About Carris Health Foundation

Together, we impact lives in your community

Through philanthropy, Carris Health Foundation (Formerly Rice Health Foundation and Redwood Area Hospital Foundation) supports the vitality and quality of care for residents in Southwest and West central Minnesota.


Carris Health Foundation - Rice

It All Began With a Gift

Carris Health - Rice Memorial Hospital was built through the generous gift of a trust to the city of Willmar from Colonel Cushman Rice in memory of his parents, Lieutenant Governor Albert and Mrs. Sophia Rice carries on the tradition of caring by using your gifts to enhance health and wellness care in the community.

Carris Health Foundation (Formerly Rice Health Foundation) is a non-profit charitable organization that raising philanthropic support to support quality local health care services.

Building on the tradition of the Rice family’s generosity, contributions from donors allow Carris Health Foundation to assist Carris Health - Rice Memorial Hospital meet community health news, enhance patient care services and provide health and wellness education.

There is community pride in having a regional hospital that offers a healing environment, professional and expert staff, and provider groups dedicated to excellent care to patients and their families. Gifts to the Foundation provide programs, services, and amenities that make your health and wellness experience as comfortable as it can be.

Gifts to the Foundation are an investment in health and wellness care. They make good things possible for your community.

Carris Health Foundation - Redwood

Redwood Area Hospital Foundation was established in 2001 as a subsidiary of the Redwood Area Community Foundation for the sole purpose of benefiting Redwood Hospital which was owned and operated by the City of Redwood Falls.

Individuals who helped organize the foundation and became the first Board of Directors for the Redwood Hospital Foundation in 2001 were: Wayne Junker, Lowell Peterson, Pete Smith, Dave Reitter, Daphne Davis and James Schulte.

Redwood Area Hospital Foundation became Carris Health Foundation - Redwood beginning November 1, 2020. The board unanimously voted to integrate with Carris Health Foundation retaining the current staff, and transitioning board members to a regional development committee of Carris Health Foundation.

To learn more about how Carris Health Foundation engages the philanthropic community to improve health and health care, please read our Annual Report.