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Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

CentraCare Health – Monticello partners to expand same day surgery care

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

To better meet the community’s growing need for cost-effective outpatient surgery care, CentraCare Health – Monticello; Stellis Health, PA (formerly Buffalo Clinic, PA); and North Memorial Health Care are partnering to expand same day surgery options in Monticello.

A new same day surgery center will open early next year on the campus of CentraCare Health – Monticello and will benefit patients by offering low cost, high-quality care for those whose surgical treatment does not require a hospital stay.  The same day surgery center will continue to provide surgical specialties including anesthesiology, general surgery, gynecology, ophthalmology, orthopedic, ear/nose/throat, podiatry and urology that are available in the hospital today.

CentraCare Health – Monticello’s existing surgical space will be converted into the dedicated same day surgery center featuring three operating rooms, two procedure rooms, and private pre-operative and post-operative patient rooms.  New operating rooms will be constructed in the hospital to provide care for patients requiring more complex inpatient surgical procedures. 

“CentraCare is committed to delivering high-quality health care at a reasonable cost,” said Mary Ellen Wells, Administrator at CentraCare Health – Monticello.  “We are proud to partner with Stellis Health and North Memorial on a dedicated same day surgery center that will improve our patients’ access to care, increase efficiency of care and reduce the cost of care.  This is truly a win for our patients and our community.”

About CentraCare Health – Monticello

CentraCare Health – Monticello is located at the center of a comprehensive health care campus in Monticello, Minn. and provides a variety of high-quality, patient-centered services including a Birth Center, Emergency Department and Level IV Trauma Center, 89-bed Care Center, state-of-the-art Monticello Cancer Center, Surgical Services, Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, and primary care at CentraCare Health – Monticello Medical Group.  CentraCare Health – Monticello is a part of CentraCare Health, a not-for-profit health care system that provides comprehensive, high-quality care to people throughout Central Minnesota. CentraCare Health includes six hospitals, six nursing homes, senior housing in six communities and 18 clinics. CentraCare also operates numerous specialty services, including the award-winning CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center, Coborn Cancer Center and the CentraCare Kidney Program.  Learn more at

About Stellis Health

Stellis Health is the new name for Buffalo Clinic, Monticello Clinic and Albertville St. Michael Clinic. We’re changing to one name, so everyone knows we work together to provide comprehensive care for all our communities. We’re still the same primary and specialty physicians you know and trust – and we’re continually growing, adding more doctors and expanded services like Urgent Care on evenings, weekends and holidays. Stellis is Latin for stars – and like stars, we watch over our communities. Learn more at

About North Memorial Health Care
North Memorial Health Care provides access to high-quality, low-cost care with an extensive network that includes 16 primary care clinics offering same-day and walk-in appointments, two urgent care clinics, express clinics located within Hy-Vee grocery stores, two Urgency Centers and a broad range of expert specialty care providers. North Memorial’s two hospitals, North Memorial Medical Center and Maple Grove Hospital, are nationally recognized for providing excellent patient care. North Memorial’s 5,000 employees and 900 physicians deliver patient centered care for all aspects of life from maternity to senior care by providing primary and specialty care for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of complex medical conditions. Learn more at