Minnesota Hospital Association


January 15, 2018

MHA Newsline: Jan. 15, 2018

In this issue 

Sen. Tina Smith convenes opioid roundtable with MHA as host

Sen. Tina Smith on Jan. 12 convened an opioid roundtable discussion hosted by MHA. Experts from the Minnesota Hospital Association, CHI St. Gabriel's Health, the Minnesota Department of Human Services, NAMI Minnesota and the City of Inver Grove Heights Police Department shared how Minnesota is responding to the opioid epidemic and how Smith can work on behalf of Minnesotans on the federal level.   

“I am one voice in Washington, D.C., but I intend to be a strong voice,” said Smith. “I will go into any room and tell the stories of Minnesotan families whose lives have been destroyed by opioid misuse and addiction. There are also great recovery models here in Minnesota that I look forward to taking back to Washington so we can build support to treat addiction, rather than cutting health care programs that are helping people today.”  

“Minnesota is recognized as a national leader when it comes to health care quality. If we come together, we can tackle the opioid crisis in the same way we have tackled other health care problems,” said Dr. Rahul Koranne, MHA’s chief medical officer. “We look forward to our continued partnership to find solutions. We owe this to our patients, their families and our communities.” return to top   

Member participation sought for new MHA crowdsourcing project on workforce issues

To bring meaningful and actionable solutions to health care workforce challenges in Minnesota, MHA is launching a new crowdsourcing project, where participants generate ideas and help identify which ones seem most promising. This is MHA’s first foray into this type of process.   

Through the end of January, MHA is seeking as many ideas as possible from MHA members related to any workforce challenges their institutions face. No topics have been excluded from consideration; employee engagement, recruitment and retention, training, day care for employees and any other workforce topic may be submitted. Ideas can be submitted online.   

All members are encouraged to participate in this project and all submissions will be considered. Crowdsourcing offers a safe, anonymous and quick way to share opinions, thoughts and ideas. It takes little time but has the potential to yield very valuable results.   

Once the idea generation phase is over, participants will vote to choose which of the ideas to pursue. MHA will provide an executive summary of the submissions to participants. MHA will also use the results to inform activity around workforce issues.   

This project is being done in partnership with St. Mary’s University and ignite! Innovation, which is a service offered by Optum.   

Learn more online or contact Mark Sonneborn, vice president, health information and analytics, MHA, 651-659-1423, or Nathalie Squire, workforce project manager, MHA, 651-603-3540. return to top   

Check your inbox for MHA 2018 membership directory survey

Hospital CEOs, their administrative assistants and associate members should watch their email inboxes for the MHA 2018 Membership Directory survey.   

MHA annually updates contact information of senior leaders and key contacts within hospitals, health systems and associate member companies to ensure the MHA database is up-to-date and communications reach the appropriate contacts.     

If you have questions regarding the membership survey, contact Ashley Beno, member services and communications specialist, MHA, 651-603-3545. return to top