Medical Center overview


Cambridge Medical Center is a regional health care facility providing comprehensive health care services to more than 30,000 residents in Isanti County. The medical center is comprised of a large multi-specialty clinic and an 86-bed hospital located on one large campus. A same day clinic, retail pharmacy, and eye care center are also located in the facility.

One of the most unique aspects of the medical center is its size. Although located in the small community of Cambridge (population 5,520), the medical center has over 150,000 clinic patient visits each year, 4,000 inpatient hospital admissions, and has over 100,000 outpatient visits annually. There are more than 65 physicians and providers on staff and 27 consulting physicians providing specialty care such as cardiology, oncology, ENT, and urology, among others. The medical center has more than 900 employees and is the largest employer in the city of Cambridge.

Cambridge Medical Center is a part of Allina Health, a family of hospitals, clinics and care services in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

As part of Allina Health, we share a common mission and vision.

Our mission

We serve our communities by providing exceptional care, as we prevent illness, restore health and provide comfort to all who entrust us with their care.

Our vision

We will:

  • put the patient first;
  • make difference in people's lives by providing exceptional care and service;
  • create a healing environment where passionate people thrive and excel; and
  • lead collaborative efforts that solve our community's health care challenges.

History of Cambridge Medical Center

Dr. Ray Magnuson and Dr. Gerald Larson

Cambridge Medical Center has a rich past. What is now a comprehensive regional medical center that serves over 160,000 people living in Isanti County and the surrounding areas had very modest beginnings.

Back in 1950, Dr. Ray Magnuson and Dr. Gerald Larson opened a small clinic in Cambridge. Shortly thereafter, they identified the need for a community hospital and initiated a fund drive to build a hospital in Cambridge. In 1956, the 30-bed Memorial Hospital opened.

Over the years, more physicians joined Drs. Magnuson and Larson. Drs. Magnuson and Larson and the new group of physicians formed a new medical practice called “Professional Medical Associates (PMA)”. The clinic was also known as “The Cambridge Clinic.” The clinic twice moved to new facilities, eventually residing on the current site of the Cambridge Medical Center campus.

As the need for medical care grew in the surrounding communities, satellite clinics were opened in Braham (1977), Ham Lake (1980), and North Branch (1996). Physicians traveled from Cambridge to see patients at these clinics.

Since 1956, Memorial Hospital expanded twice from its initial 30-bed capacity. In 1968, the hospital expanded to 62 beds and in 1976 it expanded to its current 86-bed capacity.

In 1995, Memorial Hospital and PMA independently, but collectively, joined Allina Health The clinic and hospital underwent a $12 million dollar remodeling and expansion project funded by Allina Health that merged the hospital and clinic into a combined medical center named “Cambridge Medical Center.”

Today, Cambridge Medical Center is a large and vibrant organization that is dedicated to caring for thousands of patients every year.