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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

CentraCare Nurses Receive March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

CentraCare was honored to have 12 nurses who were selected as finalists for the 2019 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Award. Out of more than 300 finalists, Kim Welvaert, Neonatal lactation nurse, was named the 2019 Distinguished Nurse of the Year.

Out of the distinguished finalists, CentraCare also had four category winners: Jessica Thoma, Education & Research category; Diane Pelant, Leadership category; Melanie Odden, Neonatal category and Sara Maciej, Oncology category.

The March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Award ceremony was held Oct. 25 in the Twin Cities, where our nurses were recognized with many others from across the state.

The additional Nurse of the Year finalists from CentraCare were:

Andrea Gravley, Advanced Practice
Mallory Mondloch, Innovative and Non-Traditional Nursing
Barbara Stanley, Neonatal
Catherine Bowe, Neonatal
Nicolette Leaders, Public Health Nursing
Holly Mondloch, Rising Star
Lisa Kilgard, Staff Nurse – General Care

The March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards celebrates the health care community in recognizing nursing excellence and achievements in research, education, quality patient care, innovation and leadership.