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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

Extend the holiday spirit

Published in For the Health of It Author: Ken Holmen, MD, President and CEO

During the holidays, people open their hearts and their homes to others. We give generously and help those in need. In Minnesota, the season of giving is extended as we help each other survive the harsh winters. We jumpstart strangers’ cars, we check on elderly neighbors and shovel other people’s driveways. We have a shared sense of community.

CentraCare Health’s role in our community extends far beyond health care. Each of you and all of us participate in many other activities and roles that support our patients, families, neighbors and communities. But as we look to the future, we can challenge ourselves to add more value to our communities and improve our communities’ health. That is why we launched Feeling Good MN to improve the health of our communities by changing policies, systems and environments with the help of partner organizations.

It’s estimated that over 70 percent of what drives health outcomes happens outside hospital and clinic walls, which is why we are focusing on practical and innovative ways to impact our communities. We look to build on the success of existing health improvement programs by bringing everyone together to collaborate in a way that will strengthen our communities and each us — Feeling Good MN.

The Feeling Good MN team will be connecting and collaborating with community leaders and businesses in the months ahead to share more information and design the road map for our work together. The first step will be enlisting community partners who are interested in being part of this health movement. To learn more, sign up to receive a quarterly e-newsletter at

Through a partnership with KARE-11 TV, a Feeling Good MN segment will air each month on the KARE-11 Saturday program with experts sharing information about making healthy choices easier, every day. You can also view past Feeling Good MN segments at

On behalf of CentraCare Health, we wish you a healthy and happy 2017!