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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

Show your support on World Cancer Day

Published in Cancer Care Author: Lesley R. Kurowski, APRN, CNP

Whether it’s a family member, a friend or a coworker, nearly everyone has been impacted by cancer one way or another.

This Sunday is World Cancer Day. It’s a day to recognize the impact of this disease and to bring awareness to the many ways it is being prevented and treated.

It may surprise many of you to know that there has been good progress in the fight against cancer. Consider the following:

  • Since 1991, the overall cancer death rate in the United States has fallen by 25 percent.
  • Among children and adolescents (age 19 and younger) the cancer death rate has decreased by 35 percent.
  • In recent years, of the top 10 causes of death by Americans, cancer was the only one to be in decline.

Experts attribute this change to the reduction in tobacco use and the development of cancer treatments and measures. Granted, there is still much work that needs to be done. However, the statistics above should provide hope that there is much already being accomplished to save lives from this disease.

What are some things you can do to take part in this year’s World Cancer Day? Ideas include:

  • Know what you can do to lower your individual likelihood of getting cancer. These include quitting tobacco, reducing the amount of alcohol you drink, exercising and eating healthier.
  • Certain viruses have been linked to cancer and one can get immunized to protect yourself from some of them. Consider getting you or your family members vaccinated or talk to your health care provider to learn more. 
  • Learn more at on their efforts to create healthier schools, workplaces and cities.
  • Sign up to share the Thunderclap message on World Cancer Day via social media.