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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

Project H.E.A.L. to open monticello site

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

Monticello, Minn. – Beginning July 2, free health screenings, basic health services and free food will be offered the first Thursday of each month starting at 5 p.m. at Monticello High School, 5225 School Boulevard. Health care volunteers from CentraCare Health – Monticello will be on hand to answer health-related questions and provide basic health care services. In addition, Share Food Distribution of Monticello, sponsored by A Glorius Church, will provide a variety of free, healthy food options each month.

The idea for Project H.E.A.L. stemmed from Pastors Geary and Carol Jean Smith, who contacted St. Cloud Hospital in 1998 looking for help in providing free medical care to their clientele, many of whom are poor and homeless. The mission of Project H.E.A.L. is to help overcome barriers to health care for the under-served population of Central Minnesota. These barriers may include transportation, inadequate or lack of insurance, financial resources for co-payments and medications, treatment plan, language and culture.

The screening clinics treat a variety of health concerns from sore throats and head lice to burns and back injuries.

Place of Hope Drop-in Outreach Center, St. Cloud, became the first site of these free health screenings in 1999. As the word spread about the health screenings at Place of Hope, the need in the community became apparent. To reach more uninsured and under-insured people, Project H.E.A.L. has sites in St. Cloud, Cold Spring, Long Prairie, Melrose, Sauk Centre and now, Monticello.

Project H.E.A.L. is a success because of the vision of a handful of people and the dedication of its volunteers. Project H.E.A.L. is made up of more than 70 volunteers including physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and lay people. The collaboration includes area churches, which provide the base of volunteers; community service sites like Place of Hope, Catholic Charities and Salvation Army, which provide space; generous donors and CentraCare Health, which helps provide funding to purchase supplies. It is a true collaboration of people coming together to fill an acute medical need.