Archive for October, 2008

Northfield Hospital receives patient safety awards

Northfield Hospital is one of only three Minnesota healthcare institutions to receive four Patient Safety Awards of Excellence this year from the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA).

The hospital was recognized for its campaigns on behalf of the MHA’s Safe Skin, Safe from Falls, Safe Site and Safe Count initiatives. Northfield Hospital implemented best practices in all of these areas to prevent pressure ulcers in patients, wrong site surgeries, patient falls, and objects from being retained in patients after giving birth. An award of excellence is earned when a hospital has implemented at least 90 percent of the best practices endorsed by the MHA.

MHA Patient Safety Vice President Tania Daniels said hospitals that receive these awards should be commended because the bar is set quite high.

“Hospitals that qualify have achieved measurable and meaningful progress toward implementing best practices to drive down adverse health events,” she said.

Mary Quinn Crow, vice president and chief operating officer for Northifeld Hospital, said patient safety is a top priority for Northfield Hospital and other Minnesota hospitals

“I am very pleased that Northfield Hospital is among the very few hospitals in Minnesota to receive these awards,” said Quinn Crow. “They recognize our commitment to patient safety and the dedicated work of our staff to achieve the best practices established by MHA. These new initiatives will ensure safe patient care in these areas and that is what is most important.”

Hospital auxiliary commits $100,000 to Breast Care Center

The Northfield Hospital Auxiliary has committed $100,000 over three years to help the hospital expand its Breast Care Center into a center of excellence.

The auxiliary donation provides momentum for the development of an integrated service that blends state-of-the-art technology with critical information and counsel that helps patients better understand their diagnosis and treatment options.

Jose Fulco, MD, a general surgeon at Northfield Hospital, said the expanded center will allow for more timely diagnoses and will streamline the decision-making process in a personalized, patient-centered setting.

“One out of eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lifetime,” he said. “What we are trying to avoid is the delayed diagnosis and the anxiety that goes with it.”

Jane Gelle, Co-President of the Northfield Hospital Auxiliary, said this project is a great fit for her organization.

“This is a service our members can embrace and promote,” she said. “Our hope is that our financial commitment will accelerate the development of this center and make these services more accessible and more convenient to the community.”

With the auxiliary’s commitment, the hospital will create dedicated space where patients’ privacy needs can be honored as they access information on best practices and referrals. It will also contribute to future technology needs and the collection of important educational material, referral information and treatment protocols.

Kathleen Meier, Division Administrator for Ancillary Services, said she is thrilled the auxiliary is adopting this project as a major focus of its fundraising over the next few years.

“This donation allows us to expand the services available through our Breast Care Center sooner than we thought possible,” she said. “Now we are quickly moving from simply having a vision to providing services we know will make a difference in the lives of patients.”

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