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 supports 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 2016-17 influenza season, 39 MHA member hospitals achieved vaccination rates of 90 percent or higher earning the blue ribbon; 22 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 Tyler
  • CentraCare Health - Long Prairie
  • CentraCare Health - Melrose 
  • CentraCare Health - Paynesville 
  • CentraCare Health - Sauk Centre
  • Children's Minnesota, Minneapolis and Saint Paul
  • 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 
  • Hendricks Community Hospital Association
  • Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis 
  • Hutchinson Health
  • Johnson Memorial Health Services, Dawson
  • Madelia Community Hospital Inc. 
  • Madison Healthcare Services
  • Meeker Memorial Hospital, Litchfield 
  • Mille Lacs Health System, Onamia
  • North Valley Health Center, Warren 
  • Olmsted Medical Center, Rochester 
  • Ortonville Area Health Services 
  • RC Hospital & Clinics, Olivia 
  • Redwood Area Hospital, Redwood Falls 
  • River's Edge Hospital & Clinic, Saint Peter
  • Saint Elizabeth's Medical Center, Wabasha
  • Sanford Canby Medical Center 
  • Sanford Jackson Medical Center 
  • Sanford Luverne Medical Center 
  • Sanford Westbrook Medical Center 
  • Sanford Worthington Medical Center 
  • Shriner's Hospital for Children, Minneapolis
  • Sleepy Eye Medical Center 
  • St. Cloud Hospital
  • Swift County-Benson Health Services
  • Tri-County Health Care, Wadena 
  • United Hospital District, Blue Earth
  • Windom Area Hospital

Red Ribbon Hospitals

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

  • Buffalo Hospital 
  • CHI LakeWood Health, Baudette
  • CHI St. Francis Health, Breckenridge 
  • Cook Hospital & Care Center 
  • District One Hospital, Faribault 
  • Douglas County Hospital, Alexandria
  • Essentia Health St. Joseph's Medical Center, Brainerd 
  • Essentia Health St. Mary's Hospital-Detroit Lakes 
  • Lake Region Healthcare, Fergus Falls
  • Lakeview Hospital, Stillwater 
  • Lakewood Health System, Staples
  • Maple Grove Hospital
  • Murray County Medical Center, Slayton
  • Northfield Hospital
  • Owatonna Hospital 
  • Perham Health
  • Pipestone County Medical Center 
  • Regina Hospital, Hastings 
  • Regions Hospital, St. Paul 
  • Rice Memorial Hospital, Willmar 
  • St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Shakopee
  • St. Luke's Hospital, Duluth

White Ribbon Hospitals

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

  • Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis
  • Bethesda Hospital
  • Bigfork Valley Hospital
  • Cambridge Medical Center 
  • CHI St. Joseph's Health, Park Rapids
  • Community Memorial Hospital, Cloquet
  • Fairview Range Medical Center, Hibbing 
  • Lake View Hospital, Two Harbors 
  • Mercy Hospital, Coon Rapids
  • Mercy Hospital - Unity Campus, Fridley
  • New Ulm Medical Center 
  • North Memorial Health Hospital, Robbinsdale
  • Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital, Saint Louis Park
  • Phillips Eye Institute, Minneapolis 
  • Ridgeview Le Sueur Medical Center 
  • St. John's Hospital, Maplewood
  • St. Joseph's Hospital, Saint Paul
  • United Hospital, St. Paul 
  • Woodwinds Health Campus, Woodbury