Caduceus Society

La Gratitude 2019
Recognizing philanthropic leaders in Central Minnesota for their generous support.
See this year's award recipients

Elaina Lee

Elaina Lee, MD
Caduceus Society Chair

The Caduceus Society is a philanthropic guild of our CentraCare Foundation open to Central Minnesota practicing and retired medical staff who make a gift to support the Foundation’s mission of improving health and health care.

As a provider, membership begins at $100 of giving. Legacy memberships begin at $10,000 of giving. Caduceus Society members are invited to La Gratitude, the annual CentraCare Foundation donor recognition event.

Caduceus Committee

  • Dr. Elaina Lee
  • Dr. John Mahowald
  • Dr. Maria Mallory
  • Dr. Shawn McGee
  • Dr. Andy Mulder
  • Dr. Nicholas Reuter
  • Dr. Kevin Smith
  • Dr. Paul Van Gorp
  • Dr. Ulrika Wigert
  • Dr. Darin Willardsen
  • Dr. Patrick Zook

Caduceus Award Recipient

Dr. Pelzel receives 2019 Caduceus Award

Jamie Pelzel, MD, CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center, was honored Oct. 3 with the Caduceus Award. This award recognizes the outstanding work of Central Minnesota physicians who exhibit humanitarian medical efforts locally or around the world.

Dr. Pelzel was nominated because of his compassion as a physician, his ability to be a successful leader and humanitarian who truly lives his mission in the world.

In appreciation for his commitment to serving patients and families, the CentraCare Foundation Caduceus Fund will be making a donation to the CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center in honor of Dr. Pelzel.

Meet Dr. Pelzel

Jamie Pelzel

Jamie Pelzel, MD
Cardiologist
CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center

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About Dr. Pelzel

  • CentraCare’s Heart Failure Program Director since its inception seven years ago; program offers a full‐time heart failure hospital service and a comprehensive heart failure clinic including monthly Heart Failure Support Groups held in the community.
  • Started the first Shared Care program for LVAD (Left Ventricular Assist Device) patients in St. Cloud nine years ago.
  • Instrumental in developing the Mechanical Circulatory Support program at St. Cloud Hospital.
  • Implanted the first CardioMEMS Device in St. Cloud in 2015 to kick off CentraCare’s Advanced Heart Failure Program.
  • Humanitarian, charitable and volunteer work includes:
    • International humanitarian efforts (Haiti, Mexico, Tanzania)
    • Dr. Pelzel’s family, including his wife and children, have travelled together on medical and community mission trips
    • Charitable and volunteer contributions include support of Cathedral High School, Salvation Army, Send Them Forward (Twin Cities sustainable and affordable housing program), Loving Shephard Ministry (in Haiti), Harvest Call, and Lifesong for Orphans (in Haiti and Tanzania).

Past Caduceus Award Recipients

  • 2018 Drs. Merryn Jolkovsky and Patrick Lalley
  • 2017 Dr. Patrick Zook
  • 2016 No award given
  • 2015 Dr. David Kroska
  • 2014 Dr. Paul Van Gorp
  • 2013 Dr. Thomas Leither
  • 2012 Dr. Richard Hart
  • 2011 Dr. Scott Davis
  • 2010 Dr. Cindy Melloy
  • 2009 Dr. Nicholas Reuter
  • 2008 Dr. Paul Dorsher
  • 2007 Drs. Gary A. Boeke & Paul W. Schultz
  • 2006 No award given
  • 2005 Drs. Paul Heath, James M. Smith, Wes Streed & Joe Wenner
  • 2004 Dr. Hans Engman
  • 2003 Dr. Harold Windschitl

Active Caduceus Society Members

Members achieve active standing by contributing to the CentraCare Foundation Caduceus Society during the current calendar year.

  • Dr. Nelson L. & Charisse A. Adamson
  • Dr. Oluade A. & Adeyoola A. Ajayi
  • Dr. Luther (+) & Julie Aronson Dehnel
  • Dr. Burton (+) & Evelyn Bancroft
  • Joe & Patty Blonski
  • Dr. Frank T. & Alice L. Brown
  • Dr. & Mrs. Stephen Cragle
  • Dr. Thomas L. & Mary M. Cress
  • Dr. Steven M. & Rhonda Kopp Danielson
  • Dr. Amy & Eric Dearking
  • Peter & Nancy Dehnel
  • Paul & Joanne Dorsher
  • Dr. Jacob & Nicole Eiler
  • Rene Eldidy, MD
  • Dr. Dahlia Elkadi
  • Drs. Alan D. & Adella Espelien
  • Dr. Kelly B. & Neil C. Fandel
  • Dr. John H. & Jeanne M. Geiser
  • Dr. Winn & Denise Gregory
  • Dr. Albert S. & Janice Hammond
  • Dr. Harrison H. Hanson
  • Dr. Patrick & Juliann Heller
  • John Hering, MD
  • Linda & Ken Holmen
  • Dr. Allen & Laura Horn
  • Dr. James R. & Kelly S. Hover
  • Dwight & Audrey Jaeger
  • Christina & Kevin Jenner
  • Dr. Rajan Jhanjee
  • Peter & Janelle Johnson
  • Dr. Donald J. Jurgens
  • Dr. Patrick M. & Debra S. Lalley
  • Dr. Srilakshmi Lankireddy & Vamsi Dwaram
  • Dr. Theresa M. & John Lau
  • Dr. Elaina Lee
  • Dr. Nathan D. & Leslie Lee
  • Dr. Danielle & Michael Leighton
  • Dr. Thomas W. & Deanne Leither
  • Dr. Girum Lemma & Wuby Akalu
  • Stephen A. Leslie, MD
  • Dr. Timothy L. & Laura Malling
  • Dr. Andrew & Sarah Maloney
  • Dr. Edward & William Martin-Chaffee
  • Mark & Ronda Matthias
  • Peter McCowan
  • Dr. Lynn M. McFarling
  • Dr. Carl M. Melling
  • Joel Miron, MD
  • Dr. Paul T. and Nancy (+) Moran
  • George & Mary Kay Morris
  • Dr. Thomas J. & Kathleen Nardi
  • Dr. Vickie Nash & Don Dewitt
  • Dr. Randy & Vicki Nelson
  • Dr. Timothy Olson
  • Marilyn Peitso, MD & Peder Hegland
  • Drs. Ted & Jane Peterson
  • Dr. Dennis L. & Denise Peterson
  • Dr. Gregory C. & Mary P. Pippert
  • Dr. Scott A. & Lisa M. Rahm
  • Dr. Deborah Rasmussen
  • Dr. Nicholas & Bernice Reuter
  • Dr. Tiffany M. & Eric A. Rickbeil
  • Dr. David J. & Susan M. Roberts
  • Jessie L.K. Roske MD
  • Drs. Brian & Susanne Rupert
  • Thomas and Cheri Satre
  • Melanie & Chris Schmidt
  • Dr. John M. & Amy Schmitz
  • Dr. Thomas G. & Myra Lee Schrup
  • Dr. Joel C. & Susan Shobe
  • Dave & Jill Smith
  • Kevin L. Smith, MD
  • Dr. J. Weston Smith
  • Dr. Steven J. & Bethany D. Solum
  • Dr. Stephen (+) & Mary Sommers
  • Larry Strate, MD
  • Dr. Wesley J. & Jean A.(+) Streed
  • Dr. Fareed Suri & Aqsa Nadeem
  • Lola Sutherland, MD
  • Dr. Jessica & Andy Swartout
  • Kevin & Linda Switzer
  • Dr. Tracey B. Thompson
  • Drs. David & Janet Tilstra
  • Dr. Theodore & Andrea Truitt
  • Dr. Hilary I. & Lilyan U. Ufearo
  • Dr. Timothy & Valerie Vedder
  • Dr. Dove D. & Tracey L. Watkin
  • Dr. Darin D. & Katy Willardsen
  • Dr. Thomas L. & Judith A. Wyne
  • Dr. Joseph & Teresa Zeleny Fund
  • Randy & Molly Zimmerman
  • Pat & Penny Zook
  • Dr. Lindsey R. Chmielewski & Selvin Gonzalez
  • Dr. Sherrie Erickson-Birkedahl & Lawrence Birkedahl

Deceased (+)

List as of June 30, 2018

Legacy Caduceus Society Members

Legacy standing is achieved once a Caduceus Society member has cumulatively given $10,000 or more. Gifts may be expendable or endowed and may be paid immediately or as a pledge payment over a five-year period.

$500,000+
Dr. Wesley J. & Jean A.(+) Streed

$250,000+
Dr. Michael C. & Kendra Flanagan
Dr. John Mahowald & Donna Kuhl
Dr. John & Joyce Matsuura
Dr. Terence & Sue Pladson

$100,000+
Dr. Luther(+) & Julie Aronson Dehnel
Dr. Paul J. & Joanne E. Dorsher
Dr. Ken & Linda Holmen
Dr. Dwight E. & Audrey C. Jaeger
Dr. Paul T. and Nancy (+) Moran
Dr. Nicholas & Bernice Reuter
Dr. Paul E. Van Gorp & Roberta M. Knutson

$50,000+
Dr. Stephen P. & Beth Cragle
Dr. Walter N. & Trecia Ann Ellis
Dr. John H. & Jeanne M. Geiser
Dr. Richard W. & Patricia Hart
Dr. Allen & Laura Horn
Drs. Richard & Merryn R. Jolkovsky
Dr. Gerald L. & Karen Jurgens
Dr. Edward & William Martin-Chaffee
Dr. Mark & Ronda Matthias
Dr. Chris & Denise Moellentine
Dr. Thomas G. & Myra Lee Schrup
Drs. David & Janet Tilstra
Dr. Daniel J. & Judy A. Whitlock
Dr. Darin D. & Katy Willardsen

$25,000+
Drs. Stacia Anderson & Matthew Hwang
Dr. Joseph M. & Patty Blonski
Dr. Stephen M. & Bonnie Bologna
Dr. Frank T. & Alice L. Brown
Dr. Eileen H. & Brian H. Dauer
Dr. Michael J. & Roberta L. Dorle
Dr. Rene & Milady Eldidy
Dr. Fred J. & Lynn Engman
Dr. Jason & Debra Erickson
Drs. Ronald D. & Michelle Hanson
Dr. Patrick & Juliann Heller
Dr. Mark D. & Susie Osaki Holm
Dr. Scot W. & Gretchen Hutton
Dr. James L. & Mary Jost
Dr. Donald J. Jurgens
Dr. David A. & Susan M. Kroska
Dr. Lanse C. & Livia Lang
Dr. Thomas W. & Deanne Leither
Dr. Douglas R. & Taimi T. Liepert
Dr. James W. & Vicki Lundeen
Dr. Todd D. & Sarah Magnuson
Dr. Eric T. McFarling
Dr. Lynn M. McFarling
Dr. Cindy Jensen Melloy & Thomas P. Melloy
Dr. John R. & Kathryn A. Reisinger
Dr. David J. & Susan M. Roberts
Dr. John M. & Amy Schmitz
Drs. Kevin Smith & Angelina Ausban
Dr. Stephen (+) & Mary Sommers
Dr. Michael & Nina Steil
Dr. Fareed Suri & Aqsa Nadeem
Dr. Jessica & Andy Swartout
Dr. Tracey B. Thompson
Dr. Theodore O. & Andrea R. Truitt
Dr. Dove D. & Tracey L. Watkin
Dr. Harold E. & Shirley Windschitl
Dr. Mohamed S. Yassin

$10,000+
Dr. Oluade A. & Adeyoola A. Ajayi
Dr. Hani S. & Majedah Alkhatib
Drs. Robert Ang & Belen Dy
Dr. Richard & Michaela Backes
Dr. Burton (+) & Evelyn Bancroft
Drs. Steven H. & Barbara J. Bollinger
Dr. Jon C. & Barb Bowar
Dr. Philip F. & Kristine Boyle
Dr. Bryan J. & Kirsten H. Brindley
Dr. Dennis & Jeanne Carreras
Dr. & Mrs. Thomas H. & Paulette M. Como
Dr. Thomas L. & Mary M. Cress
Dr. Robert (+) & Patricia Cumming
Dr. Amy & Eric Dearking
Drs. Kevin J. & Beth A. Donnelly
Dr. Craig M. & Jennifer Doschadis
Dr. Ann Dunnigan
Dr. Charles Ehlen
Dr. Dahlia Elkadi
Dr. Hans H. & Sharon L. Engman
Dr. Kelly B. & Neil C. Fandel
Drs. Jeffrey S. & Terri T. Gerdes
Dr. Winn & Denise Gregory
Dr. Albert S. & Janice Hammond
Drs. Chad A. & Sheri Haroldson
Dr. Mark D. & Joanne C. Hauge
Dr. John R. & Shannon M. Hering
Drs. H. Thomas (+) & Kathleen Hobday
Drs. Weining Hu & Yi Zheng
Dr. Craig M. & LuAnne Johnson
Dr. Janelle & Peter H. Johnson
Dr. Andrea Kales
Drs. Jerome P. & Mary U. Keating
Dr. Robert J. & Joanne Keck
Dr. James (+) & June Kelly
Dr. Todd M. & Laura Kor
Dr. Barry A. & Leslie Labine
Dr. John M. & Nancy Lacika
Dr. Patrick M. & Debra S. Lalley
Dr. Henri P. & Patricia Lanctin
Dr. Theresa M. & John Lau
Dr. Elaina Lee
Dr. Danielle & Michael Leighton
Dr. David R. & Gretchen Lindgren
Dr. Creston M. Martin
Dr. Mark J. & Lisa B. Martone
Dr. Simon & Renee Milstein
Drs. Dale J. Minnerath & Sylvia R. Sundberg
Dr. George & Mary Kay Morris
Dr. Tracy E. Napp
Dr. Frank P. & Tracy Nellans
Dr. Peter & Laurie Nelson
Dr. Joseph P. & Veronica Nessler
Drs. Hoang Nguyen & Nhan Quyen
Dr. Timothy Olson
Dr. Troy & Sandra Payne
Dr. Marilyn Peitso & Peder Hegland
Dr. Jamie M. & Jodi Pelzel
Drs. Theodore A. & Jane M. Peterson
Dr. Brett A. & Jonathan Pinkerton
Dr. Deborah P. & Charles G. Rasmussen
Dr. Jodi K. Regan & Dean Moritz
Dr. Nathaniel & Valerie Reuter
Dr. William (+) & Millie Rice
Drs. Brian & Susanne Rupert
Dr. Thomas J. & Cheryl J.K. Satre
Dr. Christian & Melanie Schmidt
Dr. Timothy N. & Amy Schuchard
Dr. Tereasa & Eric Simonson
Dr. David L. & Jill Smith
Dr. Joel P. & Jenny Spalding
Drs. Kim & Chad Spaulding
Dr. Mary A. Stiles
Drs. Robert E. Stocker & Catherine A. Matuska
Dr. Janelle K. & Terry D. Strom
Dr. Pradub & Rampai Sukhum
Dr. Read & Tammy Sulik
Dr. Kevin & Linda Switzer
Dr. John Teskey & Kathleen Mahon
Dr. Daniel J. & Julie S. Tiede
Dr. Hilary I. & Lilyan Ufearo
Dr. Philip H. & Kay VanderStoep
Dr. Roderick D. & Amy Vansurksum
Dr. Timothy & Valerie Vedder
Dr. Thomas L. & Judith A. Wyne

Deceased (+)

List as of June 30, 2018