Awards & Recognition

After 60 years of service, it is the needs of our patients and their families, and not recognition, that drives us to provide compassionate, remarkable care. The fact that North Memorial has been recognized by state and national healthcare experts is, however, a testament to the passion and efforts of our physicians, employees and volunteers whose dedication and leadership has made a positive impact on our patient's lives.



Americas 50 Best Hospitals

North Memorial Medical Center has again been recognized by Healthgrades® as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals for 2014 – the only hospital in Minnesota with this distinction! This is the third consecutive year North Memorial has been recognized as a top hospital by Healthgrades, the leading health care ratings provider.

Patient Safety Excellence Award

Healthgrades also ranked North Memorial Medical Center in the top 10 percent of all hospitals in the U.S. in patient safety for the third year in a row. Because of this, we have been given the Patient Safety Excellence Award for 2014. North Memorial was listed as one of just 11 hospitals in Minnesota to rank in the top 10 percent for patient safety in the U.S.

UCare Salute to Excellence Award

North Memorial Health Care was honored for delivering high-quality care to UCare’s Minnesota Senior Health Options (MSHO) members at UCare’s sixth annual “A Salute to Excellence!” event in 2014. UCare held the gathering to recognize 25 clinics and care systems either for earning quality excellence awards in UCare’s 2013 Pay for Performance (P4P) program or for going the extra mile to deliver culturally responsible health services to UCare members and to reduce barriers to care for people with disabilities. Click here to learn more.

Mission: Lifeline® Award at the Bronze Plus Level

North Memorial Medical Center was recognized with the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Award at the Bronze Plus Level. North Memorial is one of three hospitals in Minnesota, and the only Twin Cities hospital, recognized with a 2014 Mission Lifeline Award, which is given for consistent compliance with certain best practices in caring for patients who have suffered a severe heart attack.

Blue Distinction Center + for Cardiac Care

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota recognizes certain hospitals for their quality in cardiac care with Blue Center of Distinction Awards. North Memorial was recognized as a Blue Distinction Center+  for delivering quality care while also meeting key requirements for cost-efficiency. Plus ("+") is a new designation level added to the program and is awarded to hospitals that have met the Blue Distinction Centers standards for quality, while demonstrating better cost efficiency than their peers. Click here to learn more.

Blue Distinction Center + for Hip & Knee Replacement

Blue Cross Blue Shield has identified North Memorial Medical Center as a Blue Distinction Center + for hip and knee replacement. Blue Distinction Centers are hospitals proven to outperform their peers in key areas such as quality, safety and, in the case of Blue Distinction Centers+, efficiency. Click here to learn more.

Get With the Guidelines - Stroke

North Memorial Medical Center's Stroke Program has been recognized by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association for efforts to improve quality of patient care and outcomes. The "Get With The Guidelines - Stroke" distinction is used to recognize hospitals that demonstrate very strong adherence to evidence-based patient care practices, including certain 'Stroke Achievement' indicators and compliance with 'Stroke Quality' measures. Click here to learn more.

Wellness by Design

Thanks to the efforts of our HR and Employee Health Center teams, North Memorial has been recognized multiple times by Hennepin County with a Wellness by Design Award for excellence in developing, promoting and maintaining healthy worksites.