Minnesota Hospital Association


June 11, 2018

MHA Newsline: June 11, 2018

In this issue 

Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital honored with MHA Best Minnesota Hospital Workplace Award

 ​MHA on June 1 honored innovative programs and outstanding leaders in health care at its 34th annual awards ceremony.   

Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital received the Best Minnesota Hospital Workplace Award in the large hospital category, which recognizes hospitals that have gone the extra mile to strengthen employee engagement and satisfaction.   

Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital was honored for its implementation of a culture it calls “Head + Heart, Together.” This culture has created a work environment where both patients and employees feel welcomed, included and valued. Employees are supported in their well-being journeys and have resources available to help them reach these goals.   

Additional award winners will be profiled in upcoming issues of Newsline. To learn more about the award winners, visit the MHA websitereturn to top   

Register for PMP prescriber education sessions

The Minnesota Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) is offering education sessions throughout Minnesota to prescribers of controlled substances. Continuing education credits are available at no cost to attendees.   

Following the completion of this activity, participants will be better able to: 

  • Describe the prescriber’s ability to minimize misuse of controlled substance prescriptions  
  • Describe the capabilities and benefits of using the MN PMP 
  • Explain how prescribers can implement the use of MN PMP into their workflow practices 
  • Describe how increased utilization of MN PMP can impact prescription misuse 
  • Identify additional resources to minimize misuse of controlled substance prescriptions 

Sessions are scheduled June 14 in Bemidji, July 26 in St. Cloud and Aug. 9 in Duluth. A session will also be scheduled in the Twin Cities in fall 2018. To learn more and register, visit the PMP websitereturn to top   

Nationwide HIIN efforts save 8,000 lives, $2.9 billion in costs

Data released June 5 by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) show that national Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) efforts to reduce hospital-acquired conditions, such as adverse drug events and injuries from falls, helped prevent an estimated 8,000 deaths and save $2.9 billion between 2014 and 2016.   

MHA is one of 16 national, regional or state hospital associations, Quality Improvement Organizations and health system organizations selected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to participate in HIIN. Through MHA’s HIIN, hospitals and health systems across the state have made significant progress toward reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions, as well as reducing harm across the board.   

Since 2014, Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems have averted 24,693 harms, prevented 9,013 readmissions and saved $170,916,294 in costs.   

To learn more about the nationwide results, view the CMS press release. return to top   

Riverwood Healthcare names new CEO

Riverwood Healthcare Center has selected Todd Sandberg as chief executive officer. He will join Riverwood on June 18.  

Sandberg brings more than 20 years of health care leadership experience, including a broad range of responsibilities. He most recently served as the vice president, regional operations, for Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia and the vice president/administrator for Ridgeview Sibley Medical Center. Learn more on Riverwood’s websitereturn to top