You don't have to look far to find the best doctors for your ticker. The Avera Heart Hospital of South Dakota has been named one of the top 50 cardiovascular institutes in the United States by Truven Health Analytics.
"Very proud, very proud, it's a great group of people that makes this happen, no one person makes it happen it takes a whole group of people all the time doing this." Said Jon Suderholm, President and CEO of the Avera Herat Hospital.
This recognition isn't just a popularity poll, it's based on hard medicare data. Truven studies the outcomes of every patient and the cost they incur with every procedure. More than a thousand hospitals were reviewed and the research shows, the Avera Heart Hospital runs with the best.
"You take the two together and that's a heck of an accomplishment for a small hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to do and we're very very proud of the ability to provide that kind of care to the people." Said Suderholm.
The Avera Heart Hospital has consistently produced higher survival rates, lower complications, shorter stays, and fewer re-admissions. All while keeping cost low and saving patients thousands of dollars compared to hospitals outside Truven's top 50.
These stats were something critics said would be impossible for the hospital to do when its doors opened almost 12 years ago.
"We have proven them wrong and not only for one year, we have received this award for six years, and on this list of 50 hospitals there's only 14 other hospitals that have been on it at least six times." Said Suderholm.
The Avera Heart Hospital might not have the name recognition outside the Midwest like the Mayo Clinic does, but this award affirms that doctors here are just as skilled as the folks in Rochester.
"I think the community should be very pleased because they can say wow, we don't need to go someplace else for our heart care, the heart care we get in Sioux Falls, South Dakota is as good as your going to get any place in the country." Said Suderholm.
Going to the hospital can be a scary experience, but it's definitely reassuring, knowing that you and your loved ones are in some of the best medical hands in the country.
Not only is the Avera Heart Hospital one of the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in the nation its also among the top three percent of hospitals for overall patient satisfaction.
For more information about the Avera Heart Hospital just call 877-AT-AVERA