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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

Albert J. Mercuri, MD, honored with the Physician of Excellence award

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

 portrait of Dr. Mercuri

St. Cloud, Minn. - Dr. Mercuri, a hospitalist at CentraCare Clinic – River Campus, was honored Sept. 22 with the St. Cloud Hospital Physician of Excellence award.

Those who nominated Dr. Mercuri characterize him as respectful and dedicated to his patients. He is a patient advocate and is proactive in discussing treatment options and assists the patient in reaching their goals.  He is an excellent role model with his generous and welcoming attitude. According to a colleague, Dr. Mercuri “goes above and beyond.”

He is a team player, collaborating with colleagues, communicating his concerns and seeking input. He treats all patients equally; showing compassion and humanity. He instills a level of trust and competence in his approach to patient care. He is kindhearted and takes a great deal of pride in what he does.

The Physician of Excellence award was created for physicians, nurses and other staff to recognize a St. Cloud Hospital Medical Staff member who has an exemplary work ethic and lives the healing mission of St. Cloud Hospital, providing Care Above All.