Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital: Aligning Goals to Achieve Efficiency

July 7, 2011

Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital (Methodist) is the single hospital of Park Nicollet Health Services, an integrated health care delivery system based in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. Approximately 96 percent of the hospital's admissions are patients served by the systems' integrated multispecialty group practice, which comprises 25 clinics in the West Metro section of Minneapolis. Methodist serves about 27,000 patients per year in a region that has been leading the country in health care quality and payment innovations.

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