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Published on February 26, 2020

Avera Facilities Honored as National Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals

Five Avera hospitals earned spots in a list of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the United States.

The Chartis Center for Rural Health evaluates hospital nationwide. The five Avera facilities include:

  • Avera Queen of Peace Hospital, Mitchell, S.D.
  • Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton, S.D.
  • Avera St. Luke's Hospital, Aberdeen, S.D.
  • Avera St. Mary's Hospital, Pierre, S.D.
  • Lakes Regional Healthcare, Spirit Lake, Iowa (an Avera affiliate)

Avera St. Mary's Hospital, Avera Sacred Heart Hospital and Avera St. Luke's Hospital were also named as Top 20 Rural & Community Hospitals.

Avera Health President and CEO Bob Sutton said the facilities that earn this recognition remind Avera as a whole of the critical role it holds in many communities.

“The honor earned by these facilities recognizes the hard work of Avera professionals,” Sutton said. “This news reminds us of the important place we have in the lives of many who depend on us for care.”

This annual award honoring rural hospital performance is determined by the results of iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX®, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2020.

Based entirely on publicly available data, the INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural hospital performance. Utilizing 50 independent indicators, the INDEX assesses performance across eight pillars of performance that span market-, value- and finance-based categories. Hospitals recognized as a Top 100 facility had one of the 100 highest overall scores among all Rural & Community Hospitals nationally. The INDEX eight pillars of hospital strength include:

• Inpatient Share Ranking

• Outpatient Share Ranking

• Cost

• Charge

• Quality

• Outcomes

• Patient Perspectives

• Financial Stability

The hospitals that are named to this list are top performers in managing risk, achieving higher quality, securing better outcomes, increasing patient satisfaction and operating at a lower cost than their peers, according to the report.

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