May 2003

Albany Area Hospital and Medical Center,
Albany, Minn.

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Ben Koppelman

As administrator at Albany Area Hospital and Medical Center, a 17-bed critical access hospital located in Albany, Minn., Ben Koppelman believes the hospital has a responsibility to take an active role in building a healthier community. The hospital has been serving the Stearns County area for more than 33 years and includes an attached physician clinic, two satellite clinics, home health care and hospice services. One of the hospital’s most popular programs, free educational sessions for diabetics, attracts participants from more than 60 miles away.

"It is very gratifying to be able to meet the needs of the Albany community and remain true to our mission, vision and values," said Koppelman. "Our patients recognize our commitment to providing high quality, compassionate care." During the past four years, Albany has been recognized three times as one of the top performing hospitals in customer satisfaction within Catholic Health Initiatives.

"One of the greatest advantages to being part of a national health care system is the access to financial assistance that would not otherwise be available," said Koppelman. "Because of Catholic Health Initiatives, we were able to complete a $1.2 million clinic expansion, something that would have been difficult to accomplish as an independent hospital."

Koppelman has been administrator for Albany Area Hospital and Medical Center since 1995. During his tenure, he has dramatically improved the organization’s financial and clinical performance and facilitated community capital campaign efforts, which have raised more than $700,000. He is an active member of the Minnesota Hospital Association and a board member for the Albany Chamber of Commerce.

Koppelman earned his master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn. He and his wife, Lisa, have a daughter, Sydney.