Archive for February, 2013

Long Term Care to participate in learning collaborative

Northfield Hospital Long Term Care Center has joined Stratis Health in a campaign to ensure every nursing home resident receives the highest quality care.

The Long Term Care Center will be a collaborative partner in a campaign called Acting Together to Achieve Excellence (ATTAX). Its aim is to introduce Minnesota nursing homes to quality and performance improvement practices designed to attack and eliminate healthcare acquired conditions and to improve resident satisfaction.

Supporting the development of strategies for overall quality will be at the heart of this work, as well as specific emphasis and resources for improving dementia care and preventing pressure ulcers, falls and urinary tract infections. Successes and best practices from the group will be shared with the Minnesota nursing home community over the next few years.

Tammy Hayes, Division Administrator for Nursing and Long Term Care Center administrator for Northfield Hospital & Clinics, says participation in this campaign reflects the organization’s commitment to continuous improvement.

“We are very proud of the quality of care we provide our residents,” she said. “We have a long history of providing excellent care, but we are always looking for new ways to improve.”

Jane Pederson, MD, director, medical affairs for Stratis Health, said the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid have made transformational quality improvement a priority across this country.

“This is such exciting work that we are able to continue as the quality improvement organization with nursing homes in Minnesota,” Dr. Pederson said.

The work is supported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and is being led by Stratis Hewalth, Minnesota’s Medicare Quality Improvement Organization.

 

“Initial Certification Course: Emergency Medical Responder” begins in March

The Northfield Hospital Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is offering the initial certification course for Emergency Medical Responder, formerly known as First Responder.  The 64-hour class will begin in March at Northfield Hospital’s EMS Station, 1600 Riverview Lane.

Students who successfully complete the course will be eligible to sit for the National Registry of Emergency Technicians practical and written exams for Emergency Medical Responder. The curriculum is includes lecture, practical skills, and optional field internship.

Details regarding the course can be obtained from Brian Edwards, EMS manager, at 507-646-1444 or edwardsb@northfieldhospital.org. Class size is limited and advance registration is required.

Book Fair dates announced

 The Northfield Hospital Auxiliary will hold its 52st annual Great Northfield, Minnesota Book Raid Tuesday, April 23, through Saturday, April 27, at the Northfield Ice Arena.

Donations can be made at the ice arena, beginning Monday, April 1. Hours are: 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday,  April 1-5; 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 7; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, April 8-19; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13; and 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 20.

Over the years the book fair has raised more than half a million dollars for projects at Northfield Hospital & Clinics and for other community health initiatives, such as HealthFinders. These funds also support the Northfield Hospital Auxiliary’s health education scholarship program.

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