Ridgeview in the news: Ridgeview Le Sueur Board Chair completes MHA trustee training

Ridgeview Le Sueur Board Chair Randy Baum

Randy Baum, right, stands with Minnesota Hospital Association President and CEO Lawrence Massa after Baum completed his trustee certification.

Randy Baum has served on Le Sueur’s hospital board for well over 14 years.

Over the course of that time, Baum has focused on bettering the community and the hospital, and now he has completed training to do that even better.

On Jan. 18, the Minnesota Hospital Association announced the names of 15 trustees who had completed a comprehensive certification to get training on healthcare trends, government regulations, patient safety and more.

The course requires over 35 hours of coursework, which the hospital calls the most comprehensive in the nation.

Baum completed the work over the course of about five years. He said it prepared him to better handle some of the most important roles for the hospital board.

“We want to make healthcare as local as we can,” he said.

And Baum is no stranger to the working in the health care space. After he retired from his work with Green Giant in 2003, Baum was asked if he might be interested in joining the hospital board. Since 2009, he has headed up the board as its chairman.

A hospital board is a body that guides hospital policies and can make larger decisions for the specific hospital, even if it is part of a larger healthcare system like Ridgeview.

Le Sueur’s hospital board has helped in the decision-making processes around some key developments in the city, such as the agreement that allowed then-Minnesota Valley Health Center to become a Ridgeview campus.

Baum said the board had made that decision because members felt that Ridgeview could help to offer services that MVHC just couldn’t provide,and bring benefits such as legal counsel to the medical center’s toolbox.

To help in those decisions and deciding policies, Baum said the board must take input from not only hospital leaders, but the people around the city.

“We are kind of that link between the health care facility and the community,” he said.

Beyond his involvement with the hospital, Baum also made it a point to work in other parts of the community over his 30 years in town.

That community service included working with the Le Sueur Lions Club, an organization that puts together multiple events each year to help improve the community. Currently, the club is looking to contribute to the construction of a dog park along King’s Way Drive in Le Sueur.

Pam Williams, president of Ridgeview’s Le Sueur hospital, said Baum is a staple in the hospital’s community, a frequent visitor to the campus, especially to making weekly meetups with hospital staff and management to figure out what sort of issues are currently being faced at the medical center.

Specifically, she said Baum’s long-running stint with the board has been an asset to the hospital.

“Healthcare changes all the time,” she said. “You have to be able to go with that flux.”

By Ben Farniok, Le Sueur News-Herald