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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

Foundation's end-of-the-year campaign met its match

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

More than 1,200 gifts totaling $200,880 were received from October through December of 2013 to wrap up CentraCare Health Foundation’s 2013 Community Campaign.

Thanks to the generosity of El-Jay Plumbing & Heating, donations up to $100,000 were matched to benefit the Coborn Cancer Center.

Each year, the Coborn Cancer Center serves more than 1,500 new cancer patients, delivers more than 7,500 chemotherapy and infusion treatments and 12,000 radiation treatments.

Donations to the Coborn Cancer Center support:

  • “Caring Conversations” events for couples and families with young children;
  • Counseling and educational classes for patients and their families;
  • Endowment to fund care coordinators, who assist patients with breast, lung and gastrointestinal cancers and their families through their cancer journey by providing assistance with appointments, procedures and treatment options; and
  • Participation in more than 50 clinical research studies.

“We are very grateful to our benefactors, whose gifts are making a difference in the lives of our families, friends and neighbors dealing with cancer,” said Mark Larkin, vice president of Philanthropy for CentraCare Health. “Thanks to the match provided by Andy and Jodi Fritz from El-Jay Plumbing & Heating, these gifts will make going through cancer treatment a little easier for patients. A special thank you to the Community Campaign committee who volunteer their time and talent to make this campaign a success: Gary Bechtold, Erin Bitzan, Andy Fritz, Jason Hallonquist, Berta Hartig, Robert W. Mahowald Jr., Steve Palmer and Doris Westra.”

Learn more about the CentraCare Health Foundation