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CHI St. Joseph’s Health receives award for patient safety

CHI St. Joseph’s Health has been recognized by the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) for superior performance in patient safety as part of its Hospital Engagement Network.

This patient safety network works to reduce hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent and readmissions by 20 percent.

CHI St. Joseph’s Health has committed resources to improve on all 10 focus areas recommended by the MHA. The honors are awarded only to hospitals demonstrating high performance on at least six or more of the following patient safety initiatives:

* Adverse drug events or medication error prevention

* 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 or blood clots

* Ventilator-associated pneumonia

One specific initiative embraced by CHI St. Joseph’s Health is the quality improvement efforts in obstetrics. In April, the MHA and March of Dimes also honored CHI St. Joseph’s Health for its work to reduce the number of elective inductions and Cesarean deliveries performed before 39 completed weeks of pregnancy.

Chris Broeker, Director of Quality, says there were no early elective deliveries without medical indication at CHI St. Joseph’s Health in the last year, an achievement of 100 percent compliance.

“That’s a pretty remarkable accomplishment and demonstrates the commitment and priorities we place on patient safety and quality improvement in obstetrics and all service areas at CHI St. Joseph’s Health,” says Chris Broeker, Director of Quality.

Every patient safety initiative in place, not only those recommended by the MHA, plays an important role in providing the best possible care for patients, Broeker adds.

“CHI St. Joseph’s Health is fortunate to have providers, nurses and support teams committed to providing excellence for our patients every day,” says Deb Haagenson, Vice President of Patient Care.

MHA president and CEO, Lawrence Mass further notes: “CHI St. Joseph’s Health is helping to further strengthen patient safety in Minnesota and contributing to the state’s well-deserved reputation for high quality health care.”

For more information about Minnesota hospitals’ patient safety initiatives, go to patient-safety.