Transferring a patient

Transferring a patient to Hutchinson Health Hospital

At Hutchinson Health Hospital, we accept all patient transfers that we can care for safely. Our 24/7 HealthPartners Direct access center is available for doctors and providers to arrange a transfer or referral at any time.

Patient transfer exceptions

Patients not appropriate for Hutchinson Health Hospital are few, but include those who require:

  • Cardiac catheterization
  • Dialysis
  • Interventional radiology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Swing bed

How does the patient transfer process work?

When you call HealthPartners Direct, you’ll speak with a specially trained staff member. They’ll ask you a few questions, and then connect you with a member of our care team. We’ll arrange a safe, timely patient transfer – if necessary.

Necessary patient transfer information

When you call, we'll ask a series of questions about the patient and provider to ensure that the patient is promptly and successfully transferred into our care. With this information, we’ll connect the referring provider with the appropriate services.

Please have the following information ready. (Note: We may ask additional triage questions, depending on the patient’s diagnosis.)

  • Caller name
  • Callback phone numbers (Including direct number to referring provider, if different than the caller.)
  • Provider first and last name
  • Patient demographics (Including first name, last name, date of birth and medical record number.)
  • Diagnosis and reason for transfer
  • Isolation precautions
  • IV drip medications (other than saline)

Why Hutchinson Health?

Hutchinson Health Hospital is centrally located, just one hour west of the Twin Cities. We are a Level I Heart Attack Center and an Acute Stroke Ready Hospital. We are a licensed, Level IV Trauma Center, including an inpatient mental health unit serving adolescents and adults. In June of 2020, we opened a brand new, 18-bed acute care unit (ACU) featuring four intensive care unit (ICU) beds. Each room is private and was developed with the latest enhancements to support the best patient and family experience.

Hutchinson Health Hospital is a community hospital with services that allow for higher acuity care, which is not available at most community hospitals and sets us apart in the region. We’ve been named a Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital by the Chartis Group, and have been recognized by the Minnesota Hospital Association for superior performance in quality and patient safety.

In partnership with HealthPartners, Hutchinson Health includes primary and specialty care clinics, emergency services and specialty programs. Hutchinson Health also includes intensive care, featuring eICU technology – meaning specialized Critical Care Intensivist physicians oversee patient care through the use of telemedicine technology. We also provide a facility-wide clinical monitoring system.

Additional services include:

  • Telehealth access, including physician specialty consultation in:
    • Cardiology
    • Neurology
    • Pulmonology
    • Surgical care
  • Advanced diagnostic imaging services, including:
    • 3D and 2D digital mammography
    • ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center
    • MRI
    • Multi-slice CT scanning
    • Ultrasound
    • X-ray

Begin a hospital admission

We’re ready 24/7 to help you get started on a patient transfer directly to Hutchinson Health.