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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

Is your child ready for camp?

Published in Pediatrics, For the Health of It Author: Denise Lenarz, MD

Preparing your child for the start of camp can help to reduce separation anxiety and make your child feel more secure in a new situation.


  • Work with your child on how to play nicely with other kids, concentrating on avoiding fighting and crying.
  • Talk through a scenario where your child has conflict with another camper. For instance, your child is waiting patiently in line for ice cream treats. Another camper cuts in line. How would your child react?
  • Practice sitting quietly and listening attentively.
  • Teach your child to use the toilet independently.
  • Practice using buttons and zippers and tying shoes.
  • Teach your child your address, phone number and repeating his or her full name.
  • Have a sleepover at a friend’s or grandparent’s house to prepare for overnight camps.