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Buffalo Hospital recognized for excellence in patient safety

BUFFALO, Minn. 09/16/2014

Buffalo Hospital has been recognized by the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) for superior performance in patient safety as part of its Hospital Engagement Network. The MHA Hospital Engagement Network is working to reduce hospital acquired conditions by 40 percent and readmissions by 20 percent.

"Safety is a key component to providing quality care," said Jennifer Myster, Buffalo Hospital's president. "If we fail to keep our patients safe, then no other care we provide measures up. We always look for new ways to improve safety at our hospital."

Buffalo Hospital made it a priority to embrace a safety philosophy that empowered, motivated and rewarded leaders and staff for speaking up and stopping the line when something just didn't feel right. Hospital leaders meet every weekday in a safety huddle, to discuss all safety issues and possible risks. The huddles are designed to heighten awareness about safety and resolve any problems that might arise in a timely manner.

Additionally, staff has received training on the importance of establishing a culture of safety. All staff members recognize safety is their responsibility and that patients depend on everyone to do the right thing right.

Buffalo Hospital is specifically being recognized for consistently scoring below the threshold in six high-risk areas. In 2013, Buffalo Hospital had no injuries to patients that were related to falls, venous thromboembolism, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, and catheter—associated blood stream infections, and the hospital consistently scored below the threshold for pressure ulcers and readmissions.

By embracing the safety philosophy as a priority, the staff at Buffalo has been able to prevent harm to patients in these high risk categories. Only 16 hospitals in Minnesota were recognized for demonstrating this high level of care.

Leadership has been recognized for changing the culture of the hospital to one in which teamwork, patient safety and a multidisciplinary approach to patient care through strong physician leadership and involvement is a priority.

"Buffalo Hospital is helping to further strengthen patient safety in Minnesota and contributing to the state’s well-deserved reputation for high quality health care," said Lawrence Massa, MHA president and CEO. For more information about Minnesota hospitals' patient safety initiatives, go to mnhospitals.org/patient-safety.

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