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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:
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Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Kindness is contagious

Published in Behavioral Health Services, For the Health of It Author: Karen Golombecki,LP,PsyD

Licensed Psychologist
CentraCare Health – Adult Behavioral Health

When you do an act of kindness, you receive physical and emotional benefits — as do all others who witnessed the act. Kindness is more contagious than the flu!


Acts of kindness create emotional warmth, which produces oxytocin in the brain and throughout the body. Oxytocin aids in lowering blood pressure. It also increases our self-esteem and optimism, which is extra helpful when we’re in anxious or shy in a social situation. Or when we are feeling down on ourselves for one reason or another. Kindness can put a smile on your face and help you feel healthier and energized.


Studies show that being kind makes you more energetic. It also reduces the effect of stress, which boosts your immunity. Kindness can help with your “get up and go!”


Doing random acts of kindness triggers the release of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that plays a role in mood stability. Random acts of kindness can make both you and the recipient happy. It can turn your day around.


Perpetually kind people have 23 percent less cortisol, the stress hormone, and age two times slower than the average population. For example, people who volunteer tend to experience fewer aches and pains and a 44 percent lower likelihood of dying early. Kindness also can help with your quality of life.

Celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Week Feb. 12-18. Try one of these 50 ideas. Even better, try to do a random act of kindness every day!

“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.” ~ Amelia Earhart