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Avera McKennan Again Named One of the Nation's 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics

Mar 08, 2014 11:05AM ● By MED Editor

Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center was named once again as one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics,a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care. Avera McKennan is the only hospital in Sioux Falls and South Dakota to be named to the list.

This is the sixth time Avera McKennan has been listed among the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals. Also for 2014, Avera McKennan was named the No. 1 hospital in South Dakota by U.S. News & World Report, for the second year in a row.

The Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals® study identifies hospitals and leadership teams that provide the highest level of value to their communities, based on a national balanced scorecard. The 100 Top Hospitals balanced scorecard measures hospital performance across 10 areas: mortality; inpatient complications; patient safety; average patient stay; expenses; profitability; patient satisfaction; adherence to clinical standards of care; and post-discharge mortality and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, and pneumonia. The study has been conducted annually since 1993.

“Avera McKennan excels at providing quality care, right here in our region. We believe residents of our area deserve access to a very high level of care locally, and that’s exactly what we’re delivering, according to the Truven study and other national award programs,” said Dr. Dave Kapaska, Regional President and CEO of Avera McKennan. “We remain committed to do the very best for our patients, in terms of both quality and service. Our employees deserve the credit for making this happen each and every day.”

Avera McKennan is a 545-bed tertiary hospital, nationally recognized in numerous key service lines, including cancer treatment, critical care, surgery, trauma and emergency care, orthopedics, behavioral health, rehabilitation, stroke care and neuroscience, gastrointestinal medicine, pediatrics and neonatology, women’s care and more. Avera McKennan is home to the region’s longest standing solid organ transplant program, the region’s only bone marrow transplant program and medical research.

For the 100 Top Hospital study, Truven Health researchers analyzed public information — Medicare cost reports, Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) data, and core measures and patient satisfaction data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website.

The winning hospitals were announced in the March 3, 2014, edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

“This year’s 100 Top Hospitals represent the highest national standards in hospital care and management today. They set the benchmarks for peers around the country to follow — consistently delivering outstanding quality of care, satisfaction, and community value at a reasonable cost,” said Jean Chenoweth, Senior Vice President for Performance Improvement and the 100 Top Hospitals® program at Truven Health Analytics. “The majority of the 2014 award winners have produced year-to-year performance improvement, as well. This speaks to the consistent focus on excellence by the entire organization and the men and women who serve patients.”

The study shows that if all hospitals in the U.S. performed at the level of this year's winners: 

  • Nearly 165,000 additional lives could be saved
  • Nearly 90,000 additional patients could be complication-free
  • More than $5.4 billion could be saved
  • The average patient stay would decrease by half a day

 More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at