Awards & Recognition

After more than 60 years of service, it is the outstanding care and compassion we provide to patients and their families that drives us to be remarkable. And the fact North Memorial has been recognized by state and national healthcare experts is a testament to the physicians, employees and volunteers whose caring, compassion and dedication have 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.

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.

Web Health Award for northmemorial.com

North Memorial's redesigned website was recently recognized with a Web Health Award. Nationally, there were more than 60 award recipients in the category "Consumer Website", and others included Aetna; Baptist Health, South Florida; Detroit Medical Center; Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; Cigna and Norvo Nordisk. Now in its 15th year, the goal of the Web Health Awards is to recognize high-quality digital health resources for consumers and health professionals.

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.