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

This award recognizes hospitals that have achieved excellence in clinical outcomes, patient safety, patient satisfaction, financial performance and operational efficiency.

(Sioux Falls, SD) – Sanford USD Medical Center this week was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters, 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, patient satisfaction, financial performance and operational efficiency. This is the eighth time Sanford USD Medical Center has been recognized with this honor, which is more than any other hospital in South Dakota.

“It is an honor for Sanford USD Medical Center to once again be ranked among the highest in healthcare,” stated Charles P. O’Brien, President, Sanford USD Medical Center. “Being recognized for the eighth time is significant in that it reflects the quality and dedication our staff and physicians have for our patients and their families. On behalf of the Sanford family, we are once again proud to be recognized for this achievement and honored to be the only hospital in South Dakota to have achieved this award this many times.”

Sanford USD Medical Center was recognized in the Teaching Hospitals category. With more than 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 more than 4,700 staff, Sanford USD Medical Center is the largest employer in Sioux Falls.

The winners were identified through an in-depth analysis, the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals®: National Benchmarks study. The study evaluated 2,926 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals in 10 areas: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay, expenses, profitability, patient satisfaction, adherence to clinical standards of care, and post-discharge mortality and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, and pneumonia.

The winning hospitals were announced in the March 29 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine.

“The 100 Top Hospitals winners raised the bar again this year, delivering a higher level of reliable care and greater value for their communities,” said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals programs at Thomson Reuters.

If all Medicare inpatients received the same level of care as those treated in these 100 Top Hospitals award winners:

  • More than 98,000 additional patients would survive each year.
  • More than 197,000 patient complications would be avoided annually.
  • Expenses would decline by an aggregate $5.5 billion a year.
  • The average patient stay would decrease by nearly half a day.

More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at www.100tophospitals.com.

 

» View A GUIDE TO THE THOMSON REUTERS 100 TOP HOSPITALS®: NATIONAL BENCHMARKS 2009

 


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