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CentraCare Health – Monticello

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.

CentraCare Health – Monticello includes:


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.

Bryan Bauck, Co-Administrator, Chief Administrative Officer

Dr. John Hering, Co-Administrator, Chief Medical Officer

Lynn Christian, Division Director, Acute Care Nursing

Jason Weaver, Division Director, Finance

Elizabeth Hensley, Director, Human Resources

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

CentraCare Health – Monticello’s Gift Gallery is located in the hospital’s main entrance lobby and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Visit the Gift Gallery to find a wide selection of flowers, balloons, home décor, apparel and unique gift items. Proceeds from sales at the Gift Gallery go toward supporting enhanced health care in our community. For more information or to order flowers, call 763-271-2875.

Give Now and Support CentraCare Health - Monticello

CentraCare Health Foundation – Monticello engages our community to improve health. For more information, contact Michelle Redding, Development Director, at 763-271-2897.

Make a gift today.

Our History

In 1929, Dr. William E. Hart and his family moved to Monticello, Minn. 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.

Monticello-Big Lake Community 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.

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.

In 1977, the hospital district purchased the local nursing home and in 1979 the Big Lake – Monticello Ambulance Service.

For the first 39 years of its history, the hospital in 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. 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.

Today, CentraCare Health – Monticello provides comprehensive, high-quality care to meet the needs of our community including a modern birth center with OB/GYNs and midwives; state-of the-art Monticello Cancer Center; family medicine and internal medicine care at CentraCare Health – Monticello Medical Group; 5 star rated Care Center; individualized diabetes education; skilled Emergency Department and Level IV Trauma Center; advanced life support ambulance service, comprehensive orthopedic care; inpatient and outpatient surgical services and wound care and hyperbaric medicine services.

DAISY Award for Nurses

CentraCare Health – Monticello is proud to recognize its extraordinary nurses with the DAISY Award, a national award that honors the compassionate care and clinical excellence nurses bring to their patients every day. Learn how you can nominate a nurse.

CentraCare Health - Monticello

1013 Hart Boulevard, Suite 1
Monticello, MN 55362
Phone: 763-295-2945
Business Office: 800-835-6618
Monticello Medical Group: 763-271-2200
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