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Local leader recognized by MN Hospital Association

Eugene Jahnke, a Perham Health Board of Trustee member, has received certification from the Minnesota Hospital Association.

Jahnke was one of 13 hospital trustees in the state to be recognized for the certification by American Hospital Association President and Chief Executive Officer, Lawrence Massa, at the association’s Trustee Winter Leadership Conference, held earlier this year in Minneapolis.

Jahnke serves on the Perham Health board representing Rush Lake Township. He joins 73 others in the state who have completed the comprehensive certification training, including fellow Perham Health Board of Trustee members Jane Aschnewitz, Kathy Hemmelgarn, Jerry Kunza and Terry Marthaler.

By participating in the voluntary certification program, hospital trustees receive training on current healthcare trends, management best practices, ethics, government regulations, patient safety and quality.

Participants undergo 35 hours of course work, making Minnesota’s initiative the most comprehensive in the nation.

“In Minnesota, more and more hospital trustees are formally preparing themselves for grappling with the often complicated issues that confront hospitals and health systems today,” Massa said. “Our trustee certification program proactively ensures that hospital leaders are well prepared to make good decisions.”

“With so many changes in healthcare policy and practice – especially under federal and state healthcare 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.”

The Perham Health Board of Trustees comprises elected officials from the cities of Perham, Dent and Richville, 10 area townships – Edna, Dora, Star Lake, Corliss, Perham, Pine Lake, Rush Lake, Ottertail, Dead Lake and Gorman – and an at-large position.