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Awards and recognition

Allina Health and its employees have been recognized by many organizations for their efforts to improve health care.






  • Mercy Hospital is verified as a Level Two Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons.
  • Allina Home Care named to the HomeCare Elite™ Top 500 for the third consecutive year.
  • United Hospital's Breast Center is one of only three in Minnesota to have earned a three year full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.
  • River Falls Area Hospital is one of 100 hospitals nationally to be granted the Hospital of Choice Award from the American Alliance for Healthcare Providers.
  • Four different units where critical care nurses work at Mercy Hospital earned the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence.
  • Consumer Reports rates Allina's Mercy Hospital heart surgeons in nation's top 50.
  • United Hospital is the only Minnesota hospital, and one of just 50 in the United States, to be granted Disease-Specific Certification in Heart Failure from The Joint Commission, the Gold Seal of Approval for health care quality.
  • Abbott Northwestern Hospital is ranked among the top 50 hospitals in the nation for neurology and neurosurgery (#38), heart and heart surgery (#39) and orthopedics (#44) by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Buyers Health Care Action Group names 28 Allina clinics 2010 Minnesota Bridges to Excellence award winners for delivering optimal care to patients with diabetes, vascular disease and depression.
  • Abbott Northwestern Hospital's Intensive Care Unit for medical, surgical and neurology patients earns the Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.
  • The Minnesota Hospital Association presents Allina Hospitals & Clinics its Patient Safety Improvement Award. The award recognizes patient safety and quality improvement efforts in preventing pressure ulcers in hospital patients.
  • River Falls Area Hospital earns environmental partnership honors and the Making Medicine Mercury-Free Award from Practice Greenhealth.
  • The cancer centers at Mercy and Unity hospitals earn the 2009 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.
  • Buffalo Hospital named one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals, earns elite Everest Award.
  • Mercy Hospital is designated a primary stroke center by the Joint Commission.
  • United Hospital earns diabetes certification from the Joint Commission.
  • Abbott Northwestern and United Hospitals named Blue Distinction Centers for Spine Surgery.
  • Unity Hospital receives advanced primary stroke center designation.
  • Abbott Northwestern Hospital's Joint Replacement Center, Mercy Hospital, Owatonna Hospital, St. Francis Regional Medical Center, United Hospital and Unity Hospital named Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Hip Replacement.
  • Mercy Hospital is one of Thomson Reuters' 100 Top Hospitals® for Cardiovascular Care.
  • Lori Knutson, director of the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, is named one of the top 10 people in integrative health care by The Integrator Blog. The influential web publication also called the George Institute the most significant integration initiative in the United States.