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Kanabec Hospital Earns Safety Award

Thursday, September 16th, 2010 at 6:55 am

Kanabec Hospital 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 Kanabec Hospital and other Minnesota hospitals. That’s why Kanabec 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 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. Kanabec Hospital is one of only 21 hospitals in the state to have received all five of MHA’s SAFE awards.

“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.”

“We are 100% committed to providing the highest quality of care for our patients,” says Kanabec Hospital CEO, Randy Ulseth, “the dedication and hard work of the staff at Kanabec Hospital helps us reach our commitments to patient safety and quality patient care.”

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