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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

Kalkman Joins CentraCare Health as Chief Human Resources Officer

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

Joseph Kalkman will join CentraCare Health as vice president and chief human resources officer, effective January 22, 2018. Joseph Kalkman

Since 2015, Kalkman has served as vice president of Talent Management for Anthem, Inc. in Indianapolis, Indiana, an $80B Fortune 30 medical insurance company. Previously, he held senior human resources leadership positions at Twin Cities-based Best Buy and Delta Airlines. Kalkman began his career at Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Michigan.

“Joe’s depth and breadth of human resources experience, combined with his understanding of Central Minnesota, make him a strong addition to our executive team,” said Ken Holmen, MD, president and CEO of CentraCare.

Kalkman is pleased to be returning home. “Having grown up and attended college in Central Minnesota, I have roots here. I’m excited to be returning to this great community and to be joining one of Minnesota’s premier health systems,” Kalkman said.

Kalkman received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. John’s University in Collegeville and his master of arts degree in educational psychology from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.