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

Taking Care of the Caregiver

“At first, it was very hard for me to accept help,” said Triplett. “But now I have accepted what I can and cannot do on my own and appreciate the support of others”

For 22 years Sara Triplett cared for the City of Redwood Falls, but it was time for others to care for her. When the former mayor and city council member learned that her cancer was terminal, family and friends flocked to her side and Triplett entered Carris Health - Redwood Hospital Hospice.

Hospice provides comfort and support for terminally ill people and their families. Patients of all ages may receive hospice care if their life expectancy is six months or less, or if they have decided to forgo curative treatment. Sometimes patients seek hospice care because they can’t tolerate life-prolonging treatments, or they’ve exhausted all medical options.

Sara had a strong support system of family and friends through her battle. When she first joined hospice, she didn’t know what services she would need, so she signed up for everything offered. Soon she was able to determine what she could do for herself or with the help of family or friends and adjusted her care plan accordingly.

“At first it was very hard for me to accept help,” said Triplett. “But now I have accepted what I can and cannot do on my own and appreciate the support of others.”

The Hospice team looks for the best ways to meet the physical, spiritual, and psychosocial needs of the client and family. Every hospice patient has access to a registered nurse, hospice aide, social worker, volunteer and chaplain (also known as the interdisciplinary team). The interdisciplinary team works with the patient/family to write a care plan to determine the personalized care they need from the team.

“Our dear Sara is such a strong person and was able to learn many things about her care with the help of her personal caregivers,” said hospice nurse Maydra Maas. Whenever she felt comfortable, the hospice team worked with her to teach her the care techniques suitable for her situation.

Sara was grateful for the care and support she received in hospice. “When I was working for the City, I was proud to have such a strong hospital for our community,” Triplett said. “Now I am grateful that the hospital is here to provide the services I need throughout the journey of my illness.”

Editorial Note: Sara Triplett passed away on August 26, 2012. She was excited to share her experience in hospice with others through this article.