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MANKATO — Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato was honored for its heart failure and hip replacement care in new ratings released this week.

The recognition came as part of the U.S. News & World Report’s annual honor roll of best hospitals.

The report measures quality based on survival rates, re-admissions and volume. The Mankato Mayo didn’t have top marks in all the categories but managed a good enough showing to earn a “high performing” distinction — defined as far better than the average hospital.

Dr. James Hebl, regional vice president of the system’s Southwest Minnesota region, said each report measuring care is important to the facility. He thanked his staff of physicians, nurses and other staff for achieving quality care for heart and hip procedures.

“Recognitions like this are very important in highlighting the amazing work our staff does,” he said. “We as a system recognize that, are grateful, and value all the contributions of our employees.”

The Mayo Clinic in Rochester was named the best hospital in the country in the same report. Hebl said being integrated with such a world-class facility greatly benefits local patients.

Hospital measures come out frequently throughout the year. As with any, there are areas of improvement to go along with highlighted successes.

Even with the “high performing” labels, Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato was deemed worse than average in hip replacement survival. For heart failure care, the report found patients weren’t being medicated to the proper standard.

Other metrics within those categories were enough to make up for the dings. Blood clot treatment, number of patients treated and complication prevention stood out in the hip replacement measures. For heart failure, survival rates, nurse staffing and patients treated were all high. 

Hebl said no single measurement can capture the health care quality of any facility. But the staff still loves to know their hard work is recognized.

“This is just one example of the measurements that are out there,” he said. “Once again, we’re very proud of this designation.”

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