Medical Center ( www.uofmmedicalcenter.org), recognized
as a leading organ transplant center; Children’s Hospitals
and Clinics ( www.childrensmn.org), one of the nation’s
largest children’s health care organizations; and Hazelden
Foundation ( www.hazelden.org), located 50 miles north
of the Twin Cities and known internationally for its
comprehensive alcohol and chemical abuse treatment.
The most well known place in Minnesota for care is the
Mayo Clinic ( www.mayoclinic.org) in Rochester, Minn.,
recognized not only for its advances in health care, but also
for the way that multiple experts work together to solve
patients’ problems. Of the 147 medical centers that appear
in U.S. News & World Report’s (USN&WR) 2013-2014
edition of America’s Best Hospitals, just 18 earned Honor
Roll status, meaning that they demonstrated a breadth
of excellence by achieving a high ranking in six or more
specialties. The Mayo Clinic landed the No. 3 spot on the
Honor Roll, ranking nationally in 26 specialties, coming
in third only to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and
Massachusetts General in Boston.
Great hospitals can be found in the cities, too. Abbott
Northwestern Hospital ( www.abbottnorthwestern.com)
in Minneapolis has been cited as one of the country’s
best. The hospital also made USN&WR’s America’s Best
Hospitals list, ranking nationally in 10 categories, including
cardiovascular and heart surgery (No. 22), geriatrics (No.
32), neurology and neurosurgery (No. 24), pulmonology
(No. 30), gastroenterology (No. 35), gynecology (No. 16) and
orthopedics (No. 13).
In St. Paul, Region’s Hospital was named to the
Leapfrog Group’s list of Top Hospitals (2013) and made
USN&WR’s list of Best Hospitals (2013-2014), ranking
No. 11 in Minnesota and No. 9 in the metro area, with
high performances in diabetes and endocrinology,
gastroenterology and GI surgery, nephrology, orthopedics,
pulmonology and urology. The 426-bed facility is also
a teaching hospital, accredited by the Commission on
Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.
Every year since 2007, when USN&WR started rating
children’s hospitals, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of
Minnesota in Minneapolis has earned a spot on the list
of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals. In the 2013-2014
The Mayo Clinic’s world
renowned medical innovation, research and patient care
date back to 1863 when Dr.
William Worrall Mayo settled in
Rochester, Minn. His sons, Dr.
William James Mayo and Dr.
Charles Horace Mayo, joined
the family practice, which
eventually became the Mayo
Clinic. Now in its 150th year,
the Mayo Clinic, a not-for-profit
organization, has grown to
three U.S. medical campuses,
including ones in Rochester,
Minn., Scottsdale, Ariz. and
Jacksonville, Fla. The Mayo
Clinic provides one-stop diag-
nosis and treatment, includ-
ing hospital care, by a team
of experts and is consistently
rated among the best, includ-
ing ranking No. 3 overall on
U.S. News & World Report’s list
of best hospitals, including lading the No. 1 spot nationally in
five areas: diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology
and GI surgery, gynecology,
nephrology and pulmonology.
THE MAYO CLINIC
edition, the hospital ranked No. 46 in cardiology and heart
surgery, No. 27 for neonatology and No. 41 for pulmonology.
Children’s, founded in 1924, is a 347-bed facility.
A number of clinics with talented specialists dot the
landscape of the Twin Cities metro area as well, giving
residents a chance to stay on top of their preventative care.
Complementing our exemplary health care options, medical
research also plays a prominent role in Minnesota. With
innovative Fortune 500 companies such as Medtronic (www.
medtronic.com) and St. Jude Medical ( www.sjm.com) and
esteemed institutions like the University of Minnesota (www.
umn.edu), the state has earned a worldwide reputation as a
center for medical technology. With such an aggressive edge
on medical research, it’s not hard to believe that we have one
of the highest life expectancies in the country.
There are 147 hospitals in
Minnesota and 127 24-hour emer-
gency rooms, all of which will treat
anyone who enters, whether they’re
able to pay or not. The state houses 79 critical access hospi-
tals, which preserve care in rural areas of Minnesota, and 136
acute care hospitals, 82 of which are in rural areas and 54 in
urban settings. Most of these are small, with 105 having fewer
than 100 beds. Each year hospitals in Minnesota see 571,371
inpatient visits and more than 10 million outpatient visits.
The average inpatient stay in 4. 21 days, with most related to
births, mental health, orthopedic procedures and digestive disorders. The Minnesota Hospital Association ( www.mnhospitals.
org) represents 144 hospitals and health systems that employ
more than 113,000 people. With another 100,000 jobs also tied
to health care, the field makes up 8. 3 percent of the state’s
total work force. –Minnesota Hospital Association