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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 – Long Prairie Receives Substantial Gift from the Rosen Family Foundation

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

Long Prairie, Minn. – Tom Rosen, President of the Rosen Family Foundation and CEO of American Foods Group, LLC., recently announced that the Rosen Family Foundation would donate $500,000 to the CentraCare Health – Long Prairie capital campaign. With this gift, a $2 million campaign goal has been reached which secures the future building of a new medical campus in Long Prairie.

According to Rosen, he was impressed with the support and contributions that have come from the employees, medical staff and leadership, as well as the great support from the community. “CentraCare Health – Long Prairie is doing good work here and a new medical campus can help keep this community vital and healthy, both physically and economically,” Rosen said.

In May 2014, CentraCare Health Foundation officially launched the quiet phase of a 15-month capital campaign in support of a new health care campus in Long Prairie. CentraCare Health leaders stipulated that the campaign must attain its goal before the new building — featuring a 65,000-square-foot inpatient facility and outpatient service area — could proceed.

After almost 60 years, the current CentraCare Health – Long Prairie building faces several barriers:

  1. Research, innovation and rapid technological progress have changed the way health care services are provided. The current hospital was constructed for extensive inpatient care with long lengths-of-stay, while the future demands shorter inpatient stays and increased outpatient procedures and testing.
  2. Recent market analysis suggests the two population segments served by CentraCare Health – Long Prairie poised for the greatest growth over the next few years are ages 0-14 and 65 and older. Both groups have a higher demand for primary care, and the expected growth of the senior population will make meeting patient needs in our current facility, challenging.
  3. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) set national standards for security and privacy for patients. Hospitals now are encouraged to provide treatment in secure settings to address privacy concerns while assuring safety and quality. Our current hospital does not meet HIPAA standards.
  4. The present hospital layout lacks sufficient private space for family consultation with providers, and our current location prohibits expansion to provide the needed space to meet existing Americans with Disability Act and HIPAA standards. The current hospital only has one operating room, which is a major concern in emergency situations. Not only do these limitations pose a risk to patient safety and security, but they also inhibit physician and staff recruitment.

The investments made by CentraCare Health and the donors to the capital campaign will result in a health care campus that will provide ample space for improved technology, ease of access and convenience for patients, and a safe, secure environment that streamlines patient care and treatment.

Features of the new space will include:

  • 12 private patient rooms for inpatient and outpatient services
  • 2 dedicated labor, delivery and recovery suites
  • 2 operating suites
  • Expanded outpatient service areas including a rehabilitation department with a gym for patients and therapy offices
  • Distinct and inviting inpatient, emergency and clinic entrances.
  • Centralized nursing stations to enhance efficiency and improved patient monitoring.

A community kick-off event for the public phase of the capital campaign is planned for this fall.