Minnesota Hospital Association

Quality & Patient Safety

Time Out Campaign

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To bring even greater attention to the issue, MHA, the Minnesota Department of Health, the Minnesota Medical Association, the Minnesota Medical Group Management Association and MMIC Group partnered to form the Minnesota Safe Surgery Coalition, which aims to eliminate wrong surgeries and procedures. The Minnesota Organization of Leaders in Nursing (MOLN) and the Minnesota Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (MNASCA) also pledge their support for the coalition.

The efforts of the Minnesota Safe Surgery Coalition are focused on the Time Out Campaign, which seeks to eliminate wrong site events through administration, physicians and front-line staff joining together to hold each other accountable for conducting robust, effective time-outs for every patient, every invasive procedure, every time.

Time Out webinars

MHA quality and patient safety March 2016 webinar
K.C. O'Connor, president, Universal Safety Solution, and Dr. Kathleen Harder, director, Center for Design in Health and director of graduate studies, Human Factors Program, University of Minnesota, discuss the surgical time out process, focusing on methods to drive out distractions and improve mindfulness to prevent surgical adverse events. 

Time Out Campaign partners

  • AORN of the Twin Cities-Chapter 2401
  • Greater Minnesota Initiative for Safe Surgery (GMISS)
  • Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians
  • Minnesota Academy of Opthalmology
  • Minnesota Academy of Otolaryngology
  • Minnesota Ambulatory Health Care Consortium (MAHCC)
  • Minnesota Ambulatory Surgical Center Association (MNASCA)
  • Minnesota American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (MNACOG)
  • Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)
  • Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA)
    • Board of Directors
  • Minnesota Medical Association (MMA)
  • Minnesota Medical Group Management Association (MMGMA)
  • Minnesota Organization of Leaders in Nursing (MOLN)
  • Minnesota Orthopaedic Society
  • Minnesota Society of Anesthesiologists
  • Minnesota Urological Society
  • MMIC Group
  • Stratis Health

Time Out Campaign providers

  • Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center
  • Bigfork Valley Hospital
  • CentraCare Health - Long Prairie
  • CentraCare Health - Melrose
  • CentraCare Health - Paynesville
  • CentraCare Health - Sauk Centre
  • CHI LakeWood Health, Baudette
  • CHI St. Francis Health, Breckenridge
  • CHI St. Joseph's Health, Park Rapids
  • Children's Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota, St. Paul
  • Chippewa County Montevideo Hospital
  • Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, Crosby
  • District One Hospital, Faribault
  • Douglas County Hospital, Alexandria
  • Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital
  • Essentia Health-Ada
  • Essentia Health-Deer River
  • Essentia Health-Virginia
  • Essentia Health St. Joseph's Medical Center, Brainerd
  • Essentia Health St. Mary's Hospital, Duluth
  • FirstLight Health System, Mora
  • Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, St. Paul
  • Glacial Ridge Health System, Glenwood
  • Glencoe Regional Health Services
  • Granite Falls Municipal Hospital and Manor
  • Hendricks Community Hospital Association
  • Hennepin County Medical Center
  • Hutchinson Health
  • Lake Region Healthcare, Fergus Falls
  • Lakeview Hospital, Stillwater
  • Lakewood Health System, Staples
  • LifeCare Medical Center, Roseau
  • Madelia Community Hospital
  • Maple Grove Hospital
  • Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin
  • Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont
  • Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague
  • Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing
  • Mayo Clinic Health System in Waseca
  • Mayo Clinic Rochester
  • Meeker Memorial Hospital, Litchfield
  • Murray County Medical Center, Slayton
  • North Memorial Medical Center, Robbinsdale
  • Northfield Hospital
  • Olmsted Medical Center, Rochester
  • Ortonville Area Health Services
  • Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital, Minneapolis
  • Perham Health
  • Pipestone County Medical Center
  • Rainy Lake Medical Center, International Falls
  • RC Hospital & Clinics, Olivia
  • Redwood Area Hospital, Redwood Falls
  • Regina Hospital, Hastings
  • Regions Hospital, St. Paul
  • Ridgeview Medical Center, Waconia
  • Ridgeview Sibley Medical Center, Arlington
  • River's Edge Hospital & Clinic, St. Peter
  • RiverView Health, Crookston
  • Riverwood Health Care Center, Aitkin
  • Sanford Bemidji Medical Center
  • Sanford Canby Medical Center
  • Sanford Jackson Medical Center
  • Sanford Luverne Medical Center
  • Sanford Thief River Falls Medical Center
  • Sanford Tracy Medical Center
  • Shriners Hospitals for Children, Minneapolis
  • Sleepy Eye Medical Center
  • St. Cloud Hospital
  • St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Wabasha
  • St. John's Hospital, Maplewood
  • St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Paul
  • Stevens Community Medical Center, Morris
  • Swift County Benson Hospital
  • Tri-County Health Care, Wadena
  • United Hospital District, Blue Earth
  • Windom Area Hospital
  • Winona Health Services
  • Woodwinds Health Campus, Woodbury

Time Out Providers — Surgical Centers

  • CentraCare Surgery Center, St. Cloud
  • Central Minnesota Surgical Center, St. Cloud
  • Clinic Sofia OBGYN, P.A., Edina
  • Crossroads Surgery Center, Faribault
  • Family Surgery Center, Willmar
  • HealthPartners Same Day Surgery, St. Paul
  • High Pointe Surgery Center, Lake Elmo
  • Institute for Low Back & Neck Care Special Procedures, Plymouth
  • Lakewood Surgery Center, Grand Rapids
  • Landmark Surgery Center, St. Paul
  • Maplewood Surgery Center
  • Mayo Clinic - Surgical Services, Rochester
  • MidSota Surgical Suites, St. Cloud
  • Midwest Surgery Center, Woodbury
  • Minnesota Eye Institute, Alexandria
  • Minnesota Eye Laser & Surgery Center, Bloomington
  • Minnesota Vascular Surgery Center, New Brighton
  • North Memorial Ambulatory Surgery Center, Maple Grove
  • Regional Eye Surgery Center, Inc., Hutchinson
  • River Falls Medical Clinic, River Falls, Wis.
  • Sanford Same Day Surgery Bemidji
  • Southwest Surgical Center dba Orthopaedic Institute, Edina
  • Specialists in General Surgery, Maple Grove
  • Sports & Orthopaedic Specialists
  • St. Cloud Surgical Center
  • St. Paul Surgeons Ltd.
  • Willmar Surgery Center
  • Woodbury Ambulatory Surgery Center, Woodbury