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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 Community with a Vision

Beginning in 1860, individual physicians initially served the Paynesville community when Dr. Robert Hoover arrived in Paynesville. In 1898, Dr. P. C. Pilon purchased and remodeled a building that would become the area’s first hospital. But the people of Paynesville envisioned more for health care in their neighborhood. Residents in this small community raised $87,771 (equal to more than $900,000 today) to support building of a new hospital. With a staff of 21 people, Paynesville Community Hospital opened on October 28, 1956. Over the next several decades, the hospital continued to expand and add services, and it became part of CentraCare in October 2013. CentraCare – Paynesville continues our tradition of local community people dedicating their time and resources to ensuring their friends and families have excellent health care near home.

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