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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

Lung Cancer: Jo

Cancer Care
“When you hear the word cancer, you feel as though your life is over,” she said. “However, this team at Coborn Cancer Center gives you hope that they can make a difference for you and your future. ”

Simply enjoy each day

After being diagnosed with stage one cancer, Jo Hendrickson, age 70, from Cushing felt her stomach drop. “When you hear the word cancer, you feel as though your life is over,” she said. “However, this team at Coborn Cancer Center gives you hope that they can make a difference for you and your future.”

“Traci Zenner, a registered nurse and lung cancer care coordinator at Coborn Cancer called to explain and coordinate my appointments; she mapped everything out for me. She gave me her full attention and took me through the process step by step. Everyone was very positive, considerate and accommodating.”

Jo was able to utilize Coborn Cancer Center’s new Multidisciplinary Cancer Clinic, which is currently available for lung cancer and breast cancer patients.

In a single visit, the patient meets with a team of experts in a comforting environment and together, the patient and care team select a personalized and unified treatment plan.

Jo was able to utilize Coborn Cancer Center’s new Multidisciplinary Cancer Clinic, which is currently available for lung cancer and breast cancer patients. This program minimizes the time between cancer diagnosis and treatment. In a single visit, the patient meets with a team of experts in a comforting environment and together, the patient and care team select a personalized and unified treatment plan. This process leads to improved communication between providers, better patient experience, higher quality outcomes and lower cost of care. When asking Jo about her experience with the Multidisciplinary Cancer Clinic she stated, “All I had to do was show up on this one day and see all my physicians and care team. Everyone was on the same page, so nice, so caring and so kind. It was like I was the only person they were taking care of. I call them the ‘A team.’”

Throughout Jo’s journey, she received a tremendous amount of support from her family and close friends. They listened to her, drove her to appointments and provided comfort when she needed a friend. From this experience, Joann looks at life differently, wants to travel more and simply enjoy each day!