Minnesota Hospital Association


January 22, 2021

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

ST. PAUL — Nine hospital trustees from across Minnesota were recognized for earning certification through the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) trustee certification program. The comprehensive certification process prepares hospital and health system trustees to effectively meet the growing demands of serving on a health organization board and to be strong health care and community leaders.

By participating in MHA’s voluntary certification program, hospital and health system trustees receive training on current health care trends, governance best practices, ethics, government regulations, patient safety and quality and more. 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.

“MHA’s nation-leading trustee certification program helps hospital and health system trustees formally prepare themselves for their leadership roles,” said Dr. Rahul Koranne, president and CEO, MHA. “Certification helps promote consistent standards, meaningful leadership and understanding of critical issues facing health care organizations. It also enhances public trust. Earning certification demonstrates a trustee’s commitment to the patients and communities their organization serves.”

Newly certified trustees include:

  • Kevin Anderson, Mille Lacs Health System, Onamia
  • Rob Dubbs, Mille Lacs Health System, Onamia
  • Chris Hollingsworth, Pipestone County Medical Center
  • Rebecca Steffen, Welia Health, Mora
  • Diana Vance-Bryan, Hennepin Healthcare, Minneapolis

Trustees obtaining advanced certification include:

  • David Fjeldheim, Tri-County Health Care, Wadena
  • Michelle Knutson, Ortonville Area Health Services
  • Don Potter, Cook Hospital & Care Center
  • Patty Schreck, Swift County-Benson Health Services

For more information about MHA’s hospital trustee certification program, visit www.mnhospitals.org/trustees.

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

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