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Health Regulation Division Public Hearings
In June 2021, the Minnesota Legislature passed legislation that requires hospitals and other facilities to notify the public and participate in a public hearing before they do any of the following:
- Close a facility or campus
- Stop offering certain services
- Move certain services to a new location
These services include:
- Maternity care and newborn services
- Intensive care unit services
- Inpatient mental health services or
- Inpatient substance use disorder treatment services
The Minnesota Department of Health works with the facility to host a public hearing as outlined in Minnesota Statutes Section 31.This statute gives MDH the authority to hold the meeting and to inform the public but not to change, delay or prevent the proposed changes, closures or relocations.
- Hearing Information
- Upcoming Hearings
- Previous Hearings
Hearings are scheduled within 45 days of MDH receiving the notice from the facility, and will include:
- An explanation of the reasons for the proposed changes
- Actions the facility will take to make sure area residents continue to have access to the services that are being changed
- Time for the public to make comments and ask questions about the proposed changes
- Time for the facility representatives to respond to questions
You can find hearing information on the list below that includes:
- The proposed changes
- How to attend and participate in the hearing
- How to submit comments or questions for review
MDH received notification from the following facilities indicating that they plan to change the services that they are offering. Click the name of the facility to see more detailed information about the hearing.
The Minnesota Department of Health will host a public hearing on January 11, 2023 at 6 p.m. (via Teams) for the relocation of all health services from Tri-County Hospital's current Wadena location to a new location in Wadena.
The Minnesota Department of Health will host a public hearing on October 13, 2022 at 6 p.m. (via Teams) for the relocation of labor and delivery services from Avera Granite Falls Health Center in Granite Falls to a shared regional model.
The Minnesota Department of Health will host a public hearing on April 12, 2022 at 6 p.m. (via Teams) for the closure of St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul on July 1 and the relocation of mental health, addiction services and other secondary services to other Fairview system locations.
The Minnesota Department of Health hosted a public hearing on March 1, 2022 at 6 p.m. (via Teams) for the relocation of labor and delivery services from Olivia Hospital in Olivia to a shared regional model that includes Hutchinson Health Birth Center and other locations.
The Minnesota Department of Health hosted a public hearing on February 22, 2022 at 6 p.m. (via Teams) for the relocation of labor and delivery services from Cambridge Medical Center in Cambridge to The Mother Baby Center at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids.
The Minnesota Department of Health hosted a public hearing on November 18, 2021, at 6 PM (via WebEx) for the relocation of labor and delivery services from Regina Hospital in Hastings to The Mother Baby Center at United Hospital and Children’s Minnesota in St. Paul.