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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 Clinic – Big Lake Recognized for Breastfeeding Support

Published in Media Releases Author: CentraCare

CentraCare Clinic – Big Lake has been recognized by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition as a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace. The award recognize the clinic’s commitment to adopting and informing staff about breastfeeding policies; providing private, exclusive places for staff, visitors and patients to pump breast milk; and ensuring adequate breastfeeding breaks for moms working at the clinic.

By receiving this recognition, CentraCare Clinic – Big Lake joins CentraCare Health – Monticello Medical Group, Stellis Health - Monticello Clinic and CentraCare Health – Monticello in demonstrating a commitment to supporting a breastfeeding friendly health care community.

"We proudly recognize the vast holistic health benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and child,” said Katie Rudnitski, CNP at CentraCare Clinic – Big Lake. “This recognition from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition demonstrates our commitment to supporting mothers and families and creating a breastfeeding friendly culture in our community.”

“We are excited to provide moms with a quiet and serene place to nurse their babies that includes a rocking chair, ambient lighting and signage to ensure privacy,” said Jessica Hodson, DO at CentraCare Clinic – Big Lake. “Our investment in a breastfeeding culture includes creating this new space for moms and also ensuring that our employees who are nursing are able to take the time they need, whether it is blocking a provider’s schedule or allowing longer breaks so that new moms know they are supported. I am proud of CentraCare Clinic – Big Lake for taking this step towards creating a healthier community for all.”