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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

Grocers on the Green, Food for the Cure Raises More Than $390,000 for Cancer

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

St. Cloud, Minn. – Coborn’s, Inc. raised more than $196,000 at its 13th annual Grocers on the Green golf tournament Sept. 8. The funds will support St. Cloud Hospital Pediatric Cancer Services at CentraCare Health Plaza, which allows Central Minnesota children and families to stay closer to home while receiving treatment. To date, the event has raised nearly $1.8 million.

Thanks to the generosity of Grocers on the Green participants:

  • Families have more quality time to spend together instead of traveling for medical care
  • Two child life specialists help ease children’s fear and pain during medical procedures
  • Psychological services are available for families even if their insurance won’t pay for it
  • Pediatric Cancer Services staff continually receive education to stay current with improvements in patient care
  • Patients can enjoy toys, books, art supplies, computers, movies and video games

This past fall, Coborn’s and its vendors also raised over $194,000 through its annual Food for the Cure promotion, which supports the Coborn Cancer Center Greatest Needs Fund providing events for couples and families with young children, counseling and educational classes for patients and their families, an endowment to fund disease site-specific registered nurse care coordinators and participation in more than 50 clinical research studies.

“We are so fortunate to have Coborn’s, Inc. — founded by a generous family — in our community,” said Mark Larkin, CFRE, CentraCare Health vice president of Philanthropy. “The dedication of Coborn’s to supporting cancer services in Central Minnesota is phenomenal.”