Brookings Health System Awarded on Newsweek’s World’s Best Hospitals 2021 List

Brookings, S.D. – Mar. 10, 2021 – Brookings Health System has been awarded on Newsweek’s list of World’s Best Hospitals 2021. This prestigious award is presented by Newsweek and Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider. The awards list was announced on Mar. 3 and can currently be viewed on Newsweek’s website.

“Patient care always comes first at Brookings Health System,” said President and CEO Jason Merkley. “Even with the challenges we’ve faced during the pandemic this past year, our team has risen above to deliver high-quality, compassionate, personalize health care to our community. Unsolicited honors such as this demonstrates our team’s commitment to patient safety and satisfaction.”

Brookings Health ranks 306 of the Best Hospitals 2021 in the United States. Newsweek and Statista developed a complex methodology to ensure the quality and validity of the ranking. Three data sources were used for the evaluation:

  • Hospital recommendations from peers: an international online survey that included more than 74,000 doctors, hospital managers and health care professionals
  • Patient experience: surveys measuring patient satisfaction with hospitals
  • Medical key performance indicators (KPIs): patient safety, hygiene measures, and quality of treatment

The World’s Best Hospitals 2021 recognizes the best medical institutions across 25 countries: USA, Canada, Germany, France, UK, Switzerland, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Australia, Israel, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Thailand, Italy, Brazil, India, Spain, Mexico, Poland, Austria, Belgium, and the Netherlands.

More information about Brookings Health System’s high quality of care can be found 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 & Optical, 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, emergency and extended care services. Brookings Hospital provides local access to doctors in Brookings and offers robotic da Vinci surgery and Mako robotic-arm assisted procedures, making it one of the premier rural community hospitals in South Dakota. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at

PHOTO: Hospitalist Dr. Catherine Leadabrand visits with a patient at Brookings Hospital’s inpatient care unit. Brookings Health System was recently awarded on Newsweek’s list of World’s Best Hospitals 2021. The honor is based on hospital recommendations from peers, patient experience and medical key performance indicators such as a patient safety and treatment quality.