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Jahnke earns hospital trustee certification

Thirteen hospital trustees from across Minnesota were recognized for earning certification through the Minnesota Hospital Association’s trustee certification program, including one from Perham Health, Eugene Jahnke.

According to a press release, 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,” he added. “And earning this certification demonstrates a trustee’s commitment to the patients and communities the hospital serves.”

Following are the newly certified trustees, in addition to Jahnke: Kevin Toboleski, Community Memorial Hospital, Cloquet; Kim Smith, FirstLight Health System, Mora; Carolynn Bisel and Bev Hoemberg, Lakewood Health System, Staples; Bradley E. Anderson, Range Regional Health Services, Hibbing; John W. Newstrom, Riverwood Healthcare Center, Aitkin; Marty Johnson, Sanford Thief River Falls Medical Center; John C. Warren, St. Joseph’s Area Health Services, Inc.; Joe Fox and Patty Schreck, Swift County-Benson Hospital; and Matthew S. Van Bruggen and Thomas P. Van Bruggen, M.D., Tri-County Health Care, Wadena.

For more information about MHA’s hospital trustee certification program, visit