Minnesota Hospital Association

Patient Safety

Patient Safety Excellence Award

The MHA Patient Safety Excellence Award honors superior efforts in preventing adverse health events, specifically 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.

The award is given to hospitals that are actively participating in one of MHA’s safety campaigns — SAFE SKIN, SAFE from FALLS, SAFE SITE, SAFE COUNT and SAFE ACCOUNT — which are based on national and state best practices. They also incorporate lessons learned from participating hospitals that experienced adverse health events.

Each quarter, participating hospitals measure their progress in implementing the road map of best practices. Awardees must implement at least 90 percent of each campaign’s required measures. For example, a measure from SAFE SKIN requires hospitals to reposition immobile patients every two hours if such patients are at risk for developing pressure ulcers.

As of December 2013, 59 hospitals have attained a 90 percent or higher rate of achievement in all five safety campaigns. And 28 hospitals have achieved the 90 percent or higher rate in at least four safety campaigns.

Search awards earned by hospitals to date.

Below are the most recent Patient Safety Excellence Award recipients from December 2013:

  • CentraCare Health - Melrose: SAFE SITE
  • Essentia Health-Deer River: SAFE COUNT
  • Essentia Health Northern Pines, Aurora: SAFE SKIN
  • New Ulm Medical Center: SAFE ACCOUNT
  • RC Hospital & Clinics, Olivia: SAFE SKIN, SAFE from FALLS
  • Sanford Canby Medical Center: SAFE from FALLS, SAFE SITE
  • St. Luke's Hospital, Duluth: SAFE ACCOUNT

Communication Materials

SAFE from FALLS

The SAFE from FALLS campaign aims to prevent people from falling during a hospital stay. The campaign began in May 2007 and 112 Minnesota hospitals are participating. To date, 104 hospitals have earned the Patient Safety Excellence Award in this category.

Communication materials:
Sample newsletter
Sample news release
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SAFE SKIN

The SAFE SKIN campaign, launched in February 2007, aims to prevent pressure ulcers for hospital patients. At this time 93 hospitals are participating and 92 have earned the Patient Safety Excellence Award.

Communication materials:
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SAFE SITE

The SAFE SITE campaign has 120 participating hospitals and surgical centers. Launched in December 2007, the campaign aims to prevent wrong-site and wrong-patient procedures. To date, 98 hospitals have earned the Patient Safety Excellence Award.

Communication materials:
Sample newsletter
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SAFE COUNT

The SAFE COUNT campaign was launched in April 2008. Aimed at preventing retained objects after labor and delivery, the campaign has 78 participating hospitals and 78 hospitals have earned the Patient Safety Excellence Award.

Communication materials:
Sample newsletter
Sample news release
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SAFE ACCOUNT

The SAFE ACCOUNT campaign was launched in October 2009. Aimed at preventing retained objects in the operating room, the campaign has 107 participating hospitals, 86 of which have earned the Patient Safety Excellence Award.

Communication materials:
Sample newsletter
Sample news release
Recognition certificate (male)
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Recognition Ideas

  • Display your banner(s) in a prominent place in the hospital.
  • Use the template newsletter article for employee, professional staff, and/or volunteer publications.
  • Use the template news release to notify local reporters about the award.
  • Send thank you cards to team members involved in the initiative.
  • Share results of the initiative in relevant medical staff meetings or a grand rounds presentation.
  • Remind leaders to congratulate staff members on the award during staff meetings, quality rounds, and/or safety rounds.
  • Provide refreshments to celebrate the award during an employee event.
  • Schedule leadership tours to allow team members to explain to leaders what was accomplished and how.
  • Create a presentation for your board of directors on the campaign and the award.