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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

Lt. Governor Smith to Attend Friday’s Farmers Market in Long Prairie

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

Lt. Governor Smith to Attend Friday’s Farmers Market in Long Prairie

CentraCare Health Is Piloting New Projects to Meet the Growing Hispanic Population in Todd County

Lt. Governor Tina Smith will be on hand for CentraCare Health’s Farmers Market in Long Prairie on Friday, Sept. 23rd. At the event, CentraCare Health will be distributing hundreds of “market bucks,” sponsored by Mortenson Construction, enabling families to purchase locally sourced fresh fruits and vegetables.

This initiative is one just one example of those being launched by CentraCare Health to meet the growing Hispanic population in Todd County. Other examples include the Farmers Market, a CSA program and a healthy foods Bistro Café in its new medical facility, now under construction.

CentraCare is crossing language and cultural barriers to focus on wellness initiatives, and enlisting other members in the business community to keep such programs moving forward. Prior to beginning of construction of its new medical facility, CentraCare was taking extra steps to make certain it was created to meet the needs of a rapidly growing Hispanic population now accounting for one-third of the local residents.

Lt. Governor Smith will be at the Farmers Market at 2 pm. The market continues until 6:30 p.m. at CentraCare Health – Long Prairie, adjacent to the nursing home on 1st Ave S.E.

Free family activities at the Farmers Market include:

  • Reading tent and “Book Walk” book giveaway
  • Free samples of treats locally made
  • Games, market bucks and much more!