Minnesota Hospital Association


September 08, 2014

MHA Newsline: Sept. 8, 2014

In this issue   

Hospital spotlight: St. Francis Regional Medical Center works to improve health of community

St. Francis Regional Medical Center received the 2014 MHA Community Benefit Award, large hospital category, for its work to improve the health and well-being of local tribal members of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. Witaya, the Dakota word for "coming together" brings members of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community together with health care resources through St. Francis. The creative approach to addressing community need stemmed from mutual interest in maintaining the tribe's cultural uniqueness and improving disjointed care. Efforts include: adding a care navigator to help facilitate the care process; integrating medical records; integrating imaging services so medical images can be shared between the tribal clinic and hospital; identifying preferred physicians to treat SMSC patients, creating a consistent approach to care; educating leaders, nurses and staff about the unique health care preferences of tribal members; and developing relationships to meet mental health and chemical dependency needs. Together, these efforts are helping Native American community members experience improved health and confidence in their health providers. From 2011 to 2012, inpatient hospital admissions decreased from 31 to 6. Increasing numbers of community members are requesting to participate in Witaya Care. Learn more about St. Francis Regional Medical Center and the other MHA Award winners here. return to top     


Sponsors help deliver quality annual meeting

MHA is looking forward to seeing you at next week’s Annual Meeting. Many sponsors have already committed to helping MHA deliver a high quality program. MHA thanks the following sponsors for their generosity and continued commitment to Minnesota health systems and hospitals:   

Platinum Sponsors 

  • MMIC Group   

Gold Sponsors 

  • CliftonLarsonAllen LLP 
  • McGladrey LLP 
  • McGough Construction   

Silver Sponsors

  • BMO Harris Bank
  • Dougherty & Company LLC
  • ECI Healthcare Partners
  • Eide Bailly LLP
  • HGA Architects & Engineers
  • Knutson Construction
  • Kraus-Anderson Construction Company 
  • Link Executive Search
  • Marsh
  • MedAssets, Inc.
  • Mortenson Construction
  • NXC Imaging
  • Ryan Companies U.S. Inc.
  • Stinson Leonard Street LLP
  • Wipfli LLP 
  • Witt/Kieffer   

Bronze Sponsors

  • B.E. Smith
  • Boldt Construction
  • Delta Medical Systems 
  • Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.   

For more information about sponsorships, contact Cari Kronschnable, MHA program coordinator, 651-659-1428. For more information about the Annual Meeting, view the event brochure or visit click here to register.   

Continuing Education The Minnesota Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators has approved the conference content for a total of 9.25 clock hours. return to top       

Workplace violence prevention webinar focuses on prevention

The private-public coalition of health care stakeholders working to prevent workplace violence towards staff in health care settings will offer a webinar on Sept. 9 focused on prevention. Managing violence in health care workplaces includes: forming a team, overview of education, engaging law enforcement, and policies and procedures to have in place when starting a program.   

The webinar will be on Tuesday, Sept. 9, from 11 a.m. to noon. The webinar is complimentary, but registration is required.   

Many health care organizations have signed on to participate and there is still time for your organization to commit to the campaign. More information, including links to the commitment form, gap analysis and tool kit are available on MHA’s website and MDH’s website. For questions, contact Julie Apold, MHA senior director of patient safety, 651-603-3538. return to top   

World Sepsis Day Sept. 13

World Sepsis Day will be observed on Sept. 13 and is a single day where events worldwide focus on creating sepsis know-how and awareness. World Sepsis Day is organized by the Global Sepsis Alliance, a coalition of organizations with over one million caregivers in 70 countries working to elevate public, philanthropic and governmental awareness, understanding and support of sepsis and to accelerate collaboration among researchers, clinicians, and organizations to reduce incidence of sepsis by 20 percent by 2020.   

Visit the World Sepsis Day website for more information on ways your organization can join in the observance and sign the World Sepsis Declaration form.   

There is still time to participate in the MHA Leading Edge Advanced Practice Topics (LEAPT) Seeing Sepsis campaign, which includes a tool kit to facilitate the adoption of severe sepsis early detection tools and the Surviving Sepsis Campaign three- and six-hour care bundles by hospitals of all sizes.   

To join Seeing Sepsis, contact Karen Olson, MHA patient safety/quality coordinator, 651-603-3521. return to top