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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

Dr. Patrick Zook receives 2018 Caduceus award

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

CentraCare Clinic family physician, Patrick Zook, MD, was honored in February with the Caduceus Award. This annual award, presented by the Caduceus Society, recognizes the outstanding work of Central Minnesota physicians who exhibit humanitarian medical efforts locally or around the world. Dr. Patrick Zook

He was a family physician at the St. Cloud Medical Group for over 30 years and retired in November 2017. Even in retirement he continues to be committed to his patients, clinic and health care in our community.

According to CentraCare Health Foundation Vice President of Philanthropy and Community Health Brad Konkler, “Dr. Zook embodies our CentraCare Health mission to provide quality care close to home. He is a caring doctor, a dedicated leader and a respected mentor. We are proud to present this award to him.”

He has served as the Chief of Staff at the St. Cloud Hospital, and has been a member of the Credentials Committee, Board of Trustees and was a leader of the Stearns-Benton Medical Society.

In 2015, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Minnesota Medical Association for his dedicated leadership for medicine in the state of Minnesota. He continues to stay active and involved in his community — he has volunteered regularly at the Salvation Army and continues to work diligently to create a dementia resource center and making St. Cloud a “dementia friendly city.” 

About Caduceus Society

The Caduceus Society is a philanthropic guild of the CentraCare Health Foundation. This society is open to Central Minnesota practicing and retired medical staff who make a gift to support the Foundation’s mission of improving health and health care. Learn more about the Caduecus Society.