Trauma Hospital Designations Extended - Minnesota Department of Health

Trauma Hospital Designations Extended

To ease demands on the hospital workforce, Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Malcolm has extended the duration of every Minnesota hospitals’ trauma designation by one year. The action defers the deadline to submit a re-designation application for one year and suspends re-designation site visits until spring 2021. View the commissioner’s waivers and modifications.

The move follows Executive Order 20-32 (PDF), which Governor Walz issued on April 8, to permit the commissioner to delay, waive, or modify certain provisions of law, as necessary, to allow Minnesota’s health care system to adjust to the immediate demands of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Hospitals designated as a Level 1, 2, 3, or 4 Trauma Hospital will have one year added to the expiration date of their current designation.
  • Re-designation site visits scheduled to occur in 2020 will be rescheduled to spring of 2021.
  • Focused site visits scheduled to occur in 2020 to validate compliance with a previously-identified deficiency will go forward as planned. Focused visits scheduled for spring 2020 will be carried out remotely.

Contact a designation coordinator with questions.