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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

CentraCare Health Director Receives Women's Health Leadership TRUST "Emerging Leader" Award

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

St. Cloud, Minn. – Joy Plamann, MBA, RN, BC, medicine care center director of St. Cloud Hospital, has been honored by The Women’s Health Leadership TRUST for providing leadership excellence in health care. Plamann received the award during the organization’s 2015 Forum in Minneapolis on Apr. 21. The Women’s Health Leadership TRUST works to advance women leaders in health care, influence public policy and improve health care in their communities. Plamann is responsible for strategic and financial planning along with quality and patient safety initiatives for three inpatient medical and oncology units, the medical progressive care unit, the Respiratory department and the Hospitalist program.

Plamann has had an interest in mitigating the risks of violence in the health care setting and has led efforts at St. Cloud Hospital to improve the working environment for staff. She participated in the creation of the State of Minnesota Best Practice Road Map and has spoken to a wide variety of audiences across the state and nation on this topic. She is a leader at the hospital and in the community participating in a variety of volunteer projects.

"It is truly an honor to recognize leaders in our health care community who raise the bar in leadership and authenticity," stated Janet Stacey, TRUST President. “These women are visionaries in their field. Their dedication and impact can be felt across our community and nation.”

Plamann is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing; a graduate from the University of St. Thomas with a Master’s of Science in Health Care. She is also currently pursuing a Doctoral of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Pittsburgh.