US News ranks Sanford USD best hospital in SD

By: Shawn Neisteadt .

Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Sanford USD Medical Center is the No. 1 hospital in South Dakota, according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals of 2017-2018.

According to U.S. News & World Report, rankings are made to help patients decide where to receive care; U.S. News evaluates data on nearly 5,000 hospitals in 16 adult specialties, nine adult procedures and conditions and 10 pediatric specialties.

“We’re pleased by what U.S. News & World Report found when evaluating Sanford USD Medical Center,” said Paul Hanson, executive vice president of Sanford USD Medical Center. “We’re always proud of our staff’s accomplishments and pride ourselves in remaining on the cutting edge of health care. This ranking from U.S. News is validation of our hard work and efforts.”

The medical center is ranked high performing in all nine areas evaluated (colon cancer surgery, lung cancer surgery, COPD, heart failure, heart bypass surgery, aortic valve surgery, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, knee replacement and hip replacement). Only 48 hospitals, or 1 percent, of those evaluated across the nation received such high honors.

Sanford USD Medical Center is also rated high performing in six adult specialties (cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, geriatrics, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology). In gastroenterology and GI surgery, the medical center comes in at No. 32 in the nation.

About Sanford Health
Sanford Health is one of the largest health care systems in the nation, with 44 hospitals and nearly 300 clinics in nine states and four countries. Headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and serving the Upper Midwest, with nearly 1,400 physicians, Sanford Health is dedicated to several initiatives, including global children’s clinics, genomic medicine and specialized centers researching cures for type 1 diabetes, breast cancer and other diseases. Sanford Health has 28,000 employees, making it the largest employer in the Dakotas. Nearly $1 billion in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford over the past decade have transformed how Sanford Health can improve the human condition. For information, visit

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