Commitment to quality
We don’t rest on past performance – we work to improve the future for our patients.
GRHS commits time and resources to delivering the best care possible.
- Long Term Care joins the Stratis Health Acting Together to Achieve Excellence campaign (ATTAX). This campaign was designed to ensure that every nursing home resident receives the highest quality of care. The ATTAX campaign will instill quality and performance improvement practices aimed at attacking and eliminating healthcare acquired conditions and improving resident satisfaction in Minnesota nursing homes.
- We continued our work with the RARE campaign to reduce avoidable hospital readmissions. GRHS is one of 81 hospitals participating in the effort and since the campaign’s inception, 3,603 readmissions have been prevented at Minnesota hospitals state-wide.
- We joined the MN Academy of Family Physicians Foundation’s Pertussis Protection Campaign – a campaign designed to vaccinate clinic staff against pertussis (whopping cough). As a result of the campaign, all GRHS health care providers and their nursing staff have been vaccinated against pertussis.
- For the third year in a row, we participated in the FluSafe program.
- GRHS joins the Transforming Care at the Bedside Project (TCAB), a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), designed to engage hospital nurses and leaders to improve the quality and safety of patient care, increase the vitality and retention of nurses, engage and improve the patient’s and family members’ experience of care and improve the effectiveness of the entire care team.
- We also signed on for the RARE Campaign – Reducing Avoidable Readmissions Effectively – to reduce overall readmissions by 20%. The campaign focuses on five key areas that, if not managed well, are known to be main contributors to avoidable hospital readmissions. These areas include comprehensive discharge planning, medication management, patient and family engagement, transition care support and transition communications.
- We continued our participation in the FluSafe program.
- For the second year of our HRSA grant, we’ve expanded our focus to include patients who have or are at high risk for cardiovascular disease.
- We joined FluSafe, a program sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Health designed to increase flu vaccination rates among health care staff and recognize Minnesota health care facilities for attaining high influenza vaccination rates among employees.
- The HRSA grant funds were used to upgrade our patient-care software. The software tracks patients’ appointments to ensure that they receive appropriate services for age, gender or diagnosis.
- We hired two disease management coordinators to help us improve communication between our patients with diabetes and their health care providers. We’ve seen measurable results: 55 percent of our patients with diabetes now have blood pressure under 130/80, a 15-percent improvement.
- GRHS received a two-year grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to study and improve care for our patients with diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
For more about the quality of GRHS care
These websites offer objective information about the quality of our care and our commitment to continuous improvement.
Hospital Compare provides information on how well hospitals, including GRHS, care for patients with certain conditions or medical procedures.
Here you will find quality measures for MN Rural Health Cooperative, a network of 25 clinics, 17 hospitals and 11 county public health departments in central and southwestern Minnesota, including GRHS.
Minnesota Hospital Quality
Maintained by the Minnesota Hospital Association, this site offers a snapshot of hospitals’ performance in four key areas: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care.
Nursing Home Compare provides information on how well nursing homes, including GRHS’ Long Term Care center, do on quality of care measures, health inspection results, staffing levels and fire safety inspection.
Report Card on nursing home performance
From the Minnesota Department of Human Services, report cards are based on the results of on-site nursing home inspections, including in-depth interviews with residents.