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Fairview Mesaba Clinics-Hibbing and Nashwauk receives Minnesota Bridges to Excellence Reward for treatment of Diabetes and Depression

Posted 1 years 2 days ago ago by Fairview Range

The Minnesota Health Action Group (The Action Group) announced today that Fairview Mesaba Clinics is among 248 Minnesota and border state clinics recognized for improving care delivery and outcomes for patients with diabetes, vascular disease, and depression as part of the 2017 Minnesota Bridges to Excellence (MNBTE) program and the Quality Incentive Payment System, a State of Minnesota pay-for-performance program administered by The Action Group.

MNBTE recognizes clinics for Achievement when they have achieved the target for the percentage of patients with these chronic conditions that meet clinical guidelines for optimal care outcomes, or Improvement when they have improved their performance in this area over the previous year.

Fairview Mesaba Clinics was recognized for Improvement, which means it improved patient outcomes by at least 10 percentage points over the previous year, but did not meet the more stringent Achievement goal. Fairview Mesaba Clinics – Hibbing met the Improvement goal for diabetes and Fairview Mesaba Clinics – Nashwauk met the Improvement goal for depression based on depression remission at six months.   

“We are so honored to accept this improvement award once again for the work being done at both our Hibbing and Nashwauk clinics,” said Angela Olson, RN, Process and Informatics Supervisor at Fairview Range.  “Our care team at Fairview Mesaba Clinics – Hibbing were recognized for improving the overall health of diabetic patients in our community with improved education plans, advanced technology with blood glucose monitoring as well as referrals for smoking cessation.  In addition, our care team at Fairview Mesaba Clinics – Nashwauk were recognized for improving the outcomes of patients suffering from depression by assuring they are connected to counseling, medication therapy, community resources in addition to developing an action plan with their primary care providers with routine follow up.   We are pleased to be able to present this recognition to our teams that work daily to provide longer, healthier lives throughout our community.”

Established by The Action Group in 2006, MNBTE uses publicly reported outcomes data to identify clinics that have an established percentage of patients with diabetes, vascular disease, or depression at optimal levels of care, or who significantly increase that percentage over the previous year.

“The clinics that have earned recognition have done remarkable work to serve their patients, and should serve as an example for other health care providers for both their commitment to innovation on behalf of their patients and their outstanding results,” said Carolyn Pare, president and CEO of The Action Group. “Health care costs continue to increase in Minnesota and across the country, which makes it more important than ever to recognize providers who are delivering high-value health care."

Performance goals are set each year by The Action Group and the MNBTE Champions of Change, a group of organizations that sponsor the pay-for-performance program and who fund the rewards. This year’s Champions include Best Buy, Southwest/West Central Service Cooperative, the University of Minnesota, and Wells Fargo. In 2017, recognized clinics shared a $163,358 total cash award.

More information about Minnesota Bridges to Excellence, along with a complete list of reward recipients, is available at


About Fairview Range

Fairview Range is a family of medical providers based in Hibbing, and includes Fairview Range Medical Center, Fairview Mesaba Clinics (with locations in Hibbing, Nashwauk and Mountain Iron), home care, hospice and a medical supply provider. Fairview Range offers more than 60 medical services, including ENT, surgery, urology, occupational therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, radiation therapy, sleep lab, sports medicine and obstetrics/gynecology, and also owns Fairview Range Greenview Residence, a memory care facility, located on the medical campus.

About the Minnesota Health Action Group

The Minnesota Health Action Group is a coalition of public and private purchasers whose sole purpose is to represent the collective voice of those who write the checks for health care in Minnesota. Action Group members collaborate with community stakeholders to drive innovations that support high-quality health care, create engaged consumers, and ensure the economic vitality of all Minnesota communities. Based in Bloomington, Minn., the Minnesota Health Action Group was formed in 1988 as the Buyers Health Care Action Group. To learn more, visit Follow on LinkedIn and Twitter: @actiongroupmn.

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Barbara Tabor, APR  (651) 230-9192 /

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