Avera Weskota Memorial Hospital (AWMH) Recognized Nationally as High-Performing Hospital
Avera Weskota Memorial Hospital (AWMH) has been recognized as a high-performing hospital by the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET), an affiliate of the American Hospital Association (AHA) for attaining a 20 percent reduction in acute care readmissions.
AWMH is part of the Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) and is involved in a project that intends to help improve the quality, safety and affordability of health care through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Medicare's cost for unplanned hospital readmissions exceeds $17 billion annually. Among the most important factors contributing to unplanned readmissions are uncoordinated care and ineffective care transitions. AHA/HRET continues to utilize data collection to meet a national goal of 20 percent reduction in readmissions.
While they continue to work towards this on a national level, they realize it is important to acknowledge and highlight those hospitals that have already reached this goal of 20% reduction in readmissions. AWMH has achieved this goal in the 30 Day All Cause Readmissions category, which includes heart failure, heart attack and pneumonia.