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Business Briefs for Dec. 20

December 20, 2010
Marshall Independent

Grant funds training for Johnson Memorial employees

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has awarded a $39,843 grant to train employees at Johnson Memorial Health Services in Dawson about lean workplace practices.

The employees will receive customized training at Alexandria Technical & Community College under the grant, which was funded by the agency's Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP).

Johnson Memorial Health Services is comprised of a clinic, hospital, care center, home care agency and ambulance service.

"This grant will help employees meet the challenges of changing medical reimbursements, an aging population and mandates for electronic records," said Dan McElroy, DEED commissioner and Minnesota Job Skills Partnership board chair. "In addition, Alexandria Technical & Community College will be able to expand its lean health care curriculum."

The training will focus on eliminating waste and identifying steps that add value to delivering health care.

Forty-nine certified nursing assistants, nurses, lab and radiology technicians, and administrative staff will participate.

Elliott named chief medical officer of Avera McKennan

Dr. David Kapaska, regional president and CEO of Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center, has named Michael Elliott, MD, as senior vice president for Medical Affairs and chief medical officer for the Avera McKennan regional network.

Elliott is currently medical director of Avera Children's Hospital & Clinics, and is a pediatrician with Avera McGreevy Clinic. He has been on staff at Avera McKennan since 2002.

Elliott has been active in physician leadership at Avera McKennan, having served most recently as vice chief of staff on the Avera McKennan Medical Executive Committee, and previously as secretary-treasurer.

As chief medical officer, Elliott will represent physicians in senior management of the hospital, and is responsible for hospital quality and risk management programs, research functions, leadership of eICU and inpatient care provided by intensivists, surgicalists and hospitalists.

Prairie completes program

Zeb Prairie of North Star Mutual Insurance of Cottonwood recently completed the requirements leading to the completion of the Associate in Insurance Services program, which deals with improvement of service within the insurance industry.

Prairie began working for North Star in June 2005 and is a claims representative for the Auto Claims Department.



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