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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 Nationally Recognized for Inpatient Mental Health Services

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

St. Cloud, Minn. — St. Cloud Hospital recently was awarded Platinum designation by Optum, formerly known as United Behavioral Health, for the remarkable care provided to mental health inpatients. The Platinum designation is the highest level of achievement given by Optum. Of more than 500 facilities participating in the clinical quality program, St. Cloud Hospital was one of 80 nationwide and the only hospital in Minnesota awarded at the Platinum level.

The Platinum distinction is based on clinical data collected by Optum during the course of an entire year. Optum looked at specific criteria, such as readmission rates and average length of inpatient stay, and compared St. Cloud Hospital’s data to that of other regionally-based facilities. Of the several key data points examined, St. Cloud Hospital exceeded all.

“We are extremely proud and honored to have received this Platinum distinction,” said Dave Hartford, Behavioral Health care center director. “I think it’s truly a well-deserved acknowledgement of the great work being performed by our team here at St. Cloud Hospital. When a provider refers a patient to our facility, they know that patient is going to receive excellent care. Receiving Optum’s Platinum recognition affirms that our providers’ trust is well placed with St. Cloud Hospital.