Hospital recognized for patient safety

Northfield Hospital was recently recognized by the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) for superior performance on improving patient safety.

 The hospital received a “Partnership for Patients Excellence Award” from the MHA Hospital Engagement Network, a consortium of healthcare facilities dedicated to reducing preventable hospital acquired conditions and preventable hospital readmissions. To earn the award, a hospital needed to demonstrate progress on three or more patient safety initiatives.

Northfield Hospital was cited for reducing early elective deliveries, other OB adverse events and preventable hospital readmissions. The other areas of focus for the network are: adverse drug events; catheter-associated urinary tract infections; central-line-associated blood stream infections; injuries from falls and immobility; pressure ulcers; surgical site infections; venous thromboembolism; and ventilator-associated pneumonia.

“Northfield Hospital is helping to further strengthen patient safety in Minnesota and contributing to the state’s well deserved reputation for high quality health care,” said Lawrence Massa, MHA president and CEO.

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