Minnesota Hospital Association


February 22, 2016

MHA Newsline: Feb. 22, 2016

In this issue 

HCMC's Mother-Baby Program supports mental health of new moms

Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems contributed more than $4.3 billion in programs and services in 2014 to benefit the health of their communities. One community benefit program was the Mother-Baby Program at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC).   

With a mission to support families by strengthening the emotional health and parenting capacity of mothers, HCMC’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. HCMC supports the Mother-Baby Program by providing all its infrastructure costs, approximately $125,000 per year.   

“Debilitating depression and anxiety can begin during or after pregnancy and can affect about one out of eight women,” said Dr. Helen Kim, medical director of the Mother-Baby Program. “Left untreated, perinatal psychiatric disorders can have negative effects on both maternal well-being and child development.”   

The Mother-Baby Program’s Day Hospital was the first of its kind in Minnesota – and is only the fourth in the nation – to support moms with perinatal psychiatric disorders adjust to having a new baby in a structured day hospital model. The intensive outpatient mental health treatment program offers help for pregnant women and mothers of young children who are experiencing symptoms that make it difficult to function at home or at work, take care of themselves or their baby, or bond and connect with their baby.   

The Day Hospital has seen dramatic success in helping moms get the support they need while bonding with their babies. Since opening in 2013, almost 200 pregnant and postpartum women with moderate to severe psychiatric illness have graduated from the program. This is encouraging news for families in the community – and it speaks to the program’s successful, nurturing approach to treatment.   

Visit the MHA website to learn more and read the full 2015 Community Benefit Reportreturn to top   

Winona Health president/CEO selected as chair-elect of AHA Section for Small or Rural Hospitals

Rachelle Schultz, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Winona Health, was selected to serve as chair-elect of the governing council for the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Section for Small or Rural Hospitals in 2016. Schultz will assume the role of chair of the council in 2017.   

The AHA’s Section for Small or Rural Hospitals provides representation, advocacy and educational opportunities to help the nation’s small or rural hospitals better serve the health needs of patients and communities. The 18-member governing council represents small or rural hospitals in the AHA’s policy process and member services initiatives. In addition, the council advises the AHA on federal policy issues. 

Schultz has more than 20 years’ experience in health care management. At Winona Health, she oversees a 99-bed acute care hospital, physician clinics, a 134-bed nursing home, three assisted living residences, home care and hospice programs, retail pharmacies, a foundation and related health care services. return to top   

Don’t miss the chance to earn recognition for your hospital

MHA Awards nominations due this Friday
MHA wants to honor your hospital and caregivers for our 32nd annual awards program celebrating the outstanding work you do to deliver patient care and serve your communities. 

MHA award categories recognize excellence including community health, best workplace and patient care. Honors for individuals recognize trustees, volunteers, hospital executives, caregivers and public officials. Additional information on the categories and judging criteria can be found on the MHA website

Entries are due this Friday, Feb. 26; find the entry form here: Nomination Form 

MHA will notify all entrants whether they have won in mid-April. A reception and dinner will take place Friday, May 20, at the Metropolitan Ballroom in suburban Minneapolis. All MHA members and associate members are invited and encouraged to attend the awards ceremony. Mark your calendars and plan to join us for this celebration of excellence in Minnesota health care.   

For more information, contact Sarah Bohnet, MHA visual communications specialist, 651-603-3494. return to top   

Deadline for CEO, CFO, CNE salary surveys is March 4

The deadline for submitting this year’s chief executive officer, chief financial officer and chief nurse executive online compensation surveys is Friday, March 4. The survey results will highlight salary averages by budget size, years in health care, geographical region and years in current positions.   

Chief executive officers were emailed last week with information about how to complete the confidential surveys. Summary reports will be sent to participants in mid-May.   

With questions regarding the surveys, contact Lucas Hovila, MHA financial analyst, 651-603-3536. return to top   

Level 4 trauma work group to be appointed

The Minnesota Statewide Trauma Advisory Committee (STAC) at its December 2015 meeting resolved to appoint a work group to review the current Level 4 trauma hospital criteria requirements and make recommendations to the council for modifications. The STAC undertook a similar initiative in 2011 to review the Level 3 trauma hospital criteria.   

The inaugural meeting of the work group is expected to be scheduled for April or May. Meetings will be a hybrid of both in-person and teleconference. Those interested in participating in the work group should contact Chris Ballard, MDH trauma system coordinator, 651-201-3841. return to top