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Owatonna Hospital

Welcome to Owatonna Hospital

A dream fulfilled

Owatonna Hospital main entrance

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call 507-451-3850.

Owatonna Hospital has a long tradition of providing quality health care for people living in Steele County and its surrounding communities. It's grown from a small city hospital nearly 110 years ago to a comprehensive, high quality, regional medical facility.

Owatonna Hospital offers a full spectrum of services for residents of the region, with specialties in surgery and trauma care. Part of Allina Health, Owatonna Hospital brings together expert staff and leading-edge technology in a healing, family-centered environment.

Our hospital's family-centered design features private rooms, complete with sleeper chairs for family members, and private corridors and elevators to move patients to and from their rooms.

The hospital was designed with patient healing in mind. All inpatient rooms enjoy a view to the outside. Indoor and outdoor walking trails, outdoor gardens and patio provide opportunities for patients and their families to relax and enjoy the outdoors.

Frequently asked questions

Why did Owatonna need a new hospital?
How will the new hospital raise health care to the next level for our community?
What kind of economic impact does Owatonna Hospital have on the community?
When did the new hospital open?
Where is the hospital located?
What has happened to the old hospital building at 903 S. Oak Avenue?
How many beds does the replacement hospital have?
How much did the replacement hospital cost?
Will the new hospital cause the system to raise its rates?

Hospital features

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After four years of designing, building, testing and training, the new 136,000 square foot Owatonna Hospital opened its doors on October 16, 2009.

The hospital features a variety of services and amenities including:

  • 3 spacious birthing suites with full, private bathrooms including shower and Jacuzzi tub; TV, DVD player and overnight accommodations
  • 7 post-partum rooms with a full, private bathroom including shower and tub, TV, DVD player; overnight accommodations; in-room microwave and refrigerators
  • 17 private medical inpatient rooms located on the second floor with private bathroom including shower and tub, and overnight accommodations
  • Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute - Owatonna with 7 physical therapy treatment rooms; 3 occupational therapy treatment rooms with full kitchen and bath; dedicated pediatric treatment area for speech, physical and occupational therapies with a climbing wall and parent observation room; cardiac rehabilitation; and therapy pool
  • Convenient onsite retail pharmacy - Allina Health Pharmacy: Allina Health Owatonna Pharmacy
  • Sleep Lab
  • MyChart, is the secure way to manage your health care online. View your hospital discharge instructions, refill your prescription and more. Log in or sign up for MyChart.
  • Access to a second floor outdoor patio for use by patients and visitors (closed during the winter months)
  • Access to a healing garden courtyard, providing a sanctuary away from busy hospital life
  • Family-friendly waiting areas throughout the hospital with comfortable seating
  • Indoor and outdoor walking paths
  • Heated outdoor sidewalks at all entrances for increased patient safety
  • 12 spacious, private emergency treatment rooms with helipad
  • Reflection Center to meet families' and patients' spiritual needs
  • Community Resource Center for medical condition research, health education classes and respite areas including comfortable couches, large screen TV and fireplace
  • Professional Education Center providing onsite education for nursing and technical staff
  • Pink Pantry Coffee & Gift Shoppe
  • Flexible design to allow for future advances in technology and treatment modalities
  • 4 special care unit private patient rooms
  • 4 large operating suites equipped with advanced technology and a dedicated C-section operating suite
  • 18 prep/recovery rooms in our outpatient surgery area
  • 2 endoscopy rooms with enhanced privacy
  • 1 laser eye room
  • 10 inpatient beds in the mental health unit with secure outdoor patio
  • 24/7 ATM machine
  • Expanded cafeteria including glass dining solarium and outdoor patio dining
  • Wireless internet throughout the facility
  • Physically connected to the Mayo Clinic Health System Owatonna facility from both first and second floors
  • Lobby staffed during normal working hours with greeters to help with wayfinding

Owatonna Hospital statistics

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Owatonna Hospital awards & recognitions

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Owatonna Hospital received the following awards:

  • 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures - Owatonna Hospital was recognized by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical processes that are shown to improve care for pneumonia and surgical care.
  • 2009 MHA Innovation of the Year in Patient Care Award for it's Enhanced Recovery Protocol for patients undergoing colon resection surgery and hernia repairs
  • 2009 MHA Patient Safety Excellence Award SAFE Site Campaign to prevent wrong-site surgeries (the wrong procedure being performed, or a procedure being performed on the wrong body part or patient)
  • 2008 VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence in treating hospitalized patients with pneumonia
  • 2008 MHA Patient Safety Excellence Award SAFE From FALLS Campaign to reduce patient falls in the hospital
  • 2008 MHA Patient Safety Excellence Award SAFE Skin Campaign to prevent pressure ulcers
  • 2007 Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) Innovation of the Year in Patient Care Award for it's Congestive Heart Failure Initiative

Owatonna Hospital construction history

After four years of planning, designing, training and testing the new Owatonna Hospital is now open.

Below is a historical timeline of the many construction projects that have brought us to the new replacement hospital in Owatonna.


The original Owatonna City Hospital, a large, two-story, brick-veneered home with barn, at 828 S. Cedar St., was purchased for $6,500. It opened for the care of patients in January 1901, and served 105 patients the first year.


W.H. Kelly donated $10,000 for an addition, with the stipulation that the building was to cause no extra expense to Owatonna.


A nursing school was started to meet the hospital's demand for trained nurses.


A 50-bed addition was built at a cost of $101,000 to answer the problem of overcrowding. The addition included operating room, delivery room, administration, dietary and laundry departments. The hospital complex now included the original home, Kelly Wing, and 1931 addition, as well as the Knotty Pines Nurses' Home and a tennis court.


In November, Owatonna voters approved a bond issue to remodel and build at the hospital, although construction didn't start until 1959. The two-story addition, connected to the 1931 building, was completed in 1961 at the cost of more than $1.3 million.


The city tore down the Oppliger residence, site of the original hospital.


The hospital was fully accredited by the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Hospitals. Later that decade, a third floor was added to the east and south wings of the 1961 building.


The city entered into a lease agreement with the Health Central Corporation. The following year, a $7 million construction project began.


Construction was completed and hospital was renamed Health Central of Owatonna.


Health Central Corporation merged with Health One Corporation.


In January, the facility was renamed Health One Owatonna Hospital.


The Mental Health Department opened for patients providing crisis treatment, psychiatric evaluation, medication evaluation and referral to appropriate outpatient resources for patients and their families.


Allina Hospitals & Clinics began operating Owatonna Hospital, when Health Span, the hospital's parent company, merged with Bloomington-based Medica to form the new company.


The hospital underwent a $1.5 million renovation project, which did not add space, but altered up to 10,000 square feet of the facility. The renovation included remodeling of the labor and delivery areas, including the addition of two labor/delivery/recovery suites; moving the intensive care unit and incorporating it with the medical surgical unit on the first floor; moving ambulatory surgery into the vacated intensive care unit on the first floor, and creating space for joint projects between the hospital and Owatonna Clinic.

Renovations also occurred in 1991, 1992, 1998, 1999 and 2001.


The vision for a healthcare campus in Owatonna began in 1999 with construction plans for Owatonna Clinic's 26th Street location and the purchase of additional land to accommodate a healthcare campus.

Envisioning a new hospital

January 2002

Owatonna Hospital Board of Trustees and Administration recommend construction of a new hospital based on a three year study.

May 2005

Owatonna City Council holds first hospital study session to learn more about the city's role in the new hospital construction.

October 2005

Owatonna City Council holds final hospital study session and approves proposal for construction of new hospital.

December 2005

Allina Hospitals & Clinics board of directors approved plans to move forward with the feasibility design phase of a new hospital in Owatonna to replace the facility located at 903 South Oak Avenue, Owatonna.

June 2006

Allina's Board of Directors approved release of $46 million to fund the design and construction of a new hospital in Owatonna.

August-September 2006

Owatonna Hospital launched a survey and held five community forums to help guide the design of the new hospital in Owatonna.

The Expanding the Dream campaign is a community venture launched earlier this year to fund special features of the new hospital, which were identified as important during community forums and an online survey.

October 2006

Hammel, Green and Abrahamson, Inc. (HGA) Architects and Engineers was selected to design the new hospital.

July 31, 2007

Owatonna Healthcare Campus held groundbreaking ceremony for new hospital, expanded clinic.

September 2007

Excavation and construction began.

May 15, 2008

Topping Off Ceremony held at new hospital site.

October 2009

New Hospital opened Friday, Oct. 16, 2009 at 7 a.m.