COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update Learn More

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

Become a Hospice Volunteer

Volunteering at a Most Meaningful Time

Volunteers are an important part of the care provided by CentraCare Hospice. They can bring joy and comfort to patients and their families during the last stages of life.

What Do Hospice Volunteers Do?

Volunteers can help patients and families in the following ways:

  • Give respite and emotional support to the patient and family
  • Provide caring companionship to the patient
  • Listen to the concerns and fears of patients and family
  • Provide transportation or help with shopping and errands
  • Read to the patient
  • Write letters for the patient
  • Perform light house duties
  • Provide grief and bereavement support to families and caregivers in the months following the death of their loved one

Volunteers should be sensitive, mature, flexible, patient, reliable, compassionate, respectful and able to have difficult discussions about death and dying.

If you’re interested in becoming a hospice volunteer, please call 320-259-9375 or 800-835-6610 (toll free).

Volunteer Highlight

EvieEvie Bancroft, CentraCare Hospice volunteer and a former nurse, sewed 1,033 masks during the pandemic, which she donated to CentraCare and the local community. Evie’s mask project is a perfect example of how our dedicated volunteers care for others. Her 1,033 masks took:

  • 100 yards of fabric
  • Four spools of thread
  • 14,862 inches of elastic
  • 15,495 minutes