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Lakewood Board Members Earn Advanced Trustee Certification


Twenty-two 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.

Trustees who have completed MHA board certification are eligible to participate in an additional eight hours of coursework to obtain advanced certification, which provides education to ensure excellence, innovation and accountability in health care governance.

“In Minnesota, more and more hospital trustees are formally preparing themselves to address the complex issues facing hospitals and health systems today,” said Lawrence Massa, MHA president and CEO. “Our trustee certification program proactively ensures that hospital leaders are equipped to make good decisions. Earning certification demonstrates a trustee’s commitment to the patients and communities the hospital serves.”

Lakewood Health System trustees who obtained advanced certification include Judy Bjerga, Lana Hansen, Bev Hoemberg, James Hofer, Loren Morey, and Mary Theurer.

Photo: Back row: Mary Theurer and Loren Morey, second and third from left, respectively. Front row: James Hofer, Bev Hoemberg, Judy Bjerga and Lana Hansen, first, third, sixth and seventh from left, respectively.