New study ranks Avera one of nation's top 15 health systems

(KSFY) - A newly-released study has ranked Sioux Falls-based Avera Health as one of the best-performing health systems in the United States.

Avera ranked as a top 15 health system in a study performed by IBM Watson Health.

Researchers analyzed publicly available data in a number of fields, including clinical operations and patient satisfaction. The study evaluated 337 health systems and nearly 3,000 hospitals from across the country.

This is the first time Avera earned a spot on the top 15 in the study. Other health systems in the region to make the list include the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. and HealthPartners in Bloomington, Minn.

You can learn more about the study's methodology here.