POSTED: OCT 18, 2008

DATELINE (October 14, 2008) Sioux Falls Surgical Center today announced that it has received a top five-star rating for the quality of its orthopedic care by HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings company.

Five-Star Rated for Total Knee Replacement - 3 years in a row (2007 - 2009)
Five-Star Rated for Back and Neck Surgery - 5 years in a row (2005 - 2009)
Five-Star Rated for Joint Replacement - 3 years in a row (2007 - 2009)
Five-Star Rated for Spine Surgery - 4 years in a row (2006 - 2009)

As part of the nationís most comprehensive, independent analysis of hospital quality, HealthGrades found that patients treated at five-star rated hospitals for nine common procedures are 47 percent less likely to experience a major complication, such as post-operative infections or heart conditions, which can lengthen their hospital stay and increase costs. According to the study, if all Medicare patients had been treated at a top-performing hospital compared to the lowest-performing hospitals during 2005-07, more than 123,000 major complications potentially could have been avoided.

In 2008, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that funds medical and surgical care for the majority of hospital patients, announced that it would discontinue payments for many major inhospital complications, including surgery on the wrong body part and post-operative infection or disability due to a contaminated implantation device.

In the CMS Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP), Sioux Fall Surgical Centerís results are above the State and National averages on all categories. SCIP measures protocols for surgical site infection prevention and other preventative post-operative complications.

In developing its 2009 healthcare quality ratings, released today, HealthGrades analyzed more than 41 million Medicare hospitalization records from 2005 to 2007 at the nationís approximately 5,000 non-federal hospitals.

Hospitals with outcomes that are above average to a statistically significant degree receive a five-star rating. Hospitals with average outcomes receive a three-star rating, and hospitals with outcomes that are below average receive a one-star rating. Because no two hospitals or their patientsí risk profiles are alike, HealthGrades employs extensive risk-adjustment algorithms to ensure that it is making analogous comparisons.

On its Web site,, HealthGrades offers consumers free quality ratings of 26 procedures and treatments. The Web site is designed so that consumers can easily compare patient outcomes at their local hospitals for procedures ranging from total knee surgery to cardiac bypass surgery. Each hospital receives a star rating based on its patient outcomes in terms of mortality or complication rates for each procedure or treatment. For example, complications can include hospital-acquired infections, heart and lung difficulties during or after surgery, and excessive bleeding.

Since 1985, the Sioux Falls Surgical Center has provided quality surgical care to thousands of Sioux Falls and area residents every year. Our free-standing hospital is equipped with the most advanced medical equipment and is specially designed to offer a variety of surgical procedures in an environment of quality, safety and patient comfort. Licensed by the State Health Department, we are Medicare certified and are accredited by a national ambulatory healthcare association.

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