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Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

CentraCare Health Receives Funding for Long Prairie Regional Community Well-Being Center

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

CentraCare Health – Long Prairie will receive $700,000 from the Minnesota Legislature to be used towards a Regional Community Well-Being Center after Gov. Mark Dayton signed the Omnibus Bonding Bill, which totaled $1.5 billion in projects across the state. Local lawmakers Rep. Ron Kresha (R-Little Falls) and Sen. Paul Gazelka (R-Nisswa) authored the original bills in the House and Senate, respectively.

"We are grateful to Governor Dayton, Majority Leader Gazelka and Representative Kresha for supporting this investment in rural Minnesota. This investment will positively impact the health and well-being of many local families living in the region," said CentraCare Director of Government and Community Relations Dave Borgert.

Construction is planned to begin this summer with an anticipated opening in the spring of 2019 for this innovative 12,000-square-foot Regional Community Well-Being Center, located adjacent to the new hospital and clinic in Long Prairie. The center is being funded by both public and private partnerships. To date, more than $1.8 million has been committed to the Wellness Wins Capital Campaign from CentraCare Health employees, individuals, foundations and grants. CentraCare Health is committed to investing $1.3 million. This most recent investment of $700,000 in state funds brings the total commitment to more than $3.8 million toward the initial construction goal of $4.5 million.

This past March, a group of community members and CentraCare Health employees visited the Capitol to advocate for this project funding. “This funding’s success was due, in-part, to many community members who participated in organized efforts," said Dan Swenson, Administrator of CentraCare Health – Long Prairie.

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