partnerships: Stevens Community Medical Center helps UMM faculty and staff
improve overall health
Stress affects everyone. It spans sectors, income levels and job
titles – and its effects are too often overlooked. Teaching people to manage
stress benefits them in personal, practical ways.
For nine years, Angela Berlinger has served as a program coordinator and health
coach for the University of Minnesota – Morris (UMM) employee wellness program.
She saw that managing day-to-day work/life stress was an underlying factor in
overall wellness for UMM faculty and staff and faced the challenge of finding
the right resources to help address the issue. Her first phone call was to
Stevens Community Medical Center (SCMC).
Berlinger was connected with two SCMC employees, Angelina Lee and Amanda
Storey. Storey is a licensed psychologist with SCMC whose passion for creating
mental health programs started with an internship at a Department of Veteran’s
Affairs inpatient facility. Lee helps local community members manage family
stress through her work as a licensed marriage and family therapist.
Together, they helped develop and implement a new “Stress Less” curriculum this
fall. Over eight weeks, participants will share their own experiences with
stress, if they wish, and learn different ways to intervene to decrease stress.
Weekly homework assignments will help them put their learning into action. By
the end of the course, each participant will have an individualized stress
To see more examples of how Minnesota hospitals and health systems are
making a difference in their own communities, visit the Minnesota's
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community benefit survey issued to members
MHA requests hospitals submit data by Friday, Nov. 4
MHA has initiated the community benefit data collection for fiscal year 2015.
The data is presented in MHA’s Community Benefit Report.
Chief executive officers, chief financial officers and communications leads
should have received emails with instructions and a link to the survey system
used to collect the data. Participation by all member hospitals is requested;
the more hospitals that participate, the more representative and accurate the
final report will be. The deadline for submitting data is Friday, Nov. 4.
Systems that have multiple facilities in different geographic regions of the
state should provide site-specific details so data can be included in MHA’s
statewide report by region. Systems with multiple facilities that are in
one geographic region may report consolidated figures. We understand that you may
file only one 990 Schedule H for your system; however, for community benefits
reporting we provide information by region.
If your hospital did not receive emails regarding the survey, please contact Bonnie Terveer,
data operations assistant, MHA, 651-603-3520. return to top
Winter Trustee Conference registration opens
Registration is open for the MHA Winter Trustee Conference,
which will be held Jan. 6-8, 2017, at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest in
This year’s conference will offer participants eight general sessions and 16
breakout sessions on issues of mental and behavioral health, finance, patient
safety and the future of health care. Friday will also feature the popular
four-hour Training Camp for Rookie Trustees.
For more information or to register, download the conference brochure. Print brochures will be
mailed to member trustees and chief executive officers the week of Oct. 31.
Group rate accommodations at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest can be booked online. return to top
Bremer Trust grants available
The Otto Bremer Trust (OBT) is a St. Paul-based private
charitable trust with a mission of investing in people, places and
opportunities in the Upper Midwest. OBT is rooted in and committed to the communities that are home to Bremer
OBT funds a variety of work important to a community’s future through grants
and program-related investments, with highest priority given to opportunities
with the potential to move a community forward in meaningful, powerful and
broad-based ways. Focus areas include: basic needs, children and youth,
economic well-being and healthy communities. Hospitals and the services they
provide touch each of these categories.
Hospitals and health systems that are interested in considering OBT as a source
for support for their work should visit the OBT website for more information. The next
grant-making deadline is Jan. 10, 2017. return to top
scanner funding opportunity available for CAHs
The Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Rural Healthcare
Program has launched the CT Scanner Initiative, a funding opportunity for
qualifying Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in the Midwest, including CAHs in
Minnesota. Qualifying CAHs may apply for up to $400,000 to purchase a new 32
slice or higher CT scanner through a two-year grant. For specifics on
eligibility, read the Request for Proposals.
A Letter of Inquiry for interested CAHs is due by 4 p.m. on Dec. 9 and the
projected start date for the project is May 11, 2017. For more information,
visit the Helmsley Trust website or email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. return to top