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Allina Health hospitals among the best in the metro, state and nation, says U.S. News & World Report

MINNEAPOLIS 07/16/2013-- Allina Health hospitals received high marks in the 24th annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings.

U.S. News Best Hospitals 2013-14

These lists are at usnews.com/besthospitals and in the August print issue of U.S. News & World Report:

"A hospital that emerges from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of," said Avery Comarow, health rankings editor, U.S. News. "Only about 15 percent of hospitals are recognized for their high performance as among their region's best. Just 3 percent of all hospitals earn a national ranking in any specialty."

"These rankings acknowledge everyone's commitment to our mission – in all of our hospitals and clinics and within our communities -- to always be the best for those we serve," said Penny Wheeler, MD, chief clinical officer, Allina Health.

Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, ranked among the best in the nation in these specialties:

  • (#13) orthopedics ?
  • (#16) gynecology ?
  • (#22) cardiology and heart surgery ?
  • (#24) neurology and neurosurgery ?
  • (#30) pulmonology ?
  • (#32) geriatrics ?
  • (#33) urology ?
  • (#35) gastroenterology and GI surgery ?
  • (#35) nephrology ?
  • (#40) diabetes and endocrinology ?

Abbott Northwestern ranked #2 in the state and #1 in the metro for overall quality of the entire hospital, with these specialties singled out as high performing:

  • cancer ?
  • ear, nose and throat ?

Mercy Hospital, Coon Rapids, ranked among the best in the nation in this specialty:

  • gastroenterology and GI surgery ?

Mercy ranked #4 in the state and #3 in the metro for overall quality of the entire hospital, with these specialties singled out as high performing:

  • cancer ?
  • cardiology and heart surgery ?
  • diabetes and endocrinology ?
  • geriatrics ?
  • gynecology ?
  • nephrology ?
  • neurology and neurosurgery ?
  • orthopedics ?
  • pulmonology ?
  • urology ?

United Hospital, St. Paul, ranked #6 in the state and #5 in the metro for overall quality of the entire hospital, with these specialties singled out as high performing:

  • cancer ?
  • diabetes and endocrinology ?
  • gastroenterology and GI surgery ?
  • geriatrics ?
  • gynecology ?
  • nephrology ?
  • neurology and neurosurgery ?
  • orthopedics ?
  • pulmonology ?
  • urology ?

Unity Hospital, Fridley, ranked #8 in the state and #6 in the metro for overall quality of the entire hospital, with these specialties singled out as high performing:

  • gastroenterology and GI surgery ?
  • geriatrics ?
  • gynecology ?
  • nephrology ?
  • orthopedics ?
  • pulmonology ?
  • urology ?

The rankings have been published online and will appear in print August 27.

About Allina Health

Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 11 hospitals, 15 pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services that provide hospice care, oxygen and home medical equipment, and emergency medical transportation services. Learn more at allinahealth.org.

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