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Nita Tieszen was honored Monday with the Minnesota Hospital Association’s quarterly Good Catch for Patient Safety award. Tribune photo by Anne Polta

‘Good Catch’: Rice Hospital employee honored with state patient safety award


WILLMAR — While reviewing a patient’s chart before admission for surgery, Nita Tieszen saw a blank space where information about the patient’s blood type should have been.

Tieszen, a registered nurse and admission coordinator at Rice Memorial Hospital, knew the patient’s surgeon always ordered this particular test, so she picked up the phone and clarified it with the doctor to make sure the test was done.

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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