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For Immediate Release

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Pat Lund, 763-236-3772


Institute for Healthcare Improvement designates Mercy Hospital as a Mentor Hospital

COON RAPIDS, Minn. 07/25/2011--Mercy Hospital is among fewer than 150 hospitals nationwide to be designated as a Mentor Hospital by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). The IHI granted the designation to Mercy for its success in preventing two types of hospital-acquired infections: Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia (VAP) and Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI). The

Institute for Healthcare Improvement is an independent not-for-profit organization that works with health care providers and leaders throughout the world to achieve safe and effective health care.

''Organizations like Mercy Hospital that have gone for extended periods of time without central line infections or ventilator-associated pneumonias can serve as models for other organizations,'' stated Jo Ann Endo, MSW, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Mentor Hospital Network Manager. ''IHI is pleased to have Mercy Hospital as an IHI Mentor Hospital because their experience shows it is possible to virtually eliminate these potentially devastating healthcare-associated infections."

As an IHI Mentor Hospital, Mercy will provide support, advice and clinical expertise to hospitals seeking help with their own efforts.

''It's an honor to be invited to join the IHI Mentor Hospital network, and we welcome the opportunity to share what we have learned with other hospitals to improve the care and safety of patients,'' said Dennis O'Hare, MD, vice president of medical affairs at Mercy Hospital.

For more about the IHI mentor hospital registry go to

Other national honors

In addition to earning the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Mentor Hospital designation, Mercy received an Outstanding Leadership Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for achievements in eliminating CLABSI and VAP. Mercy ranks among the top 50 hospitals in the nation for diabetes and endocrinology care and is ranked #3 overall in the Twin Cities metro area in the U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Hospitals 2011/12 report and is one of only two hospitals in Minnesota to be ranked in the top 100 by Thompson Reuters.

About Mercy Hospital

Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids is part of Allina Hospitals & Clinics, a not-for-profit family of hospitals, clinics and other care services dedicated to meeting the lifelong health care needs of communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

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