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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 – Monticello Administrator announces resignation

Published in Inside CentraCare, Media Releases Author: CentraCare

Mary Ellen Wells, Administrator of CentraCare Health – Monticello, announced she will be resigning September 1, 2017.  Wells joined CentraCare Health – Monticello in 2013 and has led the organization through four years of growth and revitalization.

Under Wells’ leadership, CentraCare Health – Monticello:

  • affiliated with CentraCare Health
  • opened a new Birth Center and introduced midwife services
  • established a foundation to support local health and health care
  • opened the Monticello Surgery Center in partnership with Stellis Health, North Memorial and independent surgeons
  • became a 5 Star rated Care Center by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • implemented 24/7 general surgery care
  • established Spiritual Care services and opened a non-denominational Spiritual Center
  • expanded orthopedic surgery care
  • will soon be opening a new 10-bed Geriatric Behavioral Health Unit to help address the community’s need for mental health services

“I am proud of the accomplishments we have achieved together, and I carry a great love for the people and mission of CentraCare Health,” said Wells.  “It has been a privilege to serve at CentraCare Health – Monticello and support the health of the community.”

This fall, Wells will be joining the University of Minnesota as a senior lecturer and dyad leader for the Masters in HealthCare Administration (MHA) Program and its Alumni Association.  Wells is an alumna of the program and has been a passionate advocate and mentor to the University’s MHA students throughout her career.

“CentraCare has been fortunate to have Mary Ellen’s experience, energy, and leadership during our four years in Monticello,” said Craig Broman, President, St. Cloud Hospital and CentraCare Health Regional Hospitals.  “She has built trusted relationships, enhanced programs and facilities, and elevated a culture of caring and compassion.”

CentraCare Health will develop a succession plan over the coming months in preparation for a leadership transition this fall.