Minnesota Hospital Association’s
annual awards recognize patient safety, volunteerism, innovations in patient
care, hospital excellence
ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA)
on May 31 honored innovative programs and outstanding leaders in health care
at its 35th annual awards ceremony.
Awards were given for extraordinary achievement in
categories ranging from advocacy on behalf of hospitals and volunteerism to
innovation and improvement in patient care and patient safety.
“Each day, all across the state, Minnesota’s hospitals
and health systems are working to strengthen the health of our communities,”
said MHA President and CEO Lawrence Massa. “Our exceptional care teams set
the bar high for patient care and for meeting the needs of their communities.
Thanks to their expertise, diligence and commitment to excellence, Minnesota’s
hospitals continue to be among the best in the nation.”
The awards and
American Hospital Association Grassroots Champion: Steve Underdahl, president and CEO of Northfield Hospital and Clinics
Best Minnesota Hospital Workplace: Maple Grove Hospital; New Ulm Medical Center
Caregiver of the Year: Tammy Sinkfield-Morey, RN, nursing supervisor, Gillette Children’s
Specialty Healthcare, St. Paul
Community Benefit: Fairview Health Services, Minneapolis; CentraCare Health – Long
Good Catch for Patient Safety: Kara Boyko Frandson, Pharm.D., Abbott Northwestern Hospital,
Innovation of the Year in Patient Care: Regions Hospital, St. Paul; Winona Health Services
Quality and Patient Safety Improvement: Allina Health, Minneapolis; River’s Edge Hospital & Clinic, St.
Spirit of Advocacy: Greg Klugherz, senior vice president of finance and CFO, St. Cloud
Stephen Rogness Distinguished Service Award: Carl Vaagenes, CEO, Alomere Health, Alexandria
Trustee of the Year: David Anfinson, Carris Health, Willmar
Associate Member of the Year: Gallagher, Bloomington
Please visit our website for award winner descriptions: www.mnhospitals.org/about/mha-awards
Minnesota Hospital Association represents Minnesota’s hospitals and health
systems, which provide quality care for their patients and meet the needs of
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