Health Services honored with MHA Quality and Patient Safety Improvement Award
MHA on June 1 honored innovative programs and outstanding leaders in health
care at its 34th annual awards ceremony.
Winona Health Services received the Quality and Patient Safety Improvement
Award in the large hospital category, which recognizes hospitals that have
taken extraordinary and innovative steps to make patient safety a top priority
throughout the hospital.
Communities nationwide see the devastating effects of opiates. Winona Health
developed the Conservative Management Clinic to increase safety, improve care
and decrease the risk of accidental overdose and medications getting into the
wrong hands. The clinic team created a guideline for optimal doses of
medication for patients, and primary care providers rotate through the clinic
to gain understanding of the work. Registered nurses perform screenings and
collect data for each visit and providers use evidence-based protocols.
If a medical professional determines opioids are needed, they use prescribing
guidelines, giving patients the lowest dose for effective treatment. The staff
educates patients about the addictive risks associated with opioids, while
providing information about alternative pain management options including
cognitive, physical and behavioral therapy and alternatives like mindfulness.
Additional award winners will be profiled in upcoming issues of Newsline. To
learn more about the award winners, visit the MHA website. return to top
LeadingAge Minnesota to host gubernatorial debate at MHA Annual Meeting
MHA and LeadingAge Minnesota will host a gubernatorial debate in
partnership with Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) on Sept. 21 at the MHA
Annual Meeting. The state’s major party candidates, Rep. Tim Walz (DFL) and
Jeff Johnson (R), have been invited. TPT’s Capitol reporter Mary Lahammer will
moderate the debate, which is sponsored by Gallagher.
Evolving changes in the delivery and financing of health care and a
fast-growing aging population present both challenges and opportunities. The
candidates will debate issues related to health care and long-term care that
affect every citizen’s quality of life.
TPT will live stream the debate online and air it later on its Minnesota
Channel for statewide viewing.
The content of the MHA Annual Meeting has been approved by the Minnesota Board
of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators for up to 10 contact hours.
For more information and to register, download the conference brochure or visit MHA’s website, log in,
click “Calendar of Events” and select the program title. Make reservations at
the resort on the Madden’s website. return to top
for Aug. 31 SAMHSA training on opioid use disorder in mothers, infants
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
(SAMHSA) will offer a free course on Aug. 31 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at United
Hospital in St. Paul designed to help physicians and health care professionals
who care for pregnant women with opioid use disorder and substance-exposed
infants make clinically appropriate and individualized treatment decisions that
will promote the best possible outcome for both mother and infant.
The information covered in this course is based on SAMHSA’s “Clinical Guidance
for Treating Pregnant and Parenting Women with Opioid Use Disorder and Their
Infants” guide. The session is jointly provided by the Postgraduate Institute
for Medicine and SAMHSA and co-hosted by Allina Health.
Learn more and register online.
MHA also offers a toolkit that hospitals and health systems can
use to identify, assess and treat newborns and their mothers experiencing
opioid addiction. return to top
announces MERC grant applications due Oct. 31
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has opened the medical
education and research cost (MERC) grant application for clinical training that
took place in Minnesota during fiscal year 2017 through sponsoring institutions
with accredited teaching programs. The purpose of the grant is to compensate a
teaching program’s clinical training facilities for a portion of clinical
training costs in a patient care setting. Applications are due Oct. 31. MDH
plans to distribute the grants at the end of April 2019. Grant materials can
be found on the MDH website. return to top
is Sepsis Awareness Month
This September, take action to recognize Sepsis Awareness Month.
Recognizing sepsis early is a critical aspect to successful treatment. Several
new resources are available to help spread the message externally in the
community and take action internally within your organization.
MHA continues to see an increase in Minnesota hospital and health system
participation in the tiered sepsis road map. Check your progress in
meeting the fundamental and advanced strategies within your hospital or health
system. This road map focuses on facilitating the adoption of sepsis early
detection tools using the Seeing Sepsis Toolkit and Surviving Sepsis
Campaign three- and six-hour care bundles by hospitals of all sizes.
Over 80 percent of sepsis cases begin outside of the hospital, but only 55
percent of adults have heard of sepsis. This patient toolkit has practical resources
including printable posters and social media content to support your efforts to
increase awareness of sepsis. In addition, the CDC website offers resources and publications
to support patient and staff education. return to top
recognized by Gov. Dayton
Gov. Mark Dayton and Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper on Aug. 16
recognized employees of Anoka Metro Regional Treatment Center (AMRTC) for the
successful completion of the Systems Improvement Agreement, returning the
facility to full compliance with federal rules for hospital operations and
The state-operated psychiatric hospital in Anoka treats patients with complex
mental illnesses and behavioral health conditions. MHA served as a consultant,
analyzing processes and systems and making recommendations for the corrective
“We were pleased to partner with the Department of Human Services 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.”
MHA thanks quality and patient safety team member Tracy Radtke for her on-site
work with DHS staff. return to top