Eastern Minnesota

Saint Elizabeth’s promotes 5-2-1-0 for Health
Patient safety is a priority at Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center
Saint Elizabeth’s adopts the Culture of Safety Roadmap to provide the best long-term care
Don’t let arthritis pain hold you back


Saint Elizabeth’s promotes 5-2-1-0 for Health

Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center employees, volunteers and friends are promoting an important wellness message. At summer 2013’s Riverboat Days Parade, the troupe handed out paper plates along the parade route with suggested portions of fruits, vegetables, grains and protein, and the “5-2-1-0 Let’s Go!” slogan.

The 5-2-1-0 program encourages lifestyle changes to increase wellness.

5 Eat five fruits and vegetables a day.

Fruit and vegetables provide vitamins and minerals that help support growth, development and immune function in children. For adults, eating five fruits and vegetables a day may lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes and some cancers.

Eating five fruits and vegetables may also help prevent weight gain as bodies are nourished by real foods brimming with nutrition and not empty calories.

2 Limit recreational screen time to two hours or less each day.

Screen time from the television or computer for hours a day can affect health. When it is excessive, it leads to physical inactivity and mindless eating. These can lead to weight gain and other health problems.

In preschool children, too much television viewing has been linked to lower reading scores and attention problems.

1 Get at least one hour of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily.

Be active as a family. Studies show that regular exercise is essential for fitness and for the prevention of weight gain and the possible prevention of heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer and osteoporosis. Children are more likely to adopt an active lifestyle for a lifetime when their families are active.

0 Drink zero sugary drinks.

The consumption of sugar-laden soft drinks and juice drinks has increased over the years along with the rates of obesity and dental cavities. Each serving of the sugary drink that is cut out of a diet, saves approximately 250 calories.

Sugary drinks not only increase the number of calories consumed in a day, but also replaces more nutritious drinks like low-fat milk, juice or water.

Parade participants (from left) Connie Larson, Paula Thompson, Betty Arens, Nancy Falkum, Julie Jacobs, Amy and Mike Hines, with daughter, Tegan, Sierra Hetrick, Nancy Palmersheim, Suzie Davidson, and Jenny Schlagenhaft helped promote 5-2-1-0 at the Riverboat Days event.

Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center and the Fit City Collaborative encourage all Wabasha area children and families to adopt 5-2-1-0 for Health!


Patient safety is a priority at Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center

Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center received high honors for its commitment to patient safety.

Saint Elizabeth’s was recently recognized by the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) for superior performance in patient safety with a Partnership for Patients Excellence Award for demonstrating excellence in three or more hospital acquired conditions.

Saint Elizabeth’s staff, including medical / surgical nursing, surgery, OB, pharmacy, and safety, was recognized for meeting or exceeding the goals in five or more of the 10 areas of focus established by the Partnership for Patients Hospital Engagement Network. This public-private partnership was formed in 2011 to help improve the quality, safety and affordability of healthcare for all Americans.

The Partnership for Patients brings together leaders of major hospitals, employers, physicians, nurses and patient advocates along with state and federal governments in a shared effort to make hospital care safer, more reliable and less costly. By the end of 2013, the goals of the partnership are to: decrease preventable hospital acquired conditions by 40 percent and decrease hospital readmissions by 20 percent.

Saint Elizabeth’s was one of two hospitals among 112 that reached or surpassed the goals established in five of six areas of focus, including: injuries from falls and immobility; pressure ulcers; preventable readmissions; reduction of early elective deliveries; and venous thromboembolism (blood clot).

In addition, Saint Elizabeth’s reached the goals in the focus areas of surgical site infections; adverse drug events; catheter-associated urinary tract infections; and catheter-associated blood stream infections.

"Every department at Saint Elizabeth’s is dedicated to creating a culture of quality and safety," said Tracy Henn, director of Quality & Safety. "Annually, quality and safety goals are created along with action plans and ongoing assessment. We rigorously track many indictors to ensure our care and systems promote the highest level of safety. We also work hard to educate and engage our patients and their families in our safety initiatives."

These efforts and activities have paid off. Currently, Saint Elizabeth’s is reporting exemplary outcomes – zero infections, pressure ulcers, and early elective deliveries; and fall and readmission rates that are below the state average.

"Every employee is responsible for protecting the safety of our patients," adds Tracy. "We are proud of the role they play in helping us achieve our goals."

Saint Elizabeth’s staff proudly displays the Partnership for Patients Award of Excellence. Pictured from left back row: Emily Johnson, health unit coordinator; Kathy Lueders, director of Acute Care Nursing; Michele Wobbe, RN; Jennifer Schurhammer, RN; Tracy Henn, PharmD, director of Quality & Safety; front row: Aleeta Hetrick, LPN; Theresa Hager, RN, ER manager; and Caroline Roundy, RN.


Saint Elizabeth’s adopts the Culture of Safety Roadmap to provide the best long-term care

Saint Elizabeth’s Health Care Center and Nursing Home was selected to participate in a Performance-based Incentive Payment Program in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Health, Stratis Health, the Minnesota Department of Human Services, and the Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety.

The proposal, created by a team of long-term care staff members, outlines a strategy for replicating many components of the Culture of Safety Roadmap. The roadmap was originally developed for hospital settings and has been adapted for the long-term care environment. The goals of this project are to improve the quality of care of residents with dementia and reduce the use of antipsychotic medications. Some of the activities underway include:

  • Expanding the number of volunteers to assist with one-on-one interactions and group activities
  • Providing ongoing education to staff about dementia and related behaviors
  • Changing staffing patterns to be more consistent to better understand the needs and preferences of residents
  • Incorporating environmental changes that promote a calm and quiet atmosphere
  • Adopting the principles of resident-centered care
  • Implementing behavior modification techniques

"We see great potential in enhancing resident care and safety by minimizing the use of medications," explains Kristi. "Our interdisciplinary project team is applying best-practice approaches that have worked in other facilities and settings. Through coordinated teamwork and creative methods of managing behaviors, we believe we can positively impact the quality of care and life for our residents."

This quality improvement project began this summer and will continue for a 12-month period. A sustainability plan has also been created to ensure continuation of the project once grant funding is no longer available.


Don’t let arthritis pain hold you back

Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center offers an Arthritis Foundation Exercise Series for people with arthritis, rheumatic disease, and joint pain.

Participants learn gentle exercises to improve joint strength, range of motion, and decrease pain.

People who have taken the course have found they are more able to do their daily activities, take better care of themselves, and feel less pain and depression.

Exercises are specifically designed for people with arthritis, rheumatic disease, or chronic joint pain. Classes are led by occupational therapist Kathy Barrett.

For information on upcoming classes, contact Kathy Barrett at 651.565.5579 or email her at kathy.barrett@ministryhealth.org.


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