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Barbara Muesing to Chair AHA's Committee on Volunteers

WASHINGTON (March 3, 2015) – The American Hospital Association (AHA) today announced that Barbara Muesing will chair the AHA's 2015 Committee on Volunteers. 


The Committee on Volunteers, a specialty committee of the board, is concerned with the roles, responsibilities, and services of organized volunteers and auxilians, as well as the community perspective they provide for the health care field. The committee supports the AHA mission and policy agenda by its activities in public policy development; participating in AHA grassroots advocacy; providing the association with the benefit of its community perspective on issues related to the health care field; and serving as the selection committee for the AHA's Hospital Awards for Volunteer Excellence (HAVE Awards).


Muesing serves as a trustee and auxiliary member at Essentia Health in Fosston, Minn. A decade ago, after several years of inactivity, Muesing helped to reactivate the auxiliary, volunteer program and foundation at the hospital.  Together with the hospital CEO, she brought together interested people from the community to build awareness of the opportunity for service.  A few years later, volunteers played a key role in the design of a new entry to the hospital, resulting in a welcoming information desk staffed by volunteers. 


She is past president of the Minnesota Rural Health Association and the Health Care Auxiliary of Minnesota (HCAM).  During her term on the HCAM Board, she wrote a proposal to the Otto Bremer Foundation to fund board development, advocacy initiatives and leadership development, resulting in HCAM being awarded $20,000 in 2010. Muesing also serves on the Minnesota Hospital Association Trustee Council, the Northwest Minnesota Regional Development Partnership Board and the Community Health Board for Polk, Norman and Mahnomen counties in northwest Minnesota. Muesing is past chair of the Riverview HealthCare Crookston Auxiliary.  Her career experience at the University of Minnesota includes service as extension district director in northwest Minnesota, executive director of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents and first lady at the University of Minnesota Crookston. She holds a bachelor’s degree in home economics and a master’s degree in educational administration. 

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