Minnesota Hospital Association


November 16, 2015

MHA Newsline: Nov. 16, 2015

In this issue 

Fairview Northland Medical Center staff member receives Minnesota Hospital Association’s Good Catch for Patient Safety award

A Fairview Northland Medical Center staff member has received the award that recognizes hospital professionals who demonstrate their commitment to keeping patients safe by “speaking up” to prevent a potential patient safety issue.   

Rita Spiczka accepted the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) Good Catch for Patient Safety award at a presentation on Nov. 12. Spiczka took action when she recognized symptoms of heart failure in a patient who came in for a cardiac stress test. Instead of starting the test, Spiczka consulted with the patient’s primary care provider and ultimately ensured that the patient was transported to the Emergency Room, where he was admitted to the hospital Intensive Care Unit with heart complications.   

“It is because of actions taken every day by dedicated professionals like Rita that Minnesota hospitals continue to be front-runners in patient safety,” said MHA Vice President of Quality and Patient Safety Tania Daniels. “Rita’s efforts remind us what a difference one person can make to keep patients safe.”  

The Good Catch for Patient Safety program recognizes hospital professionals for actions that protect patients. The program might honor, for example, a nurse who realizes that a medication order looks incorrect and therefore verifies the order with the physician before administering the medication to the patient.   

All Good Catch for Patient Safety award winners are entered into the running to receive the quarterly Good Catch for Patient Safety award. Quarterly winners are eligible to be honored with the annual Good Catch for Patient Safety award presented at the MHA Annual Awards banquet in May.   

Individuals seeking to nominate an employee or team for the award can visit the MHA website to complete a nomination form.   

For more information, visit the MHA website or contact Tania Daniels, 651-603-3517, or Rahul Koranne, M.D., senior vice president for clinical affairs and chief medical officer, 651-659-1445. return to top   

New workplace violence prevention resources now available

Additional resources for implementing the new workplace violence prevention law are available on the MHA website as well as the MDH website. Hospitals are currently working on violence prevention plans in accordance with the new workplace violence prevention law.   

New resources that are now available include a list of frequently asked questions regarding the new law and a template of a violence action plan. These documents are available on the MHA website, along with a tool kit that includes the gap analysis tool and sample plans, policies and other resources from MHA members to help implement or sustain a violence prevention program.   

For more information on the gap analysis and tools, contact Nora Vernon, quality/safety clinical specialist, MHA, 651-603-3507. return to top   

Annual community benefit survey due Nov. 20

MHA has initiated the annual community benefit data collection for fiscal year 2014. The data is presented in MHA’s Community Benefit Report.  

Due to requests from members, we have extended the deadline for submitting your hospital’s community benefit information to Friday, Nov. 20. Your participation is critical to ensure the report accurately reflects regional and statewide trends and that all benefits hospitals have contributed to their community are acknowledged.   

Chief executive officers, chief financial officers and communications point people should have received emails with instructions and a link to the survey system used to collect the data. If your hospital did not receive emails in October regarding the survey, please contact Bonnie Terveer, data operations assistant, MHA, 651-641-1121.   

Please note that your hospital’s Form 990 should also be sent to Bonnie Terveerreturn to top   

Minnesota Crisis Link website undergoing revision

MHA recently reported on the launching of a Crisis Link website to connect people in crisis, including mental health and substance use crises, to services. Since that article, the crisis resources on the website have been removed for revision. MHA will share the link again once the site has relaunched.   

The following resources are still available: 

Hospitals and clinics are encouraged to make the local crisis line numbers and Fast-Tracker information available to patients and their families. The information can be posted, available as a handout in the waiting room or offered in other ways. return to top