Requirements Modified for Trauma Hospital Designation
Executive Order 20–32 (PDF), which was signed by Governor Walz on April 8, permits Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Malcolm to delay, waive, or modify provisions of laws and rules as long it does not endanger the public health, welfare, or safety of Minnesotans.
At their emergency meeting on April 22, the State Trauma Advisory Council adopted several modifications to the Level 3 and Level 4 Trauma Hospital designation criteria. The Council adopted the modifications to alleviate some of the demands on hospitals’ health care workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Leaders of hospital trauma programs are encouraged to contact the designation coordinator to discuss strategies for meeting the designation criteria during this situation of changing resource allocation.