How do Minnesota hospitals stack up against the rest of the nation?


How do Minnesota hospitals compare to the rest in the United States?

According to new information released by the federal government, Minnesota is doing pretty well.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ranks 4,599 hospitals based on things like mortality, readmissions, patient experience, effectiveness of care, and timeliness.

That information is then analyzed and summed into a simple one to five star rating.

Here's how Minnesota hospitals did.

Five-star hospitals

Minnesota had one hospital that fell into this prestigious rating – Rochester's Mayo Clinic.

That's not bad considering only 102 (2.2 percent) of hospitals got five stars.

Last year, Mayo was U.S. News & World Report’s second best hospital in the U.S. It lost its No. 1 spot to Massachusetts General Hospital.

Here's how other surrounding states did in this category: Wisconsin and South Dakota had six, Iowa had one, and North Dakota doesn't have any five-star hospitals, according to the federal data.

Four-star hospitals

As for four star hospitals, Minnesota had 41.

Among those are Abbott Northwestern in Minneapolis, St. Cloud Hospital, Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina and Essentia Health in Duluth.

There are 934 (20 percent) hospitals that fall into this category. Wisconsin – 62, Iowa – 26, South Dakota – seven, and North Dakota – four.

Lower rankings

Minnesota doesn't have any one-star hospitals, according to the data. And we only have two two-stars: Regions Hospital in St. Paul and Hennepin County Medical Center.

More hospitals received one-star ratings than did five-star – 133 (3 percent) came in with the lowest rank.

It's also important to note that not all hospitals in the rating system received stars. In fact, a significant number of hospitals were included in the percentages, but not actually ranked.

Twenty percent weren't given any stars because their data wasn't fit to be ranked by this system.

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