Adverse Report Press Release

Our nurses help to make sure MLHS is a safe place to receive treatment.

Mille Lacs Health System
Mary Rains: 320-532-2608

In 2003, Minnesota became the first state in the nation to pass a law requiring all hospitals to report whenever a serious adverse health event occurs and to conduct a thorough analysis of the reasons for the event. Seven years later, Minnesota’s system continues to be an important tool for uncovering the system breakdowns that lead to adverse health events and sharing lessons with facilities across the state. The Minnesota Hospital Association’s 8th Adverse Health Events (AHE) Public Report was released on January 19.

Mille Lacs Health System had no adverse events. MLHS COO Kim Kucera says, “We have an outstanding team at MLHS, whose primary goal is to deliver the best care to our patients and we fully support Minnesota’s adverse event reporting system. Adverse event reporting can be a very difficult thing to do, but it’s the right thing to do.”

The system is improving patient safety for all patients throughout the state. While the total number of adverse events reported by Minnesota hospitals is up slightly, this year hospitals had the lowest aggregate level of reported harm since reporting was expanded in 2007. Because the purpose of the reporting system is to uncover how medial facilities can continually improve, success is not just a lower number, it is also a higher bar. Each year the push is to find more opportunities to improve care.

Review the report.