Quick Facts About MN Hospitals Minnesota hospitals and health systems provide needed access to health care There are 126 24-hour emergency rooms in the state. All of Minnesota hospitals’ emergency rooms treat anyone who enters, regardless of ability to pay. In 2017, there were 1.9 million emergency room visits. Minnesota hospitals provided care for 536,375 inpatient visits and nearly 12.7 million outpatient visits in 2017. In rural Minnesota, maintaining access to quality care is of critical importance to maintaining a healthy Minnesota. There are 78 rural hospitals with the federal Critical Access Hospital designation to preserve access to care in rural areas of Minnesota. Hospitals are economic engines in their communities Minnesota's hospitals and health systems directly employ more than 127,000 people and contribute $8.6 billion in salaries and benefits. Another 105,000 jobs are tied to health care. Hospitals are engines of job growth with nearly one-fifth of all job vacancies in the state in health care. Hospitals reach beyond their walls to meet the needs of their communities Minnesota hospitals contributed about $5.2 billion to Minnesota communities in 2017. Over $446 million was used to support education and workforce development, including training for doctors, nurses and other highly skilled health care professionals. $258 million in research supported the development of better medical treatments and to find cures for diseases. Minnesota hospitals provided $691 million in uncompensated care (charity and bad debt) in 2017. By the numbers There are 78 critical access hospitals in Minnesota, which means they receive cost-based federal payments to preserve access to care in rural areas. Of Minnesota's hospitals, 88 are rural and 53 are urban. Most hospitals are small; 109 are licensed for under 100 beds. 0-24 beds 39 25-49 beds 50 50-99 beds 20 100-199 beds 13 200-299 beds 3 300-399 beds 3 400+ beds 11 Minnesota’s oldest hospital is St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul and its newest are Maple Grove Hospital and PrairieCare in Brooklyn Park. The average inpatient stay lasts 4.21 days and the top reasons for inpatient stays relate to births, mental health, orthopedic procedures and digestive disorders.