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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

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

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Brad Konkler

Vice President, Foundation

Brad KonklerKonkler is responsible for the overall functions of CentraCare Foundation’s fundraising efforts. Prior to CentraCare he served as the Vice President and Director of Development, Fairview Health Services Foundation, Minneapolis. He is an active member of the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) and serves as an elected member of AHP’s national Quality Committee.

Konkler holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and a Master of Arts -Management from The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth.

He and his wife Heidi have three grown children. In his free time, Konkler enjoys restoring antique wooden boats and spending time at the family lake cabin in Northern, Wis.

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