Minnesota Hospital Association


January 12, 2017

Local hospital leaders recognized by Minnesota Hospital Association for completing comprehensive certification training

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Eighteen 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,” Massa said. “Earning this certification demonstrates a trustee’s commitment to the patients and communities the hospital serves.”   

Following are the newly certified trustees:   

Bigfork Valley Hospital
Linnette Davidson
Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital 
Judi Bohm
Cook Hospital & Care Center
Liz Dahl
District One Hospital, Faribault 
Beth Dienst
Glenn Holman

Douglas County Hospital, Alexandria
Owen Miller

Fairview Southdale Hospital, Edina
Martin Kirsch
FirstLight Health System, Mora
Kathi Ellis, DVM

Hendricks Community Hospital Association
Mark Van Eck
Johnson Memorial Health Services, Dawson
Tami Schuelke-Sampson

Lakewood Health System, Staples
Frances Kokett
Curt McIlravy

Ortonville Area Health Services
Marilyn Lindahl
Jayne Stecker

Rice Memorial Hospital, Willmar
Andrea Carruthers

Ridgeview Sibley Medical Center, Arlington
Dennis Schultz
Riverwood Healthcare Center, Aitkin
Chad Gross
RiverView Health, Crookston
Andy Oman

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 hospitals and health systems, which provide quality care for their patients and meet the needs of their communities.