All twelve Allina Health hospitals that have birth centers are eligible to fly 2014 March of Dimes Early Elective Delivery Recognition banners:
- Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis
- Buffalo Hospital, Buffalo
- Cambridge Medical Center, Cambridge
- District One Hospital, Faribault
- Mercy Hospital, Coon Rapids
- New Ulm Medical Center, New Ulm
- Owatonna Hospital, Owatonna
- Regina Hospital, Hastings
- River Falls Area Hospital, River Falls, Wisconsin
- St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Shakopee
- United Hospital, St. Paul
- Unity Hospital, Fridley
These hospitals have been recognized by the March of Dimes and Minnesota Hospital Association, because each had less than a five percent early elective delivery rate for four quarters, a hard stop 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 prior to 39 weeks gestational age.
"This has been a system-wide effort for several years now. It has taken time to change expectations, but we are committed to the safety of mothers and babies The more time that babies have in the womb, the less likely they will need to be delivered surgically and require advanced care," said Lisa Saul, MD, president of the Allina Health Mother Baby Clinical Service Line.
The determinations were made by reviewing the MHA Perinatal Safety Roadmap and Early Elective Delivery outcome data submitted to the Patient Safety Registry.