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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

CentraCare Health to begin providing eye services May 15

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

This May CentraCare Health will begin providing ophthalmology and optometry services at 2000 23rd Street South in Sartell. CentraCare Eye Clinic will serve both adults and children. The clinic will provide medical and surgical eye care, treating a broad range of conditions such as cataracts, diabetes, glaucoma and macular degeneration. An optometrist on staff will provide routine eye exams. CentraCare Optical, an onsite retail shop, will sell glasses, contact lenses and related products.

Shannon Cabrera, M.D., Michael Eichler, M.D., and Cindy Gellner, O.D. (optometrist), will join CentraCare Health and start seeing patients May 15, 2017. Dr. Cabrera is Central Minnesota’s only fellowship-trained pediatric ophthalmologist.

“CentraCare looks forward to adding eye care to its array of services,” said David Tilstra, MD, president of CentraCare Clinic. “Eyes are the “window of health,” and they can be the first indication of other health problems, so it makes sense to have an eye clinic as part of our continuum of care.”

Patients at the new clinic will benefit from integrated and seamless care, as well as a single electronic medical record that will ease communication between ophthalmologists, optometrists and other CentraCare specialists.

“By joining CentraCare, we can enhance quality and efficiency,” said Dr. Cabrera. “We’ll also have access to the latest technology, which is important in this rapidly changing field, especially within the realm of advanced cataract surgery. In addition, with today’s technology, lens implants and laser vision correction can decrease dependence on or eliminate glasses altogether.”

For more information about the clinic or to request an appointment, call 320-229-5120.