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St. Mary's earns state patient safety award

St. Mary's Innovis Health has earned a Minnesota Hospital Association Patient Safety Excellence Award for its work on preventing patients from falling during hospital stays.

Patient safety is a top priority for Minnesota hospitals. Because of this, St. Mary's Innovis Health joined the SAFE from FALLS initiative, where Minnesota teams are working collectively on implementing an extensive SAFE from FALLS Roadmap to a Comprehensive Falls Prevention Program.

The MHA Patient Safety Excellence Award is given to facilities who have achieved more than 90 percent of the actions recommended in the roadmap.

"The roadmap combines learning from reported events in Minnesota and national best practices to preventing patients from falling and helping patient safety initiatives succeed," says Bruce Rueben, president of the MHA. "It is an extremely detailed list. That St. Mary's Innovis Health was able to implement more than 90 percent is outstanding."

For more information about the SAFE from FALLS campaign, visit the MHA Web site at