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Lakewood Health System earns Patient Safety Excellence Award

Lakewood Health System has earned a Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) Patient Safety Excellence Award for its work on preventing pressure ulcers.

With patient safety as a top priority, Lakewood Health System joined the SAFE SKIN initiative, where Minnesota teams are working collectively on implementing an extensive list of recommended actions to prevent pressure ulcers. The recommended actions are compiled in the SAFE SKIN Roadmap to a Comprehensive Pressure Ulcer Prevention Program. The MHA Patient Safety Excellence Award is given to facilities that have achieved greater than 90 percent of the recommended actions.

"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."

Lakewood President/CEO Tim Rice was honored to accept this award on behalf of the system.

"We are committed, each and every day, to our mission - to provide quality, personalized healthcare for a lifetime," said Rice. "Receiving this recognition from the MHA is a direct reflection of our staff's hard work and our system's continuous commitment to patient safety."

For more information, contact Laurie Bach, division director of acute care services at (218) 894-8611. For more information about Lakewood Health System, visit our website at