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

Community Health Needs Assessment

Improving the health of the community serves as a guidepost for Carris Health in a changing health care environment. We have come to recognize health means more than simply not being sick. We no longer try to create change in our community alone.

Along with being an IRS requirement for not-for-profit hospitals and a national standard and core function for local public health, the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and accompanying Community Health Improvement Plan/Implementation Strategy/Implementation Plan create an opportunity to improve the health of communities through collective impact. They ensure that hospitals and our community partners have the information they need to provide community benefits that meet the needs of their communities. By statute, the process must take into account input from “persons who represent the broad interests of the community served by the hospital facility, including those with special knowledge of or expertise in public health.”

In order to address population health needs and to decrease duplication, Carris Health is committed to cultivating strategic partnerships with a broad spectrum of local organizations to assess and plan around the changing needs of our communities. The CHNA and related documents for each hospital were approved by the relevant hospital and county boards and are presented here for the communities we serve.

Carris Health CHNA, Version 1, Updated 6.19 (PDF)

Southwest Health & Human Services Collaborative

  • Lincoln County
  • Lyon County
  • Murray County
  • Pipestone County
  • Redwood County
  • Rock County

Southwest Health & Human Services Implementation Plan, Version 1, Updated 12.14 (PDF)

Questions or Comments Can Be Directed to:

Jodi Gertken
Community Wellness Program Director
320-251-2700, ext. 77526

CentraCare Community Health Needs Assessment
2025 Stearns Way, Suite 102
St. Cloud, MN 56303