MLHS CEO named to board

Bill Nelson, CEO of Mille Lacs Health System in Onamia, Minnesota, has been elected to the board of the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) representing Region 3.

The Minnesota Hospital Association positions itself as the state’s most influential, trusted, and respected leader in health care policy and advocacy, and a valuable resource for member hospitals regarding information and knowledge. It values quality, affordable health care, trust and integrity, leadership through knowledge-based solutions, collaboration, and organizational accountability.

The MHA strives to enhance the ability of member hospitals to achieve their missions and goals.

There are 137 hospitals and health systems in the state. “Seventy-eight rural hospitals in Minnesota have the federal Critical Access Hospital designation,” says Nelson. “MLHS is one of them. In rural Minnesota, maintaining access to quality care is of critical importance. I’m honored to be serving as a director on this board.” Nelson goes on to note that the MHA helps all hospitals with initiatives regarding patient safety, quality care, advocacy in the legislature, education, and communication.

“The expectation for all of us serving is to focus on the interests of the entire association and membership,” Nelson says. “So it’s about the whole state, all the hospitals and facilities, and helping to establish and review policies and programs that support MHA’s mission. In the end, we in health care facilities and hospitals benefit so much from their work, so I’m excited now to be a part of that.”