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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

From Gratitude to Giving: One Patient’s Story

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” ~ John F. Kennedy

Whether it was starting as a 16-year-old bag boy, or preparing for his retirement from the company 12 years ago, Tim Thueringer learned valuable lessons during his lifelong career at Coborn’s, Inc.

Tim Thueringer
Tim Thueringer

Tim, of Sauk Rapids, saw the importance of giving by watching former Coborn’s, Inc. CEO, Dan Coborn.

“Dan modeled how to show gratitude and appreciation. Personally, I learned from him how to give back and do more. He encouraged his employees to give to the community — he was my mentor and he inspired me.”

And Tim learned that being intentional with gifts was just as important as the gift itself.

“Dan told us it was important to give back, and the best way to do it was to give to a cause that had meaning to you.”

Over the years, Tim watched for a chance to give back, and earlier this year, an opportunity presented itself.

April Doten
April Doten, OT

After a decade-long battle with health issues due to Lyme’s disease, Tim had sought many care options and treatments, but found little to no relief. About two years ago he turned to CentraCare’s adult rehabilitation team, and discovered exactly what he had been looking for: a team who worked with him, assessed his health issues and created a care plan to help him find his way back to health and wellness. And playing an integral part in his success was Occupational Therapist April Doten and Physical Therapist Holly Groetsch.

Grateful for the physical relief and relationships he had built with the rehab team, he asked April what the needs were in their department. She told him about some of their patients’ needs including affording care; and at that moment, he was inspired.

Holly Groetsch
Holly Groetsch, PT
According to Tim, “When I finished up with my physical and occupational therapy in early 2020, I made the decision to make a financial gift. It was really an emotional period for me, and I was grateful I could do something to help others.”

Tim worked with the leaders in rehab who connected him with CentraCare Foundation.

Together they worked to establish the Tim Thueringer Adult/Pediatric Rehabilitation Greatest Needs Fund, which will support patients with financial needs and the needs of rehabilitation services, which include programming and equipment.

Tim’s gift is already being put to great use. Some patients in need are already receiving assistance from this fund, and his dream to give locally to a cause that means something to him, is now fulfilled.

“To me, it’s simply a matter of giving back to the community I grew up in — to those around me and those caring for all of us,” he said.