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Sioux Valley Hospital USD Medical Center One of the Nations 100 Top Hospitals

Sioux Valley Hospital USD Medical Center has one again been named one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals® by Evanston, Ill.-based Solucient®, the nation's leading source of healthcare information products.

Sioux Valley Hospital USD Medical Center has one again been named one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals® by Evanston, Ill.-based Solucient®, the nation's leading source of healthcare information products.

The award recognizes hospitals that have achieved excellence in quality of care, operational efficiency, financial performance, and adaptation to the environment. This is the fifth time Sioux Valley Hospital has been recognized with this honor. The 13th edition of Solucient’s 100 Top Hospitals: National Benchmarks for Success study appears in the February 27 issue of Modern Healthcare magazine.

"It is an honor for Sioux Valley Hospital to once again be ranked among the highest in healthcare standards," says Becky Nelson, President of Sioux Valley Hospital USD Medical Center. "The expert staff and physicians at Sioux Valley Hospital USD Medical Center continually challenge and raise the bar to provide the highest quality of care. Because they take great pride in what they do and how they care for their patients, they keep us on the forefront of healthcare excellence."

With over 500 beds, Sioux Valley Hospital USD Medical Center is the largest tertiary hospital in South Dakota, serving as the primary teaching institution for the Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota. As a full service community-owned hospital, Sioux Valley Hospital provides a full complement of medical and surgical care, both inpatient and outpatient, in all specialties with the Centers of Excellence for Heart and Vascular, Orthopedics/Neurology/Trauma, Women’s, Children’s and Cancer.

Solucient Research Highlights
Research showed that emergency departments (EDs) at winners of the 100 Top Hospitals National award tend to have a higher percentage of patients requiring more complex treatment or admission to the hospital than EDs at non-winners. Benchmark hospitals were approximately 9 percent more likely to have higher complexity or admitted patients from the ED, after adjusting for hospital region and class.

The 100 Top Hospitals also have better patient safety as indicated by risk-adjusted Patient Safety Indicator (PSI) rates that were significantly lower than non-winners for nine of the 11 PSIs studied.

In addition, benchmark hospitals were also less likely to experience adverse outcomes, also known as medical injuries, than peer hospitals. The presence of any of adverse result, as defined by the PSI list, significantly and negatively impacted the risk of death, patient length of stay (LOS) and cost per case.

"The 100 Top Hospital award winners continue to demonstrate significant distinctions in provision of value to their communities, as shown by objective differences in clinical outcomes, patient safety, efficient operations and financial stability," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president of Solucient’s Center for Healthcare Improvement, which is responsible for the 100 Top Hospitals program. "The heavier volumes of the severely ill treated in EDs of these high-performing hospitals may suggest different approaches to accommodating the physician office-level needs of the community — possibly through partnerships or alternate care services to streamline EDs."

Other key findings of the study include:
  • If all acute care hospitals performed at the same level as the nation’s benchmark hospitals, as many as 106,312 more Medicare patients could survive and an additional 117,000 patient stays could be complication-free each year — at an estimated annual savings of $7.6 billion. 

  • For the second straight year, the Midwest region was home to the highest number of national benchmark hospitals, confirming a shift from the South, which previously had the highest number of national award winners for nearly a decade.

  • For the first time, a hospital — Evanston Northwestern Healthcare, Evanston Ill. — has achieved national benchmark status 11 times.

  • Survival rates were higher at benchmark hospitals (96.9 percent) compared to the typical peer hospital (96.2 percent), translating into tens of thousands of lives saved.

  • The 100 Top Hospitals treated sicker patients requiring more complex treatment, yet had better patient outcomes and lower costs.

  • Salary and benefits were $1,500 per year higher per full-time staff member than at peer hospitals.

 The 13th edition of the Solucient 100 Top Hospitals: National Benchmarks for Success study uses a balanced scorecard approach and scores hospitals according to nine key organization-wide measures: risk-adjusted mortality, risk-adjusted complications, patient safety, growth in patient volume, severity-adjusted average length of stay, expense per adjusted discharge, profit from operations, cash to debt ratio and tangible assets per discharge.

More information on this study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at under the "Media" tab.