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Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center of Sioux Falls and Avera St. Luke’s Hospital of Aberdeen have been awarded Community Value Leadership Awards by Cleverley + Associates, based in Columbus, Ohio. These awards recognize the value a facility provides to the community by measuring financial viability, facility reinvestments, maintenance of a low cost structure and high quality patient care at reasonable prices.

Avera McKennan was the only hospital in South Dakota named to the Community Value 100® Hospitals list in 2015. This is a listing of the 100 hospitals that achieved the highest scores in their respective size/geographic group.

Avera McKennan and Avera St. Luke’s Hospital of Aberdeen also earned the designation of Community Value Five-Star Provider, an award that goes to hospitals that achieve a Community Value Index® score in the top quintile (20 percent) of all hospitals in their group. This is the seventh time Avera McKennan has received this award since 2008.

“One of Avera’s three values is stewardship, along with compassion and hospitality. In our mission of health ministry, we feel it is imperative to make careful use of the resources entrusted to us, as well as our patients’ resources, so our patients receive the highest quality care possible at the best value,” said Dave Kapaska, DO, Regional President and CEO of Avera McKennan. “We’re proud to have received the Community Value recognition, which validates that we are indeed providing our residents with the best possible value in health care.”

“Avera St. Luke’s mission has always been to provide affordable and high quality health care to our patients,” said Todd Forkel, President and CEO of Avera St. Luke’s Hospital. “We are honored to receive the Community Value Award in recognition of St. Luke’s contribution to provide accessible, high-quality and affordable health care to our region.”

Each year, Cleverley + Associates publishes a ranking of the best hospitals in the nation in terms of the value that they provide to their community.  The current rankings were recently published in The State of the Hospital Industry - 2015 Edition.  In the 12th annual Community Value Index® (CVI) study, Cleverley + Associates has conducted a logical and meaningful evaluation of the U.S. hospital industry.

Cleverley + Associates was the first independent organization to release a nationwide study on hospital community value. The Community Value Index® was first published as part of the 2004 edition of the State of the Hospital Industry and has grown to be leading metric in the industry.

The CVI was created to provide a measure of the value that a hospital provides to its community.  The CVI is composed of 10 measures that assess a hospital's performance in four areas:

  1. Financial viability and plant reinvestment
  2. Hospital cost structure
  3. Hospital charge structure
  4. Hospital quality performance

“Fundamentally, the CVI suggests that a hospital provides value to the community when it is financially viable, is appropriately reinvesting back into the facility, maintains a low cost structure, has reasonable charges, and provides high quality care to patients,” said James Cleverley, co-author of the study.

The Home Builders Association of the Sioux Empire (HBASE) is pleased to announce the award winners for the 2015 Fall Parade of Homes™. The event runs September 12-14 & 19-21 this year. 59 new homes are open to tour in Sioux Falls, Harrisburg, Brandon, Crooks, Valley Springs, Madison and Tea. All homes are free to tour this year except the Feature Home which is a $5 donation to the Sioux Empire Home Builders Care Foundation.

There are numerous homes on the event that recently were awarded the “Award of Excellence” honor. During the judging competition numerous considerations were made, such as curb appeal, floor plan, kitchen design and use of lighting. These other special features were also considered: decorating, energy efficiency, marketing techniques and workmanship.  

Single Family Home Categories:

CATEGORY 1 – (Up to $250,000) – Allen Homes, 701 Cedar Drive, Harrisburg
CATEGORY 2 – ($250,000-$305,000) – Paul Fick Homes Inc., 8108 S Ruger Avenue, Sioux Falls
CATEGORY 3 – ($305,000-$350,000) – Smith Development Co., 2239 E Stone Circle, Sioux Falls
CATEGORY 4 – ($350,000-$450,000) – Stencil Homes, 9105 W Dragonfly Drive, Sioux Falls
CATEGORY 5 – ($450, 000-$575,000) – Triad Construction Inc., 1104 S Torrey Pine Lane, Sioux Falls
CATEGORY 6 – ($575,000-$660,000) – Kruetzfeldt Construction, 6504 S Callington Circle, Sioux Falls
CATEGORY 7 – ($660,000-$775,000) – Rallis Construction, 7505 S Chatworth Circle, Sioux Falls
CATEGORY 8 – (Over $775,000) – Jeren Homes, 604 E Piping Rock Lane, Sioux Falls

Twinhome/Townhome/Condo Categories:

CATEGORY A – (Up to $200,000) – Allen Homes, 3117 S Manifold Avenue, Sioux Falls
CATEGORY B – ($200,000-$250,000) – Legend Builders, 5805 W Yukon Trail, Sioux Falls
CATEGORY C – (Over $250,000) – Joshua Homes, 5407 Salvation Place, Sioux Falls


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