Minnesota Hospital Association


August 03, 2015

MHA Newsline: Aug. 3, 2015

In this issue 

Member 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 vision.   

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 quality.   

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 websitereturn to top   

ACHE 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   

New 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 committee. 
  • 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   

MN 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   

Minnesota 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 Boxeth, LLC.   

For questions, please contact Kathy Messerli, executive director, MHCA, 651-635-0607. return to top