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Sturgis Regional Hospital Nationally Recognized for Exceptional Pain Management

Jan 05, 2015 07:56PM ● By MED Magazine

Sturgis Regional Hospital (STRH), in Sturgis, S.D., has received national recognition for being among the best in providing well-controlled patient pain management.

Becker’s Hospital Review recently issued a report listing the top 44 hospitals in the United 

 States which provide exceptional patient pain management. Qualifying hospitals had 83 percent or more of their patients reporting their pain as “always” well controlled. The data is from October 2012 through September 2013 and is gathered through Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Surveys (HCAHPS) and is part of a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare database.

Sturgis Regional Hospital made the top third of the Becker’s list with 85 percent of its patients saying their pain was “always” well controlled. It is the only South Dakota hospital listed on the report.

“I am extremely proud of our nursing staff and providers for Sturgis Regional Hospital’s national ranking regarding patient pain management,” says Mark Schulte, CEO of Sturgis Regional Hospital and Sturgis Regional Senior Care. “They are a tremendous team and work hard to provide great quality patient care on a daily basis.”

Lynn Simons, RN, Director of Patient Services, says as pain is considered the fifth vital sign, STRH nurses routinely assess their patients for pain. Additional patient vital signs include: body temperature, pulse rate, respiration rate and blood pressure.

Simons says uncontrolled pain can have a profound effect on the quality of life of patients. She said pain can delay healing, increase stress, decrease appetite, disrupt sleep, cause anxiety and depression. Research also shows uncontrolled pain has an adverse effect on the immune system.

“Sturgis Regional Hospital nurses and providers are clinically aware of the effects pain has on healing and the importance of adequate pain control,” Simons says. “Pain is also a primary focus here because we truly care about our patients. We are compassionate and want to do everything we can to ensure our patients are comfortable and cared for appropriately.”

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