Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare and Carris Health care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to helps us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

About Us

Serving the Communities of West Central and Southwest Minnesota

Carris Health is a health care system that is driven by its purpose, which is to serve rural communities and address the health care needs of people at all stages of life. Carris Health serves people throughout West Central and Southwest Minnesota. Formed in January 2018, Carris Health is a wholly owned subsidiary of CentraCare, one of Minnesota’s largest health systems.

“Care” is at the core of everything our partnership represents. The name Carris is an adaptation of the word “care” and speaks directly to why this collaboration was created – to provide better care throughout the region. Ultimately, the name and meaning of Carris Health will be defined over time by how we work together to deliver health care in a new way that benefits communities throughout Minnesota.

A new health system for the region

Health care is changing. Technology is advancing. People have more complex health issues. That’s why Carris Health is reinventing how health care is delivered to rural communities through forward-thinking approaches and unique partnerships that align with the future of health care. Carris Health brings together health care organizations to share resources, with the goal of improving care and delivering it more efficiently. Ultimately, Carris Health will ensure people in West Central and Southwest Minnesota have access to exceptional care today and in the future.

Partnering for you

Carris Health was created in January 2018 as a partnership between Willmar’s Rice Memorial Hospital, ACMC Health and St. Cloud-based CentraCare Health. In January 2019, Redwood Area Hospital in Redwood Falls, Minn. and Family Practice Medical Center in Willmar, Minn. joined Carris Health. Carris Health is committed to strengthening health care in West Central and Southwest Minnesota by partnering with organizations that share the same passion for rural health care.

Our vision for care is inclusive. We are open to discussions with any regional health care provider that shares our values and commitment to providing residents of this region with first-rate health care.

Better access to health care

Carris Health combines the knowledge and expertise of well-established community health care partners to provide people in rural communities better access to high-quality care, regardless of where they live. Carris Health’s goal is to provide the best health care possible, close to home. It’s the best of both worlds – local care, leadership and governance connected to a larger health system.