Allina Health named to IBM Watson Health 15 Top Health Systems List

MINNEAPOLIS (April 28, 2021) — Allina Health has been named to the IBM Watson Health 15 Top Health Systems List. This is the second time Allina Health has been recognized as one of the top performing health systems in the U.S. The annual list was published this week by Fortune.

IBM Watson Health identifies the top health systems through a rigorous evaluation of 324 health systems and 2,522 hospitals that are members of health systems. The annual list recognizes excellence in clinical outcomes, operational efficiency and patient experience. IBM Watson Health established the list to help identify top performance benchmarks that may help other healthcare organizations achieve consistent, balanced, and sustainable high performance.

"After a year of unprecedented change and challenges, being recognized by IBM Watson Health as one of the top performing health systems in the country is a proud moment for our exceptional care teams,” said Penny Wheeler MD, Allina Health CEO.“It's an honor that reflects our on-going commitment and focus on prioritizing whole person care. This recognition of Allina Health is a testament to what’s possible when exceptional people work together for a common purpose."

As compared to their peer health systems, the organizations included on the IBM Watson Health 15 Top Health Systems list had better results on performance indicators intended to measure clinical outcomes, operational efficiency and patient experience. These include lower inpatient mortality rates and fewer patient complications, considering patient severity; care that resulted in fewer healthcare-associated infections; lower 30-day readmission rates; shorter lengths of stay; faster emergency care; higher scores on patient ratings of their overall hospital experience: and lower episode-of-care expenses for the in-hospital through aftercare process. 

Buffalo Hospital, part of Allina Health was named for the seventh time on the Top 100 list of Small Community Hospitals, earning the #4 spot.

Allina Health is a community-focused, non-profit health system with a 130-year connection to our diverse communities. Our organization’s Whole Way to Better journey outlines our commitment creating more accessible and affordable care by ensuring that every part of our system works in coordination to create an effortless care delivery experience for our patients and the communities we serve.

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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 nonprofit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 12 hospital campuses, 14 retail pharmacies, and many specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home care, and emergency medical transportation services. Learn more at and join us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.