Healthcare is about to change in two Central Minnesota communities as new medical campuses are taking shape in both Long Prairie and Melrose. From a distance, they look like massive construction projects, but dig deeper and you’ll find what makes these facilities special is the community efforts that are helping make these dreams reality.

In Long Prairie, CentraCare Health is building a $40 million new medical campus and assisted living facility that will serve the community for generations to come. The project was made possible by one of the most remarkable community fundraising efforts to date. This small community came together to donate more than $2.5 million to support the project, which exceeded goals and expectations. “It was inspiring,” said Dan Swenson, administrator, CentraCare Health – Long Prairie. “It showed how a small, but passionate group of supporters can make a big difference for the entire community.” More than 500 people donated generously to support the project, which will replace the current 60-year-old hospital.

To learn more, visit: www.centracare.com/BuildingLongPrairie

A similar effort is taking place in Melrose. As part of CentraCare’s commitment to this community, plans are moving forward for a $26 million, 53,000 square-foot hospital that will serve as the new healthcare hub for people living in the area. It will replace the existing hospital and provide the much-needed facilities, amenities and resources to ultimately improve the patient care experience and foster health care excellence. Fundraising efforts are underway to support pieces of the project that would not be possible without the generosity of the community. “The community is really rallying around this project,” said Gerry Gilbertsen, administrator, CentraCare Health – Melrose. “The people of Melrose are excited about this new facility, which is going to be a really special place.” To date, donors have contributed $788,358 toward a goal of $1.5 million to support this project, which is anticipated to open in winter 2017.

To learn more, or to contribute to this effort, visit: www.centracare.com/BuildingMelroseHospital

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