Minnesota Hospital Association


February 19, 2016

Minnesota's hospitals and health systems lead quality and patient safety efforts

Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems are committed to providing superior care to patients and families – and we have earned a national reputation for delivering safe, high-quality health care and for meeting the needs of our communities.   

For the past 12 years, Minnesota’s nation-leading adverse health events reporting system has provided a strong system for learning and continuous quality improvement. It is one of the many tools hospitals, nurses, physicians and care teams use to improve patient safety year-round. Hospitals’ commitment to transparency, public reporting and collaboratively learning and sharing is making care safer and improving quality.   

For example, hospitals and health systems are working together to prevent pressure ulcers and falls, prevent hospital-acquired infections, make surgery safer, ensure medication safety and more. You can read this year's report on the Minnesota Hospital Association's website.   

Minnesota’s patient safety efforts have been recognized on a national level. The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) was one of just 17 hospital associations and health system organizations in the country selected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to continue efforts in reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions through the federal Partnership for Patients Hospital Engagement Network (HEN). As part of HEN, Minnesota hospitals and health systems have prevented more than 15,000 patients from harm and saved more than $112 million as a result of a reduction in hospital-acquired conditions since 2010.   

Every day, Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems demonstrate their deep commitment to quality and patient safety. Learn more about these efforts on MHA's patient safety website.