In this issue
Northwestern Hospital certified registered nurse anesthetist receives Minnesota
Hospital Association’s Good Catch for Patient Safety award
An Abbott Northwestern Hospital certified registered nurse anesthetist
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.
Sounally Lehnhoff, CRNA, Northwest Anesthesia, accepted the quarterly Minnesota
Hospital Association (MHA) Good Catch for Patient Safety award at a
presentation on Jan. 15.
Lehnhoff took action during a preoperative timeout when she noted that the
patient’s blood bank band had the wrong patient name and did not match the
patient’s ID band. Surgery was delayed an hour so a new blood type test and
crossmatch could be conducted. Lenhoff was very thorough with her consent
verification and patient identification, using the “stop the line” process
appropriately to guarantee patient safety.
“It is because of actions taken every day by dedicated professionals like
Sounally that Minnesota hospitals continue to be front-runners in patient
safety,” said MHA Vice President of Quality and Patient Safety Tania Daniels.
“Sounally’s efforts remind us what a difference one person can make to keep
The Good Catch for Patient Safety program recognizes hospital professionals for
actions that protect patients. 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
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Itasca’s innovative clinic transforms view of health care
Imagine you’re experiencing flu-like symptoms during a workout
at your local gym. You hop off the treadmill, grab some water and cool down.
You know your congestion and muscle aches aren’t a result of your workout, so
you feel you should get your symptoms checked out.
If only there was a full
health care clinic on-site at your gym where you could easily receive medical
That is the reality at the Itasca County Family YMCA in Grand
Rapids, Minnesota. Open for less than one year, the primary care clinic inside
the YMCA is staffed five days a week with a family medicine doctor, nurse, lab
technician and registration staff, all from Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital. The care
team is working beyond the hospital’s four walls to integrate health care into
a new kind of environment.
Rather than having community members focus on getting healthy when they’re
already sick, Grand Itasca
partnered with the Itasca County Family YMCA and the city of Grand Rapids to
build a clinic that would foster stronger physician-patient relationships in
new and engaging ways, changing the way patients receive care.
To learn more about how Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital is engaging patients
beyond the exam room, visit the Minnesota's Hospitals: Strengthening
Healthy Communities website.
Like the Minnesota’s
Hospitals Facebook page to get regular updates on how Minnesota’s hospitals work beyond physical walls
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welcomes new members to Board of Directors
MHA welcomes several new members to its Board of Directors. MHA
is governed by a 30-member board of directors representing hospital leaders
from across the state, including nine standing directors, five at-large
directors, six regional directors, five trustee directors and five ex-officio
and officer directors. The board establishes and implements policies and
decisions to advance the delivery of health care and health care policy in
Minnesota and on the national level. Thanks to the following new directors for
their commitment to advancing health care in Minnesota:
President and CEO
Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, Saint Paul
President and CEO
Ridgeview Medical Center, Waconia
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Jerry Kill to present closing keynote at Healthcare Leadership Institute
The 2016 Healthcare Leadership Institute will be held March 9-11
at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West in Plymouth. For more information or to
register, download the conference brochure or visit the MHA website.
Former Gopher football coach Jerry Kill will present the closing session at the
Healthcare Leadership Institute. During his presentation, “Teamwork, Commitment
and Vision,” Kill will share with participants how succeeding with staff and a
team requires high values, commitment and a sense of working together to create
an environment of doing what is right and enjoying the journey along the way.
Kill was head coach of the University of Minnesota Gopher football team from
2010 through Oct. 28, 2015, when he resigned due to health reasons. As coach,
Kill took the team to heights not seen in recent years, including Minnesota’s
first Jan. 1 bowl game since 1962. In 2014, Kill was selected the Big Ten’s
Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year by the conference’s coaches and the Dave
McClain Coach of the Year by the media who cover the Big Ten. He was
nominated for the 2015 Capital One Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award. return to top
Health Communities funding opportunity available
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
on Jan. 5 announced a new funding opportunity of up to $157 million to test
whether screening beneficiaries for health-related social needs and associated
referrals to and navigation of community-based services will improve quality
and affordability in Medicare and Medicaid.
The five-year program, called the Accountable Health Communities model, is the
first Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center model
to focus on the health-related social needs of Medicare and Medicaid
beneficiaries, including building alignment between clinical and
community-based services at the local level. The goal of this model is that
beneficiaries struggling with unmet health-related social needs, such as housing
instability, hunger and interpersonal violence, are aware of the
community-based services available to them and receive assistance accessing
Eligible applicants are community-based organizations, health care provider
practices, hospitals and health systems, institutions of higher education,
local government entities, tribal organizations and for-profit and
not-for-profit local and national entities with the capacity to develop and
maintain a referral network with clinical delivery sites and community service
CMS will award, through a competitive process, renewable one-year cooperative
agreements to successful applicants. Applications will be accepted until
Thursday, March 31. Interested applicants may submit a non-binding letter of
intent until Monday, Feb. 8. To learn more and apply, visit the CMS website. return to top