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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

Janet Handrigan, MD, Named Medical Director for Health and Wellness

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Family Medicine Physician Janet Handrigan, MD, will be the new Health and Wellness medical director for CentraCare Health. She will begin this part-time (.25) position July 1 and will continue to see patients at CentraCare Clinic – Northway, 1555 Northway Drive.

As medical director, Dr. Handrigan will have a leadership role in establishing CentraCare Health’s wellness strategies by collaborating with internal and external partners to build on past efforts, including BLEND, NuVal and Crave the Change. She also will be involved in CentraCare Health’s efforts to improve individual monitoring and coaching of healthy behaviors, support preventive care with our patients, develop employer wellness programs and advocate for community-wide policies that create or improve access to a healthier diet, exercise or tobacco avoidance/cessation.