Minnesota Hospital Association


June 13, 2016

MHA Newsline: June 13, 2016

In this issue 

River’s Edge Hospital & Clinic honored with MHA Best Minnesota Hospital Workplace Award

The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) in May 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.   

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 satisfaction.   

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 and teamwork.   

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 websitereturn to top   

Hospital 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

New Ulm
June 28 | Noon CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, 108 N Minnesota St., 56073

June 28 | Noon Rahr Corporation, 800 1st Ave. W., 55379

Albert Lea
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

St. Paul/Midway
July 12 | 7:30 a.m. TKDA, 444 Cedar St., Suite 1500, 55101

St. Cloud
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   

MNCASA 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 be discussed.   

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   

MHA 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 Presidential Election.”   

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.   

Accommodations Deadline
The deadline for accommodations at Arrowwood is June 20. Book accommodations online.   

For more information or to register, download the conference brochurereturn to top   

Twin 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, Guillain-Barré syndrome 
  • Define mosquito vectors and vector control 
  • 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 Grove Hospital.   

Learn more and register online. With questions, contact Emily Larsen, marketing and communications coordinator, Twin Cities Medical Society, 612-623-2885. return to top   

Minnesota 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 partnerships.   

Conference sponsors include MHA members St. Luke’s and Essentia Health.   

Learn more and register online. With questions about the conference, contact [email protected] or call 218-216-7039. return to top   

Nominations 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 innovation.   

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 websitereturn to top