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New era starts in Renville County health care

RC Hospital and Clinics officially became HealthPartners Olivia Hospital and Clinic on Friday. The new affiliation provides access to an expanded team of caregivers, and local residents will continue to be served by their local healthcare providers.

The Renville County Hospital and Clinics invested $25 million to open a new facility on the east edge of Olivia in September 2015. Under an affiliation proposal now being considered, the county-owned facility would be converted to a non-profit entity. It would lease the RC Hospital and Clinics and operate them in an affiliation with HealthPartners Park Nicollet. Tribune file photo by Tom Cherveny

OLIVIA — RC Hospital and Clinics became HealthPartners Olivia Hospital & Clinic on Friday as the Renville County health system officially joined HealthPartners.

The affiliation provides the local system with access to an expanded team of caregivers through HealthPartners and Park Nicollet. It also keeps in place all of the familiar providers and services. Those receiving care at Health Partners Olivia Hospital & Clinic will continue to be able to see their family physicians and other providers no differently than before.

HealthPartners Olivia Hospital & Clinic, which includes clinics in Hector and Renville, will remain a distinct, locally governed entity as part of the Bloomington-based health system. The organizations announced their intention to affiliate in December 2019, the organizations stated in a news release announcing the affiliation.

The new entity is led by a 10-member governing board, with seven of the members from the Renville County community and three from the new health system. Two of the members are appointed by the Renville County Board of Commissioners, and two members will be from the hospital’s medical staff.


RC Hospital and Clinics was a county-owned health system. HealthPartners is leasing the RC Hospital & Clinics under terms of a 30-year lease, with a seven-year renewal. It will have the option to purchase the assets at the end of the term.

“The affiliation means that as we move forward, our patients and communities will have an expanded team of caregivers alongside the same dedicated employees and clinicians they’ve come to know and trust,” said HealthPartners Olivia Hospital & Clinic President Nathan Blad. “Today, we officially align our like cultures to deliver the best care, close to home.”

The local health system includes a 16-bed critical access hospital, as well as outpatient clinics in Olivia, Hector and Renville.

“RC Hospital & Clinics – now HealthPartners Olivia Hospital & Clinic – has a strong history of delivering outstanding care that’s trusted and local,” said Andrea Walsh, President and CEO of HealthPartners. “We are honored to extend our expertise and services in partnership with an outstanding local team. Together we look forward to improving health and well-being in the community.”

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