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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

National Kidney Foundation is Offering a Free Kidney Screening

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

More than 30 million Americans have kidney disease, and most don’t know it. A quick screening from the National Kidney Foundation can help assess your kidney health.

One in three adults is at risk of developing chronic kidney disease (CKD). If you have diabetes, high blood pressure, a family history of kidney problems or are over the age of 60, you are at risk and should have your kidneys checked.

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is offering a free kidney screening through its KEEP Healthy program from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, May 10 at Lifestyle Health (located in the St. Cloud Area YMCA).

All KEEP Healthy participants will answer a brief health-risk survey and have their height, weight and blood pressure measured. At-risk individuals will have their kidney health checked through a simple urine test that can be done onsite. This test can identify protein in the urine, which is often the first sign of kidney disease. Medical professionals will review test results and answer questions for all participants. Free educational materials and health care resources will also be provided. Urine analyzers and strips are provided by Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, Inc. Funding for this screening event is provided by the CentraCare Health Foundation.

Don’t wait until it’s too late to get your kidneys checked. To pre-register for this free KEEP Healthy event, contact the National Kidney Foundation at 651-636-7300 x421 or visit

About National Kidney Foundation

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the largest, most comprehensive and longstanding organization dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease. For more information about NKF visit