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

Infectious Diseases

When You Have a Serious Illness, You Need Care from Experts You Can Trust

Our Infectious Disease specialists provide care for patients in our outpatient infectious disease clinic as well as acting as an inpatient consultant for hospitalized patients. They also partners with the community to decrease development of antibiotic resistance.

The conditions evaluated and treated include (but are not limited to):

  • People living with HIV/AIDS
  • Infections in other immunocompromised disease states (solid and bone marrow transplant recipients, chemotherapy, patients on immunosuppression for autoimmune diseases, etc.)
  • Prevention of infections prior to initiation of immunosuppression (vaccination, prophylactic antibiotics, diagnostic testing, etc.)
  • Travel and exposure clinic (prevention and treatment of infections related to travel to certain geographic areas or exposures)
  • Zoonosis and vector related infections (Lyme disease, arbovirus as West Nile, malaria, etc.)
  • Opportunistic viral, bacterial, fungal and parasitic infections (cytomegalovirus, tuberculosis, Histoplasmosis and other endemic fungal infections, parasitosis, etc.)
  • Skin, joint, bone and soft tissue infections (osteomyelitis, cellulitis, septic arthritis, necrotizing fasciitis, prosthetic joint infections, abscesses, etc.)
  • Brain and central nervous system infections (eye infections, meningitis, encephalitis, brain abscess, etc.)
  • Respiratory infections (influenza, sore throat, pneumonia, empyema, bronchitis, etc.)
  • Heart and vascular infection (endocarditis, pericarditis, graft infections, thrombophlebitis, bacterial and fungal blood infections related to catheters, etc.)
  • Urinary tract infections (pyelonephritis, cystitis, etc.)
  • Sexually transmitted diseases other than HIV (syphilis, herpes, gonorrhea, chlamydia) and GYN/obstetric related infections (endometritis, etc.)
  • Severe sepsis, septic shock
  • Gastrointestinal and abdominal infections (gastroenteritis, colitis, Clostridium difficile, intraabdominal abscess, etc.)
  • Management of patients with life-threatening infections, using an interdisciplinary approach (inpatient consultation)
  • Hospital acquired infections (infection control)

Infectious Disease Team Members

Carris Health - Willmar Main Clinic

Infectious Disease Outreach Location