Most of this is based on service excellence initiatives that, when used ALWAYS, result in great scores.

The Outstanding Patient Safety Award is a new award recognizing high quality care. Many resources and time have been dedicated to making sure the best, evidence-based care available is provided

Only 86 hospitals out of more than 5,000 in the nation received both of these awards.