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Administrator of county-owned hospital in Olivia, Minn., placed on leave

OLIVIA — The administrator of RC Hospital & Clinics has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation of issues concerning day-to-day operations at the facilities.

John Stahl, chairman of the RC Hospital & Clinics board of directors and a member of the Renville County Board of Commissioners, made the announcement via email over the weekend to local news organizations.

The news release did not name the employee, but County Administrator Sara Folsted confirmed in a follow-up email late Sunday that hospital administrator Glenn Haugo is on leave.

RC Hospital & Clinics is a county-owned system.

The county’s hospital board of directors is scheduled to meet Tuesday.

A story published Jan. 16 in the West Central Tribune about a possible construction project said that the hospital board at the Tuesday meeting would be considering whether to go forward with a plan for a new hospital facility.

It’s not known if the recent development will affect that timeline, but Stahl said in the news release that the issues surrounding the administrative leave are “not related to the ongoing strategic planning in progress at this time.”

A $22 million to $23 million project is being proposed to develop a 62,000-square-foot facility at a site yet to be determined.

The current hospital is in Olivia, and clinics are located in Olivia, Hector and Renville.

The Renville County Board would make the final decision on any project.

According to the weekend news release, an “internal team of hospital personnel will oversee and continue to ensure the smooth operation of our critical access hospital and clinics.”