In this issue
spotlight: Larry Schulz earns MHA Stephen Rogness Distinguished Service Award
Larry A. Schulz, chief executive officer of Lake Region
Healthcare in Fergus Falls, received the 2015 Stephen Rogness Distinguished
Service Award from the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA). Larry's 38-year
career in health care administration has included CEO assignments in Arlington,
Faribault, Little Falls and currently Fergus Falls. He is known for his
relationship and organizational skills to help key stakeholders recognize their
collective potential and work together toward accomplishment of a shared
Larry’s leadership at Lake Region Healthcare has resulted in tremendous growth.
During his six-year tenure, the medical staff has grown from 46 to 82 providers
and the organization has been recognized nationally for patient safety and
Larry has served on numerous MHA committees and as MHA board chair. He also
served as chair of the AHA Section for Small or Rural Hospitals, as well as
chair of the board of the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI).
Throughout his career he has been actively involved in community service. His
lifelong passion has been creating a rural health model that builds a truly
healthy community. Learn more about the MHA awards on MHA’s website. return to top
Face-to-Face credits available for MHA Annual Meeting pre-conference session
During a special American College of Healthcare Executives
(ACHE) Face-to-Face session, “Creating a Health Care Vision for the 21st
Century,” health care consultant Jonathan H. Burroughs, M.D., MBA, FACHE,
FACPE, will help participants understand that health care reform is a free
market economic problem with a free market economic solution driven by global
financial and corporate interests. This session is assigned 3.0 ACHE
Face-to-Face education credits.
The MHA Annual Meeting will be held Sept. 16-18 at Madden’s on Gull Lake in
Brainerd. For more information, view the brochure or
visit MHA’s website; log in and click on “Calendar of
Events” to register.
We suggest you contact
Madden’s immediately to make your overnight accommodations. Due
to severe weather that recently came through the Brainerd area and damaged a
portion of Madden’s sleeping rooms, room availability has changed and guests
may be sent off-site. Click here to make your
Madden's reservations online or to purchase meal tickets as a day guest. The
deadline for accommodations at Madden’s is Aug. 13. return to top
state law requires hospitals to have workplace violence prevention plans
Included in the 2015 omnibus health and human services budget
bill is a new provision requiring hospitals to have preparedness and incident
response plans by Jan. 15, 2016. The new law is aimed at addressing the issue
of violence against health care workers. Throughout the legislative session,
MHA worked to make significant improvements to the bill as compared to the
original legislation, which was overly burdensome and punitive.
Under the new law, hospitals are required to complete the following steps:
- Design and implement
preparedness and incident response plans by Jan. 15, 2016.
- Designate a committee of
representatives of hospital employees to develop the plans. The committee
is to include non-managerial health care workers, nonclinical staff,
administrators, patient safety experts, and other personnel to develop the
plan. This can be an existing committee; you do not need to form a new
- Provide safety training to
health care workers specifically defined as individuals who have direct
contact with a patient of the hospital for purposes of medical care or
emergency response to situations potentially involving violence. The
training is to occur upon hire and annually thereafter.
- Review the plans with the
designated committee at least annually. The annual review must include a
review of the plan’s effectiveness, the most recent gap analysis as
prepared by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the number of
acts of violence and injuries by unit that occurred at the hospital during
the previous year.
Resources about workplace violence prevention, including the
current gap analysis, are available on MHA’s website. The gap analysis, which was prepared
by MDH, MHA and other health care stakeholders, can help you prepare your
violence prevention plan. MDH has also developed a fact sheet regarding the
law. In addition, MHA will be preparing and distributing additional information
to assist members with planning and training. return to top
Hospital PAC Silent Auction donations needed
MHA Annual Meeting attendees are invited to the Chair’s
Reception and Minnesota Hospital PAC Silent Auction on Wednesday, Sept. 16,
from 8-10 p.m. at Madden’s in the Town Hall Conference Center, lower level.
MHA is also seeking donation items from members and associate members to be
auctioned to raise money for the PAC, which supports MHA’s advocacy efforts.
Suggested items to donate include: tickets to events, hotel stays, gift
certificates, spa visit certificates, art work, gift baskets, golf outings —
anything that you would like to bid on at a silent auction. Deadline for
donations is Friday, Sept. 11.
The Minnesota Hospital PAC is a voluntary, bipartisan political action
committee (PAC) that raises campaign funds for candidates running for state and
federal office in Minnesota. It is the voice for hospital advocates seeking to
help candidates who support the goals of hospitals.
Please contact Kristin Loncorich, MHA director of government
relations, 651-603-3526 with questions and to donate items. return to top
HomeCare Association offices to move in 2016
The Minnesota HomeCare Association (MHCA) in
early 2016 will relocate to office space at Court International, 2550
University Ave. W., St. Paul. This move will allow MHCA to share an office
suite with MHA and continue to collaborate with other organizations across the
health care continuum. Organizations housed within the shared office suite
include the Minnesota Hospital Association, LeadingAge Minnesota and the
Minnesota Adult Day Services Association. Court International is also home to
the Minnesota Council of Health Plans, Minnesota Oncology and Voigt, Rode and
For questions, please contact Kathy Messerli, executive director, MHCA,
651-635-0607. return to top