If you had your choice, most of us would much rather eat at a 5-Star restaurant and stay in a 5-Star resort than one that's rated 1. The same could be said about hospitals. The Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls has been named one of the top 100 hospitals in cardiac care by an independent group and ranked 5-Star. Nancy Naeve Brown explains why patients who are treated at 5-Star hospitals do better in the long run.
Avera Heart Hospital President and CEO Jon Soderholm is more than happy to accept this award on behalf of the team here for being named one of the Best 100 Hospitals in the country for cardiac care and cardiac surgery by HealthGrades Incorporated. This is the first year the national independent organization has given out the distinction of America's 100 Best Hospitals in Specialty Care.
"What that means to every one of the consumers in the area is that the Avera Heart Hospital is putting out fantastic quality, quality that is unrecognized by other hospitals in this area. In fact the heart hospital is one of only 48 hospitals in the nation to receive both of those 100 best hospitals and the only one in this area in the state of South Dakota to get both cardiac care and cardiac surgery," Scott Bettner Strategic Client Manager with HealthGrades Inc. said.
HealthGrades also gave the Avera Heart Hospital 5-Star ratings for coronary bypass, carotid and valve surgeries, plus their treatment for heart attack.
"What it says is the quality of care we produce here as a team is outstanding. The general public can take away form this that they have a significant less chance of dying from the kinds of things that happen here like open heart surgery, procedures in the cath lab so when sick people come here they know that this team is well equipped to take care of them and their loved ones and they come away better for it than somewhere else," Avera Heart Hospital CEO Jon Soderholm said.
A HealthGrades report found patients treated at 5-Star rated hospitals experience a 73% lower risk of dying and a 63% lower risk of developing complications compared to being treated at 1-Star rated hospitals.
"Quality does make a difference," Bettner said.
"We say to the team that we work hard at being good and taking care of people that we are accomplishing that and the team is doing a way better than average job, "Soderholm said.
When it comes to matters of the heart, you don't want to take any chances, especially when your choice of care could mean the difference between life and death. Avera has always prided itself on caring for life and the Avera Heart Hospital has the ratings to prove they are not only doing that, they are exceeding at it.
Avera McKennan in Sioux Falls, Avera Sacred Heart in Yankton and Avera St. Luke's in Aberdeen have also been recognized by HealthGrades for clinical and customer service excellence.