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May 2, 2014

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Minnesota hospitals get better at delivering birth data

MDH honors 57 hospitals with the Excellence in Birth Registration Award

During the past several years, Minnesota's hospitals have steadily improved the timeliness and accuracy of their birth data. MDH awarded 57 hospitals Excellence in Birth Registration awards Thursday.

MDH started its awards program in 2007 to encourage hospitals to improve the timeliness and quality of their birth data they submit to the state. During that first year, only 26 percent of hospitals performed well enough to receive an award. Since then, there has been a steady increase each year in the number of award winners. For 2013, 57 hospitals, or 55 percent of Minnesota's 104 birthing centers that delivered a baby in 2013, received the Excellence in Birth Registration awards. Award winning hospitals met criteria such as registering 98 percent of all births with MDH within five days of the birth.

"We want to recognize the many hospitals that have achieved this high standard for reporting this valuable birth information," said State Registrar Molly Mulcahy Crawford. "We hope this positive trend continues, so we can meet our goal of giving this award to every birth center in the state."

In 2013, 67,781 babies were born in Minnesota. MDH requires hospitals to file essential information about each birth with the state. Birth data are used in many ways. The data can influence planning for the health of mothers, infants, children and families. It also helps to pinpoint areas of Minnesota that may benefit from additional public health measures. For example, information about immunization and tobacco use during pregnancy are included in the birth data collection process.

Each award recipient also was required to comply with quality standards set by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), in data used in public health research.

2013 Excellence Award Winners

Hospital

City

Number
of births

Timeliness

Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Minneapolis

5127

98.97%

Buffalo Hospital

Buffalo

873

99.66%

Cambridge Medical Center

Cambridge

453

99.34%

CentraCare Health System Melrose

Melrose

87

100.00%

CentraCare Health System Sauk Centre

Sauk Centre

85

100.00%

Chippewa County Montevideo Hospital

Montevideo

114

99.12%

Community Memorial Hospital

Cloquet

95

100.00%

Cook County North Shore Hospital & Care Center

Grand Marais

5

100.00%

District One Hospital

Faribault

386

98.45%

Essentia Health - St. Mary's Medical Center (Duluth)

Duluth

1366

99.49%

Essentia Health - Virginia

Virginia

253

99.21%

Fairview Northland Medical Center

Princeton

453

98.90%

Fairview Ridges Hospital

Burnsville

2436

98.56%

FirstLight Health System

Mora

156

100.00%

Glencoe Regional Health Services

Glencoe

173

98.84%

Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital

Grand Rapids

312

99.68%

HealthEast – St. John's Hospital

Maplewood

2775

99.50%

HealthEast - Woodwinds Health Campus

Woodbury

1883

99.26%

Hennepin County Medical Center

Minneapolis

2268

99.96%

Hutchinson Health Hospital

Hutchinson

264

99.24%

Johnson Memorial Health Services

Dawson

4

100.00%

Lakewood Health System

Staples

468

98.50%

LifeCare Medical Center

Roseau

230

99.57%

Madelia Community Hospital

Madelia

1

100.00%

Maple Grove Hospital

Maple Grove

3994

99.65%

Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea

Albert Lea

391

99.74%

Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin

Austin

424

100.00%

Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato

Mankato

1462

98.63%

Mercy Hospital

Coon Rapids

1950

99.95%

Mercy Hospital - Moose Lake

Moose Lake

128

99.22%

Methodist Hospital

St. Louis Park

2921

99.59%

Mille Lacs Health System

Onamia

1

100.00%

Miller-Dwan Medical Center

Duluth

7

100.00%

New Ulm Medical Center

New Ulm

315

100.00%

North Memorial Medical Center

Robbinsdale

1059

98.58%

Olmsted Medical Center

Rochester

867

99.42%

Ortonville Area Health Services

Ortonville

72

100.00%

Owatonna Hospital

Owatonna

549

98.18%

Pipestone County Medical Center

Pipestone

69

100.00%

Rainy Lake Medical Center

International Falls

75

98.67%

Regina Medical Center

Hastings

287

99.65%

Regions Hospital

St. Paul

2483

98.71%

Rice Memorial Hospital

Willmar

835

100.00%

Ridgeview Medical Center

Waconia

1298

98.92%

Riverwood Healthcare Center

Aitkin

73

98.63%

Rochester Methodist Hospital

Rochester

2337

99.96%

Sleepy Eye Medical Center

Sleepy Eye

36

100.00%

St. Cloud Hospital

St. Cloud

2844

100.00%

St. Francis Healthcare Campus

Breckenridge

176

100.00%

St. Joseph's Area Health Services

Park Rapids

116

98.28%

St. Joseph's Hospital

St. Paul

1097

98.54%

St. Joseph's Medical Center

Brainerd

434

100.00%

St Luke's Hospital

Duluth

906

100.00%

Tri-County Healthcare

Wadena

170

99.41%

United Hospital

St. Paul

3387

99.23%

Unity Hospital

Fridley

1136

99.82%

University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview

Minneapolis

2447

99.75%


-MDH-


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