Granite Falls Municipal Hospital Recognized for Excellence in Patient Safety

February 20, 2016 by Deena
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Granite Falls Municipal Hospital has been recognized by the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) for superior performance in patient safety as part of its Hospital Engagement Network 2.0. The MHA Hospital Engagement Network 2.0 is working to reduce hospital acquired conditions by 40 percent and readmissions by 20 percent.

Granite Falls Municipal Hospital has committed resources to improve on the 10 focus areas, including adverse drug events; catheter-associated urinary tract infections; central-line-associated blood stream infections; injuries from falls and immobility; obstetrical adverse events, including early elective deliveries; pressure ulcers; preventable readmissions; surgical site infections; venous thromboembolism; and ventilator-associated pneumonia. It was among 22 hospitals recognized by MHA for demonstrating high performance on six or more hospital acquired conditions.

“Granite Falls Municipal 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.

The Partnership for Patients Excellence banner displayed at the Granite Falls Municipal Hospital reflects the commitment of patient safety and patient and family engagement (PFE) best practices to which the hospital has committed.

The patient and family engagement best practices include conducting shift change huddles and bedside reporting with patients and family members in all feasible cases as well as having developed an active Patient and Family Engagement Committee/Advisory Council. The newly developed Patient & Family Advisory Council is a group of patients/family members who want to improve the quality of our hospital’s care for all patients and family members, are willing to provide a voice that represents patients and families to provide feedback to the hospital based on their own experience as a patient or family member, and are partnering with the hospital staff to work on projects that will improve patient care.

The Patient & Family Advisory Council’s first project is to kick of the Include Always campaign.  This campaign is intended to help build relationships and translate resources into something meaningful that hospitals, patients and families can use, engage with and act upon.  The Include Always mission is what we aim to do.  Include patients and families at every level throughout the health care system.  Through conversations, sharing ideas, and inviting the patient in, the outcome will be better health care for everyone.  We’re not launching a campaign that begins and ends.  Together, we’re creating a cultural shift, a unified mindset where the patient is truly one of us.  It’s a whole new health care approach.  It takes a whole lot of change.  It takes courage.  It takes all of us working together to make our system the best it can be.  We will listen more, engage often, and Include Always.

The Granite Falls Municipal Hospital Patient & Family Advisory Council members are: Ruby Hieb, Pearl Lenzen, Craig Bakkeland, Sharon Paulson, Tom & Cheryl McGarthwaite.

For more information about Minnesota hospitals’ patient safety initiatives, go to www.mnhospitals.org/patient-safety.

Cheryl McGarthwaite, Ruby Hieb, Tom McGarthwaite, Sharon Paulson, and Craig Bakkeland. Pearl Lenzen was unavailable for pictures.

Cheryl McGarthwaite, Ruby Hieb, Tom McGarthwaite, Sharon Paulson, and Craig Bakkeland. Pearl Lenzen was unavailable for pictures.

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