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Thirty-one Minnesota Hospitals Win Patient Safety Awards
Date:10/2/2009

Fifth round of winners named in ongoing program to prevent adverse health events

ST. PAUL, Minn., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Thirty-one Minnesota hospitals recently were named winners of the Minnesota Hospital Association's Patient Safety Excellence Awards.

The awards honor hospitals' efforts to prevent four types of adverse health events: pressure ulcers, or bedsores; falls; wrong-site invasive procedures and foreign objects retained during labor and delivery.

The hospital association's safety campaigns -- SAFE SKIN, SAFE from FALLS, SAFE SITE and SAFE COUNT -- are based on national and state best practices and on participating hospitals' sharing of information about adverse health events that occurred at their facilities. To qualify for an award, hospitals must implement at least 90 percent of each campaign's required measures, such as consistently verifying the procedure that is to be performed on any patient immediately before beginning every surgery.

Today's winners are the fifth round of honorees in the quarterly program that began in spring of 2008.

To learn more, visit MHA's Web site at www.mnhospitals.org.

    Minnesota Hospital Association Patient Safety Excellence Awards Winners
    July 2009 (publicized October 2009)

    Hospital                                            Award
    --------                                            -----
    Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis           SAFE SITE
    Albert Lea Medical Center - Mayo Health System      SAFE SKIN
    District One Hospital, Faribault                    SAFE SITE
    Fairview Ridges Hospital, Burnsville                SAFE SITE
    Fairview Southdale Hospital, Edina                  SAFE COUNT
    Fairview University Medical Center - Mesabi,        SAFE from FALLS
     Hibbing
    Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital, Grand Rapids        SAFE from FALLS
    Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis         SAFE SKIN
    Hutchinson Area Health Care                         SAFE COUNT
    Meeker Memorial Hospital, Litchfield                SAFE SITE, SAFE
                                                        COUNT (two awards)
    Mercy Hospital, Coon Rapids                         SAFE SKIN
    Mille Lacs Health System, Onamia                    SAFE COUNT
    New River Medical Center, Monticello                SAFE COUNT
    New Ulm Medical Center                              SAFE SITE
    Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital, Minneapolis       SAFE SITE
    Pine Medical Center, Sandstone                      SAFE from FALLS
    Redwood Area Hospital, Redwood Falls                SAFE SITE
    Regions Hospital, St. Paul                          SAFE from FALLS
    Ridgeview Medical Center, Waconia                   SAFE SITE
    RiverView Health, Crookston                         SAFE COUNT
    Riverwood Healthcare Center, Aitkin                 SAFE SKIN
    Rochester Methodist Hospital                        SAFE SKIN
    Saint Marys Hospital, Rochester                     SAFE SKIN
    St. Francis Healthcare Campus, Breckenridge         SAFE from FALLS
    St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Shakopee       SAFE SITE
    St. Joseph's Area Health Services, Inc., Park       SAFE COUNT
     Rapids
    St. Joseph's Medical Center, Brainerd               SAFE from FALLS
    St. Michael's Hospital & Nursing Home, Sauk         SAFE SITE
     Centre
    Tyler Healthcare Center/Avera                       SAFE SITE
    United Hospital, St. Paul                           SAFE SITE
    University of Minnesota Medical Center,             SAFE COUNT
     Fairview, Minneapolis

The Minnesota Hospital Association represents Minnesota's hospitals and health systems.

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