In this issue
Tuesday is National Falls Prevention Awareness Day
Member news: Lakeview Hospital names new president
ClearWay Minnesota seeks proposals from health systems to address tobacco use
Minnesota Medical Association campaign recognizes Inspiring Physicians
is National Falls Prevention Awareness Day
Falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths in
Minnesota, ahead of suicide, overdose and motor vehicle accidents and result in
an estimated $777 million in health care costs annually for inpatient care.
National Falls Prevention Awareness Day takes place Tuesday, Sept. 23 and aims
to raise awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older
Minnesota hospitals have made fall and fall-injury prevention a top priority.
Through the Leading Edge Advanced Practice Topics (LEAPT) hospitals, long-term
care, clinics, the community and others are collaborating to identify
individuals at risk for falling and refer them to appropriate services to
receive evidence-based care. The aim is to support older adults in staying
active and independent and improving strength, balance and fitness, to lessen
their risk of falling.
Gov. Dayton has issued a proclamation and
additional resources to observe the day are available on the National Council on Aging website.
There is a pre-conference session about the
community-wide effort at the Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety annual
conference, Oct. 22. To learn more about Minnesota hospital efforts to prevent
falls and injuries from falls, contact Julie Apold, senior director of patient
safety, 651-603-3538. return to top
news: Lakeview Hospital names new president
Lakeview Hospital in
Stillwater has named Theodore (Ted) Wegleitner as its new president. Wegleitner
joined HealthPartners family of care in 1987 and has held senior leadership
positions in surgical services, business, education and health promotion.
career includes serving as director of Park Nicollet’s HealthSource, a health
promotion program for employers, vice president of Surgical Services, at Park
Nicollet Methodist Hospital and Park Nicollet’s Ambulatory Surgery Center and
most recently as president and chief operating officer at TRIA Orthopaedic
Wegleitner holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of
St. Thomas, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Minnesota.
He serves on the boards of TRIA Orthopaedic Center, Minneapolis School of
Anesthesia, Normandale Community College Foundation, and Westfields Hospital
and is a member of the Association of Health Care Executives and American
Association of Orthopaedic Executives.
Wegleitner succeeds Curt Geissler who retired in July 2014. return to top
Minnesota seeks proposals from health systems to address tobacco use
ClearWay Minnesota is currently seeking proposals
from Minnesota health systems to enhance their ability to address tobacco use.
The focus of this funding opportunity is to advance health systems change to
ensure that tobacco dependence treatment is fully integrated into the continuum
of health care delivery.
This RFP includes integration of tobacco dependence treatment within a health
system that provides either primary care, specialty care or both. Specialty
care clinics and services may include, but are not limited to behavioral
health, dental, pediatric or hospital services.
Links to the full RFP along with the required forms for submitting a Letter of
Intent can be found here. Letters of Intent are due Tuesday, Oct. 14 by 4:30 p.m. Qualified
applicants will be invited to submit a full application. Full applications are
due Friday, Dec. 5, by 4:30 p.m.
Optional informational webinars will be held on Sept. 26 from noon-1 p.m. and
on Sept. 29 from 10-11 a.m. Registration information can be found in the RFP.
Questions about this funding opportunity can be directed to Megan Whittet,
ClearWay Minnesota senior cessation manager, 952-767-1415. return to top
Medical Association campaign recognizes Inspiring Physicians
The Minnesota Medical Association has launched a
campaign to shine the spotlight on physicians who go above and beyond their
regular work of treating patients, researching disease or educating physicians
in training. The campaign, Inspiring Physicians, recognizes Minnesota Medical
Association members who inspire the profession. If you know of a physician who
deserves recognition, consider nominating him or her. Contact Dan Hauser
at Minnesota Medical Association. return to top