Minnesota Hospital Association


July 16, 2018

MHA Newsline: July 16, 2018

In this issue 

Lakewood Health System honored with MHA Community Benefit Award

MHA on June 1 honored innovative programs and outstanding leaders in health care at its 34th annual awards ceremony.   

Lakewood Health System in Staples received the Community Benefit Award in the small hospital category, which recognizes hospitals for working beyond their physical walls to improve the health and well-being of their communities.   

Lakewood Health System received the community benefit award for its collective food access programming, developed in response to the health system's 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment. The programming works to improve food insecurity, poverty and obesity challenges in north central Minnesota, a federally designated food desert. It provides healthy food options to high-risk groups such as children, seniors, low-income individuals and those with chronic health conditions.   

In addition, the programming benefits the region economically, with more than half of all food purchased from local growers. Through the collective food access programming that spans across Todd, Wadena, Morrison and Crow Wing counties, Lakewood Health System serves more than 800 people and distributes more than four tons of food each month.   

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

NPSNetwork offers support, education on substance use disorder

Education about substance use disorder continues to be a crucial need in nursing education, with major nurse employers and with the nursing profession. Established in 2014, the Nurses Peer Support Network (NPSNetwork) offers hope and healing through peer support in a safe environment for nurses in recovery. NPSNetwork also provides education and outreach about substance use disorder in nursing to promote safety to the public.   

The NPSNetwork Speaker’s Bureau provides speakers to present to nurses, health care providers, nursing students and faculty and the general public. Educational presentations can be customized to specific audiences, depending on an organization’s interests and needs.   

Learn more on the NPSNetwork websitereturn to top