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Tri-County Hospital earns patient safety excellence award

Tri-County Hospital (TCH) has earned a Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) Patient Safety Excellence Award for its work in preventing foreign objects from being left within a patient unintentionally.

These awards honor high-performing hospitals in one of MHA's patient safety campaigns - Safe skin, safe from falls, safe site, safe count and safe account. The campaigns, which aim to prevent top-reported adverse events, are built around a "roadmap" of best practices.

Patient safety is a top priority for Tri-County Hospital and other Minnesota hospitals. That's why Tri-County 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 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. The Safe Account campaign is the newest MHA initiative, which was launched in October 2009.

"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."

Tri-County Hospital is one of 21 Hospitals and Health Care Systems in Minnesota to be awarded a safety excellence award in all five award categories.

"We are proud of Tri-County Hospital staff for their continued commitment to patient safety. It is our goal to be the leader in exceptional care in rural Minnesota and our commitment to the MHA Patient Safety campaigns is a major part of that initiative," said Joel Beiswenger, TCHC President and CEO. "We are committed to improving the health of the communities we serve and it is our responsibility to take the safety of Wadena and the surrounding areas seriously."