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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

Your child isn’t feeling well? Walk on in.

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

Your son wakes up complaining that his ear hurts. Your “mom radar” tells you that it’s an ear infection — he has had cold symptoms for a week. And you don’t want to wait until the end of the day to get him examined.

If this scenario happens at your house, just bring your child (ages birth – 21 years) to CentraCare Clinic’s Pediatric Walk-In Care. We are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday — no appointment necessary.

Our pediatric providers specialize in children’s acute/urgent needs such as:

  • Cough/cold
  • Ear pain
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Vomiting/diarrhea
  • Minor injuries/lacerations
  • Pinkeye
  • Rash
  • Stomach pain
  • Urinary symptoms

Patients with non-urgent or more chronic/complex problems will be asked to schedule an appointment with their primary care provider. Walk-In Care providers are not able to treat pediatric patients with depression, behavioral issues, gynecological concerns, wart treatment or patients who need physicals.

Get the most out of your time with the provider

Bring a list of:

  • Questions
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Current medications
  • Herbal or other alternative medicines or treatments used

Ask questions — especially if you don’t understand what the provider has told you.

After the appointment, call if you have questions or if your child’s symptoms get worse.

Our pediatric providers want the same thing you do — for your child to be healthy and happy.

CentraCare Health offers a variety of care options to serve you.