First-rate health providers and healthy lifestyles are cornerstones in the Twin Cities

Minnesota has long been known for its dedication to health and healthcare services. It should come as no surprise, then, that we once again placed near the top of The Commonwealth Fund’s national ranking of healthcare systems in each state throughout the country. Minnesota ranked No. 2 in the study that assessed 42 health services grouped into five categories: access and affordability, prevention and treatment, avoidable hospital use and cost, healthy lives, and equity. It’s clear that Minnesota is home to a thriving healthcare industry.

Part of the success of our state’s healthcare systems is due to the healthy lifestyle we exemplify here in the Twin Cities. With miles of bike lanes and running trails and an extensive park system that covers close to 20 percent of the city, it’s no surprise that Minneapolis ranked as the No. 1 healthiest city in the United States, according to Forbes’ 2017 list of America’s Top 20 Healthiest Cities. In the Twin Cities, we breathe clean air, prioritize exercise in our daily schedules, enjoy the great outdoors regularly, and are less likely to have life-threatening illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and asthma. Additionally, Minnesota saw an unprecedented decrease in uninsurance rates in 2015. The numbers fell drastically from 8.2 percent in 2013 to 4.3 percent in 2015, meaning 200,000 residents gained access to health insurance in a two-year span, according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

Twin Citians care deeply about our personal well-being and that of our neighbors. That’s why Minneapolis-St. Paul and the surrounding metro boast 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 Twin 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) 2016-2017 edition of America’s Best Hospitals, Mayo Clinic received the overall No. 1 ranking out of 5,000 medical centers throughout the country. Additionally, it carved out a spot in three Top 5 lists for specialty treatments, including cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, and orthopedics.

Located in Minneapolis, Abbott Northwestern once again ranked as the No. 1 hospital in the Twin Cities in USN&WR’s 2016-2017 Best Regional Hospitals list. The medical center received national rankings in five adult specialties including orthopedics (No. 14), gynecology (No. 16), cardiology and heart surgery (No. 31), geriatrics (No. 41), and neurology and neurosurgery (No. 47).

Nationally ranking in one adult and four pediatric specialties is Minneapolis’ University of Minnesota Medical Center. This teaching hospital leans on its access to research and innovative technology to serve thousands of patients each year. The hospital ranked No. 2 on the Best Regional Hospitals list and received national rankings in pediatric neonatology (No. 30), pediatric pulmonology (No. 33), pediatric gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery (No. 41), pediatric nephrology (No. 41), and cancer treatment (No. 44).

Regions Hospital in St. Paul has a Level 1 Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center and excels in other fields including mental healthcare, births, orthopedics and cancer care. The hospital boasts many amenities—not to mention nearly 300 private rooms—that make patients feel more comfortable. Plus, its central location in downtown St. Paul makes it highly accessible for patients around the metro.

The Twin Cities are also home to several leading children’s hospitals, clinics and research hospitals. 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 four children’s categories. Mayo Clinic’s Children’s Center received an impressive eight national rankings in specialties including cancer, orthopedics, and neurology and neurosurgery. Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota also received national rankings in two categories: pulmonology (No. 33) and diabetes and endocrinology (No. 49).

Touting national recognition in many specialties, Level 1 trauma centers, and providers who truly care about their patients, the Twin Cities have certainly earned the reputation as one of the healthiest places to live in the country. And it’s good to know that, whether the care is for your own health or that of a loved one’s, you are in good hands here.

Just What the Doctor Ordered

Our health is something that usually goes unnoticed until something goes wrong. No one ever wants to feel sick or watch a loved one struggle through an ailment, but if something does go awry, Twin Cities residents have access to some of the best healthcare in the country.

This is in part thanks to “Medical Alley,” a 360-mile-long stretch of land from southern to northern Minnesota comprised of more than 8,000 medical device, biopharmaceutical, diagnostic and digital health industry leaders, and hospitals. Of those hospitals, several in the metro ranked as the region’s best, including Abbott Northwestern, University of Minnesota Medical Center and Mercy Hospital on U.S. News and World Report’s (USN&WR) 2016-2017 Best Regional Hospitals list. Topping it all off is the famous Mayo Clinic, which took home the No. 1 spot on USN&WR’s America’s Best Hospitals ranking. Located just 80 minutes south of the Twin Cities, this world-renowned institution offers patients, visitors and students the best in cutting-edge treatment, research and education. Minneapolis-St. Paul residents can breathe easy if things go wrong knowing they are in good hands.

Minnesota Hospitals By the Numbers


24-Hour Emergency Rooms

Critical Access Hospitals

Acute Care Hospitals

RankingHospital NameCity
1Abbott Northwestern HospitalMinneapolis
2University of Minneasota Medical CenterMinneapolis
3Mercy HospitalCoon Rapids
4 (tie)Fairview Southdale HospitalEdina
4 (tie)Park Nicollet Methodist HospitalS. Louis Park
4 (tie)United Hospital of St. PaulSt. Paul

Source: U.S. News & World Report, 2016-2017


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