Level 3 & 4 Trauma Hospital Designations Extended Six Months - Minnesota Department of Health

Level 3 & 4 Trauma Hospital Designations Extended Six Months

On December 2, 2020, MDH Commissioner Jan Malcolm extended the trauma designations of Level 3 and Level 4 Trauma Hospitals for another six months. She had previously extended the designations of all trauma hospitals by one year. The additional extension was granted to relieve pressures imposed on Minnesota's Level and 4 trauma hospitals by increased admissions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The extensions do not affect trauma hospitals verified by the American College of Surgeons.

  • Hospitals designated as a Level 3 or 4 Trauma Hospital and verified by a state site visit will have six months added to the expiration date of their current designation.
  • Applications for re-designation that were due in November or December 2020 are now due in April 1 or June 1, 2021. Re-designation site visits scheduled to occur in spring 2021 will be rescheduled to fall of 2021.
  • Focused site visits scheduled to occur in 2021 to validate compliance with a previously-identified deficiency will go forward as planned. Focused visits will be carried out remotely through June 2021.

The extensions were granted under the authority of Minnesota Session Laws–2020, Regular Session, chapter 74, article 1, section 13, which provides the Minnesota Department of Health temporary authority to waive or modify regulatory requirements during the pandemic.

Contact a designation coordinator with questions.