Ten hospital trustees from across Minnesota were recognized for earning certification through the Minnesota Hospital Association’s trustee certification program. The comprehensive certification process prepares hospital trustees to effectively meet the growing demands of serving on a hospital board and to be strong health care and community leaders. By participating in MHA’s voluntary certification program, hospital trustees receive training on current health care trends, governance best practices, ethics, government regulations, patient safety and quality.

Participants undergo 35 hours of coursework, making Minnesota’s initiative the most comprehensive in the nation. “In Minnesota, more and more hospital trustees are formally preparing themselves to address the often complicated issues facing hospitals and health systems today,” said Lawrence Massa, MHA president and CEO.

“Our trustee certification program proactively ensures that hospital leaders are well-prepared to make good decisions.” “With so many changes in health care policy and practice — especially under federal and state health care reform — hospital trustees want this kind of support to be strong leaders in their organizations,” Massa said. “Earning this certification demonstrates a trustee’s commitment to the patients and communities the hospital serves.”

Following are the newly certified trustees:

• Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital– Nathan Schmidt

• Fairview Range Medical Center, Hibbing– Kathy Sterk

• Granite Falls Health– Joseph Fagnano • Lakewood Health System, Staples – Linda Dietrich, Sally Grove, Robert Mueller

• LifeCare Medical Center, Roseau – Brenda Sather

• North Suburban Hospital District ­– Carol Anderson

• Ortonville Area Health Services– Michelle Knutson

• Swift County-Benson Health Services– Tom Anderson