User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


68° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Judging Quality Of Care At Hospitals

August 8, 2011, 6:13 PM by Casey Wonnenberg

Judging Quality Of Care At Hospitals
SIOUX FALLS, SD - You probably have a particular hospital that you trust, but a new study finds that the hospitals people like across the United States aren't necessarily the best.

Still many South Dakota hospitals are the exception.

Gary Wolkow is recovering at Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls after suffering a heart attack last week.

"They said it was a serious heart attack," Wolkow said.

That's why he wanted to make sure he had a trusted group of medical professionals.

"It's a great facility, and the care has been wonderful and even the food is pretty good," Wolkow said.

However, it may surprise you that a new survey of Medicare patients across the U.S. shows a difference between the hospitals people like and which ones are most successful in saving lives.

"If you treat people well, they think that their care is good. Patients can't judge quality of care. It's very, very difficult," CEO & President of Avera Heart Hospital Jon Soderholm said. 

The Avera Heart Hospital is actually beating the trend. The hospital ranks in the top two percent in the nation in patient satisfaction and is also number 11 among 4,600 hospitals nationwide for survival rates.

"People can have confidence that if they have a heart attack and they come here that their chances of living are better than if they go other places," Soderholm said.

Soderholm credits that to a good team that specializes in one area.

"We do hearts, and when you do hearts and vascular, you specialize at that, the whole team gets very good at it," Soderholm said.

That is even more of a relief for Wolkow as he recovers from his heart attack and looks forward to many years with his grandchildren.

"Makes you feel good that you're going to watch them grow up and see them again," Wolkow said.

According to the survey, the Avera Heart Hospital has a mortality rate of 12 percent for heart attacks.  The Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls has a rate of 14 percent and Avera McKennan has a rate of 15 percent.
All of them are better than the national rate of 16 deaths per 100 heart attacks.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

You may also like

SUV Driver Ticketed Following Deadly Crash

8/18/2014 11:35 AM

Sioux Falls Police have ticketed a 26-year-old driver for her involvement in a deadly bicycle crash last month.

Full Story
Former State's Attorney Admits Sexual Crimes

8/13/2014 6:00 PM

We are learning more disturbing details about the former Walworth County State's Attorney, who's charged with raping three young children.

Full Story | Watch
Charges Filed After Baby Hurt At Day Care

8/19/2014 11:13 AM

A Sioux Falls day care provider faces charges after a child in her care was hospitalized.

Full Story
Illinois Man Found Dead In The Black Hills

8/17/2014 11:30 AM

Authorities say a 23-year-old Illinois man who was reported missing in early August was found dead in the Black Hills National Forest.

Full Story
Wife Reveals Robin Williams Had Parkinson's Disease

8/14/2014 1:25 PM

Susan Schneider, wife of Robin Williams, says the late actor was in the early stages of Parkinson's Disease, along with battling depression and an...

Full Story


Events