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Rainy Lake Medical Center recognized for excellence in patient safety

International Falls— Rainy Lake Medical Center has been recognized by the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) for superior performance in patient safety as part of its Hospital Engagement Network 2.0. The MHA Hospital Engagement Network 2.0 is working to reduce hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent and readmissions by 20 percent.

Rainy Lake Medical Center has committed resources to improve on 6 of the 10 focus areas, including adverse drug events; 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; and ventilator-associated pneumonia. It was among 16 hospitals recognized by MHA for demonstrating high performance on six or more hospital acquired conditions.

“Rainy Lake Medical Center is helping to further strengthen patient safety in Minnesota and contributing to the state’s well-deserved reputation for high-quality health care,” said Lawrence Massa, MHA president and CEO.

Rainy Lake Medical Center has accomplished this recognized excellence in patient safety through the coordinated efforts of the Quality team, Infection Preventionist and medical staff. Education, process changes, protocols and teamwork were central to these achievements. Examples of our organization’s successes are reduced falls, infections, and adverse events.

“Rainy Lake Medical Center is a great place to find teamwork. Our success in achieving above average scores would not have been possible if everyone didn’t do their job to the best of their ability. Our staff is very proud of the safe care they provide for the people of Koochiching County,” says Infection Preventionist Lisa Hay.



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