ST. PAUL, Minn., April 27, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) honored innovative programs and outstanding leaders in health care at its 31st annual awards ceremony on Friday, April 24.
Seventeen awards were given for extraordinary achievement in categories ranging from advocacy on behalf of hospitals and volunteerism to innovation and improvement in patient care and patient safety.
"Each day, all across the state, hospitals are working to strengthen the health of our communities," said MHA President and CEO Lawrence Massa. "The women and men of these innovative, high-performing hospitals have set the bar high for patient care and for meeting the needs of their communities. Thanks to their innovation, diligence and commitment, Minnesota hospitals continue to be among the best in the nation."
The awards and recipients are:
Best Minnesota Hospital Workplace: Owatonna Hospital, part of Allina Health
Bruce and Denise Rueben Courage Award:George Gerlach, CEO and administrator, Granite Falls Municipal Hospital and Manor
Caregiver of the Year:Ed Wurtzberger, RN, New Ulm Medical Center, part of Allina Health
Community Benefit: Winona Health; Lakewood Health System, Staples
Good Catch for Patient Safety:Sara Lorenz, RN, BSN, Mayo Clinic Rochester Hospital, St. Marys Campus
Health Care Workforce Champion (individual):Laura Beeth, system director, talent management, Fairview Health Services, Minneapolis
Health Care Workforce Champion (hospital): Fairview Health Services, Minneapolis
Innovation of the Year in Patient Care: PrairieCare, Maple Grove; Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital, St. Louis Park
Patient Safety Improvement:University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital, Minneapolis; Catholic Health Initiatives – St. Joseph's Health, Park Rapids
Public Achievement: Sen. Tony Lourey (DFL-Kerrick)
Spirit of Advocacy:Mary Maertens, regional president, Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center
Stephen Rogness Distinguished Service Award:Larry Schulz, CEO, Lake Region Healthcare, Fergus Falls
Trustee of the Year:Mary Theurer, Lakewood Health System, Staples
Volunteers of the Year Award: Carole and Jim Lang, Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague