Friendship Force MN-Twin Cities brought a delegation of physicians and other healthcare professionals from Ukraine to visit Winona Health on Wednesday, September 12, 2018.

The purpose of the delegations visit was to share insight about healthcare management and quality assurance. The delegation included five Ukrainian healthcare professionals accompanied by a bicultural facilitator and a bilingual interpreter. While in Minnesota, the delegates stayed with Friendship Force host families in the Twin Cities.

According to Tom Scott, Friendship Force of MN – Twin Cities program coordinator, Winona Health, which is one of the Top 100 Rural and Community Hospitals in the nation, was selected to give the delegation an opportunity to learn about an independent community-focused healthcare system in a rural area. It also gave the visitors a chance to see a little bit more of Minnesota. Their visit also included a trip to the Minnesota Marine Art Museum.

Leaders at Winona Health provided an overview of work being done in Primary Care, Wellness, Population Health, its award-winning Community Care Network, and its culture of Continuous Systems Improvement (CSI).

“It is eye opening to have a chance to learn about healthcare in other countries,” said Marti Bollman, vice president of Primary Care Clinics and Wellness at Winona Health. “This was a wonderful opportunity to share information about the work we’re doing at Winona Health and how we’re addressing the challenges that all patients and healthcare organizations face. Hearing their questions and learning about the challenges in Ukraine also gave us a new appreciation of many aspects of healthcare in the US.”

The delegation’s visit was organized through Open World Leadership Center (, a legislative branch agency established by congress in 1999. Open World supports Congressional outreach for Members of Congress and conducts exchanges that establish lasting professional relationships between emerging leaders and their U.S. counterparts in democratic institutions.

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