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Perham hospital earns patient safety award

Perham Memorial Hospital has earned a Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) 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, Perham Memorial Hospital joined the SAFE from FALLS initiative, where Minnesota teams are working collectively on implementing an extensive list of recommended actions to prevent patients from falling. The recommended actions are compiled in the SAFE from FALLS Roadmap to a Comprehensive Falls Prevention Program. The MHA Patient Safety Excellence Award is given to facilities that 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 Minnesota Hospital Association. "It is an extremely detailed list. That Perham Memorial Hospital was able to implement more than 90 percent is outstanding."

"The SAFE from FALLS campaign aims to prevent people from falling while in our care," said Bonnie Johnson, RN, BSN, director of patient services for PMHH. "A multidisciplinary team with representatives from hospital nursing, nursing home, therapies, radiology, and patient safety, worked very hard to enhance our fall prevention program because providing a safe environment for patients is our main concern."

For more information about the SAFE from FALLS campaign, visit the Minnesota Hospital Association Web site at /index/patient1.

Perham Memorial Hospital and Home is a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital with an extensive range of inpatient, outpatient, and emergency services, and a 96-bed skilled care nursing facility. In 2004, Perham Memorial Hospital was named one of the Top100 Hospitals in the nation. In addition, PMHH operates a home care agency and senior housing facility.

The Minnesota Hospital Association is a trade group representing Minnesota hospitals and health systems.