Minnesota Hospital Association

Quality & Patient Safety

Good Catch for Patient Safety Award

The MHA Good Catch for Patient Safety award is presented to Minnesota hospital staff who demonstrate their commitment to keeping patients safe by "speaking up" to prevent potential harm to a patient. MHA encourages individual and team nominations, or nominations for system or organizational process and safety improvements that were made to prevent near misses and good catches from reaching patients. It is because of actions taken every day by dedicated professionals like the Good Catch Award honorees that Minnesota hospitals continue to be front-runners in patient safety. 

The Good Catch Award is a tiered award. Individuals and/or team members recognized with the award are entered into the running to win the quarterly Good Catch for Patient Safety award. Quarterly recipients are eligible to win the annual Good Catch for Patient Safety award, presented at the MHA Annual Awards banquet each spring. To nominate someone for the Good Catch Award, click here.

2017 Good Catch for Patient Safety of the Year Award honoree

Sonam Serpolamatsang, environmental services professional at Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, received the MHA Good Catch for Patient Safety Award, which recognizes a hospital professional who speaks up to prevent potential harm to patients.   

Serpolamatsang took action to keep a patient safe as he was being transported back from dialysis. She noticed that the patient appeared to be bleeding and immediately approached her department director and requested that the patient be checked. An examination revealed that the patient was indeed bleeding from his arterial access point. Because of this attentive work, the patient's bleeding was addressed.    

It is because of the actions taken every day by dedicated professionals like Serpolamatsang that Minnesota hospitals and health systems continue to be leaders in patient safety across the nation.

Good Catch Quarterly Award Winners

  • Robert Litchy, MRI technologist, Lakeview Hospital, Stillwater (4th quarter 2016)
  • Mary Mesner, RN, Murray County Medical Center, Slayton (3rd quarter 2016)
  • Sonam Serpolamatsang, environmental services professional, Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital (2nd quarter 2016)
  • Megan Rodger, RN, Bethesda Hospital, Saint Paul (1st quarter 2016)
  • Anne Stern, BS Pharm, RPh, and Tom Reutzel, PharmD, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis (4th quarter 2015)
  • Sounally Lehnhoff, CRNA, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis (3rd quarter 2015)
  • Rita Spiczka, Fairview Northland Medical Center, Princeton (2nd quarter 2015)
  • Sherrie Eischens, CHI St. Joseph's Health, Park Rapids (1st quarter 2015)
  • Sara Lorenz, RN, Mayo Clinic Rochester (4th quarter 2014)
  • Melissa Powers, Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital, St. Louis Park (3rd quarter 2014)
  • Lisa Ginn, St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Shakopee (2nd quarter 2014)
  • Terri Walz, Fairview Northland Medical Center, Princeton (1st quarter 2014)
  • Nita Tieszen, Rice Memorial Hospital, Willmar (4th quarter 2013)
  • Priscilla McLaughlin, Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center, Duluth (3rd quarter 2013)
  • Garrel Kinzler, Sanford Thief River Falls Medical Center (2nd quarter 2013), recognized with Ashok Patel, MD, Sanford Thief River Falls Medical Center (2nd quarter 2013)
  • Christy Shepherd, Fairview Ridges Hospital, Burnsville (1st quarter 2013)
  • JoAnn Hill, RN, Essentia Heath St. Mary’s Medical Center, Duluth (4th quarter 2012), recognized with Susan Lackson, LPN, Essentia Health St. Mary's Medical Center, Duluth (4th quarter 2012)
  • Katie Goehner, RN, BSN, Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital, St. Louis Park (3rd quarter 2012)
  • Andrea Schmaltz, S.T., Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center, Duluth (2nd quarter 2012), recognized with Diane Westling, RN, CNOR., Essentia Health St. Mary's Medical Center, Duluth (2nd quarter 2012)
  • Kirsten L. McManaman, Regions Hospital, St. Paul (3rd quarter 2011)
  • Leigh Myers-Higgins, RN, Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital, St. Louis Park (2nd quarter 2011)
  • Sharon Stanton, RN, Mayo Clinic - Rochester Methodist Hospital (4th quarter 2010)
  • Karen Krass, RN, Buffalo Hospital (3rd quarter 2010)
  • Gary Schlumpberger, CentraCare Health System - Melrose (3rd quarter 2010)
  • Shelly Rankin, RN, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, St. Paul (2nd quarter 2010)
  • Susan Thelen, CentraCare Health System - Melrose (1st quarter 2010)