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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

New providers join CentraCare Health – Melrose

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

CentraCare Health – Melrose welcomes Elaine Thelen, DNP and Jennifer Tomford, to its medical staff.

Jennifer Tomford, DNP, is a certified nurse practitioner who began a new role as a provider and has been employed by CentraCare for 18 years, serving in a variety of roles.

She received her doctorate of nursing practice from the College of St. Scholastica in May 2018 and is certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She enjoys all aspects of family medicine.

A native of Melrose, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family and being outside, especially around a lake or beach. She also is a sports fan with a particular love of the Minnesota Vikings.

Elaine Thelen, a certified nurse practitioner, joined CentraCare Health – Melrose in September.

She received her doctorate of nursing practice from the College of St. Scholastica in May 2018 and is certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Prior to coming to Melrose, Elaine worked at the Albany Hospital and St. Gabriel’s in Little Falls. She enjoys all aspects of family medicine and will strive to treat each patient through a holistic, patient-centered approach.

A native of Avon, Elaine, her husband and three children now live on a small hobby farm. She also enjoys woodworking, crafts, reading and gardening.

Thelen and Tomford are accepting new patients. Appointments can be requested by calling 320-256-4228.