Minnesota Hospital Association


September 10, 2018

MHA Newsline: Sept. 10, 2018

In this issue 

Dr. 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 underserved.   

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 websitereturn to top   

MHA 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 efforts.   

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   

Minnesota 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