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Published on May 26, 2020

Avera McKennan Named to ‘100 Great Hospitals’ List

Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center has been named by Becker's Healthcare in its 2020 list of “100 great hospitals in America.”

Avera McKennan is the only hospital in the Dakotas named to this list, and is among prestigious hospitals such as Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic, University of Nebraska Medical Center, and UCLA Medical Center.

The hospitals included on this list have been recognized nationally for excellence in clinical care, patient outcomes, and staff and physician satisfaction. These institutions are industry leaders that have achieved advanced accreditation and certification in several specialties. The list also includes industry innovators that have sparked trends in health care technology, hospital management and patient satisfaction.

“Avera McKennan is proud to once again be nationally recognized for our quality,” said David Flicek, President and CEO of Avera McKennan. “We are a strong hospital that’s backed by a strong health system; Avera Health is also among the 15 Top Health Systems in the nation as named by IBM Watson Health. We’ve put forth a great deal of effort to meet the evolving needs of our population, for example, in specialties such as orthopedics, behavioral health, gastroenterology, cancer, women’s health, brain and spine, as well as primary care. We’re grateful to have a very highly qualified team of medical professionals that are the true strength of Avera,” Flicek said.

Becker's Healthcare selected the following hospitals for inclusion based on analysis of ranking and award agencies, including U.S. News & World Report's 2019-20 rankings, CareChex, Healthgrades, CMS star ratings, Leapfrog grades and IBM Watson Health top hospitals. Becker's also sought nominations for this list.

Avera McKennan is a 545-bed hospital that provides care in more than 60 specialties. The hospital is the flagship facility of Sioux Falls-based Avera Health, which employs more than 19,000 individuals, including 1,200 physicians and advanced practice providers. The system has a robust telemedicine program, which serves more than 450 sites across the country.

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