A CentraCare – St. Cloud Hospital care team member has received the award that recognizes hospital and health system professionals who demonstrate their commitment to keeping patients safe by speaking up to prevent a potential patient safety issue.
Jodi Lillemoen, core charge nurse, accepted the quarterly MHA Good Catch for Patient Safety Award at a virtual presentation on Feb. 22.
A patient was admitted to the CentraCare – St. Cloud Hospital medical unit from another care facility for a condition related to diabetes. During the patient’s stay, Lillemoen reviewed the patient’s medical history and identified that the patient had a history of chronic suicidal ideation and self-harm, but no individualized interventions were currently in place to keep the patient safe in the hospital.
Lillemoen reached out to the patient’s care facility and learned that the patient required continuous 1:1 care to keep the patient safe. She also notified the hospital’s behavioral health dysregulation team to evaluate the patient’s risk and create a safe plan of care. The team urgently evaluated the patient, completed a chart review, updated the unique treatment plan to ensure the patient has a 1:1 present with each admission and developed a plan of care to assure the patient's safety. CentraCare – St. Cloud Hospital also formed an interdisciplinary team to assure risk is identified using suicide and self-harm screening tools.
“It is because of actions taken every day by dedicated professionals like Jodi that Minnesota hospitals and health systems continue to be front-runners in patient safety,” said Dr. Rahul Koranne, president and CEO, MHA. “Jodi’s efforts remind us what a difference each person can make to ensure Minnesotans are healthy and have access to the right care at the right time in the right place. Thank you to CentraCare – St. Cloud Hospital for partnering with us on a creative virtual celebration that aligned with current health and safety practices to recognize this good catch and honor Jodi.”
Visit the MHA website to nominate a hospital or health system employee or team for the award. To learn more, contact Tania Daniels, vice president of quality and safety, MHA.