Minnesota Hospital Association


November 21, 2016

MHA Newsline: Nov. 21, 2016

In this issue 

Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving

The board and staff of MHA wish you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving. Special thanks to hospital staff who sacrifice time away from their families to provide high-quality care to patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. We are thankful for you! return to top   

Community partners: Improving mental health in rural Minnesota

One in five Minnesotans will experience a mental illness this year, but fewer than half will receive treatment. Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems are stepping up to address this public health issue by creating community-based solutions throughout the state.  

In northwestern Minnesota, challenges to receiving mental health care can include long waits to secure an appointment with a mental health professional and long drives to see a specialist. To enhance community access to mental health care, LifeCare Medical Center in Roseau created the “roving therapist” program. The roving therapist is a behavioral health specialist who responds to potential mental health crises wherever they arise – the hospital’s emergency department, local school, church, jail or elsewhere in the community. People experiencing mental health crises are immediately evaluated by the roving therapist and connected with the care that’s right for them. 

Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems believe every Minnesotan deserves access to safe, effective and affordable mental health care. Watch the video to find out how Minnesota’s hospitals are fostering community partnerships to improve mental health care throughout the state.   

To see more examples of how Minnesota hospitals and health systems are making a difference in their own communities, visit the Minnesota's Hospitals: Strengthening Healthy Communities website and Facebook pagereturn to top   

MHA honors hospitals and health systems for superior performance on HEN 2.0

More than 100 hospitals across Minnesota participated in the Partnership for Patients Hospital Engagement Network 2.0 (HEN 2.0) focusing on improving 10 hospital-acquired conditions. The goals of the campaign were to: 

  • Decrease preventable hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent 
  • Decrease hospital readmissions by 20 percent    

MHA recognizes HEN participants for their superior performance in patient safety when they achieve and sustain a 40 percent reduction on at least six hospital-acquired conditions and meet three or more patient and family engagement (PFE) criteria.   

Congratulations to the following hospitals that were recognized by MHA for superior performance in patient safety as part of HEN 2.0: 

  • Appleton Area Health Services* 
  • Buffalo Hospital* 
  • CentraCare Health – Melrose 
  • CentraCare Health – Monticello* 
  • CentraCare Health – Paynesville 
  • CHI St. Joseph's Health, Park Rapids* 
  • Essentia Health-Fosston 
  • FirstLight Health System, Mora 
  • Glencoe Regional Health Services 
  • Granite Falls Municipal Hospital & Manor* 
  • Hutchinson Health 
  • Lake Region Healthcare, Fergus Falls 
  • LifeCare Medical Center, Roseau* 
  • Maple Grove Hospital* 
  • Meeker Memorial Hospital, Litchfield* 
  • Mercy Hospital, Moose Lake 
  • Mille Lacs Health System, Onamia 
  • Minnesota Valley Health Center, Le Sueur 
  • Northfield Hospital 
  • Olmsted Medical Center, Rochester* 
  • Perham Health 
  • Rainy Lake Medical Center, International Falls* 
  • RC Hospital & Clinics, Olivia 
  • Redwood Area Hospital, Redwood Falls 
  • Riverwood Healthcare Center, Aitkin* 
  • Sanford Luverne Medical Center 
  • Sanford Tracy Medical Center 
  • Sanford Wheaton Medical Center 
  • Sleepy Eye Medical Center 
  • Tri-County Health Care, Wadena* 
  • United Hospital District, Blue Earth 
  • Windom Area Hospital* 

*Hospitals that received banner recognition during both HEN and HEN 2.0. return to top