CHAPTER 376. COUNTY HOSPITALS AND NURSING HOMES
Table of Sections
|376.009||COUNTY HOSPITAL DEFINED; MAY HAVE MANY BUILDINGS, SITES.|
|376.01||ACQUISITION OF LAND.|
|376.03||Repealed, 2001 c 214 s 49
|376.04||ELECTION, SEPARATE BALLOT.|
|376.05||HOSPITAL AUTHORIZED, CONSTRUCTION OF BUILDINGS.|
|376.06||SUPERINTENDENT, HOSPITAL BOARD; DUTIES.|
|376.07||CHANGES TO COUNTY HOSPITAL BUILDINGS; FINANCING.|
|376.08||COUNTIES OF NOT MORE THAN 50,000; HOSPITALS AND NURSING HOMES.|
|376.09||HOSPITAL AID BY COUNTY WITH LEASED OR NO COUNTY HOSPITAL.|
|376.10||Repealed, 1949 c 283 s 1
|376.101||Repealed, 1965 c 45 s 72
|376.102||Repealed, 1965 c 45 s 72
|376.103||Repealed, 1965 c 45 s 72
|376.104||Repealed, 1965 c 45 s 72
|376.105||Repealed, 1965 c 45 s 72
|376.106||Repealed, 1965 c 45 s 72
|376.107||Repealed, 1965 c 45 s 72
|376.108||Repealed, 1965 c 45 s 72
|376.109||Repealed, 1965 c 45 s 72
|376.11||Repealed, 1949 c 283 s 1
|376.111||Repealed, 1965 c 45 s 72
|376.12||Repealed, 1949 c 283 s 1
|376.13||Repealed, 1949 c 283 s 1
|376.14||Repealed, 1949 c 283 s 1
|376.15||Repealed, 1949 c 283 s 1
|376.16||Repealed, 1949 c 283 s 1
|376.17||Repealed, 1949 c 283 s 1
|376.18||Repealed, 1980 c 357 s 22
|376.19||Repealed, 1980 c 357 s 22
|376.20||Repealed, 1980 c 357 s 22
|376.21||Repealed, 1980 c 357 s 22
|376.22||Repealed, 1980 c 357 s 22
|376.23||Repealed, 1957 c 79 s 2
|376.231||Repealed, 1980 c 357 s 22
|376.24||Repealed, 1980 c 357 s 22
|376.25||Repealed, 1980 c 357 s 22
|376.26||Repealed, 1980 c 357 s 22
|376.28||Repealed, 1980 c 357 s 22
|376.29||Repealed, 1980 c 357 s 22
|376.30||Repealed, 1980 c 357 s 22
|376.31||Repealed, 1980 c 357 s 22
|376.32||Repealed, 1980 c 357 s 22
|376.33||Repealed, 1980 c 357 s 22
|376.34||Repealed, 1980 c 357 s 22
|376.35||Repealed, 1980 c 357 s 22
|376.37||Repealed, 1980 c 357 s 22
|376.38||Repealed, 1980 c 357 s 22
|376.39||Repealed, 1980 c 357 s 22
|376.40||Repealed, 1980 c 357 s 22
|376.41||Repealed, 1980 c 357 s 22
|376.42||Repealed, 1980 c 357 s 22
|376.423||Repealed, 1980 c 357 s 22
|376.424||Repealed, 1980 c 357 s 22
|376.43||Repealed, 1961 c 132 s 1
|376.44||MS 1949 Renumbered 376.44, subdivision 1
376.44 MS 1978 Repealed, 1980 c 357 s 22
|376.45||Renumbered 376.44, subd 2
|376.46||Renumbered 376.44, subd 3
|376.47||Renumbered 376.44, subd 4
|376.48||Renumbered 376.44, subd 5
|376.49||Repealed, 1980 c 357 s 22
|376.50||Repealed, 1980 c 357 s 22
|376.51||Repealed, 1974 c 435 art 6 s 1
|376.52||Repealed, 1980 c 357 s 22
|376.523||Repealed, 1980 c 357 s 22
|376.54||Repealed, 1980 c 357 s 22
|376.55||COUNTY NURSING HOME.|
|376.56||TAX LEVIES AND BONDS.|
|376.57||DETERMINATION TO ESTABLISH.|
|376.573||Repealed, 1984 c 528 s 8
|376.59||COUNTY BUILDING FUNDS.|
|376.60||ADMINISTRATIVE BOARD OR EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE; POWERS.|
|376.61||Repealed, 1984 c 528 s 8
|376.62||Repealed, 1984 c 528 s 8
|376.63||Repealed, 1984 c 528 s 8
|376.64||Repealed, 1984 c 528 s 8
|376.65||Repealed, 1984 c 528 s 8
|376.66||Repealed, 1984 c 528 s 8
376.009 COUNTY HOSPITAL DEFINED; MAY HAVE MANY BUILDINGS, SITES.
For the purposes of sections
, "county hospital" means any hospital owned
or operated by a county which may consist of any number of buildings at one location or any
number of buildings at different locations within the county. The county board of any county that
has not established a county hospital may by resolution authorize a statutory or home rule charter
city in the county and its city council to exercise the powers of a county and the county board
, in which case references in sections
and "county board" refer to the city so designated and its governing body, respectively.
History: 1955 c 808 s 1; 1985 c 109 s 10; 2003 c 127 art 12 s 11; 1Sp2003 c 21 art 10 s 11
A county board may purchase or construct suitable buildings for hospital purposes for
patients, other than for persons who are mentally ill, on any land acquired under section
and may improve, equip, and maintain these buildings for hospital purposes. The county board
may pay for these buildings out of any fund in the county treasury not otherwise appropriated or
issue warrants or bonds of the county for payment. The county board may fix the time and terms
of payment of these warrants or bonds and the amount of interest to be paid.
History: (678) 1913 c 392 s 2; 1955 c 808 s 3; 1985 c 109 s 10; 2002 c 221 s 43
376.04 ELECTION, SEPARATE BALLOT.
The question of purchasing and constructing hospital buildings shall be submitted to the
voters of any county at a general election and placed upon a separate ballot. This election must be
called by a resolution of the county board. The resolution must state the time of the election, that
a county hospital is proposed to be established, the proposed location, and the cost, including
equipment, for not more than the amount stated in the resolution. When the resolutions are passed,
the county auditor shall immediately notify each town or city clerk in the county that the question
of constructing hospital buildings will be voted upon at the time stated in the resolution, in the
manner provided under the state election laws.
The ballot must be in the following form:
"For the purchase and construction of hospital buildings, including equipment, to be located
at ............... (state location), at a cost not more than .............. (state amount), pursuant to the
resolution of the board of county commissioners passed .................. (state date).
Each of the last two words, "yes" and "no," shall be followed by a square in which the voter
may indicate by a mark (X) either a negative or affirmative vote. These votes shall be cast in the
same manner as votes cast at the general election and counted by the same officers. Returns must
be made to the county auditor, and canvassed in the same manner as the returns on county officers.
History: (680) 1913 c 392 s 4; 1955 c 808 s 5; 1973 c 123 art 5 s 7; 1985 c 109 s 10
376.05 HOSPITAL AUTHORIZED, CONSTRUCTION OF BUILDINGS.
If a majority of the electors voting upon the proposition vote in favor of purchasing and
constructing the hospital buildings, the county board shall immediately purchase, construct, and
equip the buildings.
History: (681) 1913 c 392 s 5; 1955 c 808 s 6; 1985 c 109 s 10
376.06 SUPERINTENDENT, HOSPITAL BOARD; DUTIES.
Subdivision 1. Procedure, powers, pay, election.
A county board which has purchased and
constructed buildings for hospital purposes may operate these buildings as a hospital and may
appoint a superintendent. The board shall set the superintendent's salary, term of employment,
and powers and duties; provide for the management and operation of the hospital; and operate,
control, and manage the hospital. The superintendent shall serve at the pleasure of the board. If
the board determines that it is in the public interest, it may appoint a hospital board of at least
three, but not more than nine members, who may include some or all of the county commissioners
except as otherwise provided in subdivision 2. Persons appointed to the hospital board must reside
in the hospital's service area and 80 percent of the board members, including any commissioners
appointed to serve on the hospital board, must be residents of the county. The hospital board
serves without compensation unless the county board authorizes the payment of compensation
and reimbursement of expenses for service on the hospital board. Notwithstanding section
if compensation and reimbursement are authorized, they shall be the same as authorized for
service on the local social services agency. Subject to its supervision, the county board may
commit the care, management, and operation of the hospital to the hospital board. The county
board may provide for the organization and regulation of the hospital board, its duties and the
duties of the members, and regulations for the management, operation, and control of the hospital.
The county board may lease the hospital grounds and buildings to a nonprofit or governmental
hospital organization for terms it considers advisable.
Subd. 2. Commissioner on board, exception.
A county commissioner may be appointed by
the county board to any hospital board under sections
except for any hospital
board operating a county hospital located in a city of the first class.
History: (682) 1913 c 392 s 6; 1951 c 326 s 1; 1955 c 808 s 7; 1959 c 291 s 1; 1963 c 308 s
1; 1971 c 24 s 48; 1985 c 109 s 10; 1994 c 631 s 31; 2001 c 214 s 5
376.07 CHANGES TO COUNTY HOSPITAL BUILDINGS; FINANCING.
(a) The county board, hospital board, or board of directors of a nonprofit or governmental
hospital organization that has leased a county hospital may authorize the remodeling,
improvement, alteration, or construction of an addition to the county hospital or of another
building on the county hospital's existing premises by a majority vote of the board.
(b) Financing for any project under this section is governed by other law, including sections
and chapter 475.
History: (682-1) 1927 c 106 s 1; 1985 c 109 s 10; 2001 c 214 s 6
376.08 COUNTIES OF NOT MORE THAN 50,000; HOSPITALS AND NURSING HOMES.
Subdivision 1. County appropriations.
Except as provided in subdivision 2, the board of
county commissioners in any county with a population of 50,000 or less may appropriate up to
$65,000 annually from the general revenue fund of the county for the acquisition of lands for
hospital purposes, and the construction, improvement, alterations, equipment and maintenance of
hospitals within the county, including public or nonprofit hospitals that are not county hospitals.
The board may also appropriate up to $25,000 from the general revenue fund of the county for the
acquisition of land and construction of municipally owned nursing homes within the county.
Subd. 2. Hospital remodeling or additions; financing.
A county hospital may by majority
vote of its board of commissioners, or if the hospital has been leased to another entity under
376.06, subdivision 1
, by majority vote of the board of directors of that entity,
enter into projects for the construction of an addition or remodeling to its presently existing
facility or the acquisition of equipment as described in this subdivision without complying with
the dollar limitation of subdivision 1. This subdivision applies to projects in which the funds for
the project are derived from dedicated, restricted, or other designated accounts, from the hospital's
depreciation fund, or from the issuance of bonds authorized under other law. An addition to a
current hospital under this subdivision may include construction of buildings physically separate
from the present hospital building, as well as additions to the present building, if the new
buildings are constructed on the hospital's existing premises.
This subdivision does not affect the ability of the hospital board to approve funds for
improvements or remodeling of a hospital facility under other law.
Subd. 3. Limitation on hospital capacity.
applies to any project authorized
by subdivision 2. Subdivision 2 does not authorize an increase in the license capacity of the
hospital or the licensing, relocation, or redistribution of hospital beds except as provided by
144.551, subdivision 1
, paragraph (b).
History: (684, 685) 1909 c 210 s 1,2; 1915 c 326 s 1,2; 1949 c 419 s 1; 1955 c 275 s 1;
1957 c 453 s 1; 1965 c 72 s 1; 1967 c 372 s 1; 1985 c 109 s 10; 1992 c 380 s 1; 2001 c 214 s
7,8; 2002 c 379 art 1 s 79
376.09 HOSPITAL AID BY COUNTY WITH LEASED OR NO COUNTY HOSPITAL.
In any county in which there is no county hospital, or a county hospital is leased to a
nonprofit or governmental hospital organization pursuant to section
376.06, subdivision 1
, the county board may appropriate and pay money from the general fund of the county,
for the construction, maintenance, and operation of a private, nonprofit, or public hospital in
the county for the treatment of sick, diseased, and injured persons. Admission preference shall
always be given to patients who are, in whole or in part, public charges, and are sent to the
hospital by the county board.
History: (683) 1913 c 123 s 1; 1985 c 109 s 10; 1989 c 92 s 1; 2001 c 214 s 9
376.55 COUNTY NURSING HOME.
Subdivision 1. Authority.
(a) Any county, or any group of counties acting jointly may
establish a county nursing home, in sections
also termed "nursing home," for
the care and treatment of chronically ill or convalescent persons or persons who need nursing
home care because old age or infirmity makes them unable to properly care for themselves, with
the consent of a majority of the county board.
(b) Any county, or group of counties, which owns a nursing home, may establish and operate
an attached or related facility for the purpose of providing supportive services to elderly persons
who are not yet in need of nursing home care. Supportive services may include congregate
housing, adult day care, and respite care services.
Subd. 2. Establishment.
A county, or a group of counties acting jointly, may establish a
nursing home and a facility for supportive services under sections
, by converting
suitable existing county owned buildings, by leasing suitable premises, or by acquiring a
suitable site by gift, purchase, or condemnation proceedings instituted in the name of the county
or counties and constructing suitable buildings which are equipped, maintained, enlarged or
otherwise modified to be the same as a nursing home.
Subd. 3. Financing.
The county board may transfer surplus funds from any fund except
the road and bridge, sinking or drainage ditch funds for the purpose of establishing, acquiring,
maintaining, enlarging, or adding to a county nursing home. When surplus funds are not available
for transfer, a county board may issue bonds to pay the cost of establishing, acquiring, equipping,
furnishing, enlarging, or adding to a county nursing home, subject to section
Subd. 4. Purchase of interest in existing home.
A county, or a group of counties, not
maintaining a nursing home, may purchase an interest in an existing county nursing home if the
county board or boards owning the nursing home decide by majority vote of each county board to
admit the county. The county board or boards owning the home shall set the cost for admission to
ownership, taking into consideration their investment in the home. Any county admitted under
this provision shall have all the rights and privileges provided for in sections
Subd. 5. County defined.
Where in sections
"county" is used, it refers to a county acting singly, or as one of a group of counties acting jointly,
unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.
Subd. 6. Withdrawal of interest.
Any county board may withdraw its interest in a county
nursing home if the county board or boards owning the nursing home decide by majority vote of
each county board to allow the withdrawal. The county board or boards owning the home shall set
the amount to be paid to the withdrawing county, taking into consideration their investment in
Subd. 7. City powers.
The county board of any county that has not established a nursing
home may by resolution authorize a statutory or home rule charter city within the county to
exercise the powers of a county under sections
. A city so designated may
exercise within its boundaries all the powers of a county under sections
History: 1951 c 610 s 1; 1953 c 248 s 1; 1955 c 610 s 1; 1957 c 865 s 1,2; 1959 c 16
s 1,2; 1959 c 146 s 1; 1984 c 528 s 1; 1985 c 109 s 10; 2003 c 127 art 12 s 12,13; 1Sp2003 c
21 art 10 s 11
376.56 TAX LEVIES AND BONDS.
Subdivision 1. Levy purposes.
The county board establishing or participating in establishing
a nursing home under section
may annually levy a tax to pay all or its proportion of the net
costs of maintenance and operation of the nursing home after taking into consideration payments
received for care of residents. The board may levy an additional tax to repay the cost of acquiring,
establishing, equipping, furnishing, enlarging, or adding to a county nursing home, and to pay the
principal of and interest on general obligation bonds issued for that purpose.
Subd. 2. County nursing home fund.
The proceeds of taxes for costs of maintenance and
operation shall be paid into a county nursing home fund, which, in the case of counties operating
jointly, shall be kept in the treasury of the county in which the nursing home is located and
spent as provided in sections
Subd. 3. Chapter 475 bonds.
Bonds issued under section
376.55, subdivision 3
, may be
general obligations of the county and may be issued and sold, and taxes levied for their payment
as provided under chapter 475. No election shall be required to authorize the bond issue for
acquiring, improving, remodeling, or replacing an existing nursing home without increasing the
total number of accommodations for residents in all nursing homes in the county. The revenues
of the nursing home shall also be pledged for the payment of the bonds and for any interest and
premium. Part of the proceeds may be deposited in the debt service fund for the issue, to capitalize
interest and create a reserve to reduce or eliminate the tax otherwise required by section
be levied before issuing the bonds. The remaining proceeds from the sale of the bonds and any
surplus funds transferred under section
376.55, subdivision 3
must be credited to and deposited in
the county nursing home building fund of the county in which the nursing home is located.
Subd. 4. County treasurer's duties.
The county treasurer of the county in which the nursing
home is located shall make payments out of the county nursing home fund and county nursing
home building fund on properly authenticated vouchers of the county nursing home administrative
board, as provided in sections
. The county treasurer of each county issuing
general obligation bonds under subdivision 3 shall pay the bonds and interest from the county's
debt service fund and be the custodian of net revenues transmitted by the administrative board for
the payment of the bonds.
History: 1951 c 610 s 2; 1959 c 146 s 2; 1984 c 528 s 2; 1985 c 109 s 10; 1987 c 384 art 2 s
1; 2003 c 127 art 12 s 14; 1Sp2003 c 21 art 10 s 11
376.57 DETERMINATION TO ESTABLISH.
In establishing a jointly owned and operated county nursing home or facility for supportive
services, each of the cooperating counties shall determine by a majority vote of the county board
that it is in favor of the establishment of the home or of the facility, the place of its location, and
the approximate amount to be spent for the establishment of the proposed nursing home or facility.
Each county shall authorize the payment by that county of its proportionate share of the cost of
the establishment. The proportion of costs of the establishment, and of costs of maintenance and
operation of the nursing home or facility to be paid by each county shall be set by terms agreed
upon by each of the participating counties.
History: 1951 c 610 s 3; 1957 c 865 s 3; 1984 c 528 s 3; 1985 c 109 s 10
Subdivision 1. Nursing home board.
The county board of any county establishing a county
nursing home and facility for supportive services may designate any board under the jurisdiction
and control of the county board to supervise the nursing home and facility, and that board shall
constitute the nursing home's administrative board for that county.
Subd. 2. Joint board; board pay, expenses.
Whenever two or more counties, through their
county boards, have agreed to maintain a county nursing home and facility for supportive services
, the county commissioners of each county shall designate a board from each
of the cooperating counties as the county nursing home administrative board. Immediately after
their designation as the county nursing home administrative board, the boards of the cooperating
counties shall hold a joint meeting and elect a chair, vice-chair and secretary who shall be
the executive committee. Each county shall have at least one representative on the executive
committee, and where more than three counties participate in establishing a nursing home, the
executive committee shall be expanded by one member for each additional county above three so
that no county will have less than one member on the executive committee. The first joint meeting
of the county boards that have been designated as the county nursing home administrative board
shall be called by the chair of the county board of the county in which the county commissioners
have agreed to locate the proposed home and facility. The board shall meet annually, and at
other times considered necessary. Members of the county nursing home administrative board,
and its executive committee, other than members of the county board, shall be paid for each
day spent in transacting the business of the board or the committee. Each member, including
members of the county board, may be reimbursed for necessary expenses incurred by them in
connection with their official duties. Compensation and reimbursement for expenses shall be
paid from the county nursing home fund in a manner and amounts agreed upon by the county
boards. This subdivision does not prohibit the payment of a per diem to county commissioners
375.055, subdivision 1
Subd. 3. Nursing home administrative board; powers, duties.
The county nursing home
administrative board may establish, operate and maintain a county nursing home and facility for
supportive services under sections
. The county nursing home administrative
board may delegate to the executive committee defined in subdivision 2 the authority to supervise
the establishment, management and operation of the county nursing home and facility for
supportive services, including the approval of expenditures and other business necessary for the
efficient operation of the home within the general policies established by the county nursing home
administrative board. The county nursing home administrative board may authorize payment of
incidental expenses of the nursing home under section
Subd. 4. Expenditures, approval.
The county nursing home administrative board, or its
executive committee, if delegated to do so, shall approve by a majority vote all expenditure
vouchers, and the chair of the board or committee shall then transmit them to the county auditor
of the county in which the home and facility are located for payment.
Subd. 5. Estimates of cost.
Preparation of estimates of costs for the operation of the nursing
home and the facility for supportive services shall be submitted as required by the administrative
board of the nursing home or as called for by the county board. The fiscal year for the nursing
home, and the facility for supportive services if it is appropriate, may be the reporting year
designated by the commissioner of human services.
Subd. 6. Acceptance of gifts.
The county's nursing home administrative board may accept as
a trust any gift, donation, or endowment from any source, whether subject to special provisions
of the donor or not. The gifts, donations, or endowments shall be credited to the county nursing
home fund in the treasury of the county in which the home and facility are located and the
county nursing home administrative board shall disburse the principal or income as the donors
may have indicated.
Subd. 7. Resident funds; unclaimed money.
The administrator of a county nursing home
shall have the care and custody of all money belonging to residents as allowed by law and shall
keep accurate accounting records of all transactions concerning the money as required by the
commissioner of health and the commissioner of human services.
History: 1951 c 610 s 4; 1959 c 159 s 1; 1965 c 351 s 1; 1975 c 301 s 12; 1984 c 528 s 4;
1984 c 654 art 5 s 58; 1985 c 109 s 10; 1986 c 444
376.59 COUNTY BUILDING FUNDS.
When the county nursing home administrative board is satisfied that each county in a
cooperating group of counties has available its share of the cost of establishing the nursing home
and facility for supportive services, it shall certify this information to the county board of each
cooperating county. The county board shall order the county treasurer of that county to pay the
treasurer of the county in which the nursing home is to be located the county nursing home
building funds in the possession of the county treasurer. The county nursing home administrative
board shall then carry out the purposes of sections
History: 1951 c 610 s 5; 1984 c 528 s 5; 1985 c 109 s 10
376.60 ADMINISTRATIVE BOARD OR EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE; POWERS.
The county nursing home administrative board or its executive committee may:
(1) hire an administrator and all necessary employees for the management and control of the
nursing home and to prescribe their compensation and duties;
(2) arrange for physicians' services and other medical care for the residents in the home;
(3) purchase equipment, supplies and services necessary in the care and maintenance of
the nursing home and the residents;
(4) exercise the county powers authorized under section
376.55, subdivision 2
(5) institute condemnation proceedings in the name of the county or counties involved,
conducted in the manner provided under chapter 117, in the case of other condemnation
proceedings by counties; and
(6) perform all other acts necessary to carry out the provisions of sections
except those with which the county board or boards are specifically charged, unless otherwise
provided by law.
History: 1951 c 610 s 6; 1984 c 528 s 6; 1985 c 109 s 10