Minnesota Hospital Association

Quality & Patient Safety

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, team or organizational nominations about process improvement efforts that were made to prevent near misses and good catches from reaching patients. It is because of actions taken every day by dedicated professionals that Minnesota hospitals continue to be front-runners in patient safety.    

Nominated individuals, team members and organizations 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.   

The three levels of awards are presented as follows:

  1. Nominations will be accepted throughout the year. If the nomination has met the following criteria the nominee(s) will receive a letter and certificate of recognition from MHA: a) likelihood that a patient safety issue would have resulted if the Good Catch did not happen; and b) potential impact to patients if the Good Catch did not happen.
  2. Each quarter, one individual or team recognized during the current quarter will receive special recognition for outstanding achievement based on the nature of the Good Catch and the impact to patient safety. Quarterly award winners will be recognized in person.
  3. Annually, one award will be presented at the MHA Awards Banquet. One of the year’s quarterly award recipients will be selected to receive this recognition.

To nominate an employee or team within your organization for this award, complete the form below. 

Good Catch for Patient Safety Nomination Form

Good Catch Quarterly Award Winners

  • Dr. Ryan Miller, St. Cloud VA Health Care System (1st quarter 2019)
  • Tammy Greenman, RN, Sanford Canby Medical Center (4th quarter 2018)
  • *Kara Boyko Frandson, Pharm.D., Abbott Northwestern Hospital (3rd quarter 2018)
  • Katie Forseth, radiologic technologist, Fairview Northland Medical Center, Princeton (2nd quarter 2018)
  • Melissa Ruud, RN, and Theresa Silge, certified surgical technologist, Phillips Eye Institute, Minneapolis (1st quarter 2018) 
  • *Melody Stoerzinger, RN, Lakeview Hospital, Stillwater (3rd quarter 2017)   
  • Mindy Anderson, speech therapist, Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital, St. Louis Park (2nd quarter 2017) 
  • Rachel Spaulding, registration department, Fairview Southdale Hospital, Edina (1st quarter 2017)  
  • Robert Litchy, MRI technologist, Lakeview Hospital, Stillwater (4th quarter 2016)  
  • Mary Mesner, RN, Murray County Medical Center, Slayton (3rd quarter 2016) 
  • *Sonam Serpolamatsang, environmental services professional, Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital (2nd quarter 2016) 
  • Megan Rodger, RN, Bethesda Hospital, Saint Paul (1st quarter 2016) 
  • Anne Stern, BS Pharm, RPh, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis (4th quarter 2015) 
  • Sounally Lehnhoff, CRNA, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis (3rd quarter 2015)  
  • Rita Spiczka, Fairview Northland Medical Center, Princeton (2nd quarter 2015)  
  • *Sherrie Eischens, CHI St. Joseph's Health, Park Rapids (1st quarter 2015)  
  • *Sara Lorenz, RN, Mayo Clinic Rochester (4th quarter 2014) 
  • Melissa Powers, Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital, St. Louis Park (3rd quarter 2014) 
  • Lisa Ginn, St. Francis Regional Medical Center, Shakopee (2nd quarter 2014) 
  • Terri Walz, Fairview Northland Medical Center, Princeton (1st quarter 2014)  
  • Nita Tieszen, Carris Health - Rice Memorial Hospital, Willmar (4th quarter 2013) 
  • *Priscilla McLaughlin, Essentia Health St. Mary’s Medical Center, Duluth (3rd quarter 2013) 
  • Garrel Kinzler and Ashok Patel, MD, Sanford Thief River Falls Medical Center (2nd quarter 2013) 
  • Christy Shepherd, Fairview Ridges Hospital, Burnsville (1st quarter 2013)  
  • *JoAnn Hill, RN, and Susan Lackson, LPN, Essentia Health St. Mary's Medical Center, Duluth (4th quarter 2012) 
  • Katie Goehner, RN, BSN, Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital, St. Louis Park (3rd quarter 2012) 
  • *Andrea Schmaltz, S.T., and Diane Westling, RN, CNOR., Essentia Health St. Mary's Medical Center, Duluth (2nd quarter 2012) 
  • Kirsten L. McManaman, Regions Hospital, St. Paul (3rd quarter 2011) 
  • *Leigh Myers-Higgins, RN, Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital, St. Louis Park (2nd quarter 2011)  
  • Sharon Stanton, RN, Mayo Clinic - Rochester Hospital (4th quarter 2010) 
  • Karen Krass, RN, Buffalo Hospital (3rd quarter 2010)  
  • Gary Schlumpberger, CentraCare Health - Melrose (3rd quarter 2010) 
  • Shelly Rankin, RN, Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, St. Paul (2nd quarter 2010) 
  • Susan Thelen, CentraCare Health - Melrose (1st quarter 2010)

*denotes annual award recipient