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 named Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Businesses by the League of American Bicyclists

Published in News

Author: Staff

The League of American Bicyclists recognized Carris Health – Rice Memorial Hospital with a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) award, earning a place alongside 1,366 businesses across the country contributing to the movement to build a more Bicycle Friendly America.

By kicking off the New Year alongside 153 new and renewing BFBs, Carris Health joins local businesses, government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies in all 50 states and Washington, DC, in a commitment to transform American workplaces to be more welcoming to customers and employees who bike.

“When places make it easier for people to choose to bike, they are building safer, stronger, and better connected communities. The League of American Bicyclists is thrilled when organizations like Carris Health and the City of Willmar join us in this movement to build a more Bicycle Friendly America. When more people are biking to work or shop, life is better for everyone,” says Executive Director Bill Nesper of the League of American Bicyclists.

Carris Health has promoted bike friendliness by encouraging it as a form of exercise through wellness challenges and most recently by being a major sponsor for Bike Willmar, a bike rental project with rental hubs throughout Willmar.

“We encourage bicycling as an easy option for transportation and provide amenities such as bike racks, and for employees at Carris Health – Rice Memorial Hospital, showers and locker rooms,” said Amber Silva, Community Wellness Coordinator for Carris Health. “Carris Health is excited to be recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Business and we are actively looking at ways to ramp up our bike friendly amenities and incentives. As a member of the Willmar Bikes Committee we work to stay up-to-date with biking throughout Willmar and the surrounding area.”

Moving forward, Carris Health will have access to a variety of tools and technical assistance from the League to become even more bicycle-friendly. When employees bike, great things happen: we reduce the strain on the environment from our carbon footprint and we contribute to the physical health and well-being of employees that participate.

To learn more about the BFB program, visit