Prairie Lakes Healthcare System Receives National Recognition

March 17, 2022

WATERTOWN, S.D. –Prairie Lakes Healthcare System (PLHS) was recently named one of the top 20 rural and community hospitals in the country. This is the fifth time PLHS has received this recognition since it was introduced by The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) six years ago.

The NRHA announced the 20 highest-ranked prospective payment system hospitals in the country based on an evaluation by the Chartis Center for Rural Health. The hospitals are identified using the Chartis Rural Hospital Performance INDEX, the most comprehensive and objective assessment of rural PPS hospital performance. Prairie Lakes Healthcare System will be recognized May 12 during NRHA’s Rural Hospital Innovation Summit in Albuquerque, N.M.

The determining factors for the top 20 rural and community hospitals are based on eight indices: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspective, cost, charge, and financial efficiency.

“Prairie Lakes Healthcare System is proud of the efforts of its staff, physicians, and volunteers who have contributed to our hospital achieving this designation,” says Paul Macek, Interim CEO. “Our recognition as a top 20 rural healthcare system demonstrates confidence to our community and the region we serve that they can count on us to meet the expectations for high-quality care needed now and in the future.”