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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

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

Colon and rectal cancer are a leading cause of cancer death for men and women despite being one of the most preventable forms of cancer. Every year, more than 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and approximately 50,000 people die from it. Early screening and detection are the keys to preventing death from colorectal cancer. Men and women should begin regular screening at age 50, or sooner with family history of cancer or other risk factors.

CentraCare Digestive Center is recognized by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy for promoting quality in endoscopy. Our board-certified gastroenterologists specialize in preventing cancer, and complete more than 16,000 procedures a year. No referral is needed. For more information or to schedule a screening test, call the CentraCare Digestive Center at 320-229-4916.

During the month of March, those ages 50 or older also have the option to receive a FREE immunochemical fecal occult blood test (iFOBT) colon cancer screening kit from the drive-up window at CentraCare Pharmacy at St. Cloud Hospital or from Coborn Cancer Center. Kits are limited. The iFOBT screening does not replace a colonoscopy, which is the best method to detect colorectal cancer. For details regarding the screening kit, call 320-229-4907.