Good Catch for Patient Safety Award
The MHA Good Catch for Patient Safety award is presented to Minnesota hospital staff who demonstrate their commitment to keeping patients safe by "speaking up" to prevent potential harm to a patient. MHA encourages individual and team nominations, or nominations for system or organizational process and safety improvements that were made to prevent near misses and good catches from reaching patients. It is because of actions taken every day by dedicated professionals like the Good Catch Award honorees that Minnesota hospitals continue to be front-runners in patient safety.
The Good Catch Award is a tiered award. Individuals and/or team members recognized with the award are entered into the running to win the quarterly Good Catch for Patient Safety award. Quarterly recipients are eligible to win the annual Good Catch for Patient Safety award, presented at the MHA Annual Awards banquet each spring. To nominate someone for the Good Catch Award, click here.
2018 Good Catch for Patient Safety of the Year Award honoree
Melody Stoerzinger, RN, at Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater received the MHA Good Catch
for Patient Safety Award, which recognizes a hospital professional who speaks
up to prevent potential harm to patients.
When Melody was completing an intake process for a patient scheduled to have a colonoscopy, she discovered that the patient had recently been diagnosed with diverticulitis while traveling out of state and had been prescribed a course of antibiotics. Standard procedure is to perform a colonoscopy six to eight weeks after treatment for diverticulitis; the patient's procedure was scheduled only two weeks after treatment. Melody brought this information to the attention of the procedure physician. The patient's colonoscopy was rescheduled for seven weeks in the future, in line with patient safety recommendations.
It is because of the actions taken every day by dedicated
professionals like Stoerzinger that Minnesota hospitals and health systems
continue to be leaders in patient safety across the nation.