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03/16/2016
By: Carol S.
Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center
I had laparoscopic Roux-En-Y surgery lately at St. Mary's. The entire staff of 7W, were great! Whenever a staff person came in, they always asked if they could do anything else for me. My only bad spot was in pre-op. When I spoke to the nurse the day before surgery, I asked to speak with a Lutheran pastor for prayer prior to surgery. I was assured that that could occur. However, the next day, when I asked to speak with the pastor, I was told,"We are too busy for that". Needless to say, I went to surgery upset and afraid. I would ask the pre-op folks to realize people's needs could be met in five minutes.
05/01/2012
By: joemon
David C MCkeeMd: Northland Neurology & Myology
My wife was in a car accident and suffers from a closed head injury. We have been with Dr. McKee for 7 years and he is amazing! He listens to our concerns and educates us on what to expect and what directions and options we have. He has been MORE THAN VERY helpful in dealing with our insurance company when getting experimental or new treatments are available to try. I highly recommend him
09/24/2016
By: Leah H.
Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center
My father had emergency open heart surgery here. I live on the other side of the country. The hospital staff was phenomenal about helping me stay in touch with my family during my father's stay. My father reports that the staff and facility are the reason he survived his medical crisis. He can't say enough good things about their professionalism, expertise and care.
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04/10/2015
By: Danielle C.
Essentia Health-St. Mary's Medical Center
I had major surgery at St-Mary's and I have nothing but wonderful things to say about it. The Surgeons, the Nurses, the Care Givers, right down to the Maintenance staff were absolutely amazing... I would recommend this facility in a heartbeat. Thank you!
Tips & Advices
Academic medical centers provide the widest range of specialty care treatments, including the latest technological advances, clinical trials, and surgical techniques. In general, an academic medical center is a better choice than a community hospital for complicated treatments or rare diseases. Pediatric intensive care, especially, is usually performed at academic medical centers.
Academic medical centers offer a broad range of specialized services, from allergists to urologists. Some of the larger medical centers have entire hospitals or clinics focused on a particular medical service, such as cancer treatment, though specialties vary among the centers. Patients whose community hospital or local doctors do not have the facilities or expertise to address complex medical conditions can be referred by their primary care physician or local specialist to a major medical center (there are more than a dozen in the United States).
Yes. In addition to their inpatient hospital services, medical centers can offer a wide variety of outpatient services, such as pain clinics, rehabilitation centers, surgery, imaging and laboratory, mental health treatment, and outpatient cancer treatment. Medical groups – doctors in private practice but affiliated with the medical center--will also have offices within the medical center.
Physicians, nurses, physician’s assistants, residents, and attending physicians makeup the clinical staff of an academic medical center.
Medical center accreditation is not required, but most centers work voluntarily toward accreditation because it represents higher standards of healthcare quality and patient safety.

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