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Published on January 12, 2016

Becker’s Hospital Review Recognizes Avera McKennan and Avera Queen of Peace

SIOUX FALLS (Jan. 11, 2016) - Two Avera hospitals have been named to recent Becker’s Hospital Review lists, which are national comparisons of hospitals that recognize high quality care.

Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center in Sioux Falls was named in Becker’s 2015 edition of "100 hospitals with great women's health programs." Avera McKennan is the only hospital in South Dakota named to the list, and this is the second year in a row that Avera McKennan received this recognition for its women’s program.

Avera Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell was named to the list of 52 hospitals with the lowest all-cause unplanned readmission rates. Avera Queen of Peace is the only South Dakota hospital named to this list.

Becker’s recognized women’s hospitals that offer outstanding health services geared toward women, such as gynecology, obstetrics, women-focused heart care and women-focused cancer care, among other women's health needs.

The Becker's Hospital Review editorial team selected hospitals for inclusion based on clinical accolades and recognition for women's health excellence from various health care groups and agencies, including U.S. News & World Report, CareChex, Healthgrades, Women's Choice Award's Best Breast Centers list and Baby-Friendly designation from Baby-Friendly USA. 

Avera McKennan, part of Avera Health, is a 545-bed tertiary hospital that is home to the region's only team devoted to breast surgery and a comprehensive breast health center. The Avera Breast Center was named among American’s Best Breast Centers for 2015 from Women’s Choice Award. Avera McKennan also offers gynecologic oncology, urogynecology and midlife care for women. CareChex named Avera McKennan as one of the top 50 hospitals in the nation for medical excellence in women's health for 2016.

“Women’s services at Avera cover a full scope, from well-woman care, to all levels of specialty care for prenatal care and delivery, to urogynecology, to issues of midlife, to cancer care, including a comprehensive breast program,” said Kimberlee McKay, MD, Vice President for Avera’s OB/GYN Clinical Service Line. “This distinction simply verifies that Avera offers care of the highest quality for virtually any condition that a woman may face during her lifetime.”

Avera Queen of Peace was recognized for its low all-cause, unplanned readmission rate of 13.3 percent, compared to the national average of 15.2 percent. This is based on data from Hospital Compare from July 2013 through June 2014, the most recent data available.

“While some hospital readmissions are unavoidable, research has shown that certain quality measures prevent readmissions. It’s our goal to resolve medical conditions as thoroughly as possible and prevent possible complications and infections to avoid the stress and expense of readmission. Our numbers show that we’re achieving this goal, and that makes us very proud of the high quality of care we offer at Avera Queen of Peace,” said Tom Clark, Regional President and CEO of Avera Queen of Peace.

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