Minnesota Hospital Association


August 28, 2017

MHA Newsline: Aug. 28, 2017

In this issue 

Dr. Paul Goering honored with MHA Spirit of Advocacy Award

MHA on June 2 honored innovative programs and outstanding leaders in health care at its 33rd annual awards ceremony. 

Dr. Paul Goering, vice president of mental health and addiction services at Allina Health, received the MHA Spirit of Advocacy Award, which recognizes strong participation and advocacy on behalf of patients, hospitals and health systems.   

Goering has always been an active voice in the mental health community, but he has increasingly taken on a greater level responsibility in recent years. In 2016, he helped lead MHA's work to identify potentially avoidable days that mental health patients spent admitted to the hospital when they would more appropriately have been treated in a different care setting.   

As a member of the Governor's Task Force on Mental Health, Goering provided both hospital and ambulatory care experiences that shaped the group's discussions and recommendations. In continuing his commitment to public policy and advocacy, Goering testified to the Legislature on behalf of the Task Force in early 2017 and then returned later in the session to testify in support of HF 737, MHA-championed legislation to create mental health innovation pilots.   

Goering has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to ensuring that patients do not face stigma from their providers or the community.   

Additional award winners will be profiled in upcoming issues of Newsline. To learn more about the award winners, visit the MHA websitereturn to top   

MDH considering modifications to Communicable Disease Reporting Rules

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is considering modifications to the Communicable Disease Reporting Rules through the Minnesota rulemaking process. This rulemaking process will bring the requirements that govern clinical materials up to date to respond better to the current environment and eliminate unnecessary submissions.   

MDH will be accepting comments until Oct. 30 at 4:30 p.m. and will publish the specific modifications to the Communicable Disease Reporting Rules at a later date. View the request for comments and the rulemaking process on the MDH website.   

For further information on the amendments and the rulemaking process, contact Patricia Segal Freeman, MDH, 651-201-5414 or 1-877-676-5414. return to top  

Thank you to Annual Meeting Sponsors

MHA’s Annual Meeting will be held Sept. 20-22 at Madden’s Resort in Brainerd. For more information or to register download the conference brochure or visit MHA’s website.  

Many key sponsors have already committed to helping MHA deliver a high-quality program. MHA would like to thank the following sponsors for their generosity and continued commitment to Minnesota health care. For more information about sponsorships, contact Cari Kronschnable, clerical/program coordinator, MHA, 651-659-1428.   

Gold Sponsors
CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
Eide Bailly LLP
MMIC Group

Silver Sponsors
BWBR, Inc.
Dougherty & Company LLC
DSGW Architects
Excelsior Group LLC
Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman
Integrated Healthcare Strategies, a division of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
JE Dunn Construction
Kraus-Anderson Construction Company
Life Link III
McGough Construction
Mortenson Construction
NXC Imaging
Rural Physicians Group
Ryan Companies U.S. Inc.
Stinson Leonard Street LLP

Bronze Sponsors
B.E. Smith
Boldt Construction
Clarify Health Solutions
Delta Medical Systems
North American Partners in Anesthesia
Pope Architects
Wipfli LLP 

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Health equity conversation to be held in Bemidji

The Minnesota Department of Health Center for Health Equity in partnership with the Northwest Indian Community Development Center will host a community conversation on health equity on Sept. 13 from 3-5:30 p.m.  

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet Commissioner of Health Ed Ehlinger and new Center for Health Equity Director Bruce Thao, hear updates on MDH’s progress in advancing health equity and share perspectives on how to effectively partner to advance health equity in the state of Minnesota   

Register by Sept. 5 by visiting the Bemidji Community Conversation Registration pagereturn to top