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Essentia Health earns patient safety award

Essentia Health St. Mary's 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 Essentia Health St. Mary's and other Minnesota hospitals. That's why St. Mary's 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 recommended actions are compiled in the SAFE ACCOUNT Roadmap to Preventing Retained Objects in the O.R. The MHA Patient Safety Excellence Award is given to facilities that have achieved more than 90 percent of the recommended actions.

"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."

"Essentia Health St. Mary's has been recognized by the Minnesota Hospital Association as well as leading national quality organizations in its application of recognized best practices in each of its care setting. Our perspective is that the best knowledge needs to be applied to our work. Our patients and residents should expect and receive that level of commitment on our part and this philosophy is true of our entire Essentia Health organization. Patients and residents need to expect and receive the best standard of care in Detroit Lakes as is delivered in our other sites including Fargo, Brainerd, and Duluth," said CEO, Tom Thompson.