Fifteen trustees from across Minnesota were recognized on Friday, Jan. 12 in St. Paul by the Minnesota Hospital Association for completing its trustee certification program.

Fifteen trustees from across Minnesota were recognized on Friday, Jan. 12 in St. Paul by the Minnesota Hospital Association for completing its trustee certification program. Mark Rekow of Montevideo is one of the trustees who received their certification earlier this month.

Rekow is a trustee on the Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital board and has served the county for eight years.

To become certified, Rekow took a series of educational courses involving health care trends, ethics, patient safety and quality, and government regulations. Rekow earned the 35 credits needed to complete the training over the course of six years, which he finished last July.

“In Minnesota, more and more hospital trustees are formally preparing themselves to address the often complicated issues facing hospitals and health care 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. Earning this certification demonstrates a trustee’s commitment to the patients and communities the hospital serves.”

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