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Owatonna Hospital

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Owatonna Hospital
2250 26th Street N.W.
Owatonna, Minnesota 55060
507-451-3850

Owatonna is located in Steele County and about 60 miles south of the Twin Cities.

Driving South on Interstate 35

  1. Take the 26th Street Exit and turn right on 26th Street.
  2. Take a right turn into the main entrance and follow the directional signage

Driving North on Interstate 35

  1. Take the 26th Street Exit and turn left on 26th Street
  2. Take a right turn into the main entrance and follow the directional signage

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Parking information

Ample free parking for hospital patients and visitors is available in the lots near the main lobby and Emergency Department entrances with additional parking near the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute - Owatonna entrance (north side).

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Welcome to Owatonna Hospital. It's our privilege to provide you with exceptional patient care during your hospital stay.

We understand that being a hospital patient can be a stressful time for patients and family members. Our goal is to provide you with the highest quality medical care and make your stay as comfortable as possible. We encourage you to ask questions of your physicians and our staff members. Please let us know what we can do for you.

This information directory provides general information about being a patient here. We invite your comments both when we have met your expectations and when we have failed to meet them. Thank you for choosing Owatonna Hospital and entrusting us with your care.

Your room

Your room assignment at Owatonna Hospital is based on your admitting diagnosis and the bed availability on the day of your admission.

Calling your nurse

A button to call your nurse is located on the bed rail as well as a hand held remote control. When you press the button, the nurses' station is alerted that you need assistance, and a light flashes by your door. A staff member will respond to your signal as soon as possible.

Your bed

Hospital beds are electrically operated, and your nurse will show you how to work your bed properly. Your hospital bed is probably higher and narrower than your bed at home. Bed rails are for your protection. They may be raised at night or during the day if you're resting, recovering from surgery or taking certain medications. Call your nurse for assistance before trying to get out of bed when the bed rails are raised.

Telephones

All inpatient rooms are equipped with a telephone. You can receive calls directly to your room from outside the hospital. Family members can call the hospital at 507-451-3850 and ask to be transferred to your room. Or, you can provide your family member with your room telephone number, which is 507-977 + the four-digit number on your room telephone.

Local calls – Dial 9 + seven-digit number.

Long distance calls – If you need to make a long distance call you will need to use a long distance calling card.

Cellular phones

Cellular phones may be used inside the hospital for your convenience with some restrictions.

When in either the ready/standby or talking mode, cellular telephones transmit signals that may cause electromagnetic interference with medical equipment. Cellular telephones should never be used within three feet of any medical equipment.

Television, DVDs and patient education

Televisions with local and cable stations, as well as DVDs are provided free of charge in each inpatient, same day surgery and Emergency Department treatment room. Speak to your nurse regarding in-room patient education. Movies are also available for your convenience; ask your nurse to assist you.

Tobacco-free campus

In keeping with the Owatonna Hospital purpose of promoting health and healing, tobacco usage is not permitted on the campus. The Tobacco-Free Policy includes all parking areas, hospital entrances and the building itself.

Healing Arts Program

The Healing Arts Program at Owatonna Hospital seeks to enhance the patient experience by using the arts as positive distractions to reduce pain, anxiety and stress often associated within a health care environment. This visual arts program is collaboration between Owatonna Hospital and the Owatonna Arts Center. The visual arts, music, natural light, images and elements of nature, and healing interior design have shown to contribute to the comfort, safety, privacy, and wellness of every individual involved in the healing process. Our goal is to engage viewers momentarily in reflective and transformative experiences that contribute to lessening anxiety, stress and worries and promote healing.

Wireless high-speed internet access

Free wi-fi/wireless high-speed internet access is available for patients and visitors at the hospital.

Food and nutrition

Patient meals are served at the following times:

Breakfast 7:30 to 8 a.m.

Lunch 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Dinner 5 to 5:30 p.m.

Select menus are available for patients on some diets. We encourage you to fill out a menu if one is sent to you. After hours meals are available on individual units. Please ask your nurse for details. If your physician requests, a modified diet will be planned for you by our registered dietitian and you will be given instructions for use at home. A dietitian is available for questions regarding your nutrition.

Prairie Meadows Café

The hospital cafeteria, located on the first floor of the hospital, serves a continental breakfast daily from 7 to 10:30 a.m.; lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; and dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Family and relatives are welcome to eat in the cafeteria.

Vending machines

Vending machines for snacks and beverages are available 24 hours a day and located to the right of the emergency department entrance behind an alcove wall.

Food and beverage gifts for patients

Visitors should check with the nurse before bringing gifts of food or drink to patients.

Pink Pantry Coffee & Gift Shoppe

The Pink Pantry Coffee & Gift Shoppe is located on the first floor of the hospital and is staffed by Owatonna Hospital Auxiliary volunteers. The shop offers gift items, Caribou Coffee, fresh flowers, jewelry, books, greeting cards, candy, snacks, cappuccino and soft drinks. In addition, it offers fresh baked cinnamon rolls, caramel rolls and other baked items. Hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Wheelchairs

Wheelchairs are available on all nursing units, but getting in and out of them without assistance may be hazardous. Please ask for help from a member of the hospital staff.

Oxygen

Special regulations are in effect in areas where patients are receiving oxygen. Electrically-operated equipment and aerosol products are not permitted in these areas.

Medications

All medications you take while in the hospital are prescribed by your doctor, dispensed by the hospital pharmacy and administered by a nurse. Patients are not permitted to administer their own drugs or keep personal medications at their bedsides.

However, if you are an outpatient observation patient, you are permitted to use your own supply of medication. You may ask a family member or friend to bring in your medication for your use. For your safety, the hospital pharmacist will check the medication you bring from home to ensure it is the same medication your doctor intends for you to take during your observation stay.

Koda Living Community

In January 2013, the new 80-bed Koda Living Community, a skilled nursing facility will open on the Owatonna Healthcare Campus, providing long- and short-term care. Koda Living Community is being built through a partnership between the Benedictine Health System and Steele County. Koda will serve people who need care while transitioning from the hospital to home, as well as those who need longer term skilled nursing care. It will be physically connected to the Owatonna Hospital via a heated, ground-level walkway to provide convenience for patients who transition from Owatonna Hospital to the Koda Living Community.

Visiting hours

It is important for you to rest during your hospital stay, but it is also important for you to have the encouragement you receive from your designated visitors. We ask that your visitors follow our hospital procedures, which are designed for the comfort and well-being of all our patients. Owatonna Hospital will ensure that all visitors enjoy full and equal visitation privileges consistent with patient preferences.

The main entry hours are:

  • 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • All visitors currently in the building at 8 p.m. and planning to stay need to have authorization from nursing and be registered at each department.

If you are a patient in the ambulatory surgery department

  • Up to two designated visitors per patient is allowed. Preference is for no children under 13 years of age.

Visiting hours for the Birth Center

  • The Birth Center is closed between 1 and 3 p.m. to allow for quiet time for babies and mothers. Owatonna Hospital has specific visitor guidelines for the Birth Center.

If you are a patient in the emergency department

  • Up to two visitors designated by the patient re allowed under controlled circumstances. Visitors are encouraged to wait in the waiting room.

If you are a patient in the medical-surgical unit:

  • A visitor designated by the patient may have 24-hour access. All other designated visitors may visit between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Visiting hours on the mental health unit

  • Visiting hours will be established and be part of the Mental Health Unit guidelines given to the patient at the time of admission.
  • Visitors designated by the patient may visit in the dining room, group room or day lounge. If visiting in the patient bedroom, the door must be left open.
  • Minor children must be accompanied by an adult and not left on the unit. Visitors with children will be encouraged to call the unit prior to a visit to seek approval.

If you are a patient at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute - Owatonna:

  • A visitor designated by the patient will be allowed at the discretion of the therapist. The designated visitor will check in at the Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute desk and remain in the waiting room until the therapist contacts them.

If you are a patient in the special care unit:

  • Visitors designated by the patient need to check in with the nurse for appropriate times to visit the patient and the number of visitors allowed. Ideal length of time to visit is 15-30 minutes.

Visiting guidelines

Following are general guidelines for visitors:

  • Parking for patients and visitors is available in the main hospital parking lot. There are designated parking stalls for emergency department patients and same day/outpatient surgery patients.

    Patient parking for Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute – Owatonna patients is available on the northwest side of the building. Enter through the main 26th Street entrance and take the service road to the west to reach this parking area.

  • Visitors unable to enter the patient's room due to care or treatment provided by health care staff are asked to wait in guest lounge areas.
  • Visitors should maintain a quiet environment and avoid unnecessary noise.
  • After 8 p.m., please enter through the emergency department (ED) doors and check in at the ED registration desk.
  • Visitors may be asked to leave the room during tests or treatments or when the doctor or nurse needs to provide care for the patient.
  • Pets of any kind are not allowed with the exception of service animals for a disability.

The Hospital may restrict visitation privileges for the following reasons:

  • appearance of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • request of the patient
  • disruptive behavior by visitors
  • risk of infectious disease exposure from visitors
  • children (including siblings) who are less than 13 years old must be accompanied by an adult, must be free of infection and not have been recently exposed to any communicable disease.

Key hours of operation

Administration

8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday
507-977-2320

Owatonna Hospital Billing Office

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
507-977-2319
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Health Information/Medical Records

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
507-977-2300
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Allina Health Owatonna Pharmacy

8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday - Friday
507-977-2020
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Pink Pantry Coffee & Gift Shoppe

7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
507-977-2777
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Prairie Meadows Café

Continental breakfast hours: 7 -10:30 a.m. daily
Lunch hours: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. daily
Dinner hours: 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. daily
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