Wellness briefly

Trinity Health earns ‘A’ grade in safety

Trinity Health is proud to be among a select group of hospitals nationwide to be accorded an “A” in Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. Trinity was one of only two hospitals in North Dakota recognized with an “A” score.

Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s eight-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score – A, B, C, D or F. The score represents a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors. It’s designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.

“I’m very proud of Trinity Health and the efforts of all of our staff,” said John M. Kutch, Trinity Health president and CEO. “This A score confirms that the investments in our care system combined with the performance of our clinical and support teams have succeeded in enabling us to deliver the highest quality, safest care possible.”

Trinity has implemented a number of changes in recent years to enhance patient safety, Kutch noted, including smart bed technology in patient hospital rooms to improve patient monitoring, barcoded tools to prevent medication errors, and deployment of a nursing initiative called Transforming Care at the Bedside.

For more information about the Hospital Safety Score or to compare the scores of hospitals nationally and locally, visit the score’s website at (hospitalsafetyscore.org).

– Jill Hambek

New prevention resources available

BISMARCK – Parents can get information on how to start a conversation with their children about alcohol by visiting the Parents LEAD (Listen, Educate, Ask, Discuss) booth located inside Commercial Building II at the North Dakota State Fair through Saturday.

“Parents are the No. 1 influence in their children’s life and we have opportunities everyday to influence our children’s decision to not drink alcohol,” said Pamela Sagness, prevention administrator for the N.D. Department of Human Services. “Parents LEAD provides parents with real-life scenarios to assist them in keeping their children drug-free.”

Parents LEAD offers parents a one-step resource for advice, tips and tools on how to start and continue age-appropriate conversations with their children about alcohol. Parents are invited to stop by the fair booth to pick up a 30-day parenting challenge, conversation starter cards, parent self-assessment worksheet and other educational resources. Parents who visit the booth and sign up to receive monthly emails that cover alcohol prevention topics based on their child’s age, will be automatically entered for a chance to win an iPad.

Parents LEAD is a collaboration between the N.D. Department of Human Services, N.D. Department of Transportation, North Dakota State University Extension Service and the North Dakota University System Consortium for Substance Abuse Prevention. Information is online at (parentslead.org).

– Jill Hambek