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Boldt honored for leadership in state

Chris Boldt, Benedictine Health System vice president, long-term care operations, was honored by the Women’s Health Leadership TRUST as one of Minnesota’s top female leaders in health care.

Boldt and 34 other female health care leaders were recognized for their leadership and excellence in the industry at the organization’s 35th anniversary celebration last month.

The Women’s Health Leadership TRUST has worked to advance women health care executives since 1979. The organization provides leadership development, promotion and education of women health care leaders throughout the state, according to BHS.

“This marks the 35th anniversary of the TRUST, and our board wanted to illustrate the influence women have had on health care in Minnesota by choosing 35 female leaders, based on: achievements, evidence of leadership, impact on community, special talent or expertise, unique endeavors, and the challenges they have experienced,” said Wendy Stulac Motzel, president of Women’s Health Leadership TRUST.

Boldt, who lives in Red Wing, is responsible for 10 long-term care and housing sites in southern Minnesota and Wisconsin. She has more than 20 years of health care experience in a variety of positions for BHS, the company said.

“We are well aware of Chris’ many talents and her outstanding leadership abilities, but it is always an honor when other organizations recognize it too,” said Rocklon Chapin, BHS CEO.

“This was an unexpected honor and I am humbled by it,” Boldt said. “I am thankful to be a part of BHS, to be inspired by the sisters’ legacy and in the company of so many inspiring women leaders who carry on the Benedictine health care ministry.”

•St. Brigid’s at Hi-Park, Seminary Home and Red Wing Health Center are celebrating National Nursing Home Week, May 11-17. The organizations want to recognize the contributions of staff at the facilities, they said.

The American Health Care Association has declared the national theme for this year as “Living the Aloha Spirit.”

“National Nursing Home Week is an opportunity for staff, families, volunteers, residents and members of the community to understand and acknowledge the important role they play in providing an environment that celebrates life,” said Sara Larson of Heartland Hospice.

Locally, staff will wear Hawaiian shirts in honor of the theme. The nursing homes are recognizing staff with food each day, along with events, prizes and games.

•Julie Olsen, nurse practitioner, has joined Refined Skin Med-Spa in Red Wing as an injection specialist.

Olsen has worked in medicine since 1998, according to the business, including with Mayo Clinic Health System and Mayo Clinic family medicine.

She is now available for appointments. Call 651-388-9855.

Locals also can meet Olsen and other staff at Refined Skin Medi-Spa’s Spring Fling for Charity at the St. James from 5 to 7 p.m. May 15. Call for more information and to RSVP.

•Kathy Jo Rodester of Lakeshore Agency in Lake city was among 15 agency representatives who participated in Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co.’s Technology Advisory Group meeting this spring.

TAG provides technology and product recommendations to the company. “Our theme for the meeting was ‘We listen and take action.’ The TAG members offered valuable feedback that will guide our business technology priorities for the future,” said Kurt Eaves. He is vice president of direct underwriting and production.

The group was formed in 2007 and have helped Grinnell Mutual improve its online processing systems, the company said.

•Financial services firm Edward Jones won the 2014 TNS Choice Award for outstanding performance in investment services. TNS is a global research consultancy.

Danielle Killey

Danielle Killey covers local government for the South Washington County Bulletin. She has worked as a reporter for other Forum Communications newspapers since 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a journalism degree.

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