Minnesota Hospital Association


July 02, 2018

MHA Newsline: July 2, 2018

In this issue 

Lakewood Health System obstetrics team honored with MHA Caregivers of the Year Award

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

The Lakewood Health System obstetrics team received the MHA Caregivers of the Year Award, which recognizes an individual or caregiving team for providing outstanding patient-care services.   

Lakewood Health System’s obstetrics team goes above and beyond patients’ expectations to provide high-quality, family-centered care services. The team has a wide scope of expertise to meet the array of patient needs. From the moment a mother learns she is expecting through the time mom and baby arrive home from the hospital, the Lakewood OB team is there to manage their care through this journey.   

OB case managers guide the prenatal process and gather detailed information from each family so they can tailor the experience to the family’s birth plan. While in the hospital, the OB team goes out of their way to provide complimentary, personalized care and services to set patients up for success. Once the family is home for a week or two, they receive a free home visit by a Lakewood OB registered nurse to offer additional education, weigh the baby, assess medications and treatments and to provide a comforting resource and presence. Team members’ personalized care results in exceptional experiences and outcomes, consistently scoring above national, state and regional averages.   

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

AMRTC returns to full federal compliance

After two recent unannounced inspections by federal regulators, Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Center (AMRTC) has returned to full compliance with federal rules for hospital operations and patient care.  

The state-operated psychiatric hospital in Anoka treats patients with complex mental illnesses and behavioral health conditions. Improvements focused on patient rights, nursing services, treatment planning, quality assurance and performance improvement. Implementation involved changing a wide variety of policies and practices.   

Three separate investigations in 2015 found AMRTC out of compliance with one or more federal regulations related to patient care and hospital operations. To correct the deficiencies and avoid losing federal funding, the facility and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services entered into a systems improvement agreement to bring the hospital into compliance.   

“The entire team at Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Center has worked hard to bring about this crucial turnaround for patients, their families and the staff,” said Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper. “We’ve been focused on changing the way we do things. In a very challenging environment, we are on the right track.”   

As a nationally recognized leader in helping hospitals improve patient care and safety, MHA worked closely with AMRTC to analyze processes and systems and make recommendations for a corrective action plan.   

“We were pleased to partner with DHS and Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Center to ensure patient safety and improve the delivery of consistent, high-quality care in service of patients,” said Dr. Rahul Koranne, MHA’s chief medical officer. “These improvements will result in a stronger continuum of mental health services, which will benefit patients, families and communities across Minnesota.”  

To learn more, view the DHS news releasereturn to top