CEO Ben Koppelman: Advancing Growth, Care Experience at St. Joseph's Area Health Services

Ben Koppelman has served as president and CEO of St. Joseph's Area Health Services in Park Rapids, Minn., a Denver-based Catholic Health Initiatives hospital, since 2007. As president and CEO, Mr. Koppelman oversees the leadership, operational and financial management of St. Joseph's. The effect of his leadership is evident in the advancements St. Joseph has accomplished under his tenure. The hospital has witnessed a multi-million dollar expansion, enhanced patient and employee experience and initiated programs for community benefit.

Ben Koppelman CEO Advances Growth, Care Experience at St. Joseph Area Health Services Mr. Koppelman helped implement St. Joseph's $29 million building project, which included a $19 million dollar hospital expansion and the addition of an $11 million dollar medical office building through a joint venture with local physicians.

Under Mr. Koppelman's leadership, St. Joseph's became one the first critical access hospitals in Minnesota to develop a hospitalist program. The hospital was one of the top performing hospitals within CHI for employee satisfaction, and it finished top ten for overall patient satisfaction.

Finally, St. Joseph's received a three-year, $178,000 grant from CHI to work with the local non-profit organization, Human Achievement and Performance Academy. The grant will help local youth drug and alcohol task forces work in the community and Minnesota schools to develop education and intervention programs to reduce substance abuse among youth.

Before joining St. Joseph's, Mr. Koppelman served as an administrator of Albany (Minn.) Area Hospital & Medical Center also of CHI.

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