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Tahoe Forest Hospital earns national awards for patient safety

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Tahoe Forest Health System staff members, with the CALNOC awards.

TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Collaborative Alliance for Nursing Outcomes, the nation's first nurse quality indicators database, recently announced its annual Performance Excellence Awards, recognizing hospitals for performance in reduction of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers, injuries from falls, and infections.

Tahoe Forest Hospital was among 149 hospitals recognized. The staff was honored for Best Performance in the Reduction of Hospital Acquired Pressure Ulcers; Reduction of Injury Falls; Reduction of Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Infections; Reduction of Cather-Associated Urinary Tract Infections; and Reduction of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) Infections.

"This is a tremendous recognition of the high-quality care standards at Tahoe Forest Hospital," said Jake Dorst, interim CEO. "Our staff deserves a lot of credit for the safety programs they've implemented, and the results they've been able to demonstrate."

Tahoe Forest's performance is the result of a team effort involving many — every inpatient staff nurse, patient care technician, unit clerk and other support staff all working together, with the help of TFHS Infection Control Practitioner Laurel Holmer, along with Kerry Milligan, manager of the Medical Surgical Unit and ICU.

"We applaud the efforts of these hospitals in improving patient health and safety. Their work is exemplary and represents a lasting commitment to healthcare quality," said Tony Sung, Chief Executive Officer for CALNOC.

Visit calnoc.org to learn more about CALNOC and its awards.

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