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.”