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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 Foundation Awards $996,260 in Health-Related Grants

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

St. Cloud, Minn. - The CentraCare Health Foundation approved 15 grants for a total of $996,260 at its board meeting April 13. Each year, the CentraCare Health Foundation averages $650,000 in grants to improve health throughout Central Minnesota. The Foundation’s grants support projects that promote health education, conduct research or provide services or programs that improve health and health care for residents of our 12-county region. Those receiving grants for this quarter are:

  • BLEND (Better Living Exercise & Nutrition Daily Program)
  • Central Minnesota Concussion Collaborative
  • The Yes Network : Neighborhood Based Summer Activity Program for Kids
  • Fraser: Fraser St. Cloud Expansion
  • Operation Grace MN: Operation Oral Health Stearns County
  • Assumption Community Services: Supporting Hispanic Older Adults and those with chronic health concerns through Live Well at Home
  • Minneapolis Pathways: St. Cloud Renewing Life Facilitator Training
  • Minneapolis Pathways: ThinkFirst Program
  • St. Cloud Hospital: Comfort Carts
  • Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota: St. Cloud Area Crisis Nursery
  • Circle of Parents: Parent Education- Parents as Partners
  • CentraCare Health – Melrose: Melrose High School Concession Stand Health Remodel
  • Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota: Seizure Smart Schools
  • Recovery Plus: Artist in Residency Fund
  • Light the Legacy: End-of-life care and advance care planning serving the local immigrant population