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

Satisfaction in Small Town Living

Published in Medical Professionals

“What attracted me to ACMC was that the system is physician owned,” says Dr. Ross, “I also knew that someday I wanted to live on a lake. Lake property in the metro area was very expensive and so I decided to start looking at rural opportunities, and I gave ACMC a call.

“One of the most satisfying things about being a physician at ACMC is that I get to be a part of the decision making process,” says Dr. Ross. “Having a say in how things are done is one of the benefits of being part of a physician-owned system. It has also given me an opportunity to develop and grow myself as a leader.” Currently, Dr. Ross serves as the Associate Medical Director. “ACMC is a very forward-thinking organization and we take pride in staying on the cutting-edge of technology and offering the best services for our patients.”

“ACMC’s network gives me an opportunity to be on a first name basis with a variety of multi-specialty physicians. I can make contact with any one of them and get a response right away because they are someone I know personally,” says Dr. Ross. “I am also on a first-name basis with the CEO and can call or send him a message at any time and get a quick response.”

Living in a rural area also allows me to utilize more of the skills I learned in medical school. It would be challenging to find a family physician in an urban area providing a combination of office care, inpatient care, cardiac stress testing, emergency room coverage, endoscopy, and nursing home care.” The rural practice location has also been very satisfying outside of medicine. “Small town living is very convenient. I virtually have no commute to work, our basic needs are covered, and it’s an easy trip to metro areas like St. Cloud or the Twin Cities.” Dr. Ross also enjoys the fact that during the summer he is able to spend time with his wife and children on the lake. “Some days, I even water ski with a physician-colleague over our lunch break!”

“ACMC’s network gives me an opportunity to be on a first name basis with a variety of multi-specialty physician’s. I can make contact with any one of them and get a response right away because they are someone I know personally.”

Dr. Ross enjoys the small town environment that Litchfield offers. He knows the names of the parents and children which gives him a real sense of community and safety. He also contributes to the community by serving as the Medical Director at the Meeker Memorial Hospital Emergency Room, Emmanuel Nursing Home, and the Litchfield Rescue Squad. As a fan of prep sports, Dr. Ross gets involved by providing medical coverage as the team physician for all home and away football games.

“I feel very fortunate that right out of residency, I found a great place to call home in both ACMC and Litchfield.” Dr. Ross joined ACMC-Litchfield as a physician in 2002 and continues his active practice in the specialty of Family Medicine.