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For Immediate Release

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Gloria O'Connell, 612-863-4801


Abbott Northwestern Hospital receives Minnesota Hospital Association Patient Safety Excellence Award

MINNEAPOLIS 10/17/2008--Abbott Northwestern Hospital is one of nine hospitals of Allina Hospitals & Clinics to receive a Patient Safety Excellence Award from the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA).

The award, announced by MHA today, honors hospitals that have implemented at least 90 percent of the best practices identified in MHA's safety campaigns.

"Patient safety is a top priority at Allina, and I’m excited to see that our efforts continue to gain state-wide recognition," said Penny Wheeler, MD, Allina chief clinical officer. "Through collaboration across Allina, as well as adopting best practices like those we helped develop with MHA, we are seeing measurable differences in the safety of the care we provide."

Abbott Northwestern honored for 'Safe Count' implementation

Abbott Northwestern Hospital, United Hospital and Unity Hospital will be honored for their implementation of the "Safe Count" campaign to reduce retained objects in labor and delivery.

Other Allina hospitals recognized

Buffalo Hospital and St. Francis Regional Medical Center will be recognized in the "Safe from Falls" category to reduce patient falls in the hospital.

New Ulm Medical Center and Owatonna Hospital will be recognized in the "Safe Skin" category for their work to prevent pressure ulcers.

Cambridge Medical Center, Phillips Eye Institute and United Hospital will be recognized in the "Safe Site" category to prevent adverse surgical events.

Allina Hospitals & Clinics is a not-for-profit family of hospitals, clinics and other care services dedicated to meeting the lifelong health care needs of communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. More information is available at

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