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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 Health Foundation Donates Helmets

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

St. Cloud, Minn. – CentraCare Health Foundation recently donated 500 children’s helmets to Rocori Community Education, Big Lake Middle School’s Academic Achievement Celebration, Sartell St. Stephen Physical Education Department and the St. Cloud Family YMCA. The donations totaled more than $5,000 and are designed to encourage safety along with active lifestyles in young people.

“Wearing helmets correctly could prevent one death every day and one head injury every four minutes,” said Dawn Moen, BLEND (Better Living: Exercise & Nutrition Daily) specialist. “About 600,000 people go to the emergency room for bicycle-related injuries each year and 58 percent of those are children younger than 16. Sadly, 250 of these children will die from their injuries. We want children to ride their bikes, but we want them to do it safely. It is estimated that 75 percent of bicycle-related fatalities could have been prevented by wearing a properly fitted helmet.”

CentraCare Emergency Trauma Services, in partnership with the CentraCare Health Foundation, provides complimentary helmet fittings and education as well as a limited supply of helmets for children that would otherwise be unable to afford one. To arrange an event or classroom visit, please call 320-251-2700, extension 53807.