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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

Barbara's Story

“After a 5-month recovery, Paynesville woman goes home for Christmas.”

Just like the famous holiday tune by Bing Crobsy, Barbara Monks of Paynesville got her wish. She was "Home for Christmas."

In July 2016, she had a total knee replacement. Following her surgery, Barb had several infections and healing complications. The issues were so persistent that she was admitted into Koronis Manor Care Center a year after her surgery to aid the healing process.

Prior to her stay at Koronis Manor, she was also a patient of the CentraCare – Paynesville Hospital for wound care treatment.

"It's been a long road," said Barb. "But the employees here, and at the hospital, are simply wonderful people. I couldn't have wished for better care givers if I had hand-picked them myself."

Barbara has lived in Paynesville for more than 34 years. She grew up on the family farm and enlisted in the United States Women's Army Corp (WAC) in 1971.

Barb is no stranger to hard work and likes to be busy.

"They keep your hands and mind busy here," she said of Koronis Manor. "I really enjoyed being able to help with some baking activities. I also appreciated the excellent meals and how they were willing to accommodate my diet with food I enjoyed. Let me say, those ladies can really cook!"

Barb was discharged from Koronis Manor Care Center on Friday, December 15, and was looking forward to being home for the holidays and reuniting with her cat, Marbles.

"If I had to live somewhere until the good Lord calls me home, this is where I would want to be. Everyone made sure I was comfortable and taken care of each day. One a scale of 1-10, I'd have to give my care givers all a 20," said Barb.