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“Whether it’s with residents, businesses, organizations or even competitors, our priority is to do what’s right for the people we serve. Partnerships have been part of our history and they will shape our future.” – Ken Holmen, MD, President & CEO

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“Whether it’s with residents, businesses, organizations or even competitors, our priority is to do what’s right for the people we serve. Partnerships have been part of our history and they will shape our future.” – Ken Holmen, MD, President & CEO

Nothing is more personal than your health. That’s why we strive to give our best for you every day. This is only possible if we partner closely with you to help keep you healthy and care for you when illness strikes.

Our community partnerships look different, because each community is unique. Sometimes we partner with residents or local businesses, or other not-for-profit organizations (churches, the YMCA, Catholic Charities, foodbanks, etc.), and at times with city government and other healthcare providers. In this report, you will see a variety of ways in which CentraCare partners with you to serve the nearly 700,000 people who live in our communities.

As we expand and deepen our relationships with you, rest assured that our commitment to providing excellent quality care remains at our core. Today, CentraCare Health employs nearly 10,000 people in areas ranging from primary care to senior services to hospital services – and everything in between. Many of our care sites have received local and national recognition for superior quality and service, and these can be found at www.centracare.com. For example, St. Cloud Hospital has been named a national “100 Top Hospital” ten times and has earned Magnet status for excellence in nursing every year since 2004. Few health systems in the country have achieved either of these accomplishments.

Please enjoy the enclosed stories. As you do, remember that we have a shared purpose. You have supported CentraCare, for which we are deeply grateful, and we will always support you. As healthcare continues to change, know that we’re in this together, and we are here to partner with you, every step of the way.

Regards,
Ken Holmen, MD
President & CEO, CentraCare Health

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