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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

A Big Heart That Keeps On Giving

Everyone who knew him, knows that Dennis Zaun had a big heart. He was hardworking man with a great sense of humor who always was willing to help others. That’s why it was no surprise that Dennis and his wife, Karen, were generous supporters of CentraCare Foundation and other community organizations.

Dennis’ connection to CentraCare started after he experienced a heart attack in 2000. Impressed by the lifesaving care he received, the Zauns looked for ways they could give back to support this high-quality health care for their family, friends and customers in Central Minnesota.

Dennis Zaun
Dennis Zaun

“He would often tell others that the doctors and staff at St. Cloud Hospital saved his life, and he would share how impressed he was of the level of health care available in Central Minnesota,” said his son, Steve.

Dennis wanted their contributions to be an investment in improving health care for the community.

“During his follow-up visits, Dennis often asked his cardiologist about the newest heart advancements and the vision of the heart program,” added his son, Todd.

As a business owner, Dennis worked hard and was well-respected by those he served. He was a CPA who initially worked for Price Waterhouse before buying a small accounting practice in Wadena. To build his practice, he moved to St. Cloud in the late 1970s where he served community bank clients throughout Minnesota.

In his second career as a banker, he served as President of the Farmers & Merchants State Bank of Pierz and also was involved with banks in Park Rapids and Eden Valley.

Even after his sudden death in April 2020, Karen and their sons, Todd and Steve, knew that Dennis would want to continue to support CentraCare. In his honor, they made contributions to CentraCare Foundation to support the Heart & Vascular Center and the St. Benedict’s Community Capital Campaign.

Dennis’ big heart continues to help others.