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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

Building a Healthy Community

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

This fall, the community of Long Prairie will celebrate something remarkable. After years of dreaming, planning and building, this town has a new, state-of-the-art medical campus – one that is efficient for both patients and staff. Some of the highlights include:

  • Private patient rooms 
  • Easily accessible and private emergency department
  • Two operating suites
  • Private recovery rooms
  • Dedicated labor and delivery suites
  • An in-house MRI
  • A healing garden 
  • A bistro that is open to the public

CentraCare Health – Long Prairie has become a reality because of committed members of a community – people who are committed to their town, their families and their neighbors.

Together, more than 500 people raised over $2.5 million. That is no small feat for one of the most economically challenged communities in Minnesota. This tells me that keeping health care viable and accessible in Long Prairie matters. That wellness matters. That Long Prairie matters. I hear this from the community members I have spoken with. I saw it in their faces at the groundbreaking, when the capital campaign goal was surpassed, when the last structural beam was raised and I’ll see it again as we open the doors to the new CentraCare Health – Long Prairie medical campus. 
Join us in celebrating this amazing journey at our Open House on Monday, Oct. 9!

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world, indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”

- Margaret Mead