Local hospitals ranked

In this year’s U.S. News Best Hospitals list, Mercy and Unity hospitals, both part of Allina Health, have been ranked among the state’s best.

“These rankings recognize our dedication to provide exceptional care,” said Ken Paulus, chief executive officer and president of Allina Health.

“More importantly, the patients who have benefited from this effort are the real winners, with better health and better outcomes from their experience with Allina.”

Mercy is ranked sixth in the state and fourth in the metro area, while Unity is rated eighth in the state and sixth in the metro area.

According to the U.S. News survey, the Allina Health metro hospitals are considered high-performing in these specialties:

• Mercy: cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, geriatrics, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology.

• Unity: gastroenterology, geriatrics, nephrology, orthopedics and pulmonology.

The complete rankings and methodology are available at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals.

A not-for-profit system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90-plus clinics, 11 hospitals, 15 pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services that provide hospice care, oxygen and home medical equipment and emergency medical transportation services.

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