Lawrence Lorry Massa, 53, has been named president of the Minnesota Hospital Association and will assume the new post in mid-October, the trade group announced.
The MHA represents 145 hospitals and health systems.
Massa, chief executive officer of Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, Minn., will succeed Bruce Rueben, who is leaving Minnesota to become president of the Florida Hospital Association. I am deeply honored to be chosen by my peers to lead an incredible organization at this critical time for Minnesotas hospitals, said Massa in a written statement.
The MHA search committee selected Lorry from a strong field of candidates because of his unique blend of experience as a healthcare executive in the Upper Midwest, said Alan Goldbloom, president of Childrens Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and MHAs board chair, in a written statement.
Goldbloom said Massa had a deep understanding of hospital issues and a strong interest in developing statewide efforts to enhance patient safety, improve the quality of patient outcomes and develop greater transparency.
Massa formerly served as South Dakotas secretary of health. -- by Jennifer Lubell
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