In the news: the Fairview merger

Update 4/12/13: Well, the deal is dead for now.  It’s still interesting to compare health systems. 

This afternoon, hearings at the Minnesota State Capital will be held to discuss the proposal for the Fairview system to be bought by Sanford Health.   The University of Minnesota has also proposed to buy the Farview system.  Now, this is a very complicated issue, involving tax dollars, income brought into (or out of) the state, and the jobs of the various employees of the organizations.  However, I was curious how the cesarean rates for the various organizations compared.  So, below you will find a chart that I made after looking up the information on the various rates.  To gather the data, I used and

A couple of notes:  Red Wing’s hospital was taken over in 2012 by the Mayo Clinic, but the numbers at that hospital are significant enough and during the same time period, so I wanted to include them.  Also, since the University of Minnesota is proposing a takeover of the Fairview system as well, I highlighted the numbers at the U of M Fairview hospital.  Additionally, the MN Community Measurement 2012 Health Care Quality Report contains both clinic-level and system-level information on primary cesarean rates on pages 192-200.  More information can be found in that report to compare the different systems. And finally, I did not take into account VBAC access, but that would be another interesting piece of information to compare.

The following tables were compiled from publicly- disclosed numbers.  I did not alter the numbers in any way, shape, or form.  If anyone with experience in doing any statistical magic on these numbers wants to step up and do some analysis, let me know!


Hospital Cesarean Rate 2011 (Cesarean Rate 2010) Total Births 2011(Total Births 2010)
Burnsville Ridges 33.1% (31.5%) 2575 (2562)
Edina Southdale 34.2% (33%) 3012 (3058)
Hibbing 31.2% (28.1%) 343 (345)
Princeton 35.7% (32.8%) 446 (512)
Red Wing* 36.1% (34%) 321 (259)
Minneapolis- University of Minnesota 32.4% (32.1%) 2259 (2312)
Wyoming 26.5% (26.7%) 695 (805)
*Red Wing is now under the control of the Mayo Clinic
Hospital Cesarean Rate 2011 (Cesarean Rate 2010) Total Births 2011(Total Births 2010)
Bemiji 29.2% (33.9%) 959 (951)
Canby 25% (34.6%) 32 (26)
Luverne 41.2% (27.6%) 114 (105)
Thief River Falls 19.9% (32.9%) 272 (277)
Worthington 28.4% (28.1%) 359 (384)
Chamberlain, SD 31% 71
USD, South Dakota 28.5% 3060
Vermillion, SD 37% 100
Fargo, ND 27.1% 2270
Veronica Jacobsen, BA, CD(DONA), CLC, CPST, LCCE, FACCE

DONA-Certified Birth Doula, Certified Lactation Counselor, Child Passenger Safety Technician, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Fellow of the Academy of Certified Childbirth Educators

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