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

Joseph (Joe) Kalkman

Chief Administrative Officer and Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Joe KalkmanKalkman joined CentraCare in January of 2018. He is responsible for culture, compensation and benefits, recruiting and hiring, employee & labor relations, HR technology, processes and analytics, Employee Health Services, and volunteer programs (including the Auxiliary Board, Gorecki House, hospital gift shops, meals-on-wheels and in-home medical alert system). Prior to joining CentraCare, Mr. Kalkman spent two years as the VP of Talent Management at Anthem (Indianapolis), the second largest medical insurance company in the US. Before Anthem, he was at Best Buy (Minneapolis) for 12 years, holding several HR leadership roles including VP Global Talent Management, VP of Total Rewards, and VP of US HR Business Partners. Before being recruited by Best Buy, Mr. Kalkman spent 8 years at Northwest Airlines (Eagan). Kalkman started his professional career at Dow Chemical (Midland, MI), spending more than 4 years in HR, Training, and Organization Assessment roles.

Kalkman serves on the Workforce Development Committee of the Minnesota Hospital Association, the Board of Directors for the Central Minnesota chapter of Boy Scouts of America, and the Board of Directors for VocalEssence in Minneapolis. He is a Trustee of the Minnesota Zoo Foundation and past member of its Executive Committee and past Chair of its Education Committee. He was Secretary, Executive Committee Member and Director on the Board of Rebuild Resources, a St. Paul non-profit providing jobs and job training to those recovering from addiction and incarceration. Mr. Kalkman was appointed by the Governor to serve two terms on the Minnesota Governor’s Workforce Development Council representing Business & Industry. Mr. Kalkman is active in his parish community, helping establish a new parish and build a new K-8 school, was a charter member of its Pastoral Council, and is an active musician.

Kalkman earned a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He graduated magna cum laude from St. John’s University, Collegeville, with a BA in Psychology. He also earned a Certificate from the Talent Management Institute at the Fuqua School of Business, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.

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