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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

Heart Center Receives Accreditation for Pediatric Transthoracic and Fetal Echocardiography

Published in Heart & Vascular, Media Releases Author: CentraCare

St. Cloud, Minn. – CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center has been accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) for its pediatric transthoracic and fetal echocardiography program. It is one of only a few sites in Minnesota to hold this distinction. IAC grants accreditation to facilities that provide quality patient care in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process and detailed case review.

“Being granted this accreditation is indicative of the quality of our physicians and staff,” said Bob Johnson, executive director, CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center. “They are passionate about providing the best care to patients, going above and beyond the services of an average heart center, to bring specialized heart care to Central Minnesota.”

Each year more than 35,000 babies in the United States are born with congenital heart defects, making it the most common type of birth defect. Over the past few decades, diagnosis and treatment of congenital heart defects have tremendously improved with tools such as echocardiograms. An echocardiogram is a noninvasive ultrasound used to evaluate heart structure and function.

Two pediatric cardiologists at the CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center specialize in diagnosing and treating congenital heart disease, abnormal heart rhythms, chest pain, fainting spells and heart murmurs in children. For more information about their services, call 320-656-7020.