Senator David Senjem receives Minnesota Hospital Association Public Achievement Award

The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) honored Senator David Senjem with its 2019 Public Achievement Award, which recognizes a public official or a private citizen who has performed extraordinary service in health care policy. The award was announced at MHA’s 2020 Winter Trustee Conference.

Senjem, who has served in the Minnesota Senate since 2002, has championed mental health and demonstrated a commitment to advancing legislation that improves mental health services in Minnesota. Since 2016, Senjem has led legislative action to increase capacity for mental health services and supportive housing across the state. 

“Senator Senjem has been a strong partner and highly effective leader working to enhance health care for all Minnesotans,” said Matthew Anderson, interim president and CEO, MHA. “We are grateful for his collaborative efforts on behalf of hospitals, care teams and patients and for his contributions to the state of Minnesota.”

Each year, MHA celebrates extraordinary achievement in categories ranging from advocacy on behalf of hospitals and volunteerism to innovation and improvement in patient care and patient safety. For a complete list of MHA award winners, visit

Senator David Senjem represents Dodge and Olmsted counties in the Minnesota Senate. He serves as chair of the Senate Capital Investment Committee and is a former majority leader and minority leader.

The Minnesota Hospital Association represents Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems, which provide quality care for their patients and meet the needs of their communities.