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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

A season of giving

Published in For the Health of It Author: Ken Holmen, MD

The holidays are all about giving and I see examples of that every day in Central Minnesota.

CentraCare Health employees buy presents for families who are struggling, donate toys for local kids and ring the bell for the Salvation Army’s red kettles. Our employees are incredibly generous throughout the year — supporting many local charities and non-profits including the United Way. They gave more than $834,000 to the 2017 CentraCare Health Employee Campaign, which enhances programs and services through CentraCare Health Foundation.

I see hundreds of community members who volunteer at CentraCare Health facilities. Volunteers are a valuable part of our health care team in caring for our patients.

“Minnesota Nice” isn’t just a catchy phrase — it’s a way of life. Our Central Minnesota community gives generously — not just monetarily — of their time and talents.

One way that CentraCare Health gives back to the community is through the CentraCare Health Foundation. Our Foundation which engages the community to improve health and health care, witnesses the generosity from so many people across Central Minnesota. At the end of each year, businesses and organizations inspire others to give to the Foundation through $100,000 matching gifts. This year, the St. Cloud Hospital Auxiliary will generously match any new gift up to $100,000 received by Dec. 31. All matching gift proceeds will benefit the CentraCare Health Hospice Program.

Thank you for all that you do to make Central Minnesota a great place to live. From all of us at CentraCare Health, happy holidays and best wishes for a healthy and happy 2018!