Winona Heath President and CEO, Rachelle H. Schultz, MHA, Ed.D., was among the honorees at the Minnesota Hospital Association’s annual awards banquet on June 2.
The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) honored innovative programs and outstanding leaders in healthcare at its 33rd annual awards ceremony. Schultz received the Stephen Rogness Distinguished Service Award, named for MHA’s former president, who led the association from 1969 to1998. MHA’s highest honor is presented to an executive at an MHA member hospital or health system who has demonstrated a history of significant leadership beyond his/her hospital or system and whose activity has led to the improvement of health care delivery at the state and/or national level.
Schultz has devoted more than 25 years to excellence in healthcare management. At Winona Health in Winona, Minnesota, Schultz oversees a 99-bed acute care hospital, physician clinics, a 125-bed nursing home, three assisted living residences, a hospice program, retail pharmacies, a foundation, and related healthcare services.
Schultz believes that service excellence, continuous improvement, and leadership development are key components of an organization’s success. Winona Health is among the top 100 rural and community hospitals in the country.
Brett Whyte, MD, Chief, Winona Health Medical Staff, says Schultz is “an ideal CEO. She is an innovative leader with a temperament for experimentation in all areas. She encourages us to think big and is supportive of all projects that add value to our patients’ experience. As a physician leader on her team I am grateful for her insights as we navigate a complex healthcare landscape.”
Schultz is active in local, state and national organizations. She was invited to be a member of Minnesota’s State Quality Improvement Institute in 2008; serves on the board of the Performance Excellence Network (formerly Minnesota Council for Quality); is the 2017 chair of the American Hospital Association’s Governing Council for Small and Rural Hospitals; a member of the Rural Health Issues Group, a collaborative of several governmental associations focused on rural health issues; and the board chair for the Minnesota Rural Accountable Care Organization, formed in 2016. She is a former board member of the Minnesota Hospital Association and the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement. Schultz is involved in her community as Board Chair of the Minnesota Marine Art Museum; a founding board member of Live Well Winona; a member of the President’s advisory committee for Minnesota State College Southeast and a member of the business school’s Community Leaders Advisory Board for Winona State University.
“Each day, all across the state, Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems are working to strengthen the health of our communities,” said MHA President and CEO Lawrence Massa. “Our exceptional care teams set the bar high for patient care and for meeting the needs of their communities. Thanks to their expertise, diligence and commitment to excellence, Minnesota’s hospitals continue to be among the best in the nation.”
Several Winona Health leaders attended the Minnesota Hospital Association’s annual awards banquet where Winona Health President/CEO Rachelle Schultz received the Distinguished Service Award. (l-r) Jan Brosnahan, CFO; Robin Hoeg, vice president of Inpatient and Senior Services; Schultz; Sara Gabrick, vice president of Surgical and Specialty Care Services; Kathleen Lanik, vice president of Quality and Safety; and Rebecca Lamberty, vice president of Emergency and Urgent Care Services.