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Buffalo Hospital receives MN Hospital Association safety award

BUFFALO, Minn. 05/24/2013--

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The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) honored innovative programs and outstanding leaders in health care at its 29th annual awards ceremony on Friday, May 17. Buffalo Hospital, part of Allina Health, received the award for Patient Safety Improvement in the Small Hospital Category due to their efforts to create a culture of safety.

"People are in the hospital to heal. The last thing we want is for them to worry about their safety," said Jennifer Myster, president of Buffalo Hospital. "Our physicians and employees are always on the lookout for anything that could cause harm to patients, staff or visitors, and report it immediately so we can take actions to keep everyone safe."

Hospital staff recognized a few years ago that the concept of patient safety needed to be more than just buzz words.

Buffalo Hospital made it a priority to embrace a safety philosophy that empowered, motivated and rewarded leaders and staff for speaking up and stopping the line when something just didn't feel right. They have since seen a significant increase in near miss reporting and staff involvement in process improvement, a decrease in harmful events, and an improvement in patient outcomes.

Leadership has been recognized for changing the culture of the hospital to one in which teamwork and a multidisciplinary approach to patient care through strong physician leadership and involvement is a priority.

"The achievements we’ve recognized showcase the kind of top-quality care that typifies Minnesota hospitals," said MHA President and CEO Lawrence Massa. "The men and women of these innovative, high-performing hospitals have set the bar high for patient care and for meeting the needs of their communities. Thanks to their innovation, diligence and commitment, Minnesota hospitals continue to be among the best in the nation."

About Buffalo Hospital

Buffalo Hospital, part of Allina Health, is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 11 hospitals, 15 pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services that provide hospice care, oxygen and home medical equipment, and emergency medical transportation services. Learn more at

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