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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 16 nurses who were selected as finalists for the 2020 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Award.

Out of the distinguished finalists, CentraCare had four category winners: Lori Steffen, Public Health Nursing category; Debra Mock, LPN category; Cameron Atkinson, Neonatal category; and Melissa Bray-Erickson, Women’s Health category.

The March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Award ceremony was held virtually on Oct. 23 to recognize local nurses who — especially during the COVID-19 pandemic — are on the frontlines caring for families.

The additional Nurse of the Year finalists from CentraCare were:

  • Hani Jacobson, Diversity & Advocacy
  • Christine Neu, LPN
  • Melissa Blake, LPN
  • Michelle Johnson, LPN
  • Nicole Blake, Mental Health
  • Corrine Aarestad, Neonatal
  • Kim Welvaert, Neonatal
  • Stacy Kuechle, Neonatal
  • Heidi Lohse, Public Health Nursing
  • Amanda Walz, Rising Star
  • Courtney Bevans, Rising Star
  • Maggie McLaird, Staff Nurse – General Care
  • Kallyne Harren, Women's Health

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.