Schultz honored with MHA Stephen Rogness Distinguished Service Award
MHA on June 2 honored innovative programs and outstanding leaders in health
care at its 33rd annual awards ceremony.
Rachelle Schultz, president and CEO of Winona Health, received the Stephen
Rogness Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes an executive at an MHA
hospital who has demonstrated a history of significant leadership beyond his or
her hospital or system.
Schultz has more than 25 years of experience in health care management. Service
excellence, continuous performance improvement and leadership development are
key components of her success. As a visionary, she continues to be a leader in
the revolutionary transformation of community health care.
Schultz was a member of Minnesota's State Quality Improvement Institute in
2008, serves on the board of the Performance Excellence Network, is the 2017
chair of AHA's Governing Council for Small and Rural Hospitals, is a member of
the Rural Health Issues Group and is the board chair for the Minnesota Rural
Accountable Care Organization, formed in 2016. She currently serves on the 2017
MHA Annual Meeting Task Force and is a board member of MHA and a former board member
of the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement.
Additional award winners will be profiled in upcoming issues of Newsline. To
learn more about the award winners, visit the MHA website. return to top
diversion resources available from MHA
The Drug Enforcement Administration and Minnesota Board of
Pharmacy on Aug. 24 presented to attendees of MHA’s Medication Safety Learning
and Networking Day, reminding MHA members of their partnership in reducing the
diversion of drugs, particularly narcotics from health systems.
Resources and best practices that hospitals and health care facilities can use
to enhance security for controlled substances, including narcotics and other
powerful prescription medications, are available on the MHA website. The resources were developed as
the result of work by the Controlled Substance Diversion Coalition, convened in
May 2011 by MHA and the Minnesota Department of Health.
The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) requires hospitals and other health care
facilities to report the theft or significant loss of controlled substances.
When determining whether a loss is significant, DEA registrants should
consider, among others, the following factors:
- The actual quantity of
controlled substances lost in relation to the type of business
- The specific controlled
- Whether the loss of the
controlled substances can be associated with access to those controlled
substances by specific individuals, or whether the loss can be attributed
to unique activities that may take place involving the controlled
- A pattern of losses over a
specific time period, whether the losses appear to be random and the
results of efforts taken to resolve the losses
- Whether the specific controlled
substances are likely candidates for diversion
- Local trends and other
indicators of the diversion potential of the missing controlled substance
In addition to reporting to the DEA, the loss should also be
reported to the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy; submitting a copy of the DEA 106
form to the board meets this reporting requirement.
Minnesota has a Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) used by prescribers and
pharmacists to assist in managing patient care. The program was implemented to
promote public health and welfare by detecting diversion, abuse and misuse of
prescriptions for controlled substances. Effective July 1, 2017, all
Minnesota-licensed pharmacists practicing in Minnesota and all
Minnesota-licensed practitioners who have DEA registrations must maintain registered
PMP accounts. To learn more, visit the PMP website. return to top
creates fund for hospital employees affected by Hurricane Harvey
The Texas Hospital Association (THA) has created the THA
Hospital Employee Assistance Fund to provide financial assistance to employees
of hospitals located in one of the 18 FEMA-designated disaster areas who
experienced significant property loss during Hurricane Harvey or the ensuing
floods. While thousands of care team members work around the clock to serve
emergency response efforts, their families are being affected by this historic
storm and flooding damage.
To learn more about this effort and provide a donation, visit the THA Hospital
Employee Assistance Fund website. return to top
Hospital PAC Silent Auction donations needed
MHA Annual Meeting attendees are invited to the Chair’s
Reception and Minnesota Hospital PAC Silent Auction on Sept. 20 from 8-10 p.m.
at Madden’s in the Town Hall Conference Center, lower level.
The Minnesota Hospital PAC is a voluntary, bipartisan political action
committee (PAC) that raises campaign funds for candidates running for state and
federal office in Minnesota. It is the voice for hospital advocates seeking to
help candidates who support the goals of hospitals.
MHA is seeking donation items from members and associate members to be
auctioned to raise money for the PAC, which supports MHA’s advocacy efforts.
Suggested items to donate include tickets to events, hotel stays, gift
certificates, spa visit certificates, art work, gift baskets, golf outings —
anything that you would like to bid on at a silent auction. Deadline for
donations is Sept. 8.
Please contact Kristin Loncorich, director of state
government relations, MHA, 651-603-3526, with questions and to donate
items. return to top
mourns loss of Allen Vogt
Longtime Cook Hospital & Care Center Chief
Executive Officer Allen “Al” Vogt died Aug. 31 at the Solvay Hospice House in
Vogt began his 40-year career in health care as a lab technician at Cook
Hospital & Care Center in 1976. He grew to become the CEO of the hospital
and Convalescent and Nursing Care Unit in 1989, a position he held until his
retirement in January 2015.
Vogt was an active participant in MHA during his career. He served on MHA’s
Board of Directors as well as on the MHA Trustee Council; the MHA Small, Rural
Hospital Committee; the MHA Policy and Advocacy Committee; the MHA Healthcare
Leadership Institute Task Force; and the MHA Annual Meeting Task Force.
A celebration of life service will be held Sept. 16 at 2 p.m. Read the full obituary. return to top