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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

Our commitment to a healthy community

Published in Inside CentraCare Author: Ken Holmen, MD

Health care in Melrose is entering a new era on Aug. 29 when CentraCare Health – Melrose Hospital officially opens its doors. After years of planning, fundraising and building, the innovative medical campus has become a reality.

The 53,000-square-foot facility features advanced diagnostic equipment and patient-friendly room designs. Beyond the latest in technology, we have incorporated the healing power of nature into this building with a healing garden and artwork that captures the spirit of Central Minnesota’s landscape.

Of course, we are all thrilled when we see a growth in Central Minnesota. But this hospital isn’t about the building — it’s about the people. It’s the patients, their families, our staff and providers who make this accomplishment meaningful and important. We want the best for the people in our communities.

CentraCare Health - Melrose Opening Dates

Sunday, Aug. 20

12:30 p.m — Grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony

1 - 5 p.m. Tours, refreshments and door prizes.

Tuesday, Aug. 29

First day new hospital is open to public

We hope you can join us to celebrate this historic event with the official ribbon cutting ceremony at 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 20 followed by tours, refreshments and door prizes from 1-5 p.m.

On the tour, you will see:

  • Two operating rooms
  • New emergency department
  • 12 private patient rooms with bath suites
  • Two labor, delivery and recovery suites
  • 14 universal rooms
  • Imaging women’s center
  • Bistro

None of this would have been possible without the generous support of the community and our employees. Together, they donated more than $913,000 of the $26 million to make this vision a reality. Thank you to everyone who helped ensure that the Melrose community’s health needs will be met for years to come!

View Our Progress!

Construction of the 53,000 square foot hospital began in June 2016; opening August 29, 2017.

Make an online contribution to the Melrose Community Campaign.