Good report cards

A story in today’s News Tribune told of eight Northland hospitals having a total of 20 mistakes and accidents in 2009 that harmed patients. Such incidents — from patient falls to surgeries on the wrong body part to preventable deaths — must be reported to the Minnesota Department of Health.

But more Northland hospitals and surgical centers had no reportable events in 2009. So hats off to them:

— Bigfork Valley Hospital, Bigfork
— Community Memorial Hospital, Cloquet
— Cook County North Shore Hospital, Grand Marais
— Cook Hospital, Cook
— Ely-Bloomenson Hospital, Ely
— Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital, Grand Rapids
— Lake View Memorial Hospital, Two Harbors
— Lakewalk Surgery Center, Duluth
— Lakewood Surgery Center, Grand Rapids
— Mercy Hospital & Healthcare, Moose Lake
— Rainy Lake Medical Center, International Falls
— Virginia Regional Medical Center, Virginia
— White Community Hospital, Aurora