Benedictine Health System partners with Saint Joseph's College of Maine to develop and implement BHS Leadership Institute

April 30, 2009

Contact:

Benedictine Health System

Janis Kivela Hooey - for media questions
Manager, Community Affairs
218-786-2375

Becky Urbanski, Ed.D. - for program information
SVP, Mission & Community Affairs
218-786-2377

Saint Joseph's College of Maine

Charmaine Daniels - for media questions
Media Relations
cdaniels@sjcme.edu
207-893-7723

Twila Weiszbrod, MPA - for program information
Director, Health Administration Programs
207-893-7993


Duluth, Minn. - The Benedictine Health System (BHS) is partnering with Saint Joseph's College of Maine (SJC) to launch the BHS Leadership Institute, a comprehensive educational project for BHS leaders across the System.

The Minnesota-based long term care system sought to partner with Saint Joseph's College to create a unique, systematic educational experience for BHS leaders to achieve success. With its commitment to leadership excellence, BHS is choosing to invest in its leaders serving throughout its more than 40 campuses and corporate offices. Focusing on developing values-centered leaders throughout the System, BHS chose to create a custom strategic and challenging educational experience.

This program was developed by Saint Joseph's Division of Graduate & Professional Studies, in conjunction with BHS, to ensure this customized training would address the goals and objectives of their organization. The BHS Leadership Institute will offer both traditional classroom as well as online courses in the areas of leadership; strategic thinking; planning and marketing; team building and staff motivation; decision making, problem solving and conflict resolution; human resources; performance management; finance; quality processes; ethics; and long term care consumers' special needs. BHS leaders completing the program will be awarded a jointly-sponsored graduate certificate.

The BHS Leadership Institute is also aligned with the Master of Health Administration degree program at SJC for those desiring to earn a graduate degree.

"BHS is committed to performance excellence in our services, programs and leaders," said Dale Thompson, BHS president/CEO. "By partnering with Saint Joseph's College to offer the BHS Leadership Institute, we are ensuring our leaders receive the ongoing education grounded in the BHS Mission and Core Values. This knowledge will help our leaders further enhance the care our facilities provide to their communities and the residents they serve.

"We are delighted to have this opportunity to work with one of the leading health systems in the country," said Lynn Olson, dean of the college's Graduate & Professional Studies division. " The core values that the Benedictine Health System uses to guide their facilities are consistent with those of Saint Joseph's College, and it is a natural fit for the two organizations to partner," she added. The college's respected health administration program is well-established, as it was the first program developed when Saint Joseph's began to offer distance education 33 years ago.

The BHS Leadership Institute begins its first session for BHS leaders in May 2009.

The Benedictine Health System is a Catholic, non-profit long term care health system based in Duluth, Minn. Sponsored by the Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery, Duluth, BHS owns and/or operates nursing homes, assisted and independent housing in Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Additional information may be found at www.bhshealth.org.

Saint Joseph's College is a Catholic college in Standish, Maine, founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1912. The college, a member of the Catholic Health Association, is accredited by New England Association of Schools & Colleges. The long term care administration programs are also accredited by the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards. The college offers both traditional, on-campus degrees for young adults and online degree and certificate programs for working professionals. Additional information may be found at www.sjcme.edu/gps.