Nelson of St. Cloud Hospital honored with MHA Volunteer of the Year Award
Bob Nelson, volunteer, St. Cloud Hospital, CentraCare Health, received the
Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) Volunteer of the Year Award, which honors
hospital volunteers for their important role in supporting a positive patient
and family experience at hospitals and health systems.
Nelson began his volunteer service at St. Cloud Hospital in 2006. Since then,
he has dedicated more than 2,800 hours serving in a variety of roles. Nelson
understands the importance and value volunteering can bring to someone’s life –
and how devastating it can be if someone has to leave a volunteer position that
they enjoy. This led him to spearhead the Volunteers in Transition project.
Volunteers in Transition was created to help maintain the dignity and usefulness
of volunteers who, because of health or other situations, no longer can safely
perform their current role. Volunteers in Transition allows volunteers to
effectively transition to more appropriate roles, while remaining in the
volunteer program as long as possible.
In his role as vice president of the Volunteer Auxiliary Board, Nelson attends
Health Care Auxiliary of Minnesota district meetings, the annual meeting and
conference. Nelson graciously extended his volunteerism to include serving as a
workshop presenter at the 2015 Minnesota Association for Volunteer
Administration Conference and at the Association of Healthcare Volunteer
Resource Professionals national conference in September 2015, where he
presented on Volunteers in Transition. Conference attendees were excited to
learn about this unique and proactive approach and were grateful to have a
compassionate solution offered to a sensitive and complex issue facing
Nelson’s leadership has impacted patients, visitors, staff and other
volunteers, both locally and nationally.
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
Fall Conference scheduled for Oct. 4-5
MHA and the Minnesota Chapter of the Health Care Financial
Management Association (HFMA) will hold their annual Fall Conference at the
Minneapolis Marriott West in St. Louis Park on Oct. 4-5. The cut-off date for
the group block at the Marriott is Sept. 15. More information and registration
materials are available in the event brochure or on the MHA website.
The conference will begin with a reception sponsored by CliftonLarsonAllen LLP,
Eide Bailly LLP and RSM US LLP the evening of Oct. 4. On Oct. 5, five general
sessions and two breakout sessions will cover topics such as MACRA, payment
reform, ethics and the revenue cycle.
During the closing keynote, “The Evolving Health Care Landscape,” David Smith,
partner and director of payer services at Chicago-based Leavitt Partners, will
discuss the electoral, market and policy drivers that are accelerating the
movement to value-based care.
With questions, contact Christy Hammer, MHA education specialist,
651-659-1412. return to top
Holliday to speak at MAPS Conference
The Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety (MAPS) Conference is
Oct. 27-28 at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest in Brooklyn Park. For more
information, download the conference brochure.
Regina Holliday, a Maryland-based patient advocate and artist known for
painting a series of murals depicting the need for clarity and transparency in
medical records, will provide the opening keynote. During her presentation, she
will share her experience of caring for her husband, Fred. Fred lost his life
to cancer but never lost hope that patients and caregivers can help make the
system better for other families. Backed by her own patient and caregiving
experiences, Holliday will address ways of improving the quality of health care
delivery as well as ways to enhance patient safety.
The conference, themed “Partnering for Safer Care,” is the eighth statewide
conference sponsored by MAPS since 2002. With five general sessions and 20
breakout sessions, the conference will disseminate leading edge practices,
provide knowledge on critical topics in safe care and facilitate creative and
solution-oriented dialogue about how to make health care sustainably and
measurably safer in Minnesota.
An early-bird registration fee of $310 for MAPS members and $360 for
non-members is available to those who register before Sept. 11. After Sept. 11
the rate is $395 for all attendees. The on-site registration fee is $500. To
register, visit MHA's website, log in,
click “Calendar of Events” and select the program title. The cut-off date for
the group block at the Marriott is Oct. 5. return to top
to launch statewide virtual Patient and Family Advisory Committee Sept. 15
MHA will launch its new statewide virtual
Patient and Family Advisory Committee (PFAC) on Sept. 15. This is an inclusive
online community for anyone who is involved in a local PFAC in Minnesota. It is
open to patient partners, patient and family engagement leaders and anyone
passionate about including patients as partners in their care.
The group will meet via webinar on the third Thursday of each month from 11
a.m. – 12:30 p.m., alternating between meetings and educational programs.
Meetings will feature Minnesotans sharing their successes and challenges of
starting and sustaining a PFAC, opportunities for patients and families to be
engaged beyond their facility, idea-sharing, interaction and discussion.
Educational programs will feature prominent leaders in the patient experience
Online registration is required for the Sept.
15 kickoff event, which will feature Hutchinson Health and its PFAC journey.
Registrants will receive a link to join the webinar the day of the event.
To learn more, contact Joy Benn, quality and patient safety
specialist, MHA, 651-659-1441. return to top