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

Rice Health Foundation’s Annual Donor Dinner

Published in News, Foundation

Author: Staff

Rice Health Foundation held an annual donor dinner, Tuesday, May 14th at Rice Hospital, to thank donors for their support.

The Tradition of Caring Award was presented to Roger and Ruth Gauquie. Roger and Ruth grew up in southwestern Minnesota, and have made Willmar their home for over forty years. They married in 1980 and have two married children and two grandchildren. Roger retired from Northern Factory Sales in 2018.  Roger served on the Rice Health Foundation Board of Trustees for nine years, ending in 2018. During that time, Ruth also volunteered, serving on the Silent Auction Committee for the Foundation’s Annual Gala.  Through their service, they learned of the many needs of Willmar and the surrounding communities. Roger and Ruth have helped support many projects, including Rice Care Center and Rice Rehabilitation Center. Accepting the award, Roger said, “We are proud to have been a part of an organization that has had a positive impact on the communities and lives of so many people. The Hospital and the entire medical community are wonderful, and that makes it easy to give to organizations that do good.”

Also recognized that evening were Dr. Amy Ellingson and Jonathan Kreps, for completing their nine years of service on the Rice Health Foundation Board of Trustees.