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Dawson nursing home, hospital recognized for safety

DAWSON, Minn. — Johnson Memorial Health Services, a hospital and nursing home in Dawson, has earned a top designation by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry for going above and beyond in meeting safety requirements.

Johnson Memorial is the first nursing home — and only the second hospital — in the state to achieve the Safety and Health Recognition Achievement Program, or MnSHARP.

“Most places can’t meet the qualifications,” said Ken Peterson, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry.

 “It’s a big deal,” said Kathy Johnson, chief executive and administrator. Several Dawson residents joined in a recognition event Thursday.

Thirty-nine Minnesota employers with fewer than 500 employees, mostly in the manufacturing industry, have qualified so far. The Department of Labor and Industry has a similar program, MnSTAR, for employers with more than 500 workers. Only one hospital in the state has earned MnSTAR certification; 31 large employers in all are certified.

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