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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

Back to sleep

Published in Birthing Services, Sleep Medicine, For the Health of It Author: Julie Bunkowski, RNC-NIC, BSN

The Back to Sleep campaign began in 1994 to reduce the number of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) cases. Since its inception, death rates from SIDS has been reduced by 50 percent.

Unfortunately, many parents and caregivers still place babies on their stomachs to sleep. A recent survey by the Consumer Product Safety Commission revealed that only 43 percent of American parents put their babies to sleep on their backs.

For many years, parents did not place babies to sleep on their backs because they believed that the babies would choke on their spit up. Unfortunately, many caregivers — especially older family members and babysitters — still believe this misinformation. The survey also found that only 31 percent of African American parents compared to 47 percent of Caucasian parents and 38 percent of Hispanic parents place their babies to sleep on their backs.

You can save a baby’s life by making sure that everyone who cares for a baby in your circle of influence knows to place babies on their “Back to Sleep.”