Walz, Lt. Gov. Flanagan appoint human services, health commissioners
Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan on Jan. 3 announced a
new round of commissioner appointments, including for the Minnesota Department
of Human Services (DHS) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH).
State Sen. Tony Lourey was appointed as commissioner of the Department of Human
Services. Lourey was elected to the Minnesota Senate in 2006 and served as the
chair of the Health and Human Finance Committee from 2013 to 2016. Lourey
worked as a public policy consultant for 20 years, assisting county and state
governments nationwide in finding ways to finance health and human services
Jan Malcolm was reappointed as commissioner of the Department of Health, a role
she has held in three administrations, including Gov. Jesse Ventura (1999-2003)
and Gov. Mark Dayton (2018). Before rejoining MDH in 2018, Malcolm was an
adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health,
where she co-directed a national research and leadership development program.
Malcolm previously served as CEO of the Courage Center and as president of the
Courage Kenny Foundation following the merger of Courage Center and the Sister
Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. She has also worked as vice president of public
affairs and philanthropy at Allina Health.
“On behalf of our 142 hospital and health system members, we congratulate Tony
Lourey on his appointment and Jan Malcolm on her reappointment to lead
Minnesota’s efforts in human services and health,” said Lorry Massa, president
and CEO, MHA. “We look forward to continuing our partnerships with both
commissioners on behalf of those receiving and providing high-quality health
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hospitals recognized by MHA for excellence in quality and patient safety
Each quarter, MHA recognizes hospitals and health systems for
superior performance in quality and patient safety as part of MHA’s Hospital
Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN), which is working to reduce overall
patient harm by 20 percent and 30-day hospital readmissions by 12 percent.
During the fourth quarter of 2018, eight hospitals were recognized.
Three hospitals earned a Partnership for Patients Excellence banner. This award
indicates that the hospital is reporting on 75 percent or more of eligible
outcome measures and road maps, is meeting the HIIN reduction goal on 70
percent or more of eligible outcome measures and has met patient and family
- Essentia Health-Graceville
- Maple Grove Hospital
- Sanford Canby Medical Center
Five hospitals earned a Partnership for Patients Excellence
certificate. This award indicates that the hospital is reporting on 75 percent
or more of eligible outcome measures and road maps.
- Hennepin Healthcare,
- Park Nicollet Methodist
Hospital, Saint Louis Park
- RC Hospital & Clinics,
- Regions Hospital, Saint Paul
- Sanford Jackson Medical Center
For more information about quality and patient safety efforts at
Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems, visit www.mnhospitals.org/quality-patient-safety. return to top
members encouraged to submit Good Catch Award nominations
The MHA Good Catch for Patient Safety Award is
presented to Minnesota hospital staff who demonstrate their commitment to
keeping patients safe by speaking up to prevent potential harm to a patient.
MHA encourages individual and team nominations, or nominations for system or
organizational process and safety improvements that were made to prevent near
misses and good catches from reaching patients. It is because of actions taken
every day by dedicated professionals like the Good Catch Award honorees that
Minnesota hospitals continue to be front-runners in patient safety.
The Good Catch Award is a tiered award. Individuals and/or team members
recognized with the award are entered into the running to win the quarterly
Good Catch for Patient Safety award. Quarterly recipients are eligible to win
the annual Good Catch for Patient Safety award, presented at the MHA Annual
Awards banquet each spring.
To learn more and nominate someone for the Good Catch Award, visit the MHA website. return to top