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Avera Queen of Peace receives national recognition for rural health

Avera Queen of Peace is among the best in the nation for rural community hospitals, according to the National Rural Health Association, which released its top 20 rural community hospitals of the country on Friday.

The winners are chosen based on the achieved success in overall performance depending on a composite rating from eight indices of strength: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspectives, costs, charges and financial stability.

"This national recognition is exciting because it demonstrates the daily efforts of our physicians and staff to provide the highest level of care to our patients, right here in Mitchell. It also shows the communities we serve that they don't have to travel away from home to receive award-winning care," said Tom Clark, the Avera Queen of Peace Regional President & CEO said in a press release. "It is a great honor to be able to add this to our list of other notable awards."

The Brookings Health System in Brookings was also selected for the list, and the only other South Dakota hospital chosen. This top 20 selection was based off a top 100 rural community hospital list developed from iVantage Health Analytics.