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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

Ensure your prescription medications are working for you

Published in Pharmacy, For the Health of It Author: Jessica Lind, PharmD, BCACP

We live in a time where there are now countless medications to help with a variety of conditions and illnesses. With all of these options can often come potential concerns.

Whether you get your medications over-the-counter, by prescription, or both — it can be difficult to know how your medications work best, what side effects to be aware of and if there are others that may work better for you.

To help further assist patients with medication-related concerns, there is a new service available at CentraCare Health that goes in-depth on this complicated subject. Medication Therapy Management (MTM) is an appointment with a specially trained pharmacist who will help you get the most out of your medications and meet your health care goals.

At your appointment, you will meet one-on-one with a licensed MTM pharmacist who will provide an in-depth review of all your medications including prescription medicines, herbal and dietary supplements and other over-the-counter products. The MTM pharmacist will work directly with your health care provider to make any adjustments needed to help you get the most out of your medications.

MTM pharmacists will:

  • Help you understand why you are taking each of your medications
  • Describe how each medication works
  • Review possible drug interactions
  • Discuss how to avoid or manage medication side effects
  • Determine the best time of day to take each of your medications
  • Answer questions related to the cost of your medications
  • Give you an up-to-date medication list

How much does it cost?

CentraCare Health will work with your insurance company to provide this service to you. MTM helps improve your quality of care and avoid unnecessary health care costs including serious drug interactions.

How do I make an appointment?

CentraCare MTM pharmacists are available Monday through Friday during clinic hours at several CentraCare Health sites. To learn more or schedule your visit with a CentraCare MTM pharmacist, visit or call 320-200-3200.