Healthgrades awarded Rapid City Regional Health the 2017 Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence, reports the Rapid City Journal. This award is given to the top five percent of hospitals based on a review of clinical outcomes. Rapid City Regional was one of two hospitals in South Dakota to receive this distinction. Sanford USD Medical Center was the other recipient.
According to Healthgrades, 66 percent of patients at Rapid City Regional Health would recommend the hospital. This rate is four points below the national average of 70 percent. Comparatively, 77 percent of patients at Sandford USD Medical Center would recommend the hospital. These measures are drawn from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey data. Patients from individual hospitals who responded "definitely yes" out of options ranging from probably yes, probably no, and definitely no, were measured against the national average of patients also responding "definitely yes."
Healthgrades is an online resource that gives information about physicians and hospitals. You can see the entire list of 2017 winners on the Healthgrades website.