Minnesota Hospital Association


June 20, 2016

MHA Newsline: June 20, 2016

In this issue 

Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare 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.   

Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul received the Best Minnesota Hospital Workplace Award in the large hospital category, which recognizes hospitals that have gone the extra mile to strengthen employee engagement and satisfaction.   

Gillette recognizes that an engaged, devoted workforce is crucial to providing excellent health care. Much of Gillette's success stems from employees' deep commitments to the organization's mission, their patients and their colleagues. Meanwhile, an environment that supports employee recognition, professional development, wellness and financial security bolsters workplace satisfaction. Local and national organizations have repeatedly honored Gillette for workplace excellence and employee engagement.   

Gillette's positive employee culture can be summed up in this comment from a staff member: "Gillette is a special place that expects the very best from each and every employee. Compassion and resolve are at the core of this organization because our patients deserve nothing less… Passion for excellence, both in outcomes and the patient experience, is what defines Gillette; that is what our patients and families will remember about their experiences at Gillette."   

Additional award winners will be profiled in upcoming issues of Newsline. To learn more about the award winners, visit the MHA websitereturn to top   

Health care foundation education program to be offered July 19

MHA is offering a full-day education program for health care foundation professionals on July 19 at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West in Plymouth. The program will feature education sessions on topics such as foundation board recruitment and retention, legal issues for foundations, community health updates and fund development through strategic planning. Foundations from across Minnesota will share community health projects they have implemented, including successes and lessons learned.   

For more information, view the brochure or visit MHA’s website, click “Calendar of Events” and select the program title. Please note that you must log in to register for a program. return to top   

Administrative professionals education program to be offered July 21

MHA’s annual program for health care administrative professionals will be held on July 21 at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West in Plymouth. The program will offer sessions on topics such as impacting patient and families’ experiences, exploring personality styles and resolving conflicts and facilitating teamwork.   

MHA patient and family engagement consultant Lisa Juliar will share her story in health care, highlighting the critical connections with the people in the system during her presentation, “The Heart of Health Care: Everyone Has a Story.” She will inspire you to think about the impact you can have on a patient or family and how it may affect their experience.   

During a mini-retreat extended session, “The Journey of Discovery,” Dr. Rahul Koranne, MHA’s senior vice president of clinical affairs and chief medical officer, will offer the opportunity to explore not only your personality style including your strengths and weaknesses but also learn how to work with others’ personality styles and resolve conflicts.   

Dean Hyers, speaker, trainer and coach at St. Paul-based communications training company SagePresence, will teach and model a simple facilitative approach that uses universal communications techniques to align priorities so your team can move forward together, during his presentation, “Herding Cats: Facilitation Format to Get Everyone on the Same Page.”   

For more information, view the brochure or visit MHA’s website, click “Calendar of Events” and select the program title. Please note that you must log in to register for a program. return to top   

MN Hospital PAC Silent Auction donations needed

The Minnesota Hospital PAC will hold a silent auction fundraiser on Sept. 21 during MHA’s Annual Meeting. 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 and health systems. 

The Minnesota Hospital PAC is seeking donated items from members and associate members to be auctioned to raise money in support of 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. 9.  

Please contact Kristin Loncorich, MHA director of government relations, 651-603-3526 with questions and to donate items. return to top  

Nominations open for March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards

Nominations are open for the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards. The awards honor nursing excellence and pay tribute to the tireless efforts of nurses throughout the community.   

Through July 15, nurses are nominated by colleagues, supervisors or the families they have served. All nominees are notified to complete their application by Aug. 1. The top five finalists for each of the 17 awards categories will be announced on Sept. 15. Awards will be presented at a breakfast celebration on Oct. 14.   

The Nurse of the Year Awards are way to recognize selflessness, dedication and passion for the profession of nursing. To learn more and nominate a nurse, visit the March of Dimes websitereturn to top   

Learn about reducing health care food waste at July 14 HEARRT Midwest education event

The Healthcare Environmental Awareness and Reduction Resource Team (HEARRT) Midwest will present an education and networking event aimed at reducing health care food waste on July 14 from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System, 1 Veterans Dr., Minneapolis, MN 55417.  

The event will provide an overview of the issues associated with health care food waste and feature health care staff discussing how to reduce and better manage food waste. Featured presenters include representatives from MHA members Hennepin County Medical Center, Mayo Clinic, Minneapolis VA Health Care System and St. Cloud Hospital, a part of CentraCare Health.   

Learn more and register onlinereturn to top