MPO’s Kunsche Award 

is given annually to a member of the perinatal healthcare community for their outstanding work and dedication to advancing the field and furthering our mission.

The history of the Kunsche Award

The Kunsche Award is a custom-designed print commissioned by Great Plains Organization for Perinatal Healthcare, Inc. (GPO).

GPO was a regional organization founded in the early ’70’s and was dedicated to advancing perinatal healthcare outcomes; Minnesota was one of its member states. After GPO’s dissolution in the early 2000’s, the remaining prints were gifted to MPO to continue the tradition of honoring the hard work and commitment of our many talented perinatal healthcare professionals. 


Congratulations to our 2020 Kunsche Award Winner:
Dr. Phillip Rauk!

Dr. Rauk lead quality for Fairview System in OB for 10 years. He is Vice-Chair of the Quality and Safety Department and an OB-GYN at the University of Minnesota. He serves at MHA as the lead of their Perinatal Committee. Dr. Rauk served as MPO President.

Dr. Rauk had a key role in the establishment of the MNPQC. He is an active member of the following MNPQC work: Vice-Chair, Executive Branch, Steering Committee, Faculty for the Maternal Hypertension Initiative.

Thank you for your hard work and dedication to improving perinatal health!

  • Previous Recipients 

    2020: Melissa C. Bray, MSN Ed., BSN, RNC-MNN, PHN, CentraCare

    2019: Yasuko Yamamura, MD; MHealth Fairview

    2018: Jeanne Mrozek, MD; Maple Grove Hospital and North Memorial Hospital

    2017: Cecilia Wachdorf, CNM, ARNP, PhD

    2016: Cindy Koslowski, CFNP, MSN, MBA, RN; MHealth Fairview

    2015: Sandy Hoffman, MS, RNC-EFM; Mother Baby Center of Abbott Northwestern and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

    2014: Deb Peters, NNP; Essentia Health – Duluth

    2013: Jill Bauer, MA, RN; Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

    2012: Lynn Carpentier; Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare

    2011: Heather Swanson, MD; CentraCare Health – Paynesville

    2010: Tina Kippes, RNC, CLC; Mayo Clinic Health System – Menomonie

    2009: Marianne Keuhn, BSW

    2008: Kirk Ramin, MD; University of Minnesota – Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health

    2007: Denise Palmer, RN; University of Minnesota Health

    2006: Linda Christinsen-Rengel, NP-WH; Regions Hospital – The Breast Health Center

    2005: Susan Boehm, RN, BSN, MS; Alere Health

    2004: Jo Crosby, RNC, MS, NNP; Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

    If you know of award winners prior to 2004, please contact us!

Would you like to nominate a member of the perinatal healthcare community?

We’d love to hear from you.