“Twin Cities Hospitals.com” is an initiative of six Minneapolis-St. Paul health systems – Allina Health, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Fairview, HealthEast Care System, North Memorial and Park Nicollet Health Services.

We sponsor this site to promote conversations about quality care at our hospitals and the initiatives hospitals are creating to assure the best patient care.

2014 National Nurses Week

Every year from May 6-May 12 nurses across the country are honored for the amazing work they do and the difference they make in our communities. Minnesotans are lucky to have so many nurses who take on roles as leaders, innovators, knowledge seekers, and partners in quality care. Here’s a few ways Twin Cities hospital systems recognized their nurses this year.

At this year’s Nurses Week celebration, Children’s Hospital CNO, Roxanne Fernandes, delivered a key message to nurses: There is no such thing as “just” a nurse. Read her full address here.

HealthEast nominated 98 nurses for the Nurse Excellence Award, which recognizes excellence, innovation and the advancement of nursing practice. Find the nominations for this year’s awards here.

Nurses at Fairview Health deliver award-winning care every day and Nurses Week gives hospitals the chance to recognize and thank them. This year, Fairview nurses have chosen four of their colleagues to honor with special awards. Learn more about those honorees here.

North Memorial is recognizing its nursing staff for all of the tremendous work they do to deliver compassionate, remarkable care with a week of events such as, hand massages, aromatherapy, prize drawings and more. In addition, 15 nurses were nominated for the hospital’s annual Ralph Rossen award – view the nominations here.

Minnesota’s Health Rankings: Trustworthy or a ‘Train Wreck’?

Minnesota has the nation’s best-performing health system, according to the Commonwealth Fund’s “State Health System Performance Study.” The study is among the most highly-regarded and comprehensive evaluations, measuring access, cost, outcomes and quality.

The April 30 announcement was celebrated by many, including Gov. Mark Dayton who touted Minnesota’s lofty stature in his state of the state address on the same day the study was released.

It seems not everyone is enamored of Minnesota’s best-in-the-nation ranking, however. Read more on the issues page here.

Recent News & Outstanding Nurses Awards

St. Paul and the business of health care: Pioneer Press editorial
Twin Cities hospitals contribute to communities that are economically strong and healthy. Read more here.

Minnesota Hospitals Publish Nurse Staffing Information
A new reporting requirement impose on Minnesota hospitals by the state legislature will provide in-depth information on staffing levels at each facility. Although the law was intended to help consumers, a lot of the information could be too complicated to be useful for those making decisions on where to seek hospital care. Read more here.

Meeting the Triple Aim Challenge
Hospitals in the Twin Cities are meeting the gold standard of health care: high quality outcomes, patient satisfaction and reducing the overall cost of health care. Read more here.

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Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s Outstanding Nurses Awards are given to the top nurses in the Twin Cities metro area. Nurses are nominated by peers, patients, and the general public, and finalists and winners are chosen by an independent panel of judges and Mpls.St.Pauleditorial staff.

Along with editorial staff, finalists and winners of the 2013 awards were chosen by two judges with a combined 50 years of experience. Nurses are chosen based on professionalism, bedside manner, patient interaction, credentials and experience, impact on an organization, and leadership. Additional weight is given to those who received multiple nominations from multiple sources and to those nominated by their patients.

View the Award Winners & Finalists