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 Emergency Department Sets Up Pre-Screening Check-In Tent

Published in News

Author: Staff

Carris Health - Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar is erecting a screening and triage tent outside the hospital emergency department as part of the plan to prepare for a surge of patients with COVID-19.  

Beginning Monday morning, March 30, patients and visitors who present at the emergency entrance will be given a brief evaluation and pre-screening. Emergency care staff members will determine whether the patient can be treated or should be directed to the most appropriate care setting in the hospital or an alternate site.

“The pre-screening and check-in area is being developed to provide safe care for patients with respiratory illnesses and minimize the risk of spreading coronavirus,” said June Boie, Director of Critical and Emergent Services for Carris Health.

All Carris Health facilities have increased the screening procedures and visitor guidelines as preparations continue for the spread of COVID-19.

The safety and health of our community is important to us. If you need to seek care for yourself or a family member, and are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness, please call one of the following to ensure you’re directed to the correct source of care:

  • Carris Health - Willmar Nurse Line – 320-441-5361, Monday - Friday 7:00 am - 7:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Carris Health - Redwood Nurse Line – 507-637-1730, Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • CentraCare Connect – 320-200-3200, 24/7 to speak with a nurse

Carris Health is dedicated to the continued care of all patients who are experiencing a broad range of urgent/emergent care needs. The health and safety of each and every patient continues to be a priority.