CentraCare Health-Monticello birth center opening delayed

CentraCare Health-Monticello will reopen its birth center approximately a month later because a nursing staff hiring process is taking longer than anticipated.
“The birthing center construction remains on track, but the issue now is staffing,” said Administrator Mary Ellen Wells during an Oct. 10 meeting of the New River Medical Center Board of Directors. “All hospitals across the state are feeling the pinch. We’re going to hold off on opening until we have qualified staff.”
CentraCare Health-Monticello originally had planned reopen its birth center in December to provide labor, delivery and newborn care.
Wells confirmed last week the center will not open until sometime early in 2014. “We’ll wait until after the first of the year,” she said. Construction is set to wrap up in mid-November.
The Monticello-Big Lake Community Hospital District continues to exist and operate as a government entity. Even though the hospital district is no longer the lead entity responsible for the operation of a local health care system, its board of directors remains landlord for the hospital facilities that a larger organization (CentraCare) now operates under a lease and affiliation agreement.
CentraCare Health-Monticello is still governed by an eight-member board of directors
On April 1, New River Medical Center officially joined St. Cloud-based CentraCare and became CentraCare Health-Monticello after a long-discussed process. Other district responsibilities included in the lease and affiliation agreement approved earlier this year include a tracking process for potential facility purchase dates.

See the Oct. 17 print edition of the Monticello Times for the complete story.