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


Being on dialysis isn’t fun but we want to make it as easy as possible for you.

Dialysis at Carris Health – Rice Memorial Hospital offers more flexible options than your standard dialysis treatment center.

We are open seven days a week with extended hours and to accommodate a variety of schedules. We can also help with your dialysis care if you are visiting the area.

Relax in our heated massage recliners while you watch TV, surf the internet, or drift asleep.

We are a family — patients, spouses, children and health care providers in a caring, supportive environment.

Our Commitment to You

We are here to provide you with the attention and personalized care that you need.

We are committed to the following:

  • To educate you and your family about dialysis options
  • To provide safe and efficient dialysis with the most benefit to you
  • To provide you with a friendly dialysis atmosphere
  • To provide you with a comfortable setting for your dialysis
  • To help you maintain a healthy lifestyle and expand your quality of life

Treatment Options

  • Peritoneal Dialysis – This type of dialysis is done at home and the blood is cleaned inside your body. Our access surgeon will make an access into the abdomen, and during treatment, the peritoneal cavity is filled with dialysate through that access. Extra fluid and waste are drawn out of your blood and into the dialysate. Peritoneal dialysis has been available through Rice Memorial Hospital since 1989.
  • Hemodialysis – One of our access surgeons will make an access into your blood vessels through minor surgery. An artificial kidney is then used to remove waste, extra chemicals and fluid from your blood and the clean blood is then circulated back into your body. Hemodialysis at Carris Health is a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid 5-Star rated outpatient program located at Rice Memorial Hospital since 1966. Treatment times are typically 5 hours or less, with the average treatment time between 3-4 hours.
  • Kidney Transplant – Your care team will talk with you and your family to decide if a transplant is right for you. Our staff will help with the referral to a kidney transplant center. A kidney transplant is a treatment, and it is important to care for your kidney as directed by the transplant team.

How Do You Know Which Treatment to Choose?

Prior to choosing a dialysis care program, Carris Health offers free educational meetings for you and your family about chronic kidney disease. Our Pre-dialysis Education program discusses renal failure and the treatment options that are available to you so that you can make informed and educated decisions.

The Pre-Dialysis Education Program is available to everyone. It provides time to become familiar with the different treatment options, as well as:

  • Nutritional counseling
  • Financial counseling for dialysis services
  • The opportunity to meet others already on dialysis
  • A tour of our comfortable dialysis unit
  • The opportunity to meet with our nephrologist

For more information or to schedule an appointment for the Pre-Dialysis Education program, contact Dialysis at Carris Health – Rice Memorial Hospital at 320-231-4235.

Dialysis Team Members

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