It’s been an unusually good month for Sauk Prairie Hospital.

On June 23, Healthgrades Vice President Peter Urbain visited the hospital to personally deliver the company’s top achievement awards. The local hospital earned several awards related to patient satisfaction from the national hospital quality performance rating firm.

A total of four awards including an award of Excellence in the birthing center, Outstanding Patient Experience, Patient Safety Excellence and Joint Replacement Excellence were handed out.

Sauk Prairie Hospital was the only Wisconsin hospital to receive the Outstanding Patient Experience and Patient Safety Excellence awards.

Nationally, Healthgrades awarded 467 patient safety excellence awards. There are 4,666 hospitals in the country.

Healthgrades says it bases the awards on patient surveys following their care at the hospital and states on its website, healthgrades.com, that more than 1 million people a day use the site to research and compare doctors and hospitals.

“Some of you may know a very famous Chief Black Hawk who was last seen carrying the Stanley Cup around Chicago,” Urbain said. “Every great team with an outstanding performance is the direct result of the level of excellence at which everyone performs. If I had the Stanley Cup, I’d pass it around and you could all carry it around for the rest of the day.”

The Outstanding Patient Safety Award was based upon responses from patients to questions regarding things like noise levels in the room, pain management and responsiveness to patient needs.

One of the hospital’s new practices is to administer the anesthetic drug Propofol to colonoscopy patients.

“The level of safety has increased, and patients wake up quicker, feel better and have fewer side effects,” Urbain said.

In the Joint Replacement Excellence award presentation, Urbain said patients having that surgery at Sauk Prairie have an average of 69 percent lower risk of complications.

“These achievements demonstrate how your performance is affecting the entire community, from mothers and babies to the older generation with joint replacements,” Urbain said.

Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ranked Sauk Prairie as a five-star hospital in its first year of utilizing a five-star criteria in its online hospital comparison service.

The Centers awarded the five-star rating to 251 of the 3,553 eligible hospitals, about 7 percent of the nation’s hospitals.

The ratings are based on 11 components of patient experience in the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey.

Sauk Prairie Healthcare is one of only 25 hospitals in Wisconsin to receive the five-star ranking.

“We have a culture here at Sauk Prairie Healthcare in which staff always put the patient first,” Sauk Prairie Healthcare chief executive officer Larry Schroeder said. “We have many formal, organized, multidisciplinary teams focused on specific quality goals. When you combine that focused effort with people who care about doing the right thing, the result is amazing care.”