Minnesota Hospital Association


October 24, 2016

MHA Newsline: Oct. 24, 2016

In this issue 

Community 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 management plan.    

To see more examples of how Minnesota hospitals and health systems are making a difference in their own communities, visit the Minnesota's Hospitals: Strengthening Healthy Communities website and Facebook page. return to top   

Annual 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   

MHA 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 Brooklyn Park.   

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 onlinereturn to top   

Otto 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 banks.   

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   

CT 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 [email protected]return to top