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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

A meaningful holiday season

Published in General, For the Health of It Author: Kathleen Mahon, RN, MN, CNP, APHN

The holidays can be a joyous time of year, but they also can escalate stress levels in an already hectic life. While some love the holiday season, others approach it with a measure of dread and the rest of us are somewhere in between. 

How can you enjoy a meaningful holiday season?

Take a moment to step off your “treadmill of life” and pause. Consider the following:

  1. What do the holidays mean to you?
  2. What have been some of your most cherished memories from previous holiday seasons?
  3. What are you most thankful for?
  4. What would you most like to remember about this holiday season?
  5. If this were your last holiday season, what would be most important to you?

The holiday season tends to be a busy time. Taking time to decide what is most important to you can help set some limits.

Remember that putting a little time aside for yourself each day can really help you regain a sense of balance and centeredness so you can be more present and compassionate with those you care for. No better gift than that!