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Avera Heart Named in Top 100 for Cardiac Surgery Care

Nov 19, 2013 12:50PM ● By Med Editor

Avera Heart Hospital released today that it has been recognized by Healthgrades as one of America’s 100 Best hospitals for Cardiac Surgery care.  Healthgrades, the leading online resource that helps consumers search, compare and connect with physicians and hospitals, evaluated nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 31 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions and identified the 100 best hospitals within each procedure.

The achievement is part of findings released today in American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, which demonstrates how clinical performance differs dramatically between hospitals and the impact that this variation may have on health outcomes. For example, from 2010-2012, if all hospitals as a group, performed similarly to hospitals receiving 5-stars as a group, on average 234,252 lives could potentially have been saved and 157,418 complications could potentially have been avoided.   A 5-star rating indicates that Avera Heart Hospital’s clinical outcomes are better than expected when treating the condition or conducting the procedure being evaluated.

Jon Soderholm, President of Avera Heart Hospital, commented on the award, “We are pleased to receive this recognition of the hard work that every one of us put in each and every day. Maintaining and improving quality and patient satisfaction are two of the major initiatives where we focus our resources.”

“Hospitals earn this distinction by providing better than expected outcomes for specific conditions and procedures,” said Evan Marks, EVP Informatics and Strategy, Healthgrades. “When selecting physicians associated with a hospital that has achieved this recognition, consumers can expect a commitment to exceptional clinical quality care.”

For its analysis, Healthgrades evaluated approximately 40 million Medicare-patient records for nearly 4,500 short-term acute care hospitals nationwide, assessing hospital performance relative to each of 31 common conditions and procedures. Healthgrades awards hospitals quality achievements for cohort-specific performance, specialty area performance, and overall clinical quality. Individual procedure or condition cohorts are designated as 5 star (statistically better than expected), 3 star (statistically as expected) and 1 star (statistically worse than expected) categories. Detailed performance information, such as cohort-specific outcomes data and quality achievements for individual hospitals may be found at

More information on the American Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014: Healthgrades Report to the Nation, including the complete methodology, can be found at