We’re recognized statewide for reducing early elective deliveries

Jan. 13, 2013
Five of our hospitals are among the state's best in improving the health and safety of mothers and children.

That's according to the Minnesota Hospital Association and the March of Dimes, which recently recognized our hospitals for reducing the number of elective inductions and Cesarean deliveries performed before 39 completed weeks of pregnancy. The five hospitals are:

  • Fairview Lakes Medical Center in Wyoming, Minn. 
  • Fairview Northland Medical Center in Princeton, Minn.
  • Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville, Minn.
  • Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, Minn.
  • University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis
Improving safety
“This recognizes our efforts in implementing evidence-based practices that have improved the health and safety of mothers and children across the system,” says Kathie Taranto, president, University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital and senior executive of our mothers’ and children’s service line.

“Our Zero Birth Injury Initiative team, in particular, deserves special credit for developing system bundles that have increased safety for moms and babies.”

A “bundle” refers to a structured way of improving processes of care using a set of evidence-based practices that, when performed consistently, have been shown to improve patient outcomes.

Elective delivery rates below 5 percent
Thirty-five hospitals were recognized statewide. All had less than a 5 percent early elective delivery rate for four quarters, a policy with clearly defined medical indications for deliveries less than 39 weeks and a process to monitor the scheduling of Cesarean sections and inductions of labor before 39 weeks gestational age.

Babies delivered before 39 weeks have an increased risk of serious health problems and death in their first year of life. Hospitals that were recognized will receive a “Healthy Babies Are Worth the Wait” banner.

Fairview and the March of Dimes partner on many initiatives to improve the health of mothers and children.

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