MPact Health Care Innovation Vision at the University of Minnesota


Haley Wolff, Contributer

On January 12th of 2023 the University of Minnesota announced the MPact Health Care Innovation vision. This nation-leading Medical School’s mission is to “to be a leader in enhancing the health of people through the education of skilled, compassionate and socially responsible physicians”. This vision will advance the University’s standings and strengthen partnerships in both health care and health professions.  It’s part of the University’s systemwide plan called MPACT 2025 which outlines their commitment to innovate and embrace new and leading models, discoveries, and technologies based on health science research and care. There are five commitments outlined. The first is student success, which hopes to attract, educate, and graduate students from all different backgrounds and talents, in addition to enhancing the experience of its students through increasing innovative and high-quality educational offerings. The second is Discovery, Innovation, and Impact through increasing high-impact discovery, driving creative, entrepreneurial spirit, and finally, impacting Minnesota at world-class levels. The third commitment is MNtersections. The goals through this are to drive innovations for next-generation health, build a sustainable future, and advance eco-friendly systems. The fourth is community and belonging. This will be addressed through recruiting diverse talent, cultivating a welcoming climate on campus, and advancing partnerships. The fifth and last commitment is Fiscal Stewardship which will aim to reduce financial barriers for students and re-envision risk management safety.

The MPact Health Care Innovation falls under the third commitment and has five key points …

  1. To make the University of Minnesota a world-class academic health system. The University wants to provide Minnesotans access to a top-rate academic health system through intense research, teaching, and provided care. When it comes to research, the University is a powerhouse, ranked in the top 10 among US public universities in research spending. Additionally, it is in the top 20 universities for gaining US utility patents.
  2. University Governance and Control. With numerous flagship facilities, the University aims to control, own, and govern these facilities in order to provide this world-class academic health system. These facilities are: the University of Minnesota Medical Center – East Bank and West Bank, Masonic Children’s Hospital, and the Clinics and Surgery center.
  3. Opportunities for Strategic Partnerships. To maximize the mission-based impact, the University seeks opportunities through partnerships and relationships with health systems. They are essential as a land grant University and support the teaching and research missions. There are currently over 3000 established clinical training partnerships. Access to Clinical Trials is available as the University works with providers across the state who have cutting-edge research and clinical trials. Through the Mobile Health Initiative students work to unite health professionals with community partners. This involves lots of volunteer work within the community itself and focuses on strengthening workforce skills and knowledge in patient care.
  4. Future: New State-of-the-Art Hospital. The hospital facilities on the East and West Bank were built in the early 1900s. A newly designed state-of-the-art hospital complex on East Bank is part of the vision in order to move clinical and academic medicine forward for the next 50-100 years. Limited space and funds are at the forefront of the minds of those pushing for this development. Land has been acquired over the past few years but it’ll take an additional 5 or more years of construction once it starts.
  5. Now: Investment in Current Facilities. To provide the best care, the University understands that it must keep its facilities functioning, and to be a top-rated University, it must provide top-rated care. This can only be done by bridging the present to the future.

Health care is changing constantly and rapidly, as are the needs of patients. The University acknowledges its need to stay on top of the latest innovation and research and has made a plan to do so. It remains committed to its present partnerships and the community and will continue to teach, research, and innovate.