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Sanford USD Medical Center Named One of the Nations 100 Top Hospitals by Thomson Healthcare

Sanford USD Medical Center has again been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Healthcare, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare.

Sanford USD Medical Center Named One of the Nation's 100 Top Hospitals by Thomson Healthcare

(Sioux Falls, SD) – Sanford USD Medical Center has again been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Healthcare, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare.

The award recognizes hospitals that have achieved excellence in clinical outcomes, patient safety, financial performance and efficiency. This is the seventh time Sanford USD Medical Center has been recognized with this honor.

The 2007 Thomson 100 Top Hospitals: National Benchmarks for Success study appeared in the March 17 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

“Once again receiving this award represents a pattern of dedication by our staff and physicians to consistently and compassionately provide the best care possible to our patients,” said Sanford USD Medical Center President Charles “Pat” O’Brien, MD. “Their commitment to providing safe, expert patient care is continuously measured at a national level of excellence, and I am proud to honor the work they do every day through this achievement.”

With nearly 500 beds, Sanford USD Medical Center is the largest tertiary hospital in South Dakota, serving as the primary teaching hospital for the Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota. Employing nearly 4,200 staff, Sanford USD Medical Center is the largest employer in Sioux Falls.

According to the study, the highest performance levels in patient safety were achieved by the 100 hospitals in the study that delivered the highest balanced performance across quality, efficiency and financial stability. If all hospitals had performed at the level of these leading hospitals on the eight patient safety measures studied, they would have saved $253 million and 7,914 lives during the time period the study examined.

“Employers, health plans and hospitals need to take note that we have entered a new phase in driving transformation of the healthcare industry,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president in the Center for Healthcare Improvement at Thomson Healthcare. “Hospitals setting new levels of patient safety are those with the highest balanced scores across quality, efficiency, and financial performance.”

The 15th edition of the Thomson 100 Top Hospitals: National Benchmarks for Success study uses a balanced scorecard approach and scores hospitals according to eight key organization-wide measures: risk-adjusted mortality, risk-adjusted complications, patient safety composite, average core measures scores, severity-adjusted average length of stay, expense per adjusted discharge, profit from operations, and cash-to-debt ratio.

More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at www.100tophospitals.com. Copies of the 100 Top Hospitals report can be purchased by calling Thomson Healthcare at (800) 568-3282 or logging on to www.100tophospitals.com.


Contact:
Stacy Bauer Jones | Media Relations Coordinator
(605) 328-7056 | jonesst@sanfordhealth.org

David Wilkins | Thomson Healthcare
(734) 913-3397 | david.wilkins@thomson.com