Minnesota Hospital Association

Quality & Patient Safety

Preventing influenza

Unvaccinated health care workers can pass highly contagious influenza to their patients, many of whom are at high risk for complications of influenza. Hospitals are working closely with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and other health authorities to protect patients, employees and the public from influenza.  

The Minnesota Hospital Association is an official sponsor of the MDH’s FluSafe program, with the goal of attaining 100 percent influenza vaccination rates among hospital employees (without medical contraindications).  

Participation in FluSafe is voluntary. During the 2015-16 influenza season, 34 MHA member hospitals achieved vaccination rates of 90 percent or higher earning the blue ribbon; 24 had vaccination rates between 80-89 percent and earned the red ribbon; and 16 hospitals achieved vaccination for 70-79 percent of workers, achieving the white ribbon.

MHA Member FluSafe Ribbon Recipients

Blue Ribbon Hospitals

At least 90 percent of staff were vaccinated against influenza at the following hospitals:

  • Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center 
  • CentraCare Health - Long Prairie
  • CentraCare Health - Monticello 
  • CentraCare Health - Paynesville 
  • Children's Minnesota, Minneapolis 
  • Douglas County Hospital, Alexandria 
  • Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital 
  • FirstLight Health System, Mora 
  • Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, St. Paul 
  • Glacial Ridge Health System, Glenwood 
  • Glencoe Regional Health Services 
  • Granite Falls Health 
  • Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis 
  • Madelia Community Hospital Inc. 
  • Madison Hospital 
  • Meeker Memorial Hospital, Litchfield 
  • Murray County Medical Center, Slayton 
  • North Valley Health Center, Warren 
  • Olmsted Medical Center, Rochester 
  • Ortonville Area Health Services 
  • Pipestone County Medical Center 
  • RC Hospital & Clinics, Olivia 
  • Redwood Area Hospital, Redwood Falls 
  • Sanford Canby Medical Center 
  • Sanford Jackson Medical Center 
  • Sanford Luverne Medical Center 
  • Sanford Westbrook Medical Center 
  • Sanford Worthington Medical Center 
  • Sleepy Eye Medical Center 
  • St. Cloud Hospital
  • St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Wabasha
  • Swift County-Benson Hospital 
  • Tri-County Health Care, Wadena 
  • United Hospital District, Blue Earth

Red Ribbon Hospitals

80-89 percent of staff were vaccinated against influenza at the following hospitals:

  • Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis 
  • Bigfork Valley Hospital
  • Buffalo Hospital 
  • CHI St. Francis Health, Breckenridge 
  • CHI St. Joseph's Health, Park Rapids 
  • Chippewa County Montevideo Hospital 
  • Community Memorial Hospital, Cloquet 
  • Cook Hospital & Care Center 
  • District One Hospital, Faribault 
  • Essentia Health St. Joseph's Medical Center, Brainerd 
  • Essentia Health St. Mary's Hospital-Detroit Lakes 
  • Johnson Memorial Health Services, Dawson 
  • Lake Region Healthcare, Fergus Falls 
  • Lakeview Hospital, Stillwater 
  • LifeCare Medical Center, Roseau 
  • Mille Lacs Health System, Onamia
  • Northfield Hospital
  • Owatonna Hospital 
  • Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital, St. Louis Park 
  • Rainy Lake Medical Center, International Falls 
  • Regina Hospital, Hastings 
  • Regions Hospital, St. Paul 
  • Rice Memorial Hospital, Willmar 
  • St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Shakopee 

White Ribbon Hospitals

70-79 percent of staff were vaccinated against influenza at the following hospitals:

  • Bethesda Hospital, St. Paul 
  • Cambridge Medical Center 
  • Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, Crosby
  • Essentia Health -St. Mary's Medical Center, Duluth 
  • Lake View Hospital, Two Harbors 
  • Lakewood Health System, Staples 
  • Maple Grove Hospital 
  • Mercy Hospital, Coon Rapids 
  • Mercy Hospital, Moose Lake 
  • Minnesota Valley Health Center, Le Sueur 
  • New Ulm Medical Center 
  • Phillips Eye Institute, Minneapolis 
  • Shriners Hospital for Children, Minneapolis
  • United Hospital, St. Paul 
  • Woodwinds Hospital, Woodbury