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 Foundation names new Board Chair

Published in News, Foundation

Carris Health Foundation has recently named Brad Schmidt as 2021/2022 Board Chair on their Board of Directors.

Brad Schmidt has been on the Board of Directors since 2014, serving on the Planned Giving Council, Grant Committee, and Executive Committee as Secretary and Vice-Chair. Brad has been an attorney for over 30 years and works at Johnson, Moody, Schmidt & Kleinhuizen P.A. He enjoys singing, reading, cross-country skiing, hunting, and fishing. He and his wife, Cheryl, live in Willmar and have three adult children.

Brad takes the helm as Board Chair to replace Mick Quinn, who recently completed his nine-year term. Mick served on the Board of Directors for the Rice Health/Carris Health Foundation since 2012, and through his tenure, provided leadership as a finance committee member, Secretary, Treasurer, and Board Chair. He has been with State Farm Insurance for 22 years and lives in Willmar with his wife, Chloe, and their four children.