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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

BLEND Coordinator Honored by American Heart Association

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

St. Cloud, Minn. – The American Heart Association (AHA) has named Jodi Gertken, BLEND project coordinator for CentraCare Health Foundation, a Minnesota 2014 Advocacy Volunteer of the Year.

Gertken was honored at AHA’s annual Volunteer Awards ceremony on June 25 for her instrumental role in addressing childhood obesity and her efforts to better the health of Minnesota children.

This year Gertken campaigned for active transportation at the Capitol through her testimony in several committees, meetings with legislators and facilitation of local media attention about Safe Routes to School.

CentraCare Health Foundation Director of Development Todd Steinke lauds Gertken for her avid and enduring advocacy for health and wellness in the community.

“Her passion for the work and her knowledge have earned her a place in this discussion at a local, state and regional level. We are lucky to have Jodi as a part of our CentraCare Wellness team,” said Steinke.

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