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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

Safe Place for Newborns

Published in Birthing Services, OB/GYN Services, For the Health of It Author: Melissa Lahn, MSN, RN, C-OB

At CentraCare Health, we urge women who have had a baby, are scared and don’t know what to do, to bring the newborn to one of our hospitals, urgent care clinics or any Safe Place for Newborns.

According to Minnesota law, an unharmed newborn — up to 7 days old — can be brought to any hospital or urgent care facility. A mother also can call 911 and give the baby to the ambulance staff. It is completely confidential and the police will not be notified. The hospital will give protective shelter, health care and aid to newborns. The health care providers will work with county social services to find a safe home for the baby.

Minnesota’s Safe Place for Newborns law was first enacted in 2000. According to the Minnesota Department of Human Services, three infants were given up in 2016 as part of Minnesota’s Safe Place for Newborns law, 10 infants in 2015 and six in 2014.

To find out more, visit Safe Place for Newborns - MN or their Facebook page.

Learn more about the Safe Place for Newborns law from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

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