“After practicing at Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin, MN for 10 years I decided it was time to return to my Mitchell County community. I’m now in my 11th year here at MCRHC. It has been my goal to serve in rural health in the family practice setting and emergency room. I’m fortunate to work and live in the community that has helped mold me into the person I am today.”

Certifications & Education

Medical Degree

  • Winona State University

Master’s of Science in Nursing

  • Mayo School of Health-Related Sciences


  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center

Colleen Byrnes, ARNP

Hear From Our Patients

Professional and compassionate.

MCRHC Patient

MCRHC has been recognized as a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital by the Chartis Center for Rural Health. This is the fourth time MCRHC has received this national honor.

Awarded honorees are determined by the results of iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX®. To determine the 2024 list, the Chartis Center used the Hospital Strength Index, which assesses performance in eight areas: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspective, cost, charges, and financial efficiency.

Hospitals recognized as a Top 100 facility had one of the 100 highest overall scores among all rural and community and critical access hospitals nationally. There is no application process and recognition is solely based on performance data.

MCRHC previously received Top 100 honors in 2018, 2019 and 2023.