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

Employee Campaign Funds

  • Caring for Children Endowment – Supports resources for children during their hospital stay, new technology, equipment, and specialized training for staff who care for infants and children.
  • Dental Clinic Endowment – Provides for the future operational needs of the Dental Clinic.
  • Hans Dahl Education Endowment – Supports educational programs and resources for Rice employees.
  • Hospice Endowment – Spendable funds are available each year to provide complementary therapies.
  • Jeremiah Fostervold Diabetes Endowment – Supports summer camperships for kids living with diabetes.
  • Sue Leukam Memorial Endowment – Supports an annual scholarship to students pursuing healthcare careers in the BBE school district.
  • Carris Health Regional Education Endowed Fund - Established to support education, recruitment, and retention of medical professionals.
  • Behavioral Health Fund – Provides programs and services that support behavioral health care (example: weighted blankets).
  • Cancer Care Fund – Provides support for people experiencing cancer (gas cards, wigs, group support, and complementary therapies).
  • Dental Clinic Fund – Supplements operations of Carris Health Dental Clinic, and provides oral care as well as education services to people of all ages who are uninsured and underserved.
  • Dialysis Fund – Provides educational resources, nutrition supplements, transportation, and other services for dialysis patients and their caregivers.
  • Emergency Services Fund – Provides new equipment and advanced staff training in emergency care.
  • Heart & Lung Health Fund – Provides scholarships, education, and equipment for patients going through pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation.
  • Hospice Fund - Carris Health - Rice Hospice (with satellites in Benson, Dawson, Montevideo/Granite Falls, Ortonville/Graceville, and Appleton) provides “around the clock” on-call nursing care, trained volunteer services, complementary therapies and supportive services to terminally-ill patients and their caregivers.
    • Massage Fund – Provides massage therapy to enhance quality of life for a hospice patient.
    • Pet Therapy Fund – Hospice therapy dogs provide comfort, support, and animal companionship to hospice patients and their families.
    • Sentimental Journey Fund – Assistance for Hospice patients to visit people, places, and memories one last time, before they pass away.
    • We Honor Vets Fund – Program to meet the unique needs of America’s veterans receiving Hospice care.
  • Rehabilitation Fund – Provides scholarships, education, and equipment for patients going through physical, occupational, and speech rehabilitation.
  • Care Center – Improves and enhances the health and well-being of senior residents.
  • Ambulance Fund – Provides new equipment and advanced staff training.
  • Endowments – Donor funds invested, of which the principal investment cannot be spent.

Carris Health Redwood - Foundation Funds

  • Acute Care
  • Adult Day Services
  • Cancer Care
  • Cardiac Rehab
  • Caring for Children
  • Comfort Therapy – Provides massage and pet therapy to enhance quality of life for hospice patients
  • COVID-19 Emergency
  • Diabetes
  • Emergency Room
  • Hospice
  • Lab
  • Scholarships for High School Seniors pursuing degrees in healthcare
  • Seasons
  • Surgery
  • Area of greatest need