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  • Our history

    Phillips Eye Institute was the vision of many people, designed to function as a free standing eye specialty center associated with Mount Sinai Medical Center. It was developed by and for ophthalmologists. The dream of creating this unique facility was realized because of the persistence, determination and resourcefulness of a large group of people. 

    Jay Phillips was the main benefactor of Mount Sinai Hospital and a strong supporter of Mount Sinai's Division of Ophthalmology. Because of his generous philanthropic support, Phillips Eye Institute bears his name. 

    1987

    • Phillips Eye Institute - construction complete

    1988

    • Mount Sinai Hospital merges with Metropolitan Medical Center to become Metropolitan Mount Sinai Medical Center (MMS)

    1990

    • Phillips Eye Institute's Inpatient Unit opens

    1991

    • Phillips Eye Institute continues its legacy, surviving the closure of Metropolitan Mount Sinai Medical Center (MMS)

    1993

    • Health One and LifeSpan merge to form the HealthSpan Health Systems Corporation

    1993

    • Phillips Eye Institute is congressionally designated as an eye "specialty" hospital

    1994

    • HealthSpan and Medica merge to become Allina Health System. Phillips Eye Institute is the only specialty hospital in the Allina Health System

    1997

    • Phillips Eye Institute celebrates its 10th anniversary, recognizing a rich history of commitment to eye health care

    2008

    • Phillips Eye Institute opens a second location at Buffalo Hospital
    • Phillips Eye Institute launches the Early Youth Eyecare (E.Y.E.) Community Initiative in Minneapolis Public Schools.

    2009

    • The E.Y.E. Program earns the Quality of Life Award from the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce.
    • The E.Y.E. Program earns the Community Benefit Award from the Minnesota Hospital Association.

    2010

    • Phillips Eye Institute earns the Patient Safety Excellence Award – Safe Account from the Minnesota Hospital Association

    2011

    • Phillips Eye Institute is recognized by the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) for its cataract intraocular lens verification process and is showcased in the MHA annual report.
    • Phillips Eye Institute received national highest top box rating on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) inpatient satisfaction survey in three categories: HCAHPS Best Performer – Critical Access/Specialty Hospital
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    2014

    • E.Y.E. Program expands to St. Paul Public Schools
    • Phillips Eye Institute launches the Kirby Puckett Eye Mobile to improve access to eye care throughout the region.

    Present

    • Phillips Eye Institute continues to provide quality care to patients and their families

    Today

    Phillips Eye Institute is the second largest eye specialty hospital (in patient volume) in the United States. Dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases and disorders, Phillips Eye Institute’s ophthalmologists offer an extensive array of specialty services from diagnostic tests and vision rehabilitation to laser eye treatments and specialized eye surgery.

    PEI offers an extensive array of specialty services from diagnostic tests and vision rehabilitation to laser eye treatments and specialized eye surgery.

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