Yesterday morning, March 27, 2018, Suzanne Herder, CSJ, with Ann Thompson, Communications Director, testified before a House Committee regarding a HealthPartners/Regions Hospital request for an additional 100 beds. In a prepared statement, citing concern that the exemption could result in the closure of St. Joseph’s Hospital, the CSJs requested that the House consider encouraging collaboration among area healthcare providers and that the House not rule on the legislation until the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) finalized its report (due late April). Due to time constraints the meeting was continued into last evening. Ultimately the committee passed the bill but the author made a commitment to not bring the bill up on the floor until after the MDH issues its preliminary report and the committee has a chance to have another hearing to consider the findings. This outcome honors the CSJs’ request.
March 28th, 2018