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Owatonna Hospital earns patient safety excellence award

OWATONNA, Minn. 05/02/2013

Owatonna Hospital, part of Allina Health, has earned a Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) Patient Safety Excellence Award for its work in preventing retained objects in the operating room.


Patient safety is a top priority for Owatonna Hospital and other Minnesota hospitals. That's why Owatonna Hospital joined 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 dmnuring invasive procedures, especially in the operating room and labor and delivery. The recommended actions are compiled in the SAFE ACCOUNT Road Map to Preventing Retained Objects 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."

"The staff at Owatonna Hospital is dedicated to giving care that is based on best practice and safe to prevent any adverse health event," said Bea Oberg, Quality manager at Owatonna Hospital. "We are honored to receive the award."

For more information about SAFE ACCOUNT, visit the Minnesota Hospital Association website at

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