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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

Two providers join CentraCare Health – Melrose

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

CentraCare Health – Melrose welcomes two new providers to its medical community.

   Mike Beste, MD

Mike Beste, MD, completed his medical degree and family medicine residency at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis and at St. John’s Hospital in Maplewood. He has special interests in cardiac disease, pediatrics and hospital medicine (the delivery of comprehensive medical care to hospitalized patients).

Saundra Lauer, CNP

Saundra Lauer, CNP, received her doctoral degree and family nurse practitioner training from North Dakota State University in Fargo. She focuses on health promotion and disease prevention to improve the health and well-being of individuals, families and the community as a whole.

Beste and Lauer join Dante Beretta, MD; Erin Bjork, APRN, CNP; Lindsey Chmielewski, MD; Patrick Heller, MD; Julie Klasen, MD; Kurt Schwieters, MD; and Sheila Wing, APRN, CNP.

Both will begin seeing patients the week of Sept. 12. Call 320-256-4228 to make an appointment.