Frequently Asked Questions

Carris Health is a work in progress and the journey toward integration will take place over many months. Questions will arise throughout this process and we will do our best to answer them.
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Health care is changing. Organizations that innovate and position themselves for this new environment will succeed. By bringing together ACMC Health, Rice Memorial Hospital and CentraCare Health, there is opportunity to take an innovative approach to creating a new health system with integrated services. This partnership ensures Southwest and West Central Minnesota have local access to high quality, affordable care. It allows each organization to better address the needs of our changing population and public policy changes from Washington and St. Paul.
In May 2017, ACMC physicians and the Rice Memorial Hospital board approved letters of intent to further discuss forming a new regional health care system with CentraCare Health. Upon approval from the Willmar City Council, Carris Health, a wholly owned subsidiary of CentraCare, will launch in 2018.
Rice Memorial, ACMC Health and CentraCare Health share a common geography and already share many patients. We have a long history of working together. All three organizations are committed to ensuring the region has high quality, affordable health care. Each organization has similar values of putting patients first by working collaboratively to improve health care. We will build on our history of working together to make rural health care less complicated.
The benefit to patients will be substantial. This partnership allows us to reach beyond our individual capabilities to combine the talent and skills of all three organizations. This means doctors will be more connected and have greater resources to better serve patients. Our goal is to keep patients close to home for care whenever possible, strive to reduce costs and increase access to specialists.
No. Patients will continue to receive exceptional care from their current physicians and health care providers during the transition to Carris Health.
Our vision for care in Central Minnesota is inclusive. We are open to discussions with any regional health care provider that shares our values and commitment to providing residents of this region with first-rate health care.