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

Carris Health Hospice Achieves Level Four in the “We Honor Vets” Program

Published in Hospice, News

Author: Staff

Carris Health Hospice is pleased to announce that they have achieved a Level Four Partner in the We Honor Veterans (WHV) program.  It’s the highest level attainable by the national organization.

We Honor Veterans is a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
As a Level Four Partner, Rice Hospice has:

  • Increased its professional and organizational capacity to provide quality services for Veterans and their families
  • Developed and strengthened partnerships with hospices, VA, Veteran organizations and other healthcare organizations.
  • Promoted hospice and palliative care for Veterans
  • Demonstrated the impact of its Veteran-centric organizational programs

“By recognizing the unique needs of our nation’s Veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness, we are better able to accompany and guide Veterans and their families toward a more peaceful ending,” said Mary Beth Potter, Director of Rice Hospice.

Veterans often carry experiences from their military service that present unique healthcare challenges, and unfortunately, many of them may not know about, or have access to, specialized care. The resources of We Honor Veterans focus on respectful inquiry, compassionate listening, and grateful acknowledgment, coupled with Veteran-centric education of health care staff caring for Veterans.

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is the largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. The organization is committed to improving end of life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in America their loved ones.

Carris Health Rice Hospice is a service of Carris Health - Rice Memorial Hospital and serves a 15-county area in Minnesota and South Dakota. Rice Hospice has offices in Willmar, Appleton, Benson, Dawson, Granite Falls, Montevideo, and Ortonville/Graceville.