Birth Data News


Birth Data News

Excellence in Birth Registration
Conference and Awards

Each year, the office of the State Registrar recognizes hospitals for their complete and timely registration of newborns at the annual Excellence in Birth Registration Conference & Training. 

This year’s conference will be held Thursday, May 2nd at the Mall of America in Bloomington.

The 2012 Excellence in Birth Registration award, our highest honor, will be presented to hospitals who filed at least 98% of their birth records within five days in 2012. These honorees also have less than the maximum number of “unknown” data fields as allowed by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) standards for data quality, as follows:

Birth data item                   NCHS Standard*
Maternal Hepatitis B
 surface antigen status         5%
Last menstrual period         5%
Maternal height                  1.9%
Breastfeeding                      5%
*Maximum number of blank or unknown responses

We are pleased to announce the following 41 hospitals achieved the Excellence in Birth Registration Award for 2012:

Abbott Northwestern Hospital – Minneapolis
Centracare Health System – Sauk Centre
Chippewa Co Montevideo Hospital – Montevideo
District One Hospital – Faribault
Essentia Health St. Mary’s Med Center – Duluth
Fairview Northland Regional Hospital – Princeton
Glencoe Regional Health Services – Glencoe
Healtheast Woodwinds Health Campus – Woodbury
Hutchinson Community Hospital – Hutchinson
Lakewood Health System – Staples
Madelia Community Hospital – Madelia
Maple Grove Hospital – Maple Grove
Mayo Clinic Health System – Albert Lea
Mayo Clinic Health System – Austin
Mayo Clinic Health System – Mankato
Mayo Clinic Health System – Springfield
Meeker Co Memorial Hospital – Litchfield
Mercy Hospital – Coon Rapids
Methodist Hospital – St. Louis Park
Miller Dwan Medical Center – Duluth
New River Medical Center – Monticello
New Ulm Medical Center – New Ulm
North Memorial Medical Center – Robbinsdale
Olmsted Medical Center Hospital – Rochester
Ortonville Area Health Service – Ortonville
Perham Health – Perham
Regina Medical Center – Hastings
Rice Memorial Hospital – Willmar
Ridgeview Medical Center – Waconia
Rochester Methodist Hospital – Rochester
Sanford Worthington Med Center – Worthington
Sleepy Eye Medical Center – Sleepy Eye
St. Cloud Hospital – St. Cloud
St. Elizabeth Hospital – Wabasha
St. Francis Medical Center – Breckenridge
St. Joseph’s Area Health Services – Park Rapids
St. Joseph’s Medical Center – Brainerd
St. Luke’s Hospital – Duluth
Tri-County Hospital – Wadena
United Hospital – St. Paul
Unity Hospital – Fridley

Awards are presented only at the Excellence in Birth Registration Conference & Training.

A detailed report of all Minnesota hospitals with birth centers’ timeliness and reporting of these data items is available on the MDH birth registrar’s website.

Conference registration is available until Monday, 4/22/13. Don’t miss out on this great day of training. This year’s conference will be more interactive than ever before and provide information specific to YOUR birth registration needs. The Excellence in Birth Registration Conference & Training will be held Thursday, May 2nd, from 8 a.m. to 4 the Great Room at the Mall of America in Bloomington. Cost is $48 per person and registration is available online at


New this year! Immediately after the conference, from 4 to 5 p.m., we’ll move to a restaurant within the mall to informally de-brief, chat, and get to know each other. This is an opportunity to connect with birth registrars from other facilities and state staff. PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE INTERESTED so we can make reservations. No obligation, but if you think you might like to participate in this very informal time, please email and tell him to add your name to the list.