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Tverstol, Sanford Eye Clinics recently honored at Minnesota Hospital Association conference

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) recently honored Heather Tverstol, Lead Improvement Advisor at Sanford Health in Bemidji, with the Quality and Safety Champion of the Year award at MHA's "Where Disciplines Meet: Putting Patient Safety First" conference in May. Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota's Eye Clinics were also awarded for clinical and quality innovation.

Tverstol, a dedicated Sanford Health employee since 2009, has served patients in a variety of roles and joined the Quality and Safety Team in 2019. In everything she does, Tverstol has embraced Sanford Accountability for Excellence, or SAFE, which is Sanford Health's commitment to safety in becoming a high-reliability organization.

Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota Eye Clinics were recognized for their work in integrating depression screenings for all patients seen in the clinic. Since January, more than 1,500 patients have been screened and more than 50 were identified as needing behavioral health services.

"We are privileged to have individuals and teams who are committed to continuous quality improvement at Sanford," said Alyssa Carlson, Director of Quality, Safety and Patient Experience. "It's an absolute honor to have Heather and the Eye Team recognized by MHA for their leadership and innovation in performance improvement."

The "Where Disciplines Meet: Putting Patient Safety First" conference recognized 40 hospital and health system teams, along with individuals, for their efforts to bolster the health care workforce and improve quality and safety in Minnesota's nonprofit hospitals and health systems. The conference was held May 13-14 in St. Paul.

About Sanford Health

Sanford Health, the largest rural health system in the United States, is dedicated to transforming the health care experience and providing access to world-class health care in America's heartland. Headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the organization serves 1.4 million patients and nearly 200,000 health plan members across 250,000 square miles. The integrated health system has 45 hospitals, 211 clinic locations, more than 160 Good Samaritan Society senior living centers, 2,900 Sanford physicians and advanced practice providers, 540 active clinical trials, and nine world clinic locations around the globe. Learn more about Sanford Health's commitment to shaping the future of rural health care across the lifespan at [] or Sanford Health News.


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