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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 Names Gardner SVP, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

CentraCare has promoted Anthony Gardner to Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, effective Sept. 6.

Since joining CentraCare in 2015 as vice president of marketing and communications, Gardner has led the organization’s brand strategy and internal and external communications, including critical communications during COVID-19.

"In the last several years, through Anthony’s leadership, CentraCare has become increasingly aware of the strategic importance of effective brand and reputation management and effective communications,” said Dr. Ken Holmen, CentraCare President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are confident that Anthony’s experience and expertise will serve CentraCare and our community well in the years ahead,” Holmen said.

Gardner has served on the national Board of Directors for the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development. He has also served on multiple community boards, with an emphasis on non-profit culture and arts organizations. He currently serves on the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Gardner earned a BA in biomedical engineering from Yale University, an MBA from the University of Chicago, and an MA in Health Communication from Johns Hopkins University. He is a fellow of the Advisory Board in Washington, D.C.