Albert Lea and Austin named Best Maternity Hospitals

(ABC 6 News) – Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin is one of 350 facilities nationwide recognized on Newsweek’s "America’s Best Maternity Hospitals" list. This list names the top hospitals for maternity care in the U.S.

The list is divided into two performance categories: five ribbon hospitals (161 institutions) and four ribbon hospitals (189 institutions). Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, was included as a five-ribbon hospital, and Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin was included as a four-ribbon hospital.

The "Best Maternity Hospitals" rankings are based on patient satisfaction survey results, hospital recommendations from peers gathered through an international survey, and key performance metrics relevant to maternity care.

"We are incredibly proud of our Albert Lea and Austin team for receiving this recognition," says Robert Albright Jr., D.O., regional vice president of Mayo Clinic Health System in Southeast Minnesota. "The Family Birth Center in Austin is a beautiful state-of-the-art facility equipped to handle low- and high-risk pregnancies. But, ultimately, it is due to our staff’s skill, caring and dedication that mothers choose to deliver their baby at Mayo Clinic Health System."

Just last year, Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin celebrated a major construction milestone in the project to unite the two locations as one hospital. The Family Birth Center in Austin was among the spaces expanded and renovated as part of that project. Since construction was completed in May 2021, Family Birth Center staff have welcomed more than 650 new babies in the new facility.