Sanford’s Sioux Falls medical center ranked as the top hospital in South Dakota by a new ranking, released in July.
U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals for 2021-2022 ranked Sanford USD Medical Center first place for hospitals in South Dakota, according to a news release Tuesday.
Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center in Sioux Falls ranked second.
The list evaluates data from nearly 5,000 hospitals in several adult specialties and procedures as well as pediatric specialties. Sanford also ranked ‘High Performing’ in three adult specialties: gastroenterology and gastroenterology surgery, orthopedics, and pulmonology and lung surgery by the list.
The hospital took top spot in several prior years, but for this round of the list had the additional challenge of hospitals mitigating the pandemic while providing routine care.
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“The past 18 months of the COVID-19 pandemic have been incredibly challenging but our caregivers have demonstrated unparalleled resilience by continuing to show up every day to provide world-class care to our patients,” said Paul Hanson, president and CEO of Sanford USD Medical Center, in the news release.
Part of the Sanford Health network, the hospital is the largest in the state. Sanford USD Medical Center is also rated high-performing in 14 procedures and conditions, including several major surgery categories.
“Earning this top ranking from U.S. News is an honor and testament to the high-quality care we deliver to our patients across the state of South Dakota,” Hanson said in the statement.
Sanford Medical Center Fargo was listed as the No. 1 hospital in North Dakota.