Feb. 16, 2022
Public hearing on Olivia Hospital’s relocation of labor, delivery services set for March 1
A public hearing for the relocation of labor and delivery services from Health Partners Olivia Hospital in Olivia to a shared regional model including Hutchinson Health Birth Center with more locations planned is scheduled for 6 p.m. on March 1, 2022.
During the hearing, the Minnesota Department of Health’s Health Regulation Division will provide a forum for the greater Olivia community to discuss the relocation of labor and delivery services from Health Partners Olivia Hospital in Olivia to a shared regional model including Hutchinson Health Birth Center with more locations planned beginning May 9, 2022.
Obstetrics and pediatric care will continue to be provided by the OB/GYN and family physicians at Olivia Hospital and Clinics as well as regional clinics including Hutchinson Clinics.
Participants can join the public hearing via the Microsoft Teams Event Information: Olivia Health Relocation of Labor and Delivery Services or by calling 651-395-7448 and using the access code 132 350 151.
Those interested can provide comments or questions on the MDH website at Olivia Hospital Public Hearing [expired link] by March 1, 2022.
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 detail is available at Minnesota Statutes Sec. 31.