Carris Health – Redwood announced on Thursday that beginning in January, the facility will use CentraCare Emergency Medical Services to provide emergency medical services (EMS). That includes ground medical transport and paramedic/EMT support for Redwood Falls and surrounding communities in southwestern Minnesota.

CentraCare and North Memorial Health, which currently provides emergency medical services for Carris Health – Redwood, are working together to ensure a smooth transition as CentraCare begins service. A Carris Health – Redwood spokesperson stated won’t see any change in Emergency 911 response and non-emergency transfer services. In fact, many paramedics and EMTs will remain the same.

CentraCare currently operates emergency medical services in Willmar, Monticello, Long Prairie and Paynesville. The plan is for CentaCare to operate three rigs in the Redwood Falls region, the same number of ambulances and staff that are currently providing service to the area.

North Memorial Health Air Care will continue to operate out of the Redwood Falls Airport.