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CentraCare Health – Monticello

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CentraCare Health – Monticello is a team of health care providers working together to deliver comprehensive, high-quality care in a compassionate environment, close to home.

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About Us


Our mission works to improve the health of every patient, every day.


We will be the leader in Minnesota for quality, safety, service and value.


CentraCare Health - Monticello's Executive Team is committed to investing in growth and ensuring financial viability in order to continue to fulfill our mission of providing patient-centered care. With the support of our board members, physician partners, leadership, employees and community members, CentraCare Health - Monticello will continue to prosper as the provider of choice for the health needs of our community.

Mary Ellen Wells, Administrator

Dr. John Hering, Chief Medical Officer

Troy Barrick, Division Director, Support Services

Lynn Christian, Division Director, Acute Care Nursing

Kris Hammer, Division Director, Finance

Steve Pareja, Division Director, Clinical Services

Meet our Operating Committee

Patient & Visitor Information

Visiting Hours

11 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.


Patient and visitor parking is available in front of the hospital building.

A drop off and pick up area is designated at the main hospital entrance.


CentraCare Health - Monticello's Cafeteria is open daily from 7:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Vending machines are located in the cafeteria and near the hospital's Fireside Lobby.

Wireless Access

CentraCare Health - Monticello provides free wireless internet service at the hospital for patients, residents and visitors.

Gift Shop

Hartfelt Gifts offers a great selection of flowers, balloons and gift items. The gift shop is located near the hospital's Fireside Lobby. Hartfelt Gifts is managed by the CentraCare Health – Monticello's Auxiliary and staffed by volunteers.

Hartfelt Gifts is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Phone: 763-271-2875

The gift shop offers a selection of gifts that can be ordered over the phone and delivered to your family member or friend while they are in the hospital. Orders are accepted during normal business hours and can be purchased using Visa or Mastercard.

Be sure to ask the gift shop volunteer about cards, specialty items and seasonal gifts that are also available.

Our History

CentraCare Health – Monticello has been serving the health care needs of the community since the hospital opened in 1965. For the first 39 years of its history, CentraCare Health - Monticello operated as Monticello-Big Lake Hospital. In 2009, the Board of Directors voted to change the name to New River Medical Center to more accurately reflect the organization's position as a regional health care service provider and to encompass a broader geographic area.

The hospital was part of a hospital district that was formed in 1961 as the result of many years of work by community members who were concerned about the future of health care in the Monticello area. CentraCare Health - Monticello is one of 13 hospital districts in the State of Minnesota and is governed by an eight-member Board of Directors who are elected to represent the district’s cities and townships.

In 1929, Dr. William E. Hart and his family moved to Monticello. Dr. Hart and his wife Mildred, a registered nurse, saw patients at their Monticello office. In 1936, the Hart’s practice was licensed by the State of Minnesota as a five-bed hospital after two young men were confined to Dr. Hart’s care following a car accident. Dr. Hart began providing care at the Hart Hospital in Monticello because it was not always practical to transport sick patients to hospitals in St. Cloud or the Twin Cities. As the years passed, the Hart Hospital’s services continued to grow to meet the community’s health care needs. In 1941, the Hart Hospital was expanded to 15 licensed beds.

The Hart Hospital was privately owned and according to state law, once Dr. Hart discontinued his practice, the hospital could not be relicensed, as private hospitals were no longer permitted in Minnesota.

In 1960, with Dr. Hart’s retirement on the horizon, a committee of area residents organized to investigate the formation of a hospital district to ensure the future of health care in the Monticello area.

Hospital district

The hospital district was formed in 1961 and included the Villages of Monticello and Big Lake and the Townships of Becker, Big Lake, Monticello and Silver Creek. The Township of Otsego was officially annexed into the district in 1962. To become a member of the district, each village or township board had to pass a resolution proclaiming their intent to join the district and then hold a special election if so petitioned by their constituents.

Elected board members began meeting in 1961 to make plans to build a hospital that would serve the area’s health needs when the time came for Dr. Hart to retire and subsequently the Hart Hospital to close.

A new hospital

In order to fund the construction and equipping of a new hospital building, the hospital district asked voters to approve a general obligation bond that would be used to acquire hospital facilities and provide adequate working capital. Construction of the new hospital building began in March of 1964 and the new hospital was opened for patient care on July 1, 1965.

A new day in health care for our community

On April 1, 2013, New River Medical Center officially joined CentraCare Health and became CentraCare Health – Monticello to provide enhanced health care services to the surrounding communities.

In March of 2014, CentraCare Health – Monticello’s Birth Center opened. The Birth Center offers moms and their families a new, private, serene and contemporary environment to welcome their babies.

In 2015, CentraCare Health – Monticello celebrated 50 years of caring for the community through inpatient and outpatient services designed to care for every patient, every day.

CentraCare Health - Monticello

1013 Hart Boulevard
Monticello, MN 55362
Phone: 763-295-2945
Business Office: 763-271-2844
Monticello Medical Group Clinic: 763-271-2200
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