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

Refer Someone to Hospice

How do you refer someone to hospice care?

Often times the patient and family recognize the need for help with care and ongoing emotional support towards the end of life. Any patient can be referred to hospice care if they have a life-limiting, progressive illness with a prognosis of six months or less. Illnesses may include, but are not limited to: cancer, heart disease, dementia, pulmonary disease, renal failure, and ALS.

Anyone can initially refer a patient to hospice – physician, nurse, social worker, clergy, family, friends, or the patient themselves. Information regarding the patient’s diagnosis and prognosis will be requested by the attending physician. A meeting will be arranged with the patient and family to discuss hospice care and services. There is no charge for consultation visits and the patient is not obligated to accept services.

Early referrals are encouraged. Hospice care allows patients to maintain greater consistency in symptom management and live each day to the best of their ability.

Hospice care is provided through both Carris Health - Rice Hospice and Carris Health - Redwood Hospital.

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