Minnesota Hospital Association


July 23, 2018

MHA Newsline: July 23, 2018

In this issue 

Melody Stoerzinger, RN, honored with MHA Good Catch for Patient Safety Award

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

Registered nurse Melody Stoerzinger of Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater received the MHA Good Catch for Patient Safety Award, which recognizes a hospital professional who speaks up to prevent potential harm to patients.   

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.  

The Good Catch for Patient Safety award program accepts nominations throughout the year. All Good Catch for Patient Safety award winners are entered into the running to receive a quarterly Good Catch for Patient Safety award. One quarterly winner is chosen to receive the annual award.   

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 Aug. 14 medication safety conference

The 2018 Medication Safety Learning and Networking Day will be held at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West in Plymouth on Aug. 14. The content is intended for quality and safety personnel, nurses, providers and pharmacists.   

Read the event brochure and register online. Please purchase a meal ticket for food and beverages directly from the Crowne Plaza for a $52 fee online. The meal ticket includes breakfast, coffee breaks and a lunch buffet.   

Livestreaming of the event will also be provided. Remote viewers will need to register in advance for the morning and/or afternoon livestream to view and earn CEs for the event.   

The morning session includes a patient story, overview of the new DHS opioid prescribing guidelines and panel discussions on medication reconciliation and medication shortage management. Register for the morning livestream.   

The afternoon session includes presentations on monitoring and responding to controlled substance diversion and preparing for new USP 800 requirements (hazardous drug handling and administration). Register for the afternoon livestream.   

There will be question and answer time after each presenter and online participants will be able to ask questions in a chat box for presenters.   

With questions, contact Joy Benn, quality and process improvement specialist, MHA, 651-659-1441. return to top   

Telegenetics grant applications due Aug. 15

The Midwest Genetics Network is accepting applications from organizations in seven states including Minnesota for activities to promote the use of telemedicine in the provision of genetic services. The network will accept requests for funding in amounts up to $10,000. The deadline for submission is Aug. 15. The network anticipates notifying award recipients by Sept. 5. For more information and to apply, view the Request for Proposalreturn to top