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

Advance Care Planning

A guided conversation about end-of-life wishes, values, and preferences. Once that initial conversation takes place between loved ones, the next step is to put it in writing. This written document is called an Advance Directive. It tells physicians and caregivers how to care for a patient when that person is no longer able to make health decisions for him or herself. It also appoints a person to make health care decisions on his or her behalf.

The Advance Directive is an important part of a person’s medical record. In the event of a serious accident or health emergency, physicians need to know how to respond.

Honoring Choices Minnesota is a statewide initiative that aims to encourage all Minnesotans age 18 and over to complete a health care directive. A downloadable copy of the form is available in several different languages on their web site at

Carris Health has trained volunteers who offer free counseling services on how to fill out the Advance Directive form, as well as how to “start the conversation” with family members. To register for a free Advance Directive counseling session call:

Carris Health – Redwood Hospital: 507-637-4616
Carris Health – Rice Memorial Hospital: 320-235-4543

Redwood Area Hospital social workers are available to provide you with information and tools to help aid conversations with family, friends and healthcare providers to create written advance directives in accordance with Minnesota state laws.