Minnesota Hospital Association


March 29, 2021

Regions Hospital care team member receives MHA Good Catch for Patient Safety Award

A Regions 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. 

Zeineb Nurahmed, medical laboratory scientist, accepted the quarterly Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) Good Catch for Patient Safety Award at a virtual presentation on March 17.

Nurahmed was working in the microbiology lab to identify a yeast from a routine fungal culture. Her identification instrument had reached an acceptable identification, but she had not seen this yeast before and something about the identification seemed questionable. Nurahmed conducted additional research and learned that some similar samples were identified as Candida auris, an emerging pathogen that had not yet been found in Minnesota.

Nurahmed sent the sample to the Minnesota Department of Health’s (MDH) Public Health Lab for further investigation. MDH confirmed it was Minnesota’s first case of Candida auris. Identification of Candida auris is a challenge but plays a critical part in preventing transmission. Nurahmed’s expertise and attention to detail alerted MDH to this case, which will help improve identification techniques for this emerging pathogen. 

“It is because of actions taken every day by dedicated professionals like Zeineb that Minnesota hospitals and health systems continue to be front-runners in patient safety,” said Dr. Rahul Koranne, president and CEO, MHA. “Zeineb’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 Regions 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 Zeineb.”

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.