Each year, the Minnesota
Hospital Association honors the best and brightest in Minnesota health care
with its Annual Health Care Awards. On Friday, May 17, Allina Health was honored
with three health care awards.
Health received the Community Benefit Award (large hospital
category) for its investment in the Free
Bikes 4 Kidz program and encouraging physical activity, supporting healthful
eating, and maintaining a balanced life. Last year, Allina Health partnered with
the non-profit organization Free Bikes 4 Kidz to give 5,000 free bikes, helmets
and concussion prevention information to underserved children throughout our
service area. More than 800 employee volunteers collected, refurbished and
distributed bikes and helmets to kids in need.
Buffalo Hospital was
recognized with the Patient Safety Improvement Award (small
hospital category). Buffalo Hospital demonstrated its commitment to patient
safety at all levels of the hospital. As a result, there has been a significant
increase in near miss reporting and staff involvement in process improvement, a
decrease in harmful events and an improvement in patient outcomes.
Medical Center received the Innovation of the Year in Patient Care
Award (small hospital category) for its new social worker program to
provide better care coordination services to emergency department and clinic
patients. The results of this program in its first six months are impressive.
Sixty-nine patients received a meaningful intervention by the social worker,
resulting in a 41 percent reduction in ED visits and a 49 percent reduction in
hospital admissions. Thirteen patients were admitted directly from the ED to a
nursing home, preventing the cost of an inpatient hospital stay.