A meeting takes place in Renville this evening (Wednesday) to present info about the upcoming affiliation between RC Hospital and HealthPartners.

The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Renville Community Center. RC Hospital CEO Nate Blad, Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital President Jennifer Myster and Renville County Commissioner Randy Kramer met with media last month to talk about the affiliation.

Blad said the changing healthcare landscape pertaining to affordability, workforce and expansion created the desire for RC Hospital to affiliate with a larger entity to assure the future of health care availability in Renville County. The Renville County Board of commissioners has approved the process and several steps still need to be completed for the March 31st effective date. In addition to tonight’s meeting in Renville, more meetings will be held throughout Renville County through March 25th.

Hutchinson’s hospital is another area Park Nicollet HealthPartners facility.

(JP Cola, KWLM)