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St. Joe’s among award winners

Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Brainerd was among 19 Minnesota hospitals that won a total of 21 awards in the three-year-old Minnesota Hospital Association Patient Safety Excellence Awards program.

The initiative recognizes organizations’ efforts to prevent pressure ulcers, or bedsores; falls; wrong-site surgical or other invasive procedures; and foreign objects unintentionally left behind during labor and delivery. Awards are bestowed quarterly, and hospitals must re-qualify each round.

The association’s safety campaigns — SAFE SKIN, SAFE from FALLS, SAFE SITE, SAFE COUNT and SAFE ACCOUNT — are based on national and state best practices. They also incorporate lessons learned from participating hospitals that experienced adverse health events.

Awardees must implement at least 90 percent of each campaign’s required measures. One such measure, for instance, requires hospitals to reposition immobile patients every two hours if such patients are at risk for developing pressure ulcers.

More information may be obtained by visiting MHA’s Web site at

Other Safety Excellence Awards winners included Mayo Clinic Health System — Cannon Falls; Essentia Health Sandstone;  Fairview Northland Medical Center, Princeton; Fairview University Medical Center-Mesabi, Hibbing; Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital, Grand Rapids; St. Cloud Hospital; University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview; Fairview Ridges Hospital, Burnsville; Perham Memorial Hospital and Home; Community Memorial Hospital, Cloquet; Fairview Red Wing Medical Center; Paynesville Area Health Care System; Riverwood Healthcare Center, Aitkin; and United Hospital District, Blue Earth