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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 – Monticello Welcomes Reverend Jocelyn Bakkemo, Spiritual Health Program Coordinator

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

Reverend Jocelyn Bakkemo, MDiv, joined CentraCare Health – Monticello as Spiritual Health Program Coordinator. Bakkemo is involved with building a comprehensive nondenominational spiritual health program at CentraCare Health - Monticello to support the varying faith traditions and beliefs of patients, residents, their families and staff.

Bakkemo grew up in Denver, Colo. and received her Master of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. She recently served as a Hospice Chaplain in Colorado Springs, Colo. Bakkemo’s education and experience in spiritual health provides a knowledgeable foundation for building CentraCare Health – Monticello’s spiritual health program.

“I am very excited to help create a spiritual program from the ground up,” said Bakkemo. “When talking about providing care for the whole person, spiritual health is a component of supporting overall well-being for many. I am looking forward to providing the option of spiritual health to staff and patients of all faiths and beliefs at CentraCare Health – Monticello and I will enjoy working with local congregations to create a spiritual health choice for our community.”