Samuel Carlson honored with MHA Trustee of the Year Award
MHA on June 1 honored innovative programs and outstanding leaders in health
care at its 34th annual awards ceremony.
Dr. Samuel Carlson, trustee at Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis, posthumously
received the Trustee of the Year Award, which honors a hospital leader who has
contributed significantly to the health of the community by providing
leadership and guidance to the hospital or health system board.
Carlson provided exemplary leadership at a critical time for Hennepin
Healthcare. A former chief medical officer at Park Nicollet Health Services, he
understood the vital role Hennepin Healthcare serves in Minnesota’s health care
infrastructure training the state’s future health care workforce, providing
unparalleled trauma and critical care and serving the health care needs of the
When he joined the board in 2010, he used his leadership experience and
expertise in lean management to guide the board in partnering with the CEO and
executive team on a journey to implement lean across the organization, with
results now apparent in the system’s accelerated growth, quality outcomes,
culture and financial performance. A Hennepin Healthcare trustee for eight
years and board chair for two, Carlson made a lasting impact on the board, the
health care system and the community.
Additional award winners will be profiled in upcoming issues of Newsline. To
learn more about the award winners, visit the MHA website. return to top
receives six-month HIIN extension
MHA on Sept. 7 received a six-month Hospital Improvement
Innovation Networks (HIIN) extension from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Services. This will allow MHA’s HIIN work to continue through March
2019. MHA will also pursue an additional year of the HIIN contract to occur
after the six-month extension.
The six-month extension will continue to build on MHA’s current HIIN work
toward the goals of a 20 percent reduction in hospital-acquired conditions and
a 12 percent reduction in readmissions. MHA’s Quality and Patient Safety
Committee oversees the HIIN work.
Currently, 123 hospitals and health systems participate in MHA’s HIIN by
implementing resources including best practice road maps. The MHA quality and
patient safety team conducts site visits to assist members in their HIIN
For more information, contact Jennifer Schoenecker, senior director, quality
and patient safety, MNA, 651-603-3507, or Lali Silva,
senior director for quality and process improvement, MHA, 651-603-3538. return to top
Hospital PAC Silent Auction to be held Sept. 19
MHA Annual Meeting attendees are invited to the
Chair’s Reception and Minnesota Hospital PAC Silent Auction on Sept. 19 from
8-10 p.m. at Madden’s in the Town Hall Conference Center, lower level.
The Minnesota Hospital PAC is a voluntary, bipartisan political action
committee (PAC) that raises campaign funds for candidates running for state and
federal office in Minnesota. It is the voice for hospital advocates seeking to
help candidates who support the goals of hospitals.
With questions, contact Kristin Loncorich, director of state
government relations, MHA, 651-603-3526. return to top