Abbott Northwestern Hospital, part of Allina Health - 100 Great Hospitals in America | 2014

Abbott Northwestern Hospital, part of Allina Health (Minneapolis). Though it is now the largest hospital in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Abbott Northwestern has humble beginnings: Forty-four women opened Northwestern Hospital in a small rented house in 1882. With time and mergers, however, it has grown into this nationally recognized 649-bed teaching hospital. 

Abbott-Northwestern-Hospital-FactsThe Abbott name in Abbott Northwestern comes from Dr. Amos Abbott, who was a consulting physician to Northwestern's first medical staff. He opened Abbott Hospital for Women less than a mile away. Eventually, in 1970, Abbott and Northwestern Hospitals were merged into Abbott-Northwestern Hospital and later consolidated into one building in 1980.

Adding to the family in 2005, Abbott Northwestern opened the Abbott Northwestern's Heart Hospital in partnership with the Minneapolis Heart Institute. The 256-bed facility helped Abbott Northwestern earn a ranking from U.S. News & World Report as No. 22 in the nation for cardiology and heart surgery.

Now, with a 1,397-member medical staff, Magnet-recognized Abbott Northwestern is also ranked as the No. 1 hospital in the Minneapolis metro area by U.S. News & World Report.


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