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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

CentraCare Kidney Program receives 5-Diamond Patient Safety status

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The CentraCare Kidney Program achieved 5-Diamond Patient Safety status, the highest status given by Renal Network 11. For two consecutive years, all CentraCare dialysis outpatient facilities and the home therapy program have received this distinction. To qualify, employees were required to complete five Patient Safety educational modules, which included tools and resources for implementation of each patient safety concept, and submit documentation to Network 11.

 “Patient safety is our highest priority, and this program is another example of how our employees attain that goal,” said David Walz, CentraCare Kidney Program Director. 

Renal Network 11 includes the states of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Michigan. It is one of eighteen networks in the United States, established by the federal government to improve the quality of dialysis and kidney transplant services for people with end-stage renal disease.

The CentraCare Kidney Program has 132 employees and offers dialysis services across Central Minnesota including units in: Alexandria, Big Lake, Brainerd, Cambridge, Litchfield, Little Falls, Princeton, St. Cloud and Staples. Together, the outpatient dialysis program provided more than 68,500 treatments in 2013.