Minnesota Hospital Association


June 08, 2015

Newsline: June 8, 2015

In this issue 

Member spotlight: Mary Maertens, champion for health care

This past spring, MHA recognized Mary Maertens, regional president and CEO of Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center, with the 2015 Spirit of Advocacy Award. Having a strong hospital presence at the state legislature and before Congress is deeply dependent on strong participation and advocacy by members. Mary Maertens is a champion for health care in Minnesota. Mary began her career as a registered nurse and held a variety of nursing and leadership roles before becoming the organization’s president and CEO in 2007. Mary demonstrates her commitment to MHA by actively participating in committees including Policy and Advocacy, Nurse Staffing and as chair of Minnesota Hospitals: Strengthening Healthy Communities campaign steering committee. She extends her knowledge and experience outside of Minnesota to generate grassroots and community activity in support of the mission of our hospitals. Click here to learn more about the 2015 MHA award recipients. return to top

‘Like’ MN Healthy Communities on Facebook

The MN Healthy Communities website, www.mnhealthycommunities.org, highlights the ways Minnesota’s hospitals work beyond their physical walls to strengthen the health of all Minnesotans. It chronicles the way hospitals are improving the health of their communities, prioritizing mental health, and ensuring communities stand prepared for any emergency. MHA members are asked to contribute hospital stories in these areas to be shared statewide and on social media. In addition, please link to the www.mnhealthycommunities.org website from your website to boost our search engine results.  

The MN Healthy Communities Facebook page works to engage visitors and direct them to the website to explore additional content and learn more about what our hospitals are doing. The success of the social media campaign will be greatly influenced by your interaction. If you haven’t already done so, please “like” the MN Healthy Communities Facebook page and individual posts, and share them to increase awareness of the campaign.   

To submit your story ideas and for questions, contact Ashley Gauster, MHA member services and communications specialist, 651-603-3545. return to top   

Accommodations deadline June 21 for Summer Trustee Conference

MN BENHA approves conference for credit hours
Minnesota hospital board members who plan to attend MHA’s 29th Annual Summer Trustee Conference are encouraged to make their reservations now as the deadline for accommodations is June 21. The conference is July 10-12 at the Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center in Alexandria.   

Conference highlights include presentations from speaker, strategist, and author, Liz Jazweic; recently retired local broadcast journalist Don Shelby; and internationally known speaker and award winning author Rob Quillen.   

Conference received MN BENHA Approval
The Minnesota Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators (MN BENHA) has approved this conference for up to 7.75 credit hours.   For more information or to register, download the conference brochure or visit the MHA website.  return to top