Minnesota Hospital Association

Newsroom

September 27, 2017

In two congressional briefings, CHI St. Gabriel’s Health (CHI St. Gabriel’s) leaders will speak to staff representing members of congress from across the country regarding the rural hospital’s successful efforts to reduce the flow of opioids into their community. The Minnesota hospital, serving the Morrison County population of 35,000 people, has helped 324 patients taper off controlled substances completely. In a year, that translates to more than 370,000 fewer controlled substance doses entering the community.

Read More

September 22, 2017
The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) has long advocated for health care coverage for all Minnesotans. On behalf of our 142 hospitals and health systems, MHA places a priority on preserving health care coverage for low-income Minnesotans. In addition, we want Minnesotans to have meaningful insurance coverage for all essential health care services.

Read More

June 06, 2017
The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) on June 2 honored innovative programs and outstanding leaders in health care at its 33rd annual awards ceremony.   

Seventeen awards were given for extraordinary achievement in categories ranging from advocacy on behalf of hospitals and volunteerism to innovation and improvement in patient care and patient safety. 

Read More

May 01, 2017
Minnesota's hospitals are working hard to deliver safer care, improve the patient experience and save health care costs. View the fact sheet below to better understand health care spending and the cost of health care, insurance and prescription drugs. 

Read More

April 20, 2017

Minnesota's 142 hospitals and health systems have earned a national reputation for delivering safe, high-quality care and for meeting the needs of our communities. 

Read More

March 28, 2017
Minnesota’s leadership on quality and patient safety is recognized throughout the nation, and other states look to the Minnesota Hospital Association in creating their own patient safety programs. 

Read More

March 23, 2017
The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) today released its first report examining the financial health of Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems. MHA plans to release this report annually analyzing the most updated financial data available; the report published today examines publicly available fiscal year (FY) 2015 data that hospitals and health systems are required to submit to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) each year.

Read More

March 15, 2017
The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) has long advocated for health care coverage for all Minnesotans. With that principle in mind, MHA supported the opportunities presented by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Minnesota expanded Medicaid early, providing nearly 200,000 additional Minnesotans with Medical Assistance coverage. Minnesota was one of just two states to implement a Basic Health Plan – enhancing our MinnesotaCare program, which now provides nearly 100,000 people with low premiums, low copays and a good benefit set.

Read More

March 08, 2017
Since 2006, Hennepin County Medical Center’s Clinical Laboratory and Radiology departments have taken part in an annual “See, Test and Treat” event held at NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center in Minneapolis. The three-day See, Test and Treat program provides free cervical and breast cancer screening, diagnosis and follow-up for uninsured and underinsured women – all in one visit. 

Read More

March 08, 2017
CentraCare Health – Long Prairie is creating community well-being and promoting healthy lifestyles. The hospital’s goal is to provide programs, services and amenities designed to support well-being through the six dimensions of wellness: occupational, physical, social, intellectual, spiritual and emotional. In collaboration with community members, regional organizations, area businesses and foundations, CentraCare Health – Long Prairie and BLEND (Better Living, Exercise, Nutrition Daily) have taken the lead role to help the nearly 24,000 residents in Todd County make the healthy choice the easy choice everywhere, every day. 

Read More

March 08, 2017
In 2012-13, a formal community health needs assessment was conducted in the Thief River Falls area. Community stakeholders identified mental/behavioral health as the top priority. Seeing the need for more and enhanced services, Sanford Thief River Falls Behavioral Health Center and its community board of directors worked together on implementation strategies to address the behavioral health needs in the community.

Read More

March 08, 2017
As an organization focused on community health, reaching out to employers is one way for Winona Health to increase awareness of issues that impact people’s health and well-being. A significant portion of many people’s day is spent in the workplace. What happens at work can ultimately play an important part in protecting and improving health and well-being.

Read More

March 08, 2017
HealthEast conducted its second community health needs assessment in FY 2015, including Ramsey, Dakota and Washington counties. Mental health was identified as a priority health concern by all stakeholder groups for the HealthEast assessment and in assessments completed by the three local public health departments. HealthEast took a multifaceted approach in responding to this need, improving access to mental health services through expanded inpatient and emergency department services, as well as community-led, culturally appropriate programs with community partners.

Read More

March 08, 2017
Our nation’s opioid epidemic has been well reported. In 2014, the most recent year on record, more people died from drug overdoses in any previous year, and more than six out of 10 of those deaths involved an opioid. Since 1999, the rate of overdose deaths involving opioids has nearly quadrupled. 

Read More

March 08, 2017
New mothers and mothers-to-be have a chance to visit with other women and receive expert breastfeeding support every week through Baby Café. Mayo Clinic Health System in Cannon Falls and Lake City, along with the Goodhue Wabasha Pierce County Breastfeeding Coalition, launched Baby Café in 2015 in Lake City and in 2016 in Cannon Falls.

Read More

March 08, 2017
In recent years, FirstLight Health System has taken a particular interest in helping kids in Mora, Pine City, Hinckley and Ogilvie become healthier. FirstLight introduced this concept through a community wellness program called WellnessFirst, which has been inspiring kids to become healthier by teaching them healthy habits including good nutrition and physical activity.

Read More

January 12, 2017

Eighteen hospital trustees from across Minnesota were recognized for earning certification through the Minnesota Hospital Association’s trustee certification program. The comprehensive certification process prepares hospital trustees to effectively meet the growing demands of serving on a hospital board and to be strong health care and community leaders.

Read More

October 03, 2016

MHAhas been selected as one of 16 national, regional, or state hospital associations, Quality Improvement Organizations, and health system organizations to continue efforts in reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions. The Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) contracts awarded build upon the collective momentum of the Hospital Engagement Networks (HEN) and Quality Improvement Organizations to reduce patient harm and readmissions.

Read More

August 11, 2016
A new study by the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) found that nearly one in five days mental health patients spend admitted to inpatient community hospital psychiatric units is potentially avoidable. “Potentially avoidable days” are days that mental health patients spent admitted to the hospital when they would more appropriately have been treated in a different care setting.

Read More

July 13, 2016
Eight hospital trustees from across Minnesota were recognized for earning certification through the Minnesota Hospital Association’s trustee certification program. The comprehensive certification process prepares hospital trustees to effectively meet the growing demands of serving on a hospital board and to be strong health care and community leaders.

Read More

May 23, 2016

Minnesota Hospital Association’s annual awards recognize patient safety, volunteerism, innovations in patient care, hospital excellence. MHA honored innovative programs and outstanding leaders in health care at its 32nd annual awards ceremony. Seventeen awards were given for extraordinary achievement in categories ranging from advocacy on behalf of hospitals and volunteerism to innovation and improvement in patient care and patient safety.  

Read More

March 21, 2016
In this issue 
  • Regions Hospital makes serving veterans a priority 
  • March 31 is Mental Health Day on the Hill 
  • Upcoming education sessions designed specifically for rural hospitals 
  • Plan to meet with legislators during Easter recess 
  • Last chance to enroll in Minnesota Medicaid EHR Incentive Program  

Read More

March 15, 2016
Today, the Minnesota Association of Community Mental Health Programs (MACMHP) and the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) stood with legislators from both parties to seek $8.5 million over the next three years to improve community-based mental health and addiction services. The legislation, the Excellence in Mental Health Act, would allow Minnesota to qualify for a federal initiative to expand access to mental health care and substance abuse treatment by investing in community-based treatment centers.

Read More

February 04, 2016

Hennepin County Medical Center's Mother-Baby Program combines outpatient psychiatry services; a HopeLine triage and resource line; and a Day Hospital for pregnant women and mothers experiencing depression, anxiety or other emotional distress to offer support, hope and healing to mothers and families. 

Read More

January 12, 2016
Nineteen hospital trustees from across Minnesota were recognized for earning certification through the Minnesota Hospital Association’s trustee certification program. The comprehensive certification process prepares hospital trustees to effectively meet the growing demands of serving on a hospital board and to be strong health care and community leaders. 

Read More

January 01, 2016
Minnesota’s leadership on quality and patient safety is recognized throughout the nation, and other states look to the Minnesota Hospital Association in creating their own patient safety programs.

Read More

May 29, 2013
A broad-based coalition of hospitals and care providers working across the continuum of care has prevented 4,570 avoidable hospital readmissions between Jan. 1, 2011 and Dec. 31, 2012. As a result of the RARE Campaign (Reducing Avoidable Readmissions Effectively), it is estimated that patients spent 18,280 more nights sleeping comfortably in their own beds instead of the hospital. It’s better for patients and their families.

Read More

January 31, 2013
The Adverse Health Events reporting system recorded a total of 314 adverse health events in Minnesota hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers last year. Overall, the report shows a decrease in medication errors, retained foreign objects and pressure ulcers, while there was an increase in falls, wrong body part surgical/procedural events, and patient protection events (suicides and elopements). There were 14 deaths and 89 serious injuries that resulted from the reported events.

Read More