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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

Nicole Bjerke Wins National Philanthropy Award

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

Nicole Bjerke, CentraCare Health—Long Prairie, has been included in the inaugural Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) Forty Under 40 list. Nicole Bjerke

The Forty Under 40 program is designed to recognize the future leaders within the health care philanthropy community. AHP is honoring these 40 young professionals because they are shaping the future of the health care development industry.

Bjerke, a Senior Development Officer for CentraCare Health’s Foundation, successfully secured over $3.2 million to support the building of a new medical campus, significantly surpassing the initial fundraising goal of $2 million. She also successfully carried a funding request to the Minnesota Legislature in 2018 securing $700,000 through the state bonding bill toward the Regional Community Well-Being Center.

According to Brad Konkler, Vice President Philanthropy and Community Health, CentraCare Health Foundation, “Nicole Bjerke’s outstanding leadership and tireless commitment to CentraCare’s mission has had a deep impact in Long Prairie, Minnesota and beyond. She is a consummate professional who thrives on engaging the community and supporting health and well-being for all. She is a true results-oriented team player and very deserving of this award.”

Bjerke will be recognized at the 2018 AHP Annual International Conference October 17-20 in San Diego.

“Telling member stories and sharing best practices are at the core of what AHP is all about,” said Alice Ayres, AHP president & CEO. “I’m so thrilled that through the Forty Under 40 program, members have shared the stories of our up-and-coming leaders—those making significant impact on the industry so early in their careers.”