Critical Access Hospital and Rural Health Conference Schedule

Minnesota Critical Access Hospital
and Rural Health Conference

Rethinking Rural Health Care: A Community Effort

June 15-16, 2009 in Duluth, Minnesota


Brochure (PDF: 8 pages/773KB)
MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2009
7-8 a.m.
Registration and continental breakfast
8-9:15 a.m.
Opening Keynote: Lawrence (Lorry) J. Massa, president and chief executive officer of the Minnesota Hospital Association (PDF: 128KB/26pgs)
9:15-9:45 a.m.
Break in Exhibit Hall

9:45-10:45 a.m.
Session 1



The Missing Piece of the Puzzle: Is Your Community Part of the Health Care Recruitment Solution? (PDF: 4MB/45pgs)

Sheila Har and Drs. Doug Johnson and James Koberstein, Duluth Clinic
1B What Does “Meaningful Use” Really Mean in Electronic Health Records? (PDF:557KB/37pgs) Shirley Eichenwald Maki, Ryan Sandefer and Marty Witrak, College of St. Scholastica
1C Making Long Term Care Feasible (PDF: 805KB/37pgs) David Brenne and Kim Heller, Wipfli LLP; Len Meysembourg, Spooner Health System
1D Quality and Health Information Technology, Quality Measurement and Public Reporting: Comparing Providers on Cost and Quality (two-hour session continues into session 2PDF: 90KB/18pgs) Sara Bonneville (MDH), Katie Burns (MDH), Michelle Casey (U of M), Ira Moscovice (U of M), Julie Sonier (MDH)
1E Creating a Culture of Wellness: How six CAHs are Making Health a Community Effort (PDF: 44KB/2pgs and 1MB/14pgs) Trina Lower, Mercy Hospital; Kami Norland, Rural Health Resource Center; Vicki Rosenberg, Madelia Community Hospital

10:45-11:45 a.m.
Session 2


Sessions 1F and 2F: A two-hour Simulation Experience for Administrators and Patient Care Services on Monday and on Tuesday (limited to 10 participants per session) offered by Susan Forve, Karen Mathias and Barbara Peterson of Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Simulation Center (PDF: 1MB/18pgs)
2A Prevention Pays for Community Wellness Kurt Henn, Carla Theusch and Paula Thomspon, St Elizabeth's Medical Center. Jeremy Solberg, M.D., Wabasha Clinic
2B Shifting Paradigms: Lean Manufacturing Techniques Being Used in Rural Minnesota Health Care Facilities (PDF:588KB/21pgs and PDF:390KB/7pgs) Connie Troska, Coalition for Continuous Improvement in Healthcare; Pat Wangler, First Care Medical Services

Medicare and Medicaid Financing (PDF: 157KB/41pgs)

Greg Redfield, Minnesota Hospital Association
2D See Session 1D
2E Web-Based Stress Management Education for Agricultural People (PDF: 80KB/44pgs) Denise M. Herbst, Argosy University; Katherine M. Slama, University of Minnesota School of Medicine, Dept of Psychiatry; and David Therkelsen, Crisis Connection
12-1 p.m.
Networking Lunch in Exhibit Hall

1-2 p.m.
Session 3



3A Internet-Based Psychiatric Bed-Finder: Two Years Old and Still Growing (PDF: 25KB/8 pgs) Michael Landgren, Minnesota Department of Human Services; Sue Stout, Minnesota Hospital Association
3B Rural Emergency Department Performance Improvement (PDF: 319/2 pgs and PDF: 454KB/13pgs) Clint MacKinney, M.D., Stroudwater Associates
3C Care Beyond Walls: Planning for Transitions (PDF: 140KB/28pgs) Michelle Davis, Kerry Johnson and Heather Severson-Tanez, Evercare
3D On the Way to Interoperable Electronic Health Records (PDF: 369KB/7pgs and 203KB/10pgs and 198KB/9pgs) John Lillie, SISU Medical Systems; Mark Roisen, Lac qui Parle Health Network; Vicki Rosenberg, Madelia Community Hospital
3E AARP/Blue Zones City Health Makeover: The Albert Lea Story (PDF: 145KB/14pgs) Bob Graham, City of Albert Lea

2-2:30 p.m.

Break in Exhibit Hall
2:45-4:30 p.m. Rural Health Policy Forum
4:30-5:30 p.m. Reception in Harbor Side Ballroom overlooking the Lake Superior Harbor
TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 2009

7-8 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8-9:15 a.m.


Keynote: Alan Morgan, National Rural Health Association (PDF:3MB/39pgs)

9:15-9:30 a.m.

Break in Exhibit Hall


9:45-10:45 a.m.
Session 4



Developing Community-Based Health Promotion Models Brendan Ashby, Northeast Minnesota Area Health Education Center; Barbara Brandt, Academic Health Center at U of M

Minnesota e-Health Initiative—What's new? (PDF: 1MB/36pgs)



Liz Carpenter and Anne Schloegel, Minnesota Dept. of Health
4C Beyond PKU: Transforming Newborn Screening Partnership (PDF: 3MB/43pgs) Beth-Ann Bloom, Minnesota Department of Health
4D Implementing Health Care Homes in Rural Minnesota (two-hour session continues into session 5 PDF: 869KB/64pgs and PDF: 436KB/48pgs) John Halfen, M.D., Lakewood Health System; Marie Maes-Voreis, Minnesota Dept. of Health
4E Providing Reintegration Services for Returning Military Soldiers (PDF: 130KB/5pgs and 47KB/27pgs) Ernest Boswell, Minnesota National Guard consultant

11 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Session 5




Sessions 4F and 5F: A two-hour Simulation Experience for Administrators and Patient Care Services on Monday and on Tuesday (limited to 10 participants per session) offered by Susan Forve, Karen Mathias and Barbara Peterson of Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Simulation Center (PDF: 1MB/18pgs)
5A An Update from the Healthcare Education Industry Partnership (PDF:8MB/47pgs) Valerie DeFor and Anne Willaert, Healthcare Education-Industry Partnership
5B Mental Health Televideo Consultations in Rural Primary Care Clinics (PDF: 7MB/39pgs) James Boulger, Gary Davis, Nadine Haven and Jane Hovland, University of Minnesota
5C Northern Dental Access Center (PDF: 1MB/27 pgs and 2MB/13pgs) Jeanne Edevold Larson, Northern Dental Access Center; John Lueth, D.D.S., North Country Dental; Mary Marchel, Beltrami County Health and Human Services
5D See session 4D
5E Live Well at Home: Early ID of At-Risk Older Adults and Delay of Care Facility Placement (PDF: 768KB/22pgs) Pam Franklin, Arrowhead Parish Nurses; Mary Hellman and Jill Sparrow, Arrowhead Regional Development Commission/Area Agency on Aging
Awards luncheon in Harbor Side Ballroom
1-2:15 p.m. Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Sanne Magnan, M.D.
2:15-2:30 p.m. Closing comments and prize giveaways

The theme of Minnesota’s 2009 Critical Access Hospital and Rural Health Conference, “Rethinking Rural Health Care: A Community Effort,” suggests that entire communities need to be engaged in change to allow rural health systems to flourish.

This conference provides an opportunity to showcase forward-thinking solutions to challenges while transforming health care for the future.

We anticipate 400 participants including:

  • Rural hospital, long term care, rural health clinic and community-based services administrations and volunteers
  • Rural health professionals such as physicians, mid-level practitioners, nurses, allied health professionals and educators, rural dentists and pharmacists
  • Rural Health Advisory Committee (RHAC) members
  • State legislators and county commissioners
  • State and local public health staff
  • Health plan representatives
  • Policy analysts, researchers and students interested in rural health issues
  • Educators
  • Community leaders
  • Other partners in rural communities.

If you have any questions, please contact Sally Trnka at (218) 727-9390, ext. 233 or