Up in the land of merciless winters, St. Luke's cares for even the coldest of patients and patients with the severest of colds. St. Luke's Hospital serves a 17-county region in the chilly climes of northeastern Minnesota, northwestern Wisconsin, and parts of Michigan. In addition to acute care services, the organization offers primary and specialty health care services through a network of nine family clinics. Founded in 1881, St. Luke's Hospital has a staff of nearly 400 physicians. Services offered span the spectrum of health care and include cardiology, emergency medicine, pediatrics, oncology, rehabilitation, and vascular surgery.
In 2008 the system partnered with Lake Superior College to train its employees in a cost reduction program called Lean. The hospital instituted the three-year program in response to a tough economic environment with the goal of having all its employees involved in the program in the next few years.
Also in 2008, St. Luke's instituted a number of new services, including Q Care (St. Luke's express medical clinic), St. Luke's Orthopedics, and St. Luke's Infusion Therapy Clinic. – less