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Prairie View Senior Living, Avera Marshall recognized for efforts to protect patients from influenza

Prairie View Senior Living and Avera Marshall were among 180 hospitals and nursing homes from around the state recognized by the Minnesota Department of Health for achieving high influenza vaccination rates among the facility’s employees during the 2013-14 flu season.

Ninety-six percent of the staff received influenza vaccinations during the past season of the Minnesota FluSafe program. The facility received a Blue ribbon and certificate of achievement from Minnesota Health Commissioner Edward Ehlinger for its efforts.

The FluSafe program aims to get 100 percent of all health care personnel at hospitals and nursing homes in Minnesota, except those with medical exemptions, vaccinated against influenza each season. According to state health officials, unvaccinated health care workers can pass highly contagious influenza to their patients, many of whom are at high risk for complications from influenza.

Of the 213 facilities that participated in FluSafe this year, 60 reached vaccination levels of 90 percent or greater, 63 reached levels greater than 80 percent, and 57 facilities reached vaccination rates of between 70 and 80 percent. There are about 145 hospitals and about 375 nursing homes in the state.

“Prairie View’s efforts to vaccinate their employees against flu highlights their dedication to keeping their staff and patients healthy,” said Kristen Ehresmann, director of the Infectious Disease Epidemiology Prevention and Control Division at MDH. “Facilities participating in FluSafe – whether they receive a ribbon or not – are key partners in preventing the spread of influenza by increasing health care worker vaccination.”

“Our patients’ health is our top priority,” said Jo Coover, RN, Infection Prevention at Avera Marshall. “Participating in the FluSafe program helps us increase employee influenza vaccination rates and prevent flu from spreading to our patients. We also want all of our employees to be as healthy as possible during flu season.”

Kane Transport receives top safety honors

Kane Transport Inc. Sauk Centre received first place honors for the Minnesota Trucking Association’s 2014 Minnesota Motor Carrier Fleet Safety Contest. The company achieved the best on-road safety record in the following category: Tank/Bulk: Over-the-Road.

Kane Transport Inc. and the other statewide winners were presented with safety awards at the 82nd annual conference in Alexandria in August.

Kane Transport Inc. is a Minnesota based petroleum carrier providing hazardous materials and liquid bulk services to the Upper Midwest and Canada. The company has over 200 power units and 250 tankers available to serve the liquid bulk industry.

Kane Transport Inc. operates its Marshall terminal transporting petroleum and asphalt for Minnesota and South Dakota customers.