Minnesota Hospital Association

MN Hospitals

Quick Facts About MN Hospitals

Minnesota hospitals and health systems provide needed access to health care

  • There are 125 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 77 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 77 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, 99 are rural and 43 are urban. 
  • Most hospitals are small; 110 are licensed for under 100 beds.
    • 0-24 beds                 32
    • 25-49 beds               51
    • 50-99 beds               28
    • 100-199 beds           11
    • 200-299 beds            5
    • 300-399 beds            3
    • 400+ beds                12           
  • 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.