Brad Konkler, Vice President, Philanthropy & Community Health
One of the most rewarding aspects of being part of the CentraCare Health Foundation is witnessing the generosity from so many people across Central Minnesota and beyond. We are humbled again this year by the acts of kindness from so many, which help CentraCare fulfill its mission to improve the health of every patient, every day.
Through the Foundation, we are always looking for opportunities to more closely connect the community to CentraCare, whether that’s through volunteering efforts, partnerships or financial support. We also try to provide many different options for you to support CentraCare so that your contribution honors your intent and benefits the community.
In this year’s report, we highlight several of the people and businesses that have inspired us through their actions. We hope you enjoy these stories and we thank you for your continued support, which benefits programs, services and efforts that are strengthening our service community.
Vice President, Philanthropy & Community Health
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The Chapel has been a cornerstone for St. Cloud Hospital, since it opened in 1928. It continues to be a sacred place for people of all denominations and beliefs — a place for solace, reflection, meditation and peace.read more
Gene and Sheelah Windfeldt have been generous supporters of CentraCare Health for many years. Yet, when you ask Gene what motivates him to give back, he’ll quickly tell you that he doesn’t look at it that way.read more
When Jane Seymour visited St. Cloud in May 2017 to be part of CentraCare’s Spring Fling fundraiser, she talked about the importance of keeping your heart open. So, it was only fitting that while here, she dedicated a replica of her Open Heart sculpture.read more
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines philanthropy as: “goodwill to fellow members of the human race.” That’s exactly the philosophy embraced by the CentraCare Health Foundation in 2016 when it launched its philanthropy efforts in Monticello.read more
CentraCare’s vision for cancer care in Central Minnesota is one that takes into consideration every need of every patient, every day. To achieve this vision and provide leading-edge quality cancer care throughout the region, CentraCare plans to build a new Cancer Survivor Center.read more
For most people, the idea of establishing a will or mapping out an estate plan is not on the top of the “to-do” list. It’s easy to put off and may not even be something people want to think about.read more
Father Mark Stang has always been about connections. Growing up on a farm near St. Nicholas, he felt connected to the land, and when he joined the priesthood in 1990, it was a connection to a higher calling that he answered. Around that same time, life took a turn when he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma that had spread to his lymph nodes.read more
Diane Wojtanowicz and her family were no longer using their 40-acre property north of Itasca State Park, so they decided to donate the real estate with proceeds benefiting health care in their community.read more
The CentraCare Foundation recognizes the incredible contributions of several community leaders who recently passed away. These individuals were passionate supporters of the Foundation and supported its mission through significant contributions over the years.read more
CentraCare Health Foundation hosted its annual La Gratitude celebration on Sept. 29, 2016. The event honored the generous donors from the past year and recognized three donors with awards for their dedication and commitment to the CentraCare Health Foundation:read more