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Allina receives two major statewide awards

MINNEAPOLIS 05/09/2011--Allina Hospitals & Clinics received two of the Minnesota Hospital Association annual awards that were presented Friday night at the Metropolitan Ballroom.

Carlson smiles as she holds her trophy

Marcia Carlson, a social worker at Virginia Piper Cancer Institute – Unity Hospital, received the Caregiver of the Year Award.


Carlson smiles as she holds her trophy

Bill Kenney (center), president, Phillips Eye Institute, holds the Innovation of the Year Award he accepted on behalf of the eye hospital's staff and surgeons. Also pictured (from left to right) are Dave Severson, RN, patient care manager, diagnostic center; LaRee Rowan, manager for quality, education and support; Emmett Carpel, MD, medical director; Louise Jacobs , director of patient care services; Ceal Guth, surgical services patient care manager.

Caregiver of the Year

Marcia Carlson, a social worker at Virginia Piper Cancer Institute® – Unity Hospital, received the Caregiver of the Year Award. For years, Carlson found finding resources to help parents with cancer talk to their children about it was problematic. So she wrote a book.

Simple Talks for Tough Times uses the elephant-in-the-room metaphor to introduce research-based suggestions for discussing a cancer diagnosis with children of all ages. The book addresses two primary issues:

  • breaking the news
  • dealing with uncertainties.

Simple Talks for Tough Times has been available for the past six months at Unity Hospital in Fridley and Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids. It was recently provided to patients at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

Innovation of the Year in Patient Care

Phillips Eye Institute received the Innovation of the Year in Patient Care award for a new patient safety process. Phillips Eye Institute performs more than 10,000 eye surgeries and 4,000 diagnostic and refractive procedures each year. One close call caused staff to create a more rigorous Time Out process.

A key feature in the new process is marking the surgical site at each step in the pre-operative process:

  • first by the admitting nurse
  • the second time by the anesthesiologist
  • a third time by the surgeon.

Since adopting the new process, Phillips Eye Institute has had zero wrong-site events.

Minnesota Hospital Association annual award winner 2011

About Allina Hospitals & Clinics

Allina Hospitals & Clinics is a not-for-profit system of hospitals, clinics and other health care services, providing care throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Allina owns and operates 11 hospitals, more than 90 clinics and specialty care centers, and specialty medical services that provide hospice care, oxygen and home medical equipment, pharmacies, and emergency medical transportation services.

About the Minnesota Hospital Association Annual Health Care Awards

The Minnesota Hospital Association represents Minnesota's hospitals and health systems.

The Minnesota Hospital Association Annual Health Care Awards honor the best and brightest in Minnesota health care - individuals who have offered dedicated service to hospitals and organizations that have implemented successful, innovative programs. For a complete list of award winners, go to mnhospitals.org.

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