The Health Care and Law Enforcement Coalition was convened by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association and the Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) to improve patient care and collaboration between health care and law enforcement organizations. This session will provide an overview of tools and resources available to hospitals and law enforcement that will enhance collaboration. The working relationship between a Critical Access Hospital and their local law enforcement will be highlighted.

Mary Maertens, FACHE

Regional President & CEO
Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center

Mary holds a nursing degree from South Dakota State University, a nursing home administrator license and master’s degree in health care administration from the University of Minnesota. She is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, plays an active role with the Minnesota Hospital Association, and has served on the American Hospital Association Region 6 Policy Board and Governor’s Task Force for the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Diane Rydrych, MA

Director, Health Policy Division

Diane Rydrych is the Director of the Health Policy Division at the Minnesota Department of Health. She oversees programs that develop and implement effective policy solutions for issues ranging from adoption and effective use of health information technology, patient safety and quality, health insurance access and affordability, cost of care, rural healthcare infrastructure, and healthcare workforce preparation, and implement many of Minnesota’s state health reform activities. Diane has a master’s in public policy from the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota.

Chad Meester

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

Began law enforcement career at the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office September 2007 as a part-time dispatcher/jailer and then as a part-time deputy. Became a full-time deputy October 2012 and Sheriff since June 2014.  I have been proactive at the local and state levels as a small public safety agency addressing the challenges of assisting persons with mental illness in greater Minnesota.