South Country

To qualify for the Star Tribune Top Workplaces, a company must have more than 50 employees in Minnesota. Nearly 3,000 companies were invited to participate. Rankings were composite scores calculated purely on the basis of employee responses. 


South Country Health Alliance has been named one of the Top Workplaces in Minnesota by the Star Tribune

Produced by the same team that compiles the best-performing public companies in Minnesota, Top Workplaces recognizes the most progressive companies in Minnesota based on employee feedback measuring engagement, organizational health and satisfaction. The analysis included responses from over 76,000 employees at Minnesota public, private and nonprofit organizations. 

The results of the Star Tribune Top Workplaces are based on survey information collected by Energage, an independent company specializing in employee engagement and retention. 

Leota Lind, South Country’s CEO shared “Our employees are engaged in our mission to help members stay as healthy as they can. We are extremely proud of their hard work and dedication they display. The survey results show us we are heading in the right direction.”

Kathi Ellis Kanabec County commissioner added, 

“South Country employees are a dedicated team. We are all proud of their work and grateful for their efforts to serve the residents of Kanabec County and all of the county members. This honor is richly deserved.”

Star Tribune Publisher Michael J. Klingensmith said, “The companies in the Star Tribune Top Workplaces deserve high praise for creating the very best work environments in the state of Minnesota. My congratulations to each of these exceptional companies.”  

South Country Health Alliance, based in Owatonna, Minnesota, is a county-based purchasing health plan owned by eight Minnesota counties—Brown, Dodge, Goodhue, Kanabec, Sibley, Steele, Wabasha and Waseca—in a joint effort to support accessible, quality health care for Minnesota Health Care Program enrollees through partnerships with community services and local health care providers. SCHA began enrolling members in November 2001 and covers more than 26,000 adults and children. The health plan offers comprehensive coverage and emphasizes preventive and routine care for members. For more information about South Country, call 1-866-567-7242 or visit

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