Minnesota Hospital Association


July 15, 2013

Local hospital leaders recognized by Minnesota Hospital Association

Sixteen hospital leaders join 57 others in state who have completed comprehensive certification training

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Sixteen hospital trustees from across Minnesota were recognized for earning certification through the Minnesota Hospital Association’s trustee certification program. The comprehensive certification process prepares hospital trustees to effectively meet the growing demands of serving on a hospital board and to be strong health care and community leaders.

By participating in MHA’s voluntary certification program, hospital trustees receive training on current health care trends; governance best practices; ethics; government regulations; patient safety; and quality. Participants undergo 35 hours of coursework, making Minnesota’s initiative the most comprehensive in the nation.

“In Minnesota, more and more hospital trustees are formally preparing themselves to address the often complicated issues facing hospitals and health systems today,” said Lawrence Massa, MHA president and CEO. “Our trustee certification program proactively ensures that hospital leaders are well-prepared to make good decisions.

“With so many changes in health care policy and practice — especially under federal and state health care reform — hospital trustees want this kind of support to be strong leaders in their organizations,” he added. “And earning this certification demonstrates a trustee’s commitment to the patients and communities the hospital serves.”

Following are the newly certified trustees:

Cook Hospital & C&NC
- Barbara Johnson
- Michael Harry Enzmann

FirstLight Health System, Mora
- Paul Kent

Hutchinson Health
- Eric Yost

Lake View Memorial Hospital, Two Harbors
- John Strange

Lakewood Health System, Staples
- Marie Rose

Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague
- Renee Brod

Mercy Hospital, Moose Lake
- Kelly Goeb

Paynesville Area Health Care System
- Ross Amundson
- Robert Brauchler
- Lois Johnson
- Joe Musel
- Debra Vogt

Prairie Ridge Hospital and Health Services, Elbow Lake
- Gene Wenstrom

River’s Edge Hospital and Clinic, St. Peter
- Michelle Chalin

Tri-County Health Care, Wadena
- David Fjeldheim

For more information about MHA’s hospital trustee certification program, visit www.mnhospitals.org/trustees. For more information about Minnesota hospitals, visit www.mnhospitals.org.

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The Minnesota Hospital Association represents 144 hospitals and health systems, which provide quality care for their patients and meet the needs of their communities.