Abbott Northwestern Hospital earns MHA patient safety excellence award
MINNEAPOLIS 09/17/2012--Abbott Northwestern Hospital, part of Allina Health, was one of six hospitals to earn a Minnesota Hospital Association Patient Safety Excellence Award for the second quarter of this year. Abbott Northwestern was one of three hospitals to earn an award for work in preventing retained objects in the operating room.
"Thank you to MHA for recognizing our work. The culture of safety at Abbott Northwestern allows for easy implementation of patient safety initiatives. The reason it works is due to the collaborative involvement of RNs, surgical techs, physicians, Information Systems staff and technology and leadership," said Shawn MacKenzie, MD, surgeon and chair of the hospital's Retained Foreign Objects advisory committee.
Abbott Northwestern is part of the SAFE ACCOUNT initiative, where Minnesota teams are working collectively to implement an extensive list of recommended actions concerning both the counting of and accounting for all items used during invasive procedures, especially in the operating room. The MHA Patient Safety Excellence Award is given to facilities that have achieved more than 90 percent of the recommended actions.
"Hospitals that receive these awards are to be commended — the bar is set very high," said MHA Patient Safety Vice President Tania Daniels. "Hospitals that qualify have achieved measurable and meaningful progress toward implementing best practices to drive down adverse health events."
About Allina Health
Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 11 hospitals, 15 pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services that provide hospice care, oxygen and home medical equipment, and emergency medical transportation services. Learn more at allinahealth.org.
About the Minnesota Hospital Association
The Minnesota Hospital Association represents 145 hospitals and 17 health systems, which provide quality care for their patients and meet the needs of their communities. For more information, visit mnhospitals.org.# # #