FirstLight recognized by MHA for excellence: July 2019

FirstLight Health System recognized by Minnesota Hospital Association for excellence in quality and patient safety

Mora, MN – July 10, 2019 – FirstLight Health System has been recognized by the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) for superior performance in quality and patient safety as part of MHA’s Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN). MHA is one of 16 national, regional or state organizations selected by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to participate in HIIN. All 123 hospitals in MHA’s HIIN are working to reduce overall patient harm by 20 percent and 30-day hospital re-admissions by 12 percent.
To earn this recognition, FirstLight Health System has been a leader in quality improvement in the MHA HIIN. FirstLight invested resources to report on at least 75 percent of process measures, met HIIN reduction goals on 70 percent of eligible outcome measures and implemented patient and family engagement efforts.
Over the past year, FirstLight focused on three major areas of the HIIN outcomes: preventing pressure injuries, fall prevention and improved care transitions resulting in FirstLight surpassing the baseline 70 percent goal set from MHA. Education was presented to the team members about the topics. Safe mobility, improved discharge instructions and hospital follow-up processes were implemented helping patients to recover at home more quickly and safely.

“FirstLight has demonstrated a commitment to strengthening patient safety in Minnesota, contributing to our state’s well-deserved reputation for high-quality health care,” said Dr. Rahul Koranne, MHA’s chief medical officer. “Working in partnership, care team members from hospitals and health systems across the state are improving health outcomes for our patients, families and communities.”

“Our team has worked hard to ensure the best practices are implemented which has resulted in FirstLight exceeding MHA’s goal for outcome measures; ultimately allowing us to continue to provide safe health care in east central Minnesota,” comments Ellen Ryan, MSN, RN, Chief Quality Officer.

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