Johnson Memorial Health Services board members Dan Fondell and George Thesing were among the 19 hospital trustees from across Minnesota recently recognized for earning certification through the Minnesota Hospital Association’s trustee certification program. The 19 trustees join 118 others in state who have completed comprehensive certification training.
The 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. JMHS is pleased to have three board members complete the certification process. Carla Johnson completed her certification in July of 2015.
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.”