Santo Cruz

Santo Cruz came to CentraCare in April 2018 as Associate General Counsel and Vice President of Community and Government Relations. In June 2020, Cruz accepted the position for Senior Vice President, General Counsel.

Prior to joining CentraCare, he was Deputy Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Earlier state service included roles as Assistant Commissioner and General Counsel for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and Attorney for the Minnesota Department of Commerce.

Cruz began his legal career as a prosecutor for Hennepin County. He earned his bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, where he currently is an adjunct professor.

He serves on a number of non-profit and government boards and committees including the Minnesota Hospital Association Legal Board.

Before moving to the Cities, Santo grew up in rural Stearns County, and along with his wife, is now busy raising five daughters in rural Wright County.

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