Brookings Health System Recognized as Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital and 100 Great Community Hospitals

Posted: 6/22/2016

Registered Nurses McKenzie Nielsen and Vicki Swedlund check a patient in for a surgical procedure at Brookings Health System’s OR. The health system was recently named a “Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital” by iVantage Health Analytics and to the “100 Great Community Hospitals” list by Becker’s Hospital Review based on care quality, patient outcomes, and patient perspectives, among other criteria.Brookings Health System was recently named one of iVantage Health Analytics’, “Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals” and named to the “100 Great Community Hospitals” list by Becker’s Hospital Review.

“Brookings Health System is honored to be named as a top 100 hospital by both iVantage Health Analytics and Becker’s Hospital Review,” said President and CEO Jason Merkley. “Our team makes the difference at Brookings Health System. Staff members from across our system collaborate to provide the high-quality, compassionate, personalized health care our community has come to expect from us.”

Brookings Health System scored in the top 100 of rural and community hospitals on iVantage’s Hospital Strength INDEX®, placing the health system in the top four percent of all rural hospitals in the United States.

The INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive rating of rural and critical access hospitals. The results recognize that the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals play a key role in providing a safety net to communities across America, measuring them across more than 70 different performance metrics, including quality, outcomes, patient perspective, affordability, population risk and efficiency.

In addition, the Becker's Hospital Review editorial team recently selected hospitals from across the country for inclusion on its "100 Great Community Hospitals" list based on rankings and awards from other organizations, including iVantage Health Analytics. Brookings Health System was the only South Dakota organization to receive the honor in 2016.

Becker's has published a version of the list annually since 2011. For the purposes of this list, Becker's defines a "community hospital" as one with fewer than 550 beds that have minimal teaching programs.

More information about the quality of care at Brookings Health System can be found online at

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes a 49-bed hospital, the 79-bed The Neighborhoods at Brookview nursing home, Brookhaven Estates senior living apartments, Yorkshire Eye Clinic, and medical clinics in Arlington, White and Volga, South Dakota. It is a non-profit, city-owned facility that offers the community a full range of inpatient, outpatient, surgical and extended care services. The emergency room is staffed 24 hours a day and provides around the clock patient needs ranging from minor injuries to life threatening crises. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at

About iVantage Health Analytics

iVantage Health Analytics (iVantage) is a leading provider of healthcare analytic and decision support tools. Health system and hospital leadership teams across the country rely on the company’s software and services to deliver customized insights on clinical and financial performance, strategic planning, market assessment and contract optimization. Employing a full array of public, private and proprietary data, iVantage tools and solutions - from dashboards and preformatted reports, to industry and custom guided analytics - are designed to help its clients move from data to action. In addition, iVantage analytics and tools are the basis of continuing thought leadership and insight in the areas of healthcare policy and research. Learn more at

About Becker's Hospital Review

Becker's Hospital Review is a monthly publication offering up-to-date business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and health systems. Content is geared toward high-level hospital leaders, and we work to provide valuable content, including hospital and health system news, best practices and legal guidance specifically for these decision-makers. Each issue of Becker's Hospital Review reaches more than 18,000 people, primarily acute-care hospital CEOs, CFOs and CIOs.