When you drive past Johnson Memorial Health Services (JMHS) you might notice a new flag proudly flying below the American flag on their flag pole. JMHS was officially awarded MNSHARP status in a ceremony held on Thursday, September 6. Ken Peterson, the Commissioner of the Department of Labor and Industry was on hand to officially congratulate them and present them with the MNSHARP plaque and flag.
Johnson Memorial Health Services has been working toward attaining the MNSHARP Status since 2009. The certification was created by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry to single out employers who go above and beyond in meeting safety requirements. It has a demanding set of standards as JMHS is only the 39th business, second hospital and first care center in the state to achieve MNSHARP Status.
Kathy Johnson, JMHS Administrator/CEO said “This is a huge accomplishment and it would not have happened without the hard work and dedication of our staff. This certification shows that we not only care about our patients and residents safety, but the safety of our staff as well.”
Johnson Memorial Health Services is planning a large community celebration on Saturday, September 22 from 10:30 am -1:30 pm to celebrate this accomplishment and several others. JMHS received the 2011 Excellence in the Workplace Award by Aging Services, was ranked 24th in the Nation for Small Hospitals in the Top 100 Hospitals for Patients Experience by Women’s Certified and Ranked among the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the Nation by National Rural Health Association. The September 22 celebration will include facility tours, giveaways and free food.