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 Anticoagulation Program

How our Anticoagulation Program works

Carris Health’s Anticoagulation Program manages over 2,000 patients in our clinics. The medications used are called anticoagulants and they require close monitoring and continuing patient education to avoid "over anticoagulation" which can result in bleeding, and "under anticoagulation" which can cause harmful blood clots.

Our anticoagulation nurses assist the patient and their physicians in monitoring people on anticoagulants, provides individualized education and nutritional counseling and teaching self-management tools for safe usage.

The anticoagulation clinic is a point-of-care service that's the equivalent of one-stop shopping. Patients can come in, have their finger pricked, receive the results in seconds, and have their medication adjusted if necessary, all in one visit.