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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 nurses awarded scholarships

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

Jared Nordstrom, RN, Emergency Trauma Center, St. Cloud Hospital and Crystal Fleischhaker, BSN,Oncology, CentraCare Health – Monticello and Paynesville, recently received Cherokee Medical Uniforms Nursing Conference Scholarships. Nordstrom and Fleischhaker were two of the 10 recipients chosen for the $2,000 scholarships. More than 630 DAISY Award recipients applied for this scholarship.

Strategic Partners, Inc., a leader in the manufacturing and marketing of medical uniforms and medical footwear, including Cherokee Medical Uniforms, and The DAISY FoundationTM, support nursing professionals and their career advancement by providing financial assistance to DAISY Award honorees who are pursuing continuing education credits to support their licensure, credentialing or overall professional development.

Learn more about the scholarship program.

About Strategic Partners, Inc. 
Established in 1995, Strategic Partners (SPI) designs, manufactures and distributes high-quality, fashion-inspired medical uniforms under the Cherokee, Dickies, HeartSoul and Disney brands; manufactures and/or distributes medical footwear under the Cherokee, Dickies, Skechers, Asics and K-Swiss brands, among many others; and manufactures and distributes Classroom brand school uniforms. The company supports Nurses and other healthcare professionals through Scrubs Magazine, a leading lifestyle media brand for nurses, and its website,; numerous outreach and philanthropic activities; and a publication of a series of children’s books, Hospital Critterz, for hospitalized children and their parents. The corporation’s home office is in Chatsworth, California.

About The DAISY Foundation 
The DAISY Foundation was created in 1999 by the family of J. Patrick Barnes who died at age 33 of complications of an auto-immune disease (hence the name, an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.) Patrick received extraordinary care from his nurses, and his family felt compelled to express their profound gratitude for the compassion and skill nurses bring to patients and families every day. The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses celebrates nurses in over 2,600 healthcare facilities around the world. For more information about The DAISY Award and the Foundation’s other recognition of nurses, faculty and students, visit

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