In this issue
Hospital staff member receives Minnesota Hospital Association’s Good Catch for
Patient Safety award
A Lakeview Hospital registered nurse has received the award that recognizes
hospital professionals who demonstrate their commitment to keeping patients
safe by speaking up to prevent a potential patient safety issue.
Registered nurse Melody Stoerzinger accepted the quarterly Minnesota Hospital
Association (MHA) Good Catch for Patient Safety award at a presentation on Feb.
When Stoerzinger was completing an intake process for a patient scheduled to
have a colonoscopy, she discovered that the patient had recently been diagnosed
with diverticulitis while traveling out of state and had been prescribed a
course of antibiotics. Standard procedure is to perform a colonoscopy six to
eight weeks after treatment for diverticulitis; the patient’s procedure was
scheduled only two weeks after treatment.
Stoerzinger brought this information to the attention of the procedure
physician. The patient’s colonoscopy was rescheduled for seven weeks in the
future, in line with patient safety recommendations.
“It is because of actions taken every day by dedicated professionals like
Melody that Minnesota hospitals continue to be front-runners in patient
safety,” said MHA Vice President of Quality and Patient Safety Tania Daniels.
“Melody’s efforts remind us what a difference each person can make to keep
The Good Catch for Patient Safety program recognizes hospital professionals for
actions that protect patients. All Good Catch for Patient Safety award winners
are entered into the running to receive the quarterly Good Catch for Patient
Safety award. Quarterly winners are eligible to be honored with the annual Good
Catch for Patient Safety award presented at the MHA Annual Awards banquet in
Individuals seeking to nominate an employee or team for the award can visit
the MHA website to
complete a nomination form.
For more information, visit the MHA website or contact Tania Daniels, 651-603-3517, or Rahul Koranne, M.D., MHA’s chief medical officer, 651-659-1445. return to top
Assistance Program for seniors helps simplify food shelf access
In August 2016, Mayo Clinic Health System in Springfield
(MCHS-Springfield) dietitian Linda Carruthers made a visit to the Springfield
food shelf to provide education to the clients. At the end of the session she
noticed some boxes stacked on a table. The food shelf manager explained that
these unclaimed boxes of food were for Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors
(NAPS) participants. NAPS is a USDA Commodity Supplemental Food Program
designed to provide nutritious food products each month at no cost to eligible
individuals over the age of 60.
The boxes had not been claimed by the participants for a variety of reasons.
For some, the 30-pound boxes were too heavy to carry. Others were unable to
access transportation to pick up the box or their proxy was unable to pick up
the box at the designated times. As a result, these participants were unable to
receive nutritious items such as cereal; canned fruits, vegetables and meat; shelf-stable
milk; fruit juice; peanut butter; pasta; and cheese.
Carruthers met with Scott Thoreson, administrator at MCHS-Springfield, to
discuss the possibility of MCHS-Springfield staff delivering boxes to the
people who were unable to pick them up. In October 2016, MCHS-Springfield
collaborated with the food shelf and became proxies for some of the
participants to begin the delivery program began.
Visit the MHA website to learn more and read the full Community Benefit Report. return to top
miss the chance to earn recognition for your hospital
MHA Awards nominations due Friday, March 9
MHA wants to honor your hospital and caregivers for our 34th annual awards
program celebrating the outstanding work you do to deliver patient care and
serve your communities.
MHA award categories recognize excellence involving community health, best workplace,
and patient care, for example. Honors for individuals recognize trustees,
volunteers, hospital executives, caregivers and public officials. Additional
information on the categories and judging criteria can be found on MHA’s website.
Entries are due Friday, March 9; find the entry form online.
MHA will notify all entrants whether they have won in mid-April. A reception
and dinner will take place Friday, June 1, at the Metropolitan Ballroom in
suburban Minneapolis. All MHA members and associate members are invited and
encouraged to attend the awards ceremony. Mark your calendars and plan to join
us for this celebration of excellence in Minnesota health care.
For more information, contact Sarah Bohnet, visual communications
specialist, MHA, 651-603-3494. return to top
collaborations to be highlighted at MHA Healthcare Leadership Institute
The MHA Healthcare Leadership Institute, themed “Health Care in
Transition,” will be held March 7-9 at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West in
Plymouth. For more information or to register, download the conference brochure or visit MHA’s website. Reserve accommodations online.
“Improving the Health Status of Your Community – Collaborative Approach to
Better Mental Health Care” will highlight three organizations that have
developed partnerships on mental and behavioral health with other organizations
in their communities to improve outcomes. Panelists include Ashley Conner, MPH,
health integration manager, Central Minnesota Mental Health Center, St. Cloud;
Jan Carr-Herseth, director of behavioral health services, LifeCare Medical
Center, Roseau; and Diane Holliday-Welch, administrator-behavioral health and
emergency medicine, Essentia Health, Duluth. This session is sponsored by the
Minnesota Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
During the closing presentation, “Minnesota Law Enforcement and Health Care
Coalition,” speakers will provide an update on the coalition’s activities and
decisions moving into 2018. The coalition consists of representatives of health
care, law enforcement and regulatory organizations who address issues such as
access to standardized tools, methods of leadership to prevent and respond to
violent situations, relationships between organizations and collaboration
between stakeholders. Speakers include Jeffrey Ho, M.D., emergency medicine,
Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis; Tracy Venne, director of safety,
security and emergency management, Children’s Minnesota, Minneapolis; and Mark
Koenig, sergeant, Minneapolis Police Department.
The Minnesota Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators (MN BENHA) has
approved the content of this Institute for 14.25 clock hours. return to top
to launch new data analytics platform Feb. 20
MHA on Feb. 20 will host an informational
meeting and webinar to launch a new data analytics platform for members.
The new software is an analytics module from the 3M Performance Matrix
Platform, which incorporates 3M’s risk-adjustment methodologies. The Performance
Matrix is a powerful analytic and workflow system that has been co-developed
with Verily (formerly Google Life Sciences). The platform combines 3M’s
clinical expertise and experience with Verily’s analytical and processing
The kickoff meeting will take place on Feb. 20 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. via webinar
or in-person at the 3M Innovation Center. To register for this meeting and
receive webinar access information or in-person access instructions, contact Jenny Sanislo, division assistant, MHA, 651-603-3507. return to top