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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 saddened by loss of Mae Ellingson-Skalicky

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

CentraCare Health is saddened by the loss of long-time community supporter and youth advocate Mae Ellingson-Skalicky. Mae was deeply committed to the health and well-being of children and it was through her generous gift to the CentraCare Health Foundation that Clara’s House opened in 2004.

Clara’s House, named in honor of Mae’s mother Clara, is a home-away-from-home for children and families seeking recovery and healing from chemical addiction and mental health issues.

“She was dedicated to children and to building hope,” said Brad Konkler, Vice President of Philanthropy for the CentraCare Health Foundation. “Her generosity was instrumental in impacting our young patients and families. Drawing from her personal journey, she was passionate about giving a new voice to childhood recovery and removing the stigma carried with mental illness. She was dedicated to building hope.”

Mae inspired others to join her in support of Clara’s House and in 2010, another generous gift allowed for the development of middle school education programs and enhanced therapeutic arts programs.

In 2015, Mae Ellingson-Skalicky received the CentraCare Health Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award.