Minnesota Hospital Association


July 17, 2018

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

ST. PAUL — Twenty-two 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.   

Trustees who have completed MHA board certification are eligible to participate in an additional eight hours of coursework to obtain advanced certification, which provides education to ensure excellence, innovation and accountability in health care governance.   

“In Minnesota, more and more hospital trustees are formally preparing themselves to address the complex issues facing hospitals and health systems today,” said Lawrence Massa, MHA president and CEO. “Our trustee certification program proactively ensures that hospital leaders are equipped to make good decisions. Earning certification demonstrates a trustee’s commitment to the patients and communities the hospital serves.”   

Newly certified trustees include:

  • Community Memorial Hospital, Cloquet: Kelly Johnson
  • Johnson Memorial Health Services, Dawson: Julie Turnberg
  • Mayo Clinic Health System in St. James: Mary Klimp
  • Mille Lacs Health System, Onamia: Phil Gravel
  • Ridgeview Le Sueur Medical Center: Irene Manke
  • Ridgeview Sibley Medical Center, Arlington: Lisa Pfarr         

Trustees obtaining advanced certification include:

  • Community Memorial Hospital, Cloquet: Pam Grover
  • Cook Hospital & Care Center: Shirley Conaway, Barbara Johnson
  • Cuyuna Regional Medical Center, Crosby: Nancy Moritz
  • FirstLight Health System, Mora: Paul Kent
  • Lakewood Health System, Staples: Judith Bjerga, Lana Hansen, Bev Hoemberg, James Hofer, Loren Morey, Mary Theurer 
  • Madelia Community Hospital: Norma Krumwiede
  • Mercy Hospital, Moose Lake: Gail Langhorst
  • Pipestone County Medical Center: Luke Johnson
  • United Hospital District, Blue Earth: Larry Anderson, Melanie Humburg   

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.      

The Minnesota Hospital Association represents 142 hospitals and health systems, which provide quality care for their patients and meet the needs of their communities.   

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