Health Care on the Hill

CentraCare – Long Prairie began as Long Prairie Memorial Hospital in the 1930’s. In the early 1950’s, as local residents saw the need for improved facilities to address their needs, they raised $500,000 (equal to approximately $5.3 million in today’s dollars) to build a new 34-bed facility. With a staff of four physicians and 26 employees, the new hospital accepted its first patient on May 1, 1956.

Over the next couple of decades, the community and local officials partnered to bring increased service to Long Prairie. A nursing home, which has expanded multiple times over the years, was added to the hospital, and the City of Long Prairie built a physician’s clinic on the site as well. In 1975, the City transferred its ambulance service to the hospital. Services continued to be added through the 1980’s, and in 1999, the hospital and associated services became part of CentraCare. For more than 70 years, CentraCare – Long Prairie has been provided “health care on the hill” on the east side of town.

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