Trustee, physician prioritizes quality across organization

Mark Paulson, M.D., has served in a governance position beginning with the North Dakota-based AdvantageCare board shortly earlier than its merger with Sanford Health in 2009.
More than a decade later, as one of many longest tenured members of the now-Sanford Health Board of Trustees, he’s grateful for the possibility to serve.
In truth, he was elected to function board chairman in 2018.
“Being on the board has given me a chance to see the organization as a complete,” Dr. Paulson advised Sanford Health News. “I believe that that’s in all probability opened my eyes greater than something, simply having the ability to see all the pieces that occurs with the intention to carry care to the person affected person.”
Dr. Paulson, a household drugs physician from North Dakota, has cared for Sanford Health sufferers within the higher Midwest since 1988.
With that, he has seen loads of change at Sanford Health from a regional perspective and across your entire space Sanford serves.
‘Unique perspective’ serving on the board
Dr. Paulson is one in every of three Sanford physicians – and 4 whole physicians – presently serving on the Board of Trustees.
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“When I’m going to board conferences, I nearly must take one hat off and put one other hat on to separate my roles and attempt to clear my head to begin considering on a company stage relatively than considering on the affected person and examination room stage,” he stated.
His mission, philosophy and method from the start was to carry quality to the well being care system, whether or not that’s by means of monetary stability, increasing providers or enhancing look after every particular person affected person.
“We have not too long ago began a board committee with a concentrate on quality,” Dr. Paulson defined. “We acknowledge that quality promotes affected person satisfaction and satisfaction of the worker. There are so many various points to it.”
Speaking of offering quality care, one in every of his passions within the office contains bringing emergency medical providers and quality care to rural and underserved cities and broad-spectrum well being care wherever within the area. In truth, Dr. Paulson spent eight years serving on the Trauma Advisory Council for the Minnesota Department of Health.
As a member of the board, he’s desperate to witness Sanford reimagine rural care to enhance entry to all sufferers irrespective of their zip code.
Though thrilling, he admits it’s the tip of the iceberg.
“From digital video visits, new applied sciences to observe sufferers at dwelling and the talents and different issues that we’re moving into, it’s simply starting.”
Additionally, Dr. Paulson is smitten by trendy medical know-how like mobile biology, CAR T-Cell remedy and mRNA vaccines bringing cures and advancing look after sufferers.
Providing and main rural care
Serving practically 12,000 sufferers on the Sanford / Perham Health Clinic in Otter Tail County, Dr. Paulson is aware of rural well being.
“When speaking concerning the nature of rural, for those who’re bringing excessive quality well being care to the entrance step of each city in your footprint, you’re going to do a superb job offering rural well being care,” he stated. “It’s determining the roadblocks and the challenges of how to try this, for instance, the recruitment of expertise, funds to develop providers, providers to switch sufferers.”
“In main care, I get to see that,” he continued. “I switch sufferers, work with specialists, refer sufferers past my follow. Primary care offers a very good view of what that rural expertise must be.”
Aside from affected person care, Dr. Paulson is not any stranger to extra management roles. He has served the medical group in varied methods through the years.
Outside of the clinic
At dwelling, Dr. Paulson’s six kids and lots of grandchildren preserve him busy which in the end brings him the best pleasure.
“My spouse would inform me, ‘Nobody’s going to recollect you since you went to that assembly or didn’t have excellent attendance … it’s your children and your grandkids – that’s who will bear in mind you.”
Dr. Paulson’s time period on the board wraps up on the finish of 2022.
“Quite a lot of what I wished to perform, with the quality committee and persevering with to develop the organization, I believe has occurred,” he stated. “I’m leaving the board in an awesome place as a result of the board tradition is wonderful with high-quality people who’ve an awesome imaginative and prescient.”
About the Board of Trustees
The 13-member Sanford Health Board of Trustees oversees governance for the well being system, guiding the pursuit of Sanford’s mission and offering oversight of the organization’s strategic course and monetary and operational efficiency.
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Sanford Health trustees are elected by the total board and presently serve as much as three three-year phrases. The Board of Trustees Nominating and Governance Committee is chargeable for figuring out, evaluating and recommending potential new members primarily based on their {qualifications} and expertise. Trustees signify a broad vary of backgrounds, with intensive expertise in enterprise and finance, well being care, know-how and the nonprofit sector.

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