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Hospital Closure and Change in Services
In June 2021, the Minnesota Legislature passed legislation requiring a public notice and a public hearing before closure of a hospital or hospital campus, relocation of services, or cessation in offering certain services.
The Minnesota Department of Health will facilitate the hearings to ensure there is an opportunity for public discussion and engagement for any proposed closure, changes to certain hospital services or relocation of services for a hospital or hospital campus as outlined in Minnesota Statutes Section 31.
MDH’s Health Regulation Division will guide hospital representatives through the notification and hearing process. Once a hospital or health care facility notifies MDH of their intent to close a hospital or relocate, reduce or stop providing certain services, the Health Regulation Division will work with the organization to coordinate a public hearing within 45 days of the notification. It is the responsibility of the health care organization to participate in the public hearing and respond to the questions of interested parties.
Information about the public hearing and how to participate will be posted on the Health Regulation Division Public Hearings page.
A hospital licensed under sections 144.50 to 144.56 or a hospital campus must notify the commissioner of health and the public at least 120 days before the hospital or hospital campus voluntarily plans to implement one of the following scheduled actions:
- Stop operations;
- Reduce operations to the extent that patients must be relocated;
- Relocate the provision of health services to another hospital or another hospital campus; or
- Stop offering maternity care and newborn care services, intensive care unit services, inpatient mental health services, or inpatient substance use disorder treatment services.
Within 45 days after receiving notice, the commissioner shall conduct a public hearing on the scheduled cessation of operations, curtailment of operations, relocation of health services, or cessation in offering health services.
The commissioner must provide adequate public notice. The controlling persons of the hospital or hospital campus must participate in the public hearing. The public hearing must include:
- An explanation by the Hospital’s representatives of the reasons for ceasing or curtailing operations, relocating health services, or ceasing to offer any of the listed health services;
- A description of the actions that controlling persons will take to ensure that residents in the hospital's or campus's service area have continued access to the health services being eliminated, curtailed, or relocated;
- An opportunity for public testimony on the scheduled cessation or curtailment of operations, relocation of health services, or cessation in offering any of the listed health services, and on the hospital's or campus's plan to ensure continued access to those health services being eliminated, curtailed, or relocated; and
- An opportunity for the Hospital representatives to respond to questions from interested parties.
Failure to notify the commissioner under Minnesota Statutes Section 31 subdivision 1, 1a, or 1c or failure to participate in a public hearing under subdivision 1b may result in issuance of a correction order under Minnesota Statues Section 144.653, subdivision 5.
Notification Process for ProvidersPlease fill out the form linked below to contact the Commissioner of Health at MDH’s Health Regulation Division and notify them of hospital closure, ceasing to offer certain hospital services, relocation of services or cessation of certain services outlined in Minnesota Statutes Section 31:
Once MDH has received your notification, we will contact the person designated in the form to begin planning the hearing. If you have questions, please reach out to Health.HRD-FedLCR@state.mn.us.