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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 takes measures to protect its patients, employees against influenza

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

St. Cloud, Minn. – CentraCare Health has implemented an influenza vaccination campaign for the 2014-2015 influenza season that requires all health care workers to be vaccinated or to wear a mask when in areas where patients may be present. The Centers for Disease Control and Minnesota Department of Health support universal influenza vaccination of health care workers because it has proven to decrease the risk of illness and death related to influenza. The single best way to prevent influenza is to get vaccinated each year.

“We are committed to improving patient safety and quality of care, particularly infection prevention in the health care setting during the influenza season,” said Thomas Schrup, MD, Medical Director of Provider Relations for CentraCare Clinic. “As a health care organization and as a matter of public health, we must lead by example to prevent the spread of influenza.”

Every year, influenza kills 250,000 to 500,000 people worldwide. In 2011, influenza and pneumonia were the eighth leading causes of death with more than 50,000 people in the United States dying due to complications related to influenza and pneumonia.