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 2016, there were more than 1.9 million emergency room visits.
  • Minnesota hospitals provided care for 521,240 inpatient visits and more than 12.3 million outpatient visits in 2016.
  • 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.

  • The Minnesota Hospital Association represents 142 hospitals and health systems, which directly employ more than 127,000 people. Another 105,000 jobs are tied to health care.
  • Minnesota hospitals directly employ more than 127,000 employees and contribute $8.6 billion in salaries and benefits.
  • 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 $4.9 billion to Minnesota communities in 2016.
  • Over $1.26 billion was used to support education and workforce development, research, community building activities, cash and in-kind donations, and public health and outreach programs such as smoking cessation, health screenings and immunization clinics.
  • Minnesota hospitals provided $580 million in uncompensated care (charity and bad debt) in 2016. 

MHA member hospitals by the numbers.

  • There are 144 hospitals in the state; 142 are members of MHA.
  • There are 78 are critical access hospitals in Minnesota, which means they receive cost-based federal payments to preserve access to care in rural areas.
  • Of MHA's hospitals, 108 are rural and 34 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.