St. Joseph's Hospital (St. Paul, Minnesota)

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St. Joseph's Hospital
Location45 West 10th Street, Saint Paul, Minnesota, Minnesota, United States
Coordinates44°56′57″N 93°6′0″W / 44.94917°N 93.10000°W / 44.94917; -93.10000Coordinates: 44°56′57″N 93°6′0″W / 44.94917°N 93.10000°W / 44.94917; -93.10000
Care systemHealthEast Care System
Hospital typeCommunity Hospital and Tertiary Care
Affiliated universityUniversity of Minnesota
StandardsJCAHO certified
Emergency departmentLevel III trauma center
ListsHospitals in Minnesota

St. Joseph's Hospital is a 253-bed hospital in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota. It is one of three tertiary hospitals located in St. Paul and the first hospital in Minnesota and currently a member of the HealthEast Care System.


St. Joseph's Hospital was founded in 1853 in Saint Paul, Minnesota as Minnesota's first hospital.[1] The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet founded the facility in response to the outbreak of cholera in the community.[2]

St. Joseph's Hospital became one of the founding members of the HealthEast Care System when it was created in 1986.

A significant expansion was completed in 2008 with the opening of the de Paul Tower, a five-story addition to the hospital housing inpatient and outpatient programs, followed in 2010 by a new emergency room. The hospital is a member of the University of Minnesota’s Family Medicine and Community Health residency program.[3]

Care and services[edit]

Within HealthEast Care System, St. Joseph's Hospital is the center for the cardiac catheterization (cath) lab and open heart surgery. St. Joseph’s has been named among the nation’s “100 Top Hospitals for Cardiac Care.”[4]

To rapidly respond during a heart attack, HealthEast Heart Care has partnered with community emergency medical services (EMS) in the Level One process. Level One reduces the amount of time between hospital arrival and angioplasty, the preferred treatment for a heart attack. At St. Joseph’s Hospital, the median Level One time to angioplasty is 56 minutes, exceeding the recommended 90-minute time frame established by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology.[5][6]

The National Brain Aneurysm Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital is a regional center that provides diagnostic services and treatment for complex neurovascular conditions, including aneurysms and strokes. The Center’s work was profiled by WCCO-TV, the CBS affiliate in Minneapolis and St. Paul, during a series in 2008. A survivor of 13 aneurysms began a blog to help other patients after her successful treatment at St. Joseph’s.[7][8]

St. Joseph’s is nationally recognized for its low rate of Cesarean section births, an achievement hospital officials attribute to the partnership between physicians and certified nurse-midwives. The Cesarean rate at St. Joseph’s is approximately 10 percent, compared to 26 percent in Minnesota and 32 percent in the United States. [9]


St. Joseph’s has been named among the nation’s “100 Top Hospitals for Cardiac Care.”[4]


  1. ^ Sister Helen Angela Hurley. "Territorial Daguerreotypes : THE SISTERS OF ST. JOSEPH AND THE MINNESOTA FRONTIER" (PDF). Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-08-25. Retrieved 2010-10-19.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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