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Caduceus Society

Each of us has a stake in the quality of medical care and facilities available in our community especially during times of crisis. Our area medical providers are there for us, too, and have committed to helping our hospitals deliver the highest quality medical care.

The Caduceus Society is a philanthropic guild of CentraCare Health Foundation open to Central Minnesota practicing and retired medical staff who make a gift to support the Foundation’s mission of improving health and health care.

Active Caduceus Society members

Members achieve active standing by contributing to the CentraCare Health Foundation Caduceus Society during the current calendar year.

Dr. Nelson L. & Charisse Adamson
Dr. David Agerter
Dr. Oluade A. & Adeyoola A. Ajayi
Dr. Hani S. & Majedah Alkhatib
Dr. Jill L. & Joe Amsberry
Drs. Stacia Anderson & Matthew Hwang
Dr. Richard & Michaela Backes
Dr. Christopher K. & Johanna Balkany
Dr. Joseph M. & Patty Blonski
Drs. Steven H. & Barbara J. Bollinger
Dr. Stephen M. & Bonnie Bologna
Dr. Jon C. & Barb Bowar
Dr. Philip F. & Kristine Boyle
Dr. Dennis & Jeanne Carreras
Dr. & Mrs. Thomas H. & Paulette M. Como
Dr. Tamara & Robert W. Congdon
Dr. Stephen P. & Beth Cragle
Dr. Thomas L. & Mary M. Cress
Dr. Robert (+) & Patricia Cumming
Dr. Thanh K. & Hong-Yen Dang
Dr. Eileen H. & Brian H. Dauer
Dr. Luther & Julie Dehnel
Dr. Jon Dennis & Sigrid Hedman-Dennis, RN, MSN
Drs. Kevin J. & Beth A. Donnelly
Dr. Paul J. & Joanne Dorsher
Dr. Craig M. & Jennifer Doschadis
Dr. Ann C. Dunnigan
Dr. Rene & Milady Eldidy
Dr. Walter N. & Trecia Ann Ellis
Dr. Jason M. & Debra Erickson
Dr. Kelly B. & Neil Fandel
Dr. Michael C. & Kendra Flanagan
Dr. Dylan Folkestad
Dr. Suresh Gundaji
Dr. Christopher Hagen
Dr. Albert S. & Janice Hammond
Drs. Ronald D. & Michelle Hanson
Drs. Chad A. & Sheri Haroldson
Dr. Richard W. & Patricia Hart
Dr. Mark D. & Joanne C. Hauge
Dr. William (+) & Catherin Held
Dr. Mark D. & Susan Osaki Holm
Dr. Kevin S. & Carol Holton
Dr. Allen & Laura Horn
Drs. Weining Hu & Yi Zheng
Dr. Scot W. & Gretchen Hutton
Dr. Dwight E. & Audrey Jaeger
Dr. Janelle & Peter H. Johnson
Drs. Richard & Merryn R. Jolkovsky
Dr. Peter Jorgenson
Dr. Donald J. Jurgens
Dr. Brian R. & Bonnie J. Kay
Drs. Jerome P. & Mary U. Keating
Dr. James (+) & June Kelly
Dr. David A. & Susan M. Kroska
Dr. Joan & Fred Krueger
Dr. David A. & Frida T. Kruse
Dr. John M. & Nancy Lacika
Dr. Patrick M. & Debra S. Lalley
Dr. Theresa M. & John Lau
Dr. Keith J. & Sheila Leavell
Dr. Elaina Lee
Dr. Thomas W. & Deanne Leither
Dr. David R. & Gretchen Lindgren
Dr. Mary E. & Steve Lunde
Dr. Todd D. & Sarah Magnuson
Dr. John Mahowald & Donna Kuhl
Dr. Edward “Chip” Martin & William Chaffee
Dr. Mark J. & Lisa B. Martone
Dr. John & Joyce Matsuura
Dr. Mark & Ronda Matthias
Drs. Eric T. & Lynn M. McFarling
Dr. Cindy Jensen Melloy & Thomas P. Melloy
Dr. Nicole Mercer Bolton & Aaron Bolton
Dr. Andre' L. & Lakisha Mitchell
Dr. Chris & Denise Moellentine
Dr. George A. & Mary Kay Morris
Dr. Brian D. & Linda Kay Nelson
Dr. Peter E. & Laurie Nelson
Dr. Robert B. & Marianne Nemeth
Dr. Joseph P. & Veronica Nessler
Dr. Thomas J. & Elaine Newton
Dr. Troy & Sandra Payne
Dr. Marilyn Peitso & Peder Hegland
Dr. Jamie M. & Jodi Pelzel
Drs. Theodore A. & Jane M. Peterson
Dr. Brett A. & Jonathan Pinkerton
Dr. Terence & Sue Pladson
Dr. Deborah Rasmussen
Dr. Nathaniel & Valerie Reuter
Dr. Nicholas & Bernice Reuter
Dr. Christina Rexine
Dr. Joey Rexine
Dr. David J. & Susan M. Roberts
Drs. Karenthea & Gregory Rouw
Dr. Thomas J. & Cheryl J.K. Satre
Dr. Richard & Rita (+) Schaefer
Dr. Gregory A. & Susan M. Schlosser
Dr. Christian P. & Melanie Schmidt
Dr. John M. & Amy Schmitz
Dr. Joseph W. & Samar A. Schoenecker
Dr. Thomas G. & Myra Lee Schrup
Dr. Timothy N. & Amy Schuchard
Dr. Perry J. & Terre Severance
Dr. Greg & Laura Sherr
Dr. Joel C. & Susan Shobe
Dr. David & Jill Smith
Dr. J. Weston & Marilyn C. Smith
Drs. Kevin Smith & Angelina Ausban
Dr. Stephen (+) & Mary Sommers
Dr. Joel P. & Jenny Spalding
Drs. Kimberly W. & Chad Spaulding
Drs. Robert E. Stocker & Catherine A. Matuska
Dr. Thomas & Ann Stone
Dr. Wesley J. & Jean A. Streed
Dr. Fareed Suri & Aqsa Nadeem
Dr. Stephen Swenson
Dr. Kevin & Linda Switzer
Dr. John Teskey & Kathleen Mahon
Dr. Tracey B. Thompson
Drs. David J. & Janet S. Tilstra
Dr. Theodore O. & Andrea B. Truitt
Dr. Hilary & Lilyan Ufearo
Dr. Paul E. Van Gorp & Roberta M. Knutson
Dr. Peter W. & Ami Waldusky
Dr. Daniel J. & Judy A. Whitlock
Drs. Christopher Widstrom & Sharon Ruggiero
Dr. Darin D. & Katy Willardsen
Dr. Thomas L. & Judith A. Wyne
Dr. Mohamed S. Yassin
Dr. Patrick & Penny Zook

Deceased (+)

List as of June 30, 2013

Legacy Caduceus Society members 

Legacy standing is achieved once a Caduceus Society member has cumulatively given $10,000 or more. Gifts may be expendable or endowed and may be paid immediately or as a pledge payment over a five-year period.

Dr. Oluade A. & Adeyoola A. Ajayi
Dr. Hani S. & Majedah Alkhatib
Drs. Stacia Anderson & Matthew Hwang
Drs. Robert Ang & Belen Dy
Dr. Richard & Michaela Backes
Dr. Joseph M. & Patty Blonski
Drs. Steven H. & Barbara J. Bollinger
Dr. Stephen M. & Bonnie Bologna
Dr. Jon C. & Barb Bowar
Dr. Philip F. & Kristine Boyle
Dr. Bryan J. & Kirsten H. Brindley
Dr. Frank & Alice Brown
Dr. Dennis & Jeanne Carreras
Dr. & Mrs. Thomas H. & Paulette M. Como
Dr. Stephen P. & Beth Cragle
Dr. Thomas L. & Mary M. Cress
Dr. Robert(+) & Patricia Cumming
Dr. Eileen H. & Brian H. Dauer
Dr. Michael J. & Roberta L. Dorle
Dr. Paul J. & Joanne Dorsher
Dr. Craig M. & Jennifer Doschadis
Dr. Ann C. Dunnigan
Dr. Rene & Milady Eldidy
Dr. Walter N. & Trecia Ann Ellis
Dr. Frederic J. & Lynn Engman
Dr. Hans H. & Sharon L. Engman
Dr. Jason M. & Debra Erickson
Dr. Kelly B. & Neil Fandel
Dr. Michael C. & Kendra Flanagan
Dr. John H. & Jeanne M. Geiser
Drs. Jeffrey S. & Terri T. Gerdes
Dr. Albert S. & Janice Hammond
Drs. Ronald D. & Michelle Hanson
Drs. Chad A. & Sheri Haroldson
Dr. Richard W. & Patricia Hart
Dr. Mark D. & Joanne C. Hauge
Drs. H. Thomas (+) & Kathleen Hobday
Dr. Mark D. & Susan Osaki Holm
Dr. Allen & Laura Horn
Drs. Weining Hu & Yi Zheng
Dr. Scot W. & Gretchen Hutton
Dr. Dwight E. & Audrey Jaeger
Dr. Craig M. & LuAnne Johnson
Drs. Richard & Merryn R. Jolkovsky
Dr. James L. & Mary Jost
Dr. Donald J. Jurgens
Dr. Gerald L. & Karen Jurgens
Dr. Barbi Kaplan-Frenkel & Theodor Frenkel
Drs. Jerome P. & Mary U. Keating
Dr. Robert J. & Joanne Keck
Dr. James(+) & June Kelly
Dr. Todd M. & Laura Kor
Dr. David A. & Susan M. Kroska
Dr. Kathleen & Robert Kulus
Dr. John M. & Nancy Lacika
Dr. Patrick M. & Debra S. Lalley
Dr. Henri P. & Patricia Lanctin
Dr. Lanse C. & Livia Lang
Dr. Theresa M. & John Lau
Dr. Elaina Lee
Dr. Thomas W. & Deanne Leither
Dr. Douglas R. & Taimi T. Liepert
Dr. David R. & Gretchen Lindgren
Dr. James W. & Vicki Lundeen
Dr. Todd D. & Sarah Magnuson
Dr. John Mahowald & Donna Kuhl
Dr. Creston M. & Bonnie Martin
Dr. Edward "Chip" Martin & William Chaffee
Dr. Mark J. & Lisa B. Martone
Dr. John & Joyce Matsuura
Dr. Mark & Ronda Matthias
Drs. Robert E. Stocker & Catherine A. Matuska
Drs. Eric T. & Lynn M. McFarling
Dr. Cindy Jensen Melloy & Thomas P. Melloy
Dr. Simon & Renee Milstein
Drs. Dale J. Minnerath & Sylvia R. Sundberg
Dr. Andre' L. & Lakisha Mitchell
Dr. Chris & Denise Moellentine
Dr. Paul T. & Nancy E. Moran
Dr. Tracy E. Napp
Dr. Frank P. & Tracy Nellans
Dr. Peter E. & Laurie Nelson
Dr. Joseph P. & Veronica Nessler
Drs. Hoang Nguyen & Nhan Quyen
Dr. Troy & Sandra Payne
Drs. Theodore A. & Jane M. Peterson
Dr. Brett A. & Jonathan Pinkerton
Dr. Terence & Sue Pladson
Dr. Jodi K. Regan & Dean Moritz
Dr. John R. & Kathryn A. Reisinger
Dr. Nicholas & Bernice Reuter
Dr. Nathaniel & Valerie Reuter
Dr. David J. & Susan M. Roberts
Dr. Thomas J. & Cheryl J.K. Satre
Dr. John M. & Amy Schmitz
Dr. Thomas G. & Myra Lee Schrup
Dr. Timothy N. & Amy Schuchard
Dr. Tereasa & Eric Simonson
Dr. David & Jill Smith
Drs. Kevin Smith & Angelina Ausban
Dr. Stephen (+) & Mary Sommers
Dr. Joel P. & Jenny Spalding
Drs. Kimberly W. & Chad Spaulding
Dr. Michael & Nina Steil
Dr. Mary A. Stiles
Drs. Robert E. Stocker & Catherine A. Matuska
Dr. Wesley J. & Jean A. Streed
Dr. Janelle K. & Terry D. Strom
Dr. Pradub & Rampai Sukhum
Dr. Read & Tammy Sulik
Dr. Fareed K. Suri & Aqsa Nadeem
Dr. Kevin & Linda Switzer
Dr. John Teskey & Kathleen Mahon
Dr. Daniel J. & Julie S. Tiede
Dr. David J. & Janet S. Tilstra
Dr. Theodore O. & Andrea B. Truitt
Dr. Paul E. Van Gorp & Roberta M. Knutson
Dr. Philip H. & Kay VanderStoep
Dr. Roderick D. & Amy Vansurksum
Dr. Dove D. & Tracey L. Watkin
Dr. Daniel J. & Judy A. Whitlock
Dr. Darin D. & Katy Willardsen
Dr. Harold E. & Shirley Windschitl
Dr. Thomas L. & Judith A. Wyne
Dr. Mohamed S. Yassin

Deceased (+)

List as of March 15, 2013

Caduceus Award recipient

Dr. Van Gorp receives 2014 Caduceus Award

Dr. Van GorpFamily Medicine Physician Paul Van Gorp, M.D., was selected as this year’s recipient of the Caduceus Award, which recognizes the outstanding work of Central Minnesota physicians who exhibit exceptional humanitarian medical efforts locally or around the world.

Dr. Van Gorp is employed at CentraCare Clinic – Long Prairie and is the 15th recipient to be honored by his peers with this prestigious award. The Caduceus award will be presented to Dr. Van Gorp at the Caduceus Social on May 7.

The Caduceus Society is a philanthropic guild of CentraCare Health Foundation. Established in 2000, the society is open to all members of medical staffs at Central Minnesota hospitals or surgical centers who make a commitment of $10,000 or more to support the mission of improving health and health care in Central Minnesota. The Caduceus Society has 133 members.

“Dr. Van Gorp brings passion, wisdom and humanity to his work as a clinician, teacher and health advocate, and he imparts these qualities to his colleagues, community and students he teaches,” said CentraCare Health – Long Prairie Administrator Dan Swenson. “Dr. Van Gorp is an influential, well-respected leader the Long Prairie community. He is extremely committed to the well-being of the Long Prairie community and to each and every one of his patients.”

As a physician in Long Prairie for 38 years, Dr. Van Gorp was instrumental in developing the Comprehensive Advanced Life Support (CALS) Program beginning in 1993. The CALS course is designed to help care providers in rural and remote sites, with limited specialty and technological support, improve quality of care when life-threatening medical emergencies occur. Training was developed for whole teams to be confident and competent to deal with trauma situations that may not be encountered often. CentraCare Health – Long Prairie became the first accredited CALS Hospital.

Dr. Van Gorp continues to be very involved and passionate about CALS. He spends many hours each week continuing to develop this program for rural communities and for communities around the world. CALS Program is proud to have a contract with U.S. Department of State to provide emergency training to the U.S. embassy medical personnel around the globe. Currently the chair of the CALS Board of Directors, Dr. Van Gorp is a certified CALS instructor and travels throughout Minnesota and Canada to teach CALS.

Dr. Van Gorp has served as a preceptor for medical students, family medicine residency and advanced practice providers since 1976. He has positively impacted and influenced over 150 of today’s practicing providers. Although teaching students is an added time commitment, Dr. Van Gorp finds this teaching role fulfilling in many ways.

“It’s just wonderful to watch these young people become compassionate, competent and confident family physicians,” Dr. Van Gorp said.

In his pursuit of continuous improvement and excellent care for his patients, Dr. Van Gorp is currently working on implementing a new care model project, Team Based Care, at CentraCare Health – Long Prairie. His goals with this program are to improve the quality of care delivered while increasing access for patients and improved overall clinic efficiency.

“Paul has been my partner for over 20 years,” Family Medicine Physician Rene Eldidy, MD, CentraCare Clinic – Long Prairie. “To see his passion and dedication for his patients, the education of students and the community continue to be as strong as when I first met him, is inspiring for those of us who are lucky enough to work with him. He instills this desire to give of yourself no matter how busy you are.”

Dr. Van Gorp volunteers one Saturday each month at Project H.E.A.L (Health, Education, Access, Link), offering free health screenings and basic care for those with little or no insurance. About 90 percent of his patients at Project H.E.A.L are from the large Amish community that lives in the area. The Amish community can be hesitant to use modern-day health care, but Dr. Van Gorp has, over many years of delicate conversations and actions, earned the trust of the Amish community. The Amish contact Dr. Van Gorp whenever they need assistance, many times after hours.

In 2013, Dr. Van Gorp received the Exemplary Teaching Award from the American Academy of Family Physicians. From the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians, he received Family Physician of the Year in 2003; Merit Award in 2004; and Teacher of the Year in 2012.

Past Caduceus Award recipients

Dr. Leither received 2013 Caduceus Award

CentraCare Health Foundation honored Thomas Leither, MD, recipient of the 2013 Caduceus Award for his dedication to improve health care and community service.

Dr. Leither, a nephrologist at CentraCare Clinic - River Campus, has served the St. Cloud community for 28 years. Dr. Leither started CentraCare Kidney program where he now serves as medical director. He serves on the CentraCare Health Board of Directors and is the chair of the CentraCare Clinic Board of Directors. As a member of the CentraCare Health Quality Improvement Committee, Dr. Leither promotes quality in the organization and advocates for prevention. He gives of himself from mission work in Honduras to developing a community garden at CentraCare Health Plaza through the Central Minnesota Sustainability Program.

Dr. Leither is proud to have raised three sons with his wife, Deanne.

Caduceus From left: St. Cloud Hospital President Craig Broman, MHA, FACHE; Caduceus Society Chair Stacia Anderson, MD; CentraCare Health President Terry Pladson, MD, MBA; Nephrologist Tom Leither, MD; and Vice President of Development Mark Larkin, CFRE. 

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