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Awards and ratings

  • Each year, Abbott Northwestern is recognized for its exceptional expertise and care. The hospital's services, doctors and nurses are acclaimed nationally and locally by organizations like U.S. News & World Report, The Joint Commission, the American Nurses Credentialing Center and more. For example:

    • Abbott Northwestern Hospital retained first place for the Best Hospital in the Twin Cities and second in Minnesota in the U.S. News & World Report 2016-17 Best Hospitals rankings. Abbott Northwestern has consistently received national recognition in five specialty areas: Cardiology and Heart Surgery; Geriatrics; Gynecology, Neurology and Neurosurgery, and Orthopedics. Learn more.

    • In 2016, the Joint Replacement Center at Abbott Northwestern Hospital earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Advanced Total Hip and Knee Replacement. Abbott Northwestern is the first hospital in Minnesota, and only the fourth nationwide, to earn this certification. Learn more.

    • Abbott Northwestern Hospital, in 2015, received certification from DNV GL Healthcare as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, reflecting the highest level of competence for treatment of serious stroke events. Comprehensive stroke centers are typically the largest and best-equipped hospitals in a given geographical area that can treat any kind of stroke complication.

    • The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) again granted Magnet Recognition Program® status to Abbott Northwestern in 2014. The hospital received its original designation in 2009. This achievement is reached by fewer than seven percent of all hospitals worldwide. The ANCC states that Magnet-designated hospitals consistently deliver better patient outcomes than non-Magnet hospitals, including more time spent at the patient’s bedside by nurses, shorter lengths of patient stay, lower patient mortality rates, higher patient satisfaction rates, and higher nurse retention, recruitment, and job satisfaction rates.   

    • In 2015, Abbott Northwestern Hospital was named one of the nation’s 100 Top teaching hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, a leading provider of data-driven analytics and solutions to improve the cost and quality of health care. The annual Top Hospitals® study identifies hospitals and leadership teams that provide the highest level of value to their communities, based on a national balanced scorecard.

    • The Society of Chest Pain Centers designated Abbott Northwestern in 2011 as an Accredited Chest Pain Center. The accreditation acknowledges the collaboration and commitment of Minneapolis Heart Institute®, Abbott Northwestern's Emergency Department, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and other medical personnel dedicated to rigorous processes proven to reduce mortality and morbidity from heart disease. Abbott Northwestern was the first Minnesota hospital to receive this designation in 2008.

    • CARF International provided accreditation in 2008 and reaccreditation to the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute at Abbott Northwestern for: stroke specialty programs; spinal cord system of care for children adolescents and adults; and inpatient rehabilitation services for children, adolescents and adults. CARF is an independent nonprofit accrediting body that works to promote quality, value and optimal outcomes of services.


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