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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 partners with the University of Minnesota on aspirin use campaign

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

St. Cloud, Minn. – Did you know there are 16,000 new heart attacks and strokes in Minnesota each year?

CentraCare Health is partnering with the University of Minnesota to raise awareness on the health benefits of low-dose aspirin to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke in a targeted population. 

The “Ask About Aspirin” campaign is designed to educate our population on the benefits of this drug and to encourage people to ask their provider if aspirin is right for them. Aspirin helps to reduce clots in the blood that can cause heart attack and stroke to occur.

Daily aspirin can help prevent a first heart attack or stroke.

You may be a candidate if: 

  • You are male between the age of 45 and 79;
  • You are female between the age of 55 and 79;
  • You have not had a bleeding ulcer from the stomach or intestine;
  • You are not allergic to aspirin; and 
  • You are not taking other clot-preventing or anti-inflammatory medications.

Talk to your provider to find out if aspirin use is right for you. For more information, visit