In this issue
Edge Hospital & Clinic honored with MHA Best Minnesota Hospital Workplace
The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) in May honored innovative programs and
outstanding leaders in health care at its 32nd annual awards
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.
River’s Edge Hospital & Clinic in St. Peter received the Best Minnesota
Hospital Workplace Award in the small hospital category, which recognizes
hospitals that have gone the extra mile to strengthen employee engagement and
In recent years, leaders at River’s Edge have implemented a series of best
practices to improve employee turnover, morale and, ultimately, patient
satisfaction. The hospital identified several new processes for orientation,
training and recognition that resulted in increased employee retention. These
processes, along with monthly employee rounding, thank-you notes and employee
engagement surveys, have helped River’s Edge develop a culture of camaraderie
Employees have embraced the changes that have taken place at River’s Edge.
Everyone has a stake in what matters most – patients’ well-being and
satisfaction. This value is exemplified daily in the halls when staff,
regardless of job title, are helping patients and visitors.
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
leaders encouraged to attend local Chamber of Commerce policy meetings
Every year the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce hosts its Statewide
Policy Tour, a series of community meetings to solicit input from its members.
Thirteen meetings are scheduled this summer in various cities across the state.
Two of the policy meetings are being held at MHA member locations – the June 22
meeting in Worthington at Sanford Worthington Medical Center and the July 13
meeting at St. Cloud Hospital, part of CentraCare Health.
MHA members who are also chamber members are encouraged to attend. Chamber
staff and local business community members appreciate hearing from local
hospital stakeholders with personal expertise about health care issues and
issues affecting their community’s hospital.
Below is the schedule. The meetings are free of charge, but advance
registration is preferred.
June 22 | Noon
Sanford Worthington Medical Center, 1018 6th Ave., 56187
June 22 | 1 p.m.
Hearth & Home Technologies, 7571 215th St. W., 55044
June 23 | 8 a.m.
Madden’s, 11266 Pine Beach Peninsula, 56401
June 24 | Noon
McLane Company, Inc., 1111 5th St. W., 55057
June 28 | 8 a.m.
CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, 121 W. Bridge St., 55060
June 28 | Noon
CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, 108 N Minnesota St., 56073
June 28 | Noon
Rahr Corporation, 800 1st Ave. W., 55379
July 11 | 8 a.m.
Lou-Rich, Inc., 505 W. Front St., 56007
July 11 | 1 p.m.
IBM, Executive Briefing Center, 3605 U.S. 52, 55901
July 12 | 7:30 a.m.
TKDA, 444 Cedar St., Suite 1500, 55101
July 13 | 8 a.m.
St. Cloud Hospital, CentraCare Health, 1406 6th Ave. N., 56303
July 14 | Noon
Monaco Air Duluth, 4535 Airport Approach Rd., 55811
July 15 | 8:00 a.m.
L&M Radiator, Inc., 1414 E. 37th St., 55746
For additional information, contact Mary Krinkie, vice president of government
relations, MHA. return to top
to offer sexual assault examination training webinars for MHA members
With support from MHA, the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual
Assault (MNCASA) will offer five webinars this summer on providing medical
forensic exams for sexual assault patients. MHA encourages participation in
these member-exclusive training opportunities to improve practices related to
medical forensic exams for sexual assault victims.
Two webinars will provide overview information for chief nursing officers and
finance staff. Sessions include:
- June 29, 10-11 a.m.: Medical
Forensic Exams for Sexual Assault Patients: An Overview
- This webinar will provide an overview of medical forensic exams
for sexual assault patients, including information that chief nursing officers
should know regarding sexual assault patient response. The webinar will review
the aspects of an exam, the role of the health care provider conducting the
exam, the laws around sexual assault patient care, the minimum requirements and
tools needed to conduct a quality exam, best practices for patient response and
The Joint Commission standards for sexual assault patients.
- June 30, 11 a.m. – noon:
Billing, Insurance and Other Laws Regarding Sexual Assault Patient Care
- This webinar will describe state and federal laws related to
medical forensic exam billing and payment, as well as additional laws regarding
sexual assault patient care. Best practices for exam billing and payment
processes will be provided. Participants will be able to determine whether
their hospital policies meet federal and state statutes.
A three-part webinar series will provide sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE)
training using medical forensic exam curriculum that was developed for
emergency department nurses. Participants who complete this series will be
better equipped to perform medical forensic exams. Sessions include:
- July 21, 2-3 p.m.: SANE
Training 101: Part 1 – What is Sexual Assault?
- Part one of this series will teach context around sexual
assault, best practices around hospital responses to sexual assault patients
and how to document the patient’s account of the assault. Participants will
have a deeper understanding of what the crime of sexual assault encompasses,
the impact on victims, the importance of engaging with community partners,
health care providers’ best reactions to patients who have been assaulted and
how to facilitate and document the patient’s account of incident.
- July 28, 2-3 p.m.: SANE
Training 101: Part 2 – The Exam
- Part two of this series will describe the aspects of a medical
forensic exam and explain how to complete each component. Participants will
have a better understanding of evidence collection, injury identification and
the physical exam.
- Aug. 10, 2-3 p.m.: SANE
Training 101: Part 3 – Discharge and Follow-Up
- Part three of this series will cover sexual assault patient
discharge, follow-up and reporting to law enforcement. Topics such as sexually
transmitted infection (including HIV) prophylaxis and pregnancy prevention will
Participants can earn a total of four nursing contact hour CEUs from the
webinars, with one nursing contact hour CEU being awarded for each of the
webinars on June 29, July 21, July 28 and Aug. 10. CEUs will not be awarded for
the June 30 webinar on billing and payment. Instructions for requesting CEUs
will be provided after each webinar.
Webinars will be facilitated by Linda Walther, a SANE practicing in the Twin
Cities and the clinical coordinator for the Statewide Medical Forensic Policy
Program, and Kari Ogrodowski, the policy coordinator of the Statewide Medical
Forensic Policy Program.
With questions about webinar content, please contact Linda Walther
or Kari Ogrodowski.
To RSVP for a webinar, email Sarah Bohnet, visual communications
specialist, MHA. return to top
Summer Trustee Conference to be held July 8-10
MHA’s 30th annual Summer Trustee Conference will be
held July 8-10 at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center in Alexandria. The
conference is designed to provide hospital board members with the opportunity
to focus on challenges facing trustees. It features six general sessions and
nine breakouts focusing on issues of transformation, reform, patient safety and
the future of health care.
Kristina Weger, senior director of federal relations, American Hospital
Association, will provide a look at the hottest debates in Washington and share
insights on the political race and how candidates can shape or reshape health
care for years to come during her presentation, “What’s in Store for the 2016
Minneapolis-based musician, composer and speaker Billy McLaughlin will share
his inspiring story during his presentation, “Rethinking Impossible: Completely
Impossible Today is Totally Do-able Tomorrow.” After an incurable neuromuscular
disorder rendered him unable to play his own music, McLaughlin, unwilling to
give up his music career, began the slow and painstaking process of relearning
his instrument using his opposite hand. He will share how achieving the
impossible simply required clarity of purpose, commitment to mission and
celebrating each step on the path to his goals.
The deadline for accommodations at Arrowwood is June 20. Book accommodations online.
For more information or to register, download the conference brochure. return to top
Cities Medical Society to host July 26 educational forum on Zika virus
The Twin Cities Medical Society will host “Summer of Zika,” a
free educational forum, on July 26 from 6-8 p.m. at the University of
Minnesota, Moos Tower, Room 2-620, 515 Delaware St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455.
After the session, participants will be able to:
- Describe the clinical
manifestations of Zika virus infection: typical illness, fetal damage,
- Define mosquito vectors and
- Counsel travelers to Zika
transmission areas and persons living in endemic areas
Forum sponsors include MHA and MHA members HealthEast Care
System, HealthPartners, Allina Health, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of
Minnesota, Hennepin County Medical Center, North Memorial Health Care and Maple
Learn more and register online. With questions, contact Emily Larsen,
marketing and communications coordinator, Twin Cities Medical Society,
612-623-2885. return to top
Rural Health Conference to be held June 20-21
The 2016 Minnesota Rural Health Conference, “Cultivating
Resilient Communities,” will be held June 20-21 at the Duluth Entertainment
Convention Center, 350 Harbor Dr., Duluth, MN 55802. The conference is hosted
by Minnesota Department of Health’s Office of Rural Health and Primary Care, the Minnesota Rural Health Association and
the National Rural Health Resource Center.
Over 600 health care professionals, educators, state health representatives,
policy makers and students will gather for this two-day event to discover the
creative ways in which our communities are meeting the challenges of an
ever-changing health care system. This year’s conference will include sessions
on health equity, workforce, technology, value-based models, and community
Conference sponsors include MHA members St. Luke’s and Essentia Health.
Learn more and register online. With questions about the conference,
contact firstname.lastname@example.org or
call 218-216-7039. return to top
open for Minnesota Business magazine’s Leaders in Health Care Awards
Nominations are open for the 2016 Leaders in
Health Care Awards, presented by Minnesota Business magazine. The awards
recognize individuals and companies that have supported and accelerated
Minnesota’s health care environment in areas such as community outreach,
employee wellness, workforce development, corporate philanthropy and workplace
The nomination period closes July 15. Finalists for the awards will be
announced Aug. 16. Awards will be presented at a celebration on Oct. 27.
To make a nomination for an award category or to learn more about the 2016
Leaders in Health Care Awards, visit the Minnesota Business website. return to top