In this issue
greetings from MHA
Season’s greetings from the Minnesota Hospital Association! We
send our best wishes to you and hope you enjoy this holiday e-card. return to top
Region Healthcare receives DHS Commissioner’s Award
Lake Region Healthcare in Fergus Falls was awarded the 2014
Commissioner’s Circle of Excellence Award from the Minnesota Department of
Human Services for its commitment to supporting healthy people, stable families
and strong communities. Lake Region Healthcare is dedicated to helping improve
the health of the people in the community through a variety of wellness
initiatives, including a community garden. In 2014, 4,500 pounds of fresh
produce was donated to WIC families and area food shelves, serving more than
The goal of the hospital’s wellness efforts is to make Fergus Falls one of the
healthiest places to live in Minnesota. Watch a short video describing the
community garden here. Learn more about the Take Roots Community Garden. return to top
Palliative Care Networking Group addresses appropriate hospice use
While coverage for hospice services is generously available
through Medicare, it is significantly underutilized by beneficiaries in
Minnesota. Minnesota ranks in the third quartile nationally with a utilization
rate of 2.26 percent.
Stratis Health’s Targeting Resource Use Effectively project (TRUE) was a
one-year project to help eligible patients get into hospice care sooner, and to
increase appropriate referrals to and utilization of hospice in Minnesota
through the identification of barriers to access.
Stratis Health has worked with the Alexandria community using a community-based
approach to identify barriers and solutions to hospice referral and utilization
in their community.
At the Rural Palliative Care Networking Group on Jan. 15, three area Alexandria
hospice programs will share their story on how they are working together with
their community partners to improve end-of-life care for the people in their
community. Attendees will be able to:
- Identify myths regarding
- Describe a community-based
approach to improve the appropriate use of hospice care.
- Identify strategies to promote
the “goals of care” discussions when there is a serious illness.
To register for in-person
attendance, click here. To register for conference call attendance, click
here. For questions, contact Janelle Shearer, Stratis Health, 952-853-8553. return to top
keynote at Winter Trustee Conference will inspire attendees to change
John Geenen is a Jack Nicholson impersonator as well as a
captivating keynote speaker with a powerful inspirational message.
His keynote, “When You Change Your Thinking, You Change Your Life,”
delivers the message of “perception
is a matter of perspective” with just a touch of “Jack” to
make it fun.
A simple change in perspective can change a loss into a win, a failure into a
success, and a disaster into an opportunity. Geenen’s closing session will
provide you with truths and methods on how to change your perspective and
change your life.
Click here for a video message
The Winter Trustee Conference is scheduled for Jan. 9-11 at the Marriott
Minneapolis Northwest in Brooklyn Park. Click here for more
Continuing education for
nursing home administrators
The content of this conference has been approved by the Minnesota Board of
Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators for up to 9.25 contact hours. return to top
Newsline will take a holiday break next week and
will return to its normal publishing schedule on Monday, Jan. 5. return to top