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HERE'S TO YOUR HEALTH

Healthy lifestyles and caring providers are commonplace in the Twin Cities.

Minnesota once again proved its healthy merit in a recent national ranking of health care. The study measured 42 health services grouped into five categories: access and affordability, prevention and treatment, avoidable hospital use and cost, healthy lives, and equity. Not only did Minnesota top the list for health care access, quality and outcomes, we were the only state to place in the top quartile for all five categories. Conducted by The Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation that supports health care systems and medical research, the ranking is a clear testament to what can only be described as a thriving health care industry.

The success of health care systems in Minnesota is a reflection of the lifestyle we value here in the Twin Cities. With an extensive park system that covers close to 20 percent of the city and miles of bike lanes and running trails, it’s no surprise that Minneapolis ranks as the No. 1 healthiest city in the United States according to Livability.com (2015). We earned this accolade because of statistics including rate of exercise (more than 85 percent of residents exercise regularly), alcohol consumption (less than 10 percent drink in excess) and an impressive resident-to-doctor ratio (about 1,000-to-1). Additionally, only 8 percent of adults ages 19 to 64 did not have access to health insurance in 2014, a significant decrease from the year prior.

As a community that cares deeply about our well-being, it’s understandable that the Twin Cities are home to hospitals and health systems that lead the nation in patient care, research and safety. When it comes to finding a doctor or facility, residents have a wide variety of options. Located a short drive from the cities in Rochester, Mayo Clinic is known for its cutting edge treatment and collaborative patient care. In U.S. News & World Report’s (USN&WR) 2015-2016 edition of America’s Best Hospitals, Mayo Clinic received No. 1 rankings in eight specialties ranging from diabetes and endocrinology to neurosurgery, geriatrics and more.

Ranked by USN&WR as the No. 1 hospital in the Twin Cities and the No. 2 in the state (second to Mayo Clinic) is Abbott Northwestern Hospital, located in Minneapolis. This year Abbott Northwestern Hospital received five national rankings in specialties including cardiology and heart surgery (No. 37), geriatrics (No. 40), gynecology (No. 10), neurology and neurosurgery (No. 46), and orthopedics (No. 19).

Another Twin Cities hospital that promises quality care is North Memorial Medical Center. Located in Robbinsdale, the center is part of a large network of hospitals, primary care, urgent care and specialty clinics. One of the top providers in the area, North Memorial makes it easier to access health care with multiple locations and online appointment scheduling. North Memorial recently opened a new clinic in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, right in the extensive skyway system that connects many downtown buildings. Thanks to the new clinic, busy professionals find it that much easier to make their wellness a priority.

In St. Paul, Regions Hospital has a Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center and excels in other fields including mental health care, births, orthopedics and cancer care. The hospital boasts many amenities—not to mention nearly 300 private rooms—that make patients feel more comfortable.

The Twin Cities are also home to leading children’s hospitals and clinics. Affiliated with the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis, the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital is nationally ranked by USN&WR in five categories, which include cancer (No. 49), diabetes and endocrinology (No. 48), gastroenterology and gastrointestinal procedures (No. 46), neonatology (No. 34), and nephrology (No. 37). Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota also received a national ranking in neonatology (No. 42), and St. Paul’s Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare was ranked for its orthopedic services.

Minnesota has no doubt earned its reputation as one of the healthiest places in the nation. Whether the care is for your own health or a loved one’s, Twin Cities health providers have you covered in every specialty.

Minnesota Hospitals By the Numbers

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Acute Care Hospitals

RankingHospital NameCity
1Abbott Northwestern HospitalMinneapolis
2University of Minnesota Medical CenterMinneapolis
3Mercy HospitalCoon Rapids
4Woodwinds Health CampusWoodbury
5 (tie)North Memorial Medical CenterRobbinsdale
5 (tie)Park Nicollet Methodist HospitalSt. Louis Park
5 (tie)St. John's HospitalSt. Paul
5 (tie)St. Joseph's HospitalSt. Paul
5 (tie)Unity HospitalFridley

Source: U.S. News & World Report, 2015-2016

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