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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

St. Cloud Hospital Stroke Center to Provide Telestroke Services to Alexandria Starting Feb. 4

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

St. Cloud, Minn. – St. Cloud Hospital Stroke Center will provide Telestroke services to Alexandria starting Feb. 4. Interventional Neurologist M. Fareed Suri, MBBS, will be able to connect to the Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria to view patients experiencing strokes in real time on screen so interventions such as Intravenous tPA medication can quickly be administered to break up clots. Telestroke will speed treatment decisions, which will improve patient outcomes. CentraCare Health – Long Prairie, Sauk Centre, Melrose and Monticello also will have Telestroke capabilities later this winter.

About tPA

Intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (IV tPA) is the only FDA approved drug for the treatment of acute ischemic strokes. It is considered the first line of treatment for acute ischemic stroke but it must be administered within a 3-hour window from the onset of symptoms to work best.