Why Downtown Minneapolis Is Becoming A Clinic Capital

The Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce will gather local health care industry leaders to discuss the downtown expansion.

In the past couple of years, several major Minnesota health care providers have opened or announced plan to open clinics in Minneapolis’s central business district. Suddenly, it seems, health care is a major industry downtown.

The most notable is Mayo Clinic Square, in the old Block E space on Hennepin Avenue, which opened about a year ago. Meanwhile, North Memorial launched a new primary care clinic in Gaviidae Common on Nicollet Mall, several miles away from its main facility in Robbinsdale. And Hennepin County Medical Center, which maintains a presence downtown ever since it was founded as Minneapolis City Hospital in 1887, is in the process of expanding its already massive footprint in the central business district and opening a North Loop facility.

This has meant more jobs in downtown Minneapolis, but why is there an expansion of health care services there, and not in the longtime hospital clusters south of downtown or in the suburbs? What are the opportunities these providers see in downtown? How do these expansions reflect their business models and the changing economics of the downtown market generally?

Those will be some of the questions representatives of those provider systems will discuss this Friday at a panel discussion held under the auspices of the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The speakers will be:  

  • Jon Pryor, CEO of Hennepin County Medical Center
  • John Wald, medical director for public affairs and marketing, Mayo Clinic
  • Kelly Macken-Marble, president of population health and ambulatory services for North Memorial Health Care 

The discussion will take place this Friday at Mayo Clinic Square, 600 Hennepin Ave., on the second floor (skyway) level, from 7:30 a.m to 9:30 a.m. Admission is $30. For more information or registration, click here or call 612-370-9100.