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Published: 16-Jul-2013
U.S. News & World Report Recognizes Rapid City Regional Hospital as a Top Performer

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rapid City Regional Hospital has been ranked as one of the best hospitals for 2013-14 in South Dakota, and honored for high performance in several specialty areas, by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in its 24th year, recognize hospitals which excel in treating the most challenging patients.

U.S. News ranked Rapid City Regional Hospital in the top three hospitals in South Dakota and as a high-performer in the following specialties: 

  • Diabetes and Endocrinology,
  • Ear, Nose and Throat,
  • Gastroenterology and GI Surgery,
  • Geriatrics,
  • Nephrology, and
  • Pulmonology.

According to the U.S. News & World Report website, "Rapid City Regional Hospital is a general medical and surgical hospital in Rapid City, S.D. … It scored high in patient safety, demonstrating commitment to reducing accidents and medical mistakes."

"Rapid City Regional Hospital is committed to providing excellent care to people in this region," said Tim Sughrue, CEO of Rapid City Regional Hospital. "This report validates the hospital as a quality health care provider. I congratulate our physicians, nurses and staff for this recognition and thank them for all they do for our patients."

Sughrue added, "What is even more remarkable about this report is South Dakota has repeatedly rated as a leader in the United States in terms of high quality and low costs. This U.S. News ranking also correlates with a recent positive assessment from Consumer Reports."

Sughrue's observation is reinforced by Dave Hewett, President and CEO of the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations.

"The rankings are gratifying, but not surprising. The care provided by our hospitals is a great value and service to the people of the state, and those who come from other states for their care. There is a lot of work that goes into the calculation of this report; South Dakota hospitals are committed to continuous improvement of patient safety and quality," Hewett said. 

"A hospital that emerges from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of," said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. "Only about 15 percent of hospitals are recognized for their high performance as among their region's best. Just 3 percent of all hospitals earn a national ranking in any specialty."

U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, the adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data determined the rankings in most specialties.

The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Using the same data, U.S. News produced the state and metropolitan rankings.

The rankings have been published at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals and will appear in print in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook, available in bookstores and on newsstands August 27.

Rapid City Regional Hospital has received strong ratings from numerous rating agencies including Consumer Reports and the South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care. The hospital's quality improvement projects have been showcased at national medical conferences and its work has been praised nationally in medical journals and magazines.

Additionally, Rapid City Regional Hospital has earned the following designation from leading health care organizations:

  • Joint Commission Accreditation - Achieving Joint Commission Accreditation is a national hallmark of quality.
  • American Heart Association Primary Stroke Center and Mission Lifeline recipient
  • Premier Partnership for Patient Award
  • American College of Surgeons Level II Trauma Center Verification
  • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) Accreditation
  • College of American Pathologists Laboratory Accreditation

"There are many different national health care quality reports which can be beneficial when selecting health care facilities and providers. My recommendation to the public is to review several such reports to make informed decisions regarding quality and safety," Sughrue said. "An extraordinary and singular focus on one survey, with a highly questionable validation methodology, isn't helpful. It should be increasingly clear there are a number of independent surveys using impartial data that substantiate Rapid City Regional Hospital's favorable quality and safety status. We hope the people of our region appreciate and understand the U.S. News & World Report findings. At Rapid City Regional Hospital we can substantiate our safety and quality with numerous accreditations, verifications, numerous awards and top quality reports such as the U.S. News & World Report."