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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 receives Blue Distinction Center+ designation for quality and efficiency

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota recently redesignated St. Cloud Hospital as a Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program in the areas of Spine Surgery+ and Knee and Hip+Replacement for expertise in quality and cost efficiency in delivering specialty care.

As a Blue Distinction® Center+, St. Cloud Hospital meets or exceeds the overall quality measures for patient safety and outcomes, as well as cost measures that address consumers’ need for affordable health care. Research confirms that Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients, with lower rates of complications and readmissions than their peers. Blue Distinction Centers+ also are more than 20 percent more cost-efficient.

St. Cloud Hospital has the only Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery north of the Twin Cities.

St. Cloud Hospital Center for Neurosciences (Spine)
St. Cloud Hospital’s Center for Neuroscience, includes a wide array of services, with a strong focus on medical and surgical spine needs. From inpatient care, rehabilitation, to outpatient services, the care center is designed to enhance the quality of life for these patients. Through collaboration with CentraCare Clinic Neurosurgery, St. Cloud Orthopedics, and CentraCare Rehabilitation and Therapies, patients are provided the continuum of care necessary to achieve the best possible outcome.

St. Cloud Hospital Bone & Joint Center
The Bone & Joint Center, a collaborative effort of St. Cloud Hospital and St. Cloud Orthopedics, offers a full array of specialty and subspecialty care in total joint replacements, total joint revisions, hand/shoulder surgery and sports medicine.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota 
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, with headquarters in the St. Paul suburb of Eagan, was chartered in 1933 as Minnesota’s first health plan and continues to carry out its charter mission today as a health company: to promote a wider, more economical and timely availability of health services for the people of Minnesota. Blue Cross is a not-for-profit, taxable organization. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, headquartered in Chicago. Go to to learn more about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.

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