Minnesota is well-known for its stellar health care providers. WalletHub reports Minnesota as the second best state for health care in 2017, tied with our southern neighbor Iowa. Factors on this list indicate that we have the second lowest heart disease rate, the third lowest percentage of adults who have not visited the dentist in the past year and the fifth highest percentage of insured adults aged 18 to 64 out of all 50 states. We take our health seriously here, to say the least.
It helps that Minnesotans have a plethora of year-round exercise opportunities available to them. Living in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, we like to spend time outside. There are always outdoor adventures to be had. Fishing and canoeing can happen right in the heart of the metro or in the vast expanses of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, and hiking, biking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing through our miles of trails are just a handful of viable options. Minnesotans take close to 90 million bicycle trips annually and with a park system that covers nearly 20 percent of the Twin Cities, it’s easy to see why. Creating exercise habits and exploring the outdoors helps us keep our life-threatening illness rates—such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and asthma—incredibly low.
Minnesota is the sixth healthiest state in the nation, according to the 2017 America’s Health Rankings annual report, but when we do need health care, the extensive hospital system in Minnesota speaks to our commitment to health and well-being. There are 144 hospitals in the state, with 34 falling within urban areas. In fact, the Twin Cities and surrounding metro’s hospitals and health systems lead the nation in patient care, research and safety.
When choosing a doctor or health care facility, residents have a wide variety of options. Located in Rochester, just a short drive from the Twin Cities, Mayo Clinic is known for its cutting edge treatment and collaborative patient care, and satellite offices are bringing Mayo’s world class care around the state to locations such as the Twin Cities and Red Wing. In U.S. News & World Report’s (USN&WR) 2017-2018 edition of America’s Best Hospitals, Mayo Clinic received the No. 1 ranking out of over 4,500 medical centers nationwide. It also secured a spot in three Top 5 lists for specialty treatments, including cardiology and heart surgery, cancer, and orthopedics. In total, the hospital is nationally ranked in 15 adult specialties and nine pediatric specialties.
The top hospital in the Minneapolis metro area, also recognized as the No. 2 ranked hospital in the state, is Abbott Northwestern Hospital. This hospital is nationally ranked in six adult specialties, including diabetes and endocrinology (No. 11), orthopedics (No. 19), gynecology (No. 25), cardiology and heart surgery (No. 27), geriatrics (No. 37), and neurology and neurosurgery (No. 42).
Regions Hospital in St. Paul, ranked No. 10 in Minnesota on USN&WR’s list of Best Hospitals, has a Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center and excels, as many of our hospitals do, in multiple fields including mental health, births, orthopedics and cancer care. The hospital has many amenities to offer patients, such as its nearly 300 private rooms, and the hospital’s central location in downtown St. Paul makes it highly accessible to patients around the metro.
The University of Minnesota largely contributes to the medical community in Minnesota, too. Ranked seventh out of 91 medical schools for primary care and third for rural medicine, the school houses a large number of medical professionals and operates the University of Minnesota Medical Center, located in Minneapolis. This teaching hospital serves thousands of patients annually, optimizing its access to research and innovative technology to maintain the highest standards of care. USN&WR ranked the hospital No. 2 in the Minneapolis metro area, and it received national rankings in one adult specialty—cancer (No. 37)—and five children’s specialties—nephrology (No. 31), neonatology (No. 33), gastroenterology and GI surgery (No. 39), pulmonology (No. 43), and diabetes and endocrinology (No. 48). It also has been rated as “high performing” in adult heart failure, kidney failure, knee replacement and lung cancer treatment and procedures.
While the University of Minnesota Medical Center has a clear expertise in treating youth, the Twin Cities also has three of USN&WR’s nationally ranked Best Children’s Hospitals through some of our child-only medical facilities. Mayo Clinic Children’s Center is nationally ranked in nine pediatric specialties, University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital is nationally ranked in five pediatric specialties, and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is nationally ranked in one pediatric specialty.
Besides providing excellent health care, Twin Cities’ hospitals emphasize giving back, concerning themselves with not only the health of their patients, but the welfare of their communities. For example, Allina, one of the main health care providers in the state, supports employee volunteerism by giving millions in donations each year to charitable organizations its employees are involved with. Perhaps it makes sense Minnesotans are among the healthiest in the nation: We care about one another—family members, friends, neighbors and coworkers—in addition to ourselves.
Top Five Twin Cities Hospitals
Twin Cities hospitals are evaluated and ranked annually on metrics including patient satisfaction, safety, overall reputation and performance in 12 medical specialties. This year’s top performing hospitals include:
- Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis
- University of Minnesota Medical Center, Minneapolis
- Mercy Hospital, Coon Rapids
- Fairview Southdale Hospital, Edina
- Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital, St. Louis Park
Source: U.S. News & World Report, 2017-2018